MacBook Air + Mac Mini/iMac vs MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by JonOlafson, Mar 20, 2019.

  1. JonOlafson macrumors newbie


    Jun 9, 2017

    With my new job I have to upgrade from an obsolete iMac and need some help to decide which way to go.
    • I need a mobile solution for being able to make presentations and hold workshops. (Won't work on an iPad)
    • I also need enough power to create and edit music, films, and photos in Logic, Final Cut and the Creative Suite. (Only stationary)
    Therefore I am thinking about these three options:
    1. MacBook Air + iMac
    2. MacBook Air + Mac Mini + Display
    3. MacBook Pro + Display

    Things to consider:
    • Those more intensive tasks I do only at my desk at home and I need at least a 21.5 inch display for that.
    • I hated the touch bar the MacBook Pro that had to work with last year.
    • I am looking for the most flexible and cheap solution.
  2. MvdM macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2005
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    The MacBook Pro without touch bar still has the second generation keyboard. A colleague of mine bought one a year ago and has to bring it to the store for the 3rd keyboard repair.

    I would choose the iMac above the Mac mini + display, I think you need the gpu. Don't go for the hdd only iMacs, they are way too slow.
  3. JonOlafson thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jun 9, 2017
    Thanks for your reply. I am also not very keen of the MacBook Pros. The advantage of the display would be that I could also plug the MacBook Air to it and I could bring the Mac Mini to the office if I ever need to do more demanding work there. What do you mean with I need the GPU?
  4. MvdM macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2005
    For some reason I read Motion instead of Logic. Motion does 2d and 3d animation so I assumed a gpu might be nice.
    I have no experience with the other software you mentioned. Some say photoshop etc work well without gpu. Hope others can tell you more about that.
  5. JonOlafson thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jun 9, 2017
    After reading some reviews about the Air I am seriously considering the MacBook Pro again. The Air seems to have problems with noises while cooling, comes with a lower wattage charger and has a less bright display.
    Does the 2018 touch bar Pro have the same keyboard as the air? But then I am really not a fan of the touch bar and do not need the power on my mobile rig.
    Should I consider the MacBook?
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I would vote on the MBP over a combination of machines. I always lean to the side of simplicity, and managing two different computers while perfectly doable adds a layer of complexity. I'd say use a single machine with an external monitor.
  7. JonOlafson thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jun 9, 2017
    That makes perfect sense and I would prefer that as well. But to get close to iMac performance I would need to buy the top speced 13 MPB with touch bar. And I dont like the idea of carrying such an expensive machine around every day and dislike the touch bar.

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