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MacBook Air + Mac Mini/iMac vs MacBook Pro

JonOlafson

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Jun 9, 2017
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Hi.

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.
 

MvdM

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Apr 27, 2005
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Hi.

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.
[doublepost=1553112126][/doublepost]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.
 
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JonOlafson

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[doublepost=1553112126][/doublepost]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.

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?
 
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MvdM

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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?
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.
 
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JonOlafson

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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?
 
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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.
 
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JonOlafson

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Jun 9, 2017
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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.

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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