New iMac/Macbook/iPad?

thomth

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At the moment i'm using an iMac 21.5'' 2011 and an iPad Air 2. I'm using the iPad mostly on the couch for internet netflix etc. I use the iMac also for internet, netflix, mail etc. When I went to college, I was using a Macbook Air 2011 with 2GB RAM. In september I'm going to school again and I think I need an new device for school. The MBA 2011 is slow en and the battery life is limited to 3-4h

But now I'm in doubt: should I ditch my iMac and MBA and buy a powerful, desktop replacing MBP with monitor? Or just ditch the MBA and buy a iPad Pro 10.5 with pencil/keyboard?
I will need a device for school just for pages/keynote/numbers/preview, not very heavy software. I will be at school 1x a week, rest of the week I am at home or at work, so the Macbook will only be used anywhere else then on my desk once a week.

So what should I do? Any experiences with using a iPad Pro as a student or Macbook Pro as desktop replacement?
 

Bart Kela

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Your proposed usage case "pages/keynote/numbers/preview" [sic] does not indicate any necessity to upgrade your current hardware.

New equipment will not give you an advantage at being a better student.
 

thomth

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Problem is that the MBA is very slow, especially when opening large files. It is a 11.6'', so working on a pages file an reading a preview file is very hard (small letters)
 

CrystalQuest76

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Problem is that the MBA is very slow, especially when opening large files. It is a 11.6'', so working on a pages file an reading a preview file is very hard (small letters)
Unless you are a multi-media developer the files you are dealing with are not that massive. I suggest the following:

Save your data files and then reformat the drive. You will need to create system disk. Install the latest MacOS 10.12. After that, install the applications that you use on a regular basis, followed by your data from a backup drive. You will see that your existing MBA will appear to be much quicker. This is more than a 'clean install' but the results are well worth it. There are a number of sites with these instructions.

Apple designed and manufactured Macs really last an amazingly long time, they just need a little bit of care and feeding.
 
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Fishrrman

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Keep the iMac (until it quits) and buy as nice a MacBook (Pro if you can swing it) as you can afford.

It's nice to have something powerful and portable, but also have a desktop "backup" as well.
 

Daceatx78

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I am not sure if I am posting this I. The right spot. I need help/ advice on a purchase decision. I have a iPad Pro 12.9 with Apple Pencil and Keyboard. I also went and purchase a new iMac 2017 entry level. What I am asking is should I return the iMac? I am a college student. I need to be able to use productivity apps word, excel so worth. I need to have access to mail, calendar, music, I use iPad Pro for my textbooks. I have air print for documents to print. Should I return the iMac? Do I keep it? I had a MacBook Air that I had but sold it because I wasn’t using it. I bought iMac because I figure why not have a bigger screen but if I can do everything with iPad Pro... do I need iMac? I can save money. Thanks in advance for help
 
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