Justifying Multiple Macs/Macbook Pros

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  1. Larrabee213 macrumors regular

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    A bit of a random question, and may an irrational one.

    Currently I have a 2014 15" rMBP i7/512GB/750m. I am considering grabbing a second machine for work around and out of the house/travel. Right now most of the time the 15" is docked and connected to a 27" Dell 4K monitor. And I really hate how hot the 15" gets when doing work on the road, especially in the summer.

    Since I do a bit of traveling and work out of the house, I am considering a second machine, a 13" rMBP. Use that for the majority of the work outside of the house and only bring the 15" when I need the quad core for extensive video/audio work on the road.

    Do any of you work with multiple MacBooks? Is this justifiable?
     
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    Only one person you have to justify it too and that's yourself, if you have a need and the money and it improves your workflow then why not.

    If it was me though I'd want a 5k iMac at home and a retina MacBook for the road.
     
  3. oldmacs macrumors 68040

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    It depends on your needs! Plenty of people have a desktop mac and a laptop, so I don't see an issue with 2 laptops!
     
  4. hiddenmarkov macrumors 6502a

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    can work out well really. If you need portability, it gets you that.

    My 2015 is currently doing heavy duty FCP work for a hip hop show I shot this weekend. I let her be as ,well, me doing anything else just makes the process longer. So I fired up the 2011 I hand me downed to the son but has little interest in.

    So I get my portability on this now. As I have in the past when the main mbp doing its thing.
     
  5. killawat macrumors 65816

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    I know it gets hot but as long as it gets the job done, i don't mind. I would stick with the single mac.
     
  6. nStyle macrumors 65816

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    If you already have a 15", I definitely wouldn't think having a 13" would be worth it. The 15" is plenty portable. If you're having to ask this question, it's probably not worth it to you either. If it were - you'd have already bought it.

    If this situation was reversed, and you already had a 13", it would make sense to buy a 5K iMac.
     
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  8. Larrabee213 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the thoughts and feedback.

    I have thought about a 5k iMac, but I like the idea I can always bring the power with me. That is why I just added a 4k Dell monitor to my 15" rMBP. So it is basically a desktop computer, and the other laptop would be what I take out with me 80+% of the time for writing, some podcast production, some video editing, email, etc.
     
  9. hallux macrumors 68030

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    Single guy here. I have 2 Macs, a Mini and a MBP. I use the mini as a "base", using it for downloading media and long-term storage of said media. I then use the MBP to connect to the Mini to consume said media. I can then use the MBP anywhere in my place and sleep it without worrying about a download in progress, I can also take it with me when I travel or go to my parents house and I can still connect to the Mini.
     
  10. jerryk macrumors 68040

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    Is there reason you want a rMBP vs. something smaller and lighter? I have toyed with the idea of getting a refurbed retina Macbook as a travel machine because it is so small and light.

    And about having other systems, I have 6 computers in my home office and numerous tablets and phones. He who dies with the most gadgets wins!
     
  11. grahamperrin macrumors 601

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    Not recently, but for a few years I used a single home directory with multiple Macs. Home was on a mobile hard disk drive and if I recall correctly, one of the Macs was a notebook.
     
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  13. David58117 macrumors 65816

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    I don't get owning both a 13" and a 15" rMBP..however, a rMB & 15" rMBP I can see.
     
  14. TechZeke macrumors 68020

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    There is no need to justify anything to anyone. Do you want 5 new rMBPs just because you want them? Of course it's "justified" since it's your money and no one can tell you what to do with it. Have a rMBP for each room in the house if you want and can afford it.
     

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