Engineers and Drafters...Share your setup (computer, display, keyboard, mouse)

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Big D 51, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. Big D 51 macrumors 6502a

    Big D 51

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    Hi all,

    Thank you for viewing my thread. I am a civil engineer/ project manager. While working, I also enjoy drafting house plans for side money as I personally own a home building company as well.

    I plan to use my 2010 MBA as my main computer (13" MBA: 2.13 GHz, 4 GB Ram, 256 GB Flash Storage). I may purchase the upcoming MBA whenever that is. I want to set up my MBA pretty much as my main computer at home to display monitors. Then, use new iPAD as a laptop during the day. I like this setup because, if needed, I can easily grab my MBA and take it on business and school trips where a main computer would be needed. So far, the MBA has handle drafting perfectly fine. The book arch is my top candidate for a docking station right now. I am currently in the process of searching a better option.

    I plan on purchasing the 27" apple display monitor with the apple wireless keyboard and track pad. When drafting, I will use a logitech mouse. I am on the fence about having two 27" monitors or not. I will purchase one to see how that goes, then I will make my decision if I need two or not. I will use boot camp for heavy drafting. If only a few mark ups, I plan on using parallels.

    Engineers and drafters, will you post or explain your home setup? Do you recommend the apple display as a top monitor for home use? Any comments and/ or suggestions are welcomed.

    Thank you. :apple:
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    You're paying double what you would for a monitor that complements your Macbook Air in appearance only. Monitors from Dell or Asus are just as functional for less than half the price.
     
  3. djrod macrumors 65816

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    Let's see this chea Dell and Asus you are talking about ;)

    Are they 27 IPS at 2560x1440?
     
  4. KylePowers macrumors 68000

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    Dell U2711 is a comparable monitor (27in 2560x1440), with less functionality for the same price.
     
  5. Macman756 macrumors 6502a

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    And it looks hideous.
     
  6. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Not in person. I loved my Dell displays.
     
  7. flynz4 macrumors 68040

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    I am pretty sure that MBA only supports a single TB monitor. The MBP may support two.

    I use a MBA with a Dell U2711 at work, and I use the same MBA with an ATD at home. The ATD was $100 cheaper... and it is much more fully featured.

    The benefit of the Dell U2711 is that it has multiple inputs. I needed this function for use at work as I also have a Lenovo X201 that I use while in the office.

    /Jim
     
  8. Big D 51 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Big D 51

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    Thanks for the information guys. I'm
    going through the picture gallery looking for ideas as well.

    I see there are a few opinions regarding which monitor is best. I respects that, and will use the input to compare before making my final decision. I'm glad Jim added that the MBA would only support one monitor. I was not aware of that.

    With the apple keyboard, are you able to use the function keys in AutoCAD for shortcuts because I have this problem with my laptop?
     

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