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Old Dec 8, 2012, 08:45 AM   #1
AlexanderBell
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Designer New Setup - keep my new 15 mbpR or return for imac and 13 mb air?

Hi There!

I'm really stuck on what to do and would love some advice please! I've seen several posts about this for students but not specifically for a designer / photographer.

So here goes, I'm a graphic designer, photographer and occasional web designer / animator. I use photoshop, illustrator, in design every day and am now getting into after effects. I just this week received my new macbook pro retina 15 inch top spec. I'm converting from a windows setup by the way (don't kill me for this, I'm now a full mac convert!) I love the new machine, it is insanely fast! However my external monitors - old 22" LG's look horrific next to the retina screen. Plus on a 2 day trip to London, the weight of the 15 mbpr and size wasn't really portable and was a bit of a pain and safety concern using in the pub / train. Also the battery seems to only last a few hours designing...

So the dilemma... I'm now needing to buy a new external monitor... Which if I bought a Dell Ultrasharp monitor, the total spend is coming in around the same price as a new imac 27" and macbook air 13" with 8gb and 256gb ssd. With that setup I'd have a better spec imac than my current mbpr plus a gorgeous 27" display and an ultra portable macbook air.

So my question, is a higher spec imac and portable 13 macbook air going to be a better setup than a 15 mbpr with a dell ultrasharp display or even a thunderbolt?

Will the macbook air screen drive me crazy not being retina? Will it be a problem when editing raw images?

Will the macbook air cpu power be an issue running photoshop / illustrator / indesign? (reviews say it will handle this no problem)

Will having to use dropbox to share files / sync when I leave the office a couple of times a week be a pain in the behind?

Will the imac display make up for a non retina mac air?

Or will i fall in love with the powerful imac when in the office and equally have a major crush on the mega portable macbook air, even if it doesnt have retina - how do they compare?

Thanks in advance for any input / experiences shared.

Thanks! Hopefully others in my position will find the thread useful!

Alex
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