Apologies if this thread is just another rehash, but I'm doing some soul searching and have a 2013 business expense bucket set aside for a new professional workstation. I don't do graphic or video production. The audio stuff I do is just hobby-level Ableton. However, I am a professional freelance developer and I spend 100% of my living creating things using computers. My primary workstation right now is a 2012 MBP and it covers my current habits and projects well enough, but I desperately need a non-portable OSX workstation in order to re-organize my life and streamline my ability to create. I don't want to have to worry about how many VMs I have going at once or the breadth of my actively running technology. I don't want to wait for things to compile or build. I just want to be able to focus on organizing my computational life, writing code, and deploying it. Right now I am trying to decide between: 1) A T2 nMP (6-core, 32GBRAM , 500 vCard) 2) A T1.5 nMP (same as #1 but baseline vCard) 3) A fully souped up iMac 4) A T1 nMP (everything baseline but the RAM) I have an order placed for #1, but as we know, it ships in February so I can cancel it easily. The main reason I'm being thrown for a loop is that most conversation about the nMP is focused on highly computational, highly visual tasks; less of a focus on people who might need to have a broad and persistently running tech stack on their workstations. I'll also be honest: I know that I'm being seriously influenced by the "sexy" factor. I feel significantly more excited by the idea of using a 6-core nMP than any of the other options, I love the idea of not having to think at all about the limits of the device I'm using for the next three years, and I make my living on being on the cutting edge of what technology is capable of (although usually the "edge" I work in is more about creative application and less about raw power). TL;DR -- I believe I would be more productive on a nMP, but I also recognize the value of money. I'd like to hear what others have to say about where the nMP should fit in the creative professional programmer workforce. Thoughts?