Decision made, today an iMac joins my MBA and ACD. System complete!

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by entatlrg, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. entatlrg macrumors 68040

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    Finally made my decision and I'm getting excited :)

    I've decided to buy an iMac (3 mghz/GT130 ver.) to use as my Desktop alongside with my MacBook Air.

    I'm going to hook up my 24" ACD monitor to the iMac so I'll have dual 24" screens, going to look wild!, lol.

    That will leave my Air untethered to anything, easy to grab and go whether I'm moving to the couch or to the office ....

    Will be the best of both worlds I think. The new iMac with dual displays will give me the near perfect desktop setup and the MBA when away from the desk, thin, light, fast, and a pleasure to type on.

    I type a LOT in a day, going to be nice to switch from the desktop system to the notebook. Photo's to follow once I get everything set up.


    So, what do you think, a good set up?
     
  2. Macjames macrumors 6502a

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    Definatly a good set up. Isn't the ACD smaller than a iMac though? For duel screens that may get annoying.
     
  3. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    MBA + 24" iMac is the way to go. What I'm not too crazy about is the height differential of the iMac and ACD. Too many people ruin their setups by placing the ACD on a stack of books. What's your solution for this?
     
  4. dborja macrumors 6502a

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    Great setup! Although I don't have an ACD, that same tandem relationship between my iMac and MBA has been perfect for my needs.

    Enjoy!
     
  5. marksandvig macrumors regular

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    i think you rule is what i think.. I wish i had the cash money millionaires to buy a sweeeeeet setup like that.. One day tho, one day.
     
  6. Blakely028 macrumors regular

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    Sounds like a really great setup!

    Be sure to post the setup when it arrives :p
     
  7. antonioanmar macrumors member

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    Congratulations, i think that you made a great decision. I think ACD is the final point to obtein a desktop computer with your MBA
     
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    I do have the 24" iMac + MBA combo and it's perfect.
    The only thing I would like to do is to update everything to current Revs, LOL
    :D
     
  10. wetrix macrumors 6502

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    Hope it works out for you. I'd get annoyed by the difference in height between the iMac and ACD and also having to constantly synchronize stuff between two main computers.
     
  11. tsubikiddo macrumors regular

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    please post picture(s) of setup
    it must be fascinating :cool:
     
  12. Jeffrosproto macrumors 6502

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    I think the only visually pleasing solution for the height difference is to wall mount both the iMac and the ACD, so they can be the same height wituout any books.
     
  13. buccsmf1 macrumors 6502

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    haha, exact same setup i've got but with a 20' imac and 20' ACD. i love it to death.
     
  14. entatlrg thread starter macrumors 68040

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    LOL, you've got to be kidding, with both computers on the same network? Plus all the software and portable hard drives, usb sticks, online storage ETC to make it seamless working on two computers couldn't be easier.

    Additionally most of our work is hosted online so it's super easy, but regardless of that it's quite easy to work on two computers!
     
  15. entatlrg thread starter macrumors 68040

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    ever heard of a 'monitor stand', there's all kinds of styles some even with adjustable legs so if even the height was a priority you have a LOT of options beyond the (ghetto) 'book' idea... no wall mounting required either :)

    The two monitors as they are side by side sitting on a desk are stunning to look at, the last thing anyone will notice is a height difference.

    pictures to follow early in the week, left my camera at the office... iPhone photo doesn't do it justice.
     
  16. Scottsdale macrumors 601

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    I don't personally feel my rev B MBA needs to be "second" to an iMac. I have a 24" LED ACD, and I feel like my MBA is a desktop while connected to it.

    Just curious, what do YOU do with your iMac that your MBA cannot do?

    The 24" LED Backlit ACD seems superior to the non LED backlit iMac 24" display... is the difference really noticeable next to each other? I don't have an iMac but in the store the iMac display just doesn't look the same as the 24" LED backlit display.

    Congrats on your new Mac.
     
  17. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    I don't know, but I used to own an MacBook Pro with a LED display, and the display was definitely brighter and better than LCD displays.
     
  18. Scottsdale macrumors 601

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    That is what I am fearful of. The OP may be annoyed looking at the two next to each other. I think the iMac has a nice display, but the LED ACD looks very different - much nicer in my opinion.

    I have a client that bought six new Mac Pros. They bought 24" LED ACDs until the new 30" comes out. They are using the old 30" along with the new 24" next to each other. The 24" really looks beautiful next to the 30s. I know the glossy makes a difference, but they really look nicer to me. I hope Apple adds some more new ACDs soon.

    Anyways, OP, let us know how they look next to each other.
     
  19. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Shouldn't be a concern with MobileMe.
     
  20. hitekalex macrumors 68000

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    Kinda agree with you there.. Performance-wise iMac isn't far enough head of MBA to justify having both (and I know because I have both). iMac is essentially a MacBook Pro in a large screen enclosure.. With new 24" LED screens, there is a little reason to have an iMac in addition to a "real" laptop.

    I do a lot of video encoding and while iMac offers some performance improvement to MBA, it's not dramatic.. That's why my next desktop is going to be a real workstation like Mac Pro.
     
  21. wetrix macrumors 6502

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    It is if you want your music/video/photo collection available on both machines.

    We will have to agree to disagree. I dealt with two height mismatched monitors at work for a while and it drove me nuts.
     
  22. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    That's what Back to My Mac is for. But anyway, it's not like you have unlimited storage in the MBA's smallish HD (see remote file access sticky) for those huge collections.
     

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