Ideal Mac set up for graphic design

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Dahl, Dec 26, 2015.

  1. Dahl macrumors 6502a

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    I'm planning to revamp my Mac set up and I would like some opinions.

    I'm a long time Mac user, doing a lot of Photoshop and other general design work. I'm currently using an older iMac and and I use an iPad for some prototyping etc.

    I'm thinking of getting a new iMac and use it with a iPad Pro. An alternative would be a MacBook Pro w/ external 4K screen and my existing iPad or the iPad Pro. I need a lot of power, but I'm not sure I need the Mac Pro and I'm also not certain about the Mac Pro's future. Also, I don't do a lot of work away from my desk, so I don't know if I would benefit a ton from a laptop, but it would be nice to have the option.

    I guess my main question is:

    iMac with iPad Pro
    or
    MacBook Pro with external screen and iPad Pro.

    Any sites with dream set ups or galleries would be appreciated. I need some inspiration.
     
  2. phrehdd macrumors 68040

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    I think that an iMac is not a bad choice given you are happy with your old one. My only concern is for monitor calibration. While I use a MBP, I also use another Mac plus NEC 24" Spectraview for quality PS work. The latter is the bread and butter set up for me.

    You may want to go over to Barefeats site and look down the lists of reviews of contrast and compare. You see tests within the articles showing the two head to head.
     
  3. Dahl thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  4. maflynn Moderator

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    For simplicity, the iMac, that way you don't need to purchase any other equipment.
     
  5. Dahl thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I would like the flexibility of a mobile office that comes with a laptop, but I can use lighter design apps on iPad before I move to the desktop.
     
  6. robgendreau macrumors 68030

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    This gives you some diversity as well: there are times when an app is a better tool, times when a desktop OS is. The 5k iMac screen is the bomb, although for demanding color phrehdd has got the cool solution for sure. But that would probably still be cheaper, and maybe almost as fast (depending on applications) as a MP and at least 4k monitor, no?
     

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