Move from MPB to MacMini/MacbookAir ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by SimonUK5, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. SimonUK5 macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2010
    I'm thinking of moving off my early 2013 (i think?! its the most recent spec) Non Retina MacBook Pro, its a baseline 15'', with RAM upped to 16gb, and got apple care till sometime in 2015.

    I want to sell it for what they retail for, which would equate to a 400 quid ish saving, to the buyer.

    And buy a Baseline MacMini and MacbookAir.


    MacbookPro, is great, but big and heavy, spends most of its time plugged into my Dell Monitor, and i don't use it for much more than Facebook/Internet etc. And some Cubase/Logic audio work.

    MacbookAir is tiny, can slip it in my bag when i want it for school, and power away with my work, and a small amount of Cubase will run fine, as will a Windows VM for tiny bits.

    MacMini, doesn't move off my desk, i can sit down, do my work and leave again, small footprint, quiet, its intrusive. And plenty fast enough for Audio work and anything else i do.

    Airdrop between them to move files.

    Am i making a silly mistake?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    If I understand your post, are you looking to sell your used MBP for the current retail price of new MBPs? I don't think that is feasible if I read your post correctly.

    As for idea of using two Macs in place of one. That's something I've done in the past and others continue to do. In certain situations it makes sense.

    Things to consider, synchronization of your data, there's technologies now that make this less of an issue, dropbox, iCloud, etc. Human nature to gravitate to use one machine over the other.

    It sounds like you've thought this through and it appears to be a logical choice but what about an alternative. Sell your 15" cMBP and get a 13" MBP either retina or classic. You get the smaller form factor of the MBA but you get the power of the MBP and then you don't need to get a mini.
  3. fskywalker macrumors 65816


    Nov 6, 2009
    This recomendatiohn makes a lot of sense to me!
  4. devilcm3 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 3, 2011
    South Melbourne, Australia
    having two macs will disrupt your workflow,

    definitely get just a single mac.
  5. EricT43 macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2011
    Agreed. I used to have an iMac and a 13" MBP, but I'm a lot happier now that I just have a 15" rMBP. Makes life much simpler.
  6. SimonUK5 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2010
    The Single mac thing would disrupt my workflow i do agree.

    But the 11'MacbookAir is so friggin tiny its not an actual pain to carry around...

    Even the 13'' MBPr is a chunk to carry.

    Maybe i should just get a MacMini and use my Galaxy Tab for on the go stuff, would be much easier haha
  7. childoftheko4n macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2011
    I also agree. I went from an MacBook Pro back in the day that i used on the go and as dektop; went from that to a Mac Mini and MacBook Air. The workflow is just...not right. While technology is there to help with a lot of these, its just not good enough and made things over complicated (iPhoto for an example).

    I am now going back to a 15" rMBP and will use that along with my Thunderbolt Display if i need desktop :) Life is just much simpler with 1 machine.

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