Do you think it’s appropriate to own 2 MacBook laptops?

Hieveryone

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My setup:

2019 MacBook Pro base model running
30 real time data intensive charts, around 50 live real time data feeds, as well as 7 live video feeds all at the same time 10-14 hours a day. I need this setup to be portable

AND

12” MacBook 2017 model when I have my MacBook Pro docked to the side. I use this for everything else such as replying to emails, etc


Is it appropriate to own both given my usage?
 
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JBGoode

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I'm surprised you haven't been arrested yet.

Seriously, what kind of ridiculous question is this? And why do you need to ask a bunch of strangers? It's appropriate to own anything that you can afford assuming it's not illegal and whatever you do with them is your business. (Assuming these live feeds aren't from the neighbor's bathroom or some other sick crap)
 

DeltaMac

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You could likely get better use (and more efficient portability) from two iPads - or one iPad and one MBPro.
 

Conutz

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My setup:

2019 MacBook Pro base model running
30 real time data intensive charts, around 50 live real time data feeds, as well as 7 live video feeds all at the same time 10-14 hours a day. I need this setup to be portable

AND

12” MacBook 2017 model when I have my MacBook Pro docked to the side. I use this for everything else such as replying to emails, etc


Is it appropriate to own both given my usage?
Sounds okay to me. If it feels right, carry on and enjoy. :)
 
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cambookpro

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I need portability otherwise I’d get many external monitors
I don’t really understand how two laptops is really that portable or practical. Use Spaces on the MBP when on the go to separate charts/emails etc, then dock when at home to an external monitor for more space.
 

Clix Pix

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Who cares if it's "appropriate" or not? It's your money and your planned usage of the computers.

I happen to have two MBPs and a 12" MacBook. So there! :D Do I care what anyone else thinks? No. I use all three for various purposes and they suit my needs very well. The 15" 2018 MBP (i9, 32 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD, Vega 20) is my current primary computer, the one which does all the heavy lifting. She replaced a 15" 2015 MBP which is stlll very much loved and still very much used in this household, often while the new machine is engaged in something time-consuming such as copying data from one external drive to another or doing a software update, etc. The 2017 12" MacBook is one of my two traveling companions, the other being an iPad Mini 5. I also use the 12" out on the deck sometimes in nice weather when my 12.9" iPad Pro is on the charger. Sure I could survive with, say, just two computers, but I am fortunate in that I am able to hang on to the older ones while enjoying and utilizing my newest one. Each one serves a purpose in my life.

A lot of people use a desktop, such as a Mac mini or an iMac, but I didn't want to go that route. I've been there, done that, over the years with earlier iMacs and Mac minis, and am aware of the pros and cons of each system. I really appreciate the portability of my MBPs and my MB, and the flexibility of being able to add an external monitor at any time if I decide I need more screen real estate than the 15" MBP provides.

All of us have our own ways of doing things and our own priorities and needs, including choosing and finding what works best, gets the job done.....that's what's important, not what someone else might think is "appropriate" or not "appropriate."
 
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inhalexhale1

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No, it's wildly inappropriate, as is owning ANY post 2016 Macbook with the broken keyboard.
I much prefer the 2015 model with the exploding battery. I own two myself. One props the other one up for ergonomics.
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My setup:

2019 MacBook Pro base model running
30 real time data intensive charts, around 50 live real time data feeds, as well as 7 live video feeds all at the same time 10-14 hours a day. I need this setup to be portable

AND

12” MacBook 2017 model when I have my MacBook Pro docked to the side. I use this for everything else such as replying to emails, etc


Is it appropriate to own both given my usage?
People are just trolling you OP. I'll help.

#1) How intensive are your data intensive charts?
#2) How real are your real time data feeds?
#3) Do you ever use 31 real time data intensive charts, 51 live real time data feeds, or 8 live video feeds?
 

ericwn

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Apr 24, 2016
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I am surprised to see you ask the very same question yet again.
Didn’t you establish in your last discussion where forum members explained to you how the activity monitor works that your current MBP has load way below 50% of the CPU?

Anyway there is no right or wrong. If you think you will enjoy having a second computer please go for it. It doesn’t really fix any issue but as long as you are happy then - voila.
 

GoldfishRT

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You're going to be arrested for this thought crime.

Time for a new hobby? Find something new to focus on. Laptops are just fun tools. Don't worry about it so much.