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Old Jun 22, 2014, 02:36 AM   #1
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Should I buy both?

Hey guys I'm new here.

I need some help deciding which mac I should get, I've had PCs since I first started computing and now that I've had iPhones and iPads for the last couple of years, I'm wanting to shift over to all apple computers,

Here's what I use my computer for
- Photoshop (I create lots of content)
- Video editing (light... iMovie)
- Web browsing
- School (All of my classes are online)
- Data tracking (spreadsheets)

I like the idea of having a large screen and a lot of power (imac) but I also need to be able to have my computer with me almost wherever I go.

My question is, should I get both? I can afford it, but I would hate to spend an extra $1000-$2000 on something I could have done without.

Will a MBP be enough for me? Does anyone here do multi media stuff with them? Do they suffice? Or should I shell out the extra cash for the big rig

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Old Jun 22, 2014, 02:53 AM   #2
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Should I buy both?

Hey there, Ryan. I see you're new here so welcome to MR

To answer your question, I have both an iMac and a Retina MacBook Pro. First off, I rarely ever use the iMac. All my work is done using my rMBP. Even when I'm home, I tend to always use it. Not just because it's portable, I can carry it with me around the house but because it's sufficient for my needs. I have a couple of Adobe softwares such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and After Effects installed on it. I also have Final Cut Pro. Of course all the basic essentials like MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel as well as Apple's Pages, Numbers, Keynote. Plus, I have Parallels installed so I can run Windows.

These are some of the huge softwares I have, I thought I'd list them to give you an idea of what the Pro can handle and keep in mind, I haven't mentioned the small apps I've downloaded from the App Store but anyway, it's a powerful machine, IMO.

In the end, it's up to you. If you'll feel more satisfied with an iMac and a MacBook, then by all means, buy both.
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Old Jun 22, 2014, 05:07 AM   #3
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rMBP 15 for the portability + external monitor for the screen size.
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Old Jun 22, 2014, 05:25 AM   #4
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I have mentioned this elsewhere but its worth repeating -

You mentioned some apps that you wish to install and I would advice starting with research on the apps themselves -

Photoshop - research CPU and GPU as well as how much space you will require to work. Consider also scratch space needed for larger file work (single SSD for all vs a 2nd disk for typical drives).

Similar for the other Adobe Products and Final Cut etc.

Once you figure out how much hardware will meet your needs (CPU type, graphics chipset type, drive space), then look for the computer that comes closest to what you need. Just remember, Photoshop LOVES RAM and its no wonder that many professionals prefer 24 gigs and more.

Also, as found in other threads, iMac screen isn't quite the best you can do for Photoshop work. Two tiers of "better" exists with the usual fair - lower tier being from Dell and HP (others exist too) and upper tier being NEC and Eizo.

Good luck on whatever you decide upon. Though I am a Mac user, if I had to get a laptop for all of the apps you listed (other than Final Cut), I would look more seriously at some "gamers" Windows based laptops that exceed many of the limitations found with Mac laptops.

Last - I use a Mac for Photoshop along with other photo apps on a regular basis and match it up with an NEC PA series monitor that provides superior calibration ability and larger/accurate colour spaces.
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Old Jun 22, 2014, 07:09 AM   #5
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Hey guys I'm new here.
My question is, should I get both? I can afford it, but I would hate to spend an extra $1000-$2000 on something I could have done without.
I'd go the Macbook Pro + external display route (lots of threads here on alternate displays), and use the money you save by not getting an iMac to get the MacBook tricked out with plenty of RAM and SSD.

'Doing multimedia stuff' is a bit of string. If you're using iMovie and generating content for on-screen use then a MBP isn't going to break a sweat. If you're making 3D animated feature films in 4k then you might be in the target market for a Mac Pro.
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Photoshop LOVES RAM and its no wonder that many professionals prefer 24 gigs and more.
While agreeing with your basic point of "choose the hardware that runs the software you need" - you also need to consider what you will be doing. If you're creating content for web and other on-screen use then Photoshop will be quite happy with 8GB. Graphics pros working with pre-press material at much higher resolution & physical sizes will be dealing with order-of-magnitude larger file sizes* which is why they'll need tons of RAM.

Also, colour calibration is overkill unless you have a completely colour-accurate workflow - if you're not, a wide-gamut display might be more trouble than it is worth (again, you may be designing for on-screen use).

(* Especially the ones who haven't figured out the difference between PPI, DPI and LPI, use Photoshop for work that should be done in a vector drawing or DTP package, complain that the screen captures you sent aren't at '600dpi minimum' and then use JPEG to compress non-photographic images...)
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Old Jun 22, 2014, 08:11 AM   #6
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+1 for retina mbp + external screen to get the best of both the worlds.
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Right, get a laptop for all of the apps you listed (other than Final Cut), I would look more seriously at some "gamers" Windows based laptops that exceed many of the limitations found with Mac laptops.
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Another thought would be to get the iMac and an 11" MacBook Air. I love mine - it is so small and light, you can carry it around all day and never even know it's there. Perfect size for travel, also nice to carry around the house - the 16:9 screen is perfect for watching movies in bed.

I use a 2103 11" i7/8gb/512gb MBA as my primary computer, it's no slouch when it comes to performance. I run an older version of Final Cut Pro and Logic on mine and am very happy with the MBA. But of course it's not as powerful as a quad core iMac.

Anyway, it might make a better companion to the iMac with less overlap than a MBP. It's really easy to take with you and powerful enough to run serious software.
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I'd go the Macbook Pro + external display route (lots of threads here on alternate displays), and use the money you save by not getting an iMac to get the MacBook tricked out with plenty of RAM and SSD.

'Doing multimedia stuff' is a bit of string. If you're using iMovie and generating content for on-screen use then a MBP isn't going to break a sweat. If you're making 3D animated feature films in 4k then you might be in the target market for a Mac Pro.


While agreeing with your basic point of "choose the hardware that runs the software you need" - you also need to consider what you will be doing. If you're creating content for web and other on-screen use then Photoshop will be quite happy with 8GB. Graphics pros working with pre-press material at much higher resolution & physical sizes will be dealing with order-of-magnitude larger file sizes* which is why they'll need tons of RAM.

Also, colour calibration is overkill unless you have a completely colour-accurate workflow - if you're not, a wide-gamut display might be more trouble than it is worth (again, you may be designing for on-screen use).

(* Especially the ones who haven't figured out the difference between PPI, DPI and LPI, use Photoshop for work that should be done in a vector drawing or DTP package, complain that the screen captures you sent aren't at '600dpi minimum' and then use JPEG to compress non-photographic images...)[/QUOTE]

I think you are quite right in your assessment. We'll however be a bit of a difference on the notion of monitors but overall, I appreciate your statements completely.
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I'm in the MBP + external monitor camp. It's what I use at home with the MBP in clamshell mode. I only have to unplug the TB and power cables and I'm out the door. It gives me a good balance between portability and large screen size.
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