Need Help On Purchase

rob14

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Dec 21, 2011
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I'll make this as quick as possible.

Currently sucking the last life out of my 2006 Black Macbook 1GB Memory....

Most of my work is the basic web browsing, iTunes, Mail, etc.

Heavier use is Lightroom 4.

I was hoping for an iMac update for the screen size but didn't see it happen. On top of that I was going to get a base MBA for portable use.

Now that we didn't see an iMac, what would you suggest.

I'm thinking a base MBA and just use my parent's 2011 iMac for photo editing until the next iMac.

Feedback would be appreciated. Thank you.
 

aaronw1986

macrumors 68030
Oct 31, 2006
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I'll make this as quick as possible.

Currently sucking the last life out of my 2006 Black Macbook 1GB Memory....

Most of my work is the basic web browsing, iTunes, Mail, etc.

Heavier use is Lightroom 4.

I was hoping for an iMac update for the screen size but didn't see it happen. On top of that I was going to get a base MBA for portable use.

Now that we didn't see an iMac, what would you suggest.

I'm thinking a base MBA and just use my parent's 2011 iMac for photo editing until the next iMac.

Feedback would be appreciated. Thank you.
MBP with cinema display, or use thunderbolt to connect it to your parent's iMac.
 

DrakkenWar

macrumors 6502
Nov 7, 2010
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San Antonio,Texas
If money is no object...

Agreed, if you the budget to either buy a nice used car, or an insanely huge T.V.? Go with the MBP and the ThunderBolt display. They are truly amazing.

If you do a bit of searching on the Mac Setups discussion you will find there are many competitive monitors out there for far less cost. Now, the coviate I found in your post; LightRoom 4. While I have never owned an air, I can tell you the photo editing that I do on my road warrior at times can really be a P.I.A. and that is with a pretty nice 15" screen, so with either a 13" or 11"? Ugh, I think I would either need a magnifying glass or to promptly shoot myself in the face. That could simply be me.:D

So as I see it, there are a few ways you can go. Unless you macbook is having significant issues and truly needs to be replaced, you can max ram, add an a SSD to really speed things up for a fraction of the cost of a new mac.
If you are pining to upgrade to a shinny new mac? Already stated: Go with a pro. If you have the bread? A 15" would fit the bill. With the access to your parents mac, there seems to be little reason to spend anything on an external display until you really need it. In fact if you are a student, you can get some shweet discounts at the apple store, or find a nice deal on eBay.
 
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