New MBA ..now what should I do?

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  1. Appleking macrumors newbie

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    Hello All:

    I'm new to the forum and I need help!

    I just phased out my 2009 MBP and got the new Macbook Air 1.7 i5 with 256gb.

    I also have an iMac (2011 21.5) for my main home computer and storage. It's the 2011 thunderbolt with 500gb hard drive.

    Here's what I'm thinking I could do.

    1. Keep the iMac as my backup and home computer and I can always extend my desktop via thunderbolt from my MBA

    2. Sell the iMac, get a refurbished Apple Display (27 inch) and use a mac Mini.

    3. Sell the iMac, get a refurbished Apple Display (27 inch) and just use the MBA as my one and only computer.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. jeremyshaw macrumors 6502

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    IMO, option one works out best. Less work to do...


    Also, the iMac has screen real estate the MBA can never have, so incase if a work project needs more screen space, or more processing power, it's always there.

    Of course, if selling the iMac nets a TBD27, I'd also go for that. Maybe include a backup HDD, but that's it (IMO, of course). I just don't think getting a MacMini on top of that is worthwhile (especially if it's the non-AMD GPU version).

    For myself, I use a somewhat borged Windows setup with a small laptop, and a big display at home. It's just convinient for me. I get home, and have a big display + good KB/M to work with.
     
  3. PBG4 Dude, Jan 17, 2012
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    PBG4 Dude macrumors 68000

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    Do the 21 inch iMac models allow video input? I thought that was reserved for the 27 inch model? Wouldn't mind being proved wrong on this, but I thought it was limited to certain iMac models.

    EDIT: Happy to have been proven wrong. It's all limited to Thunderwear computers though.
     
  4. jeremyshaw, Jan 17, 2012
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    jeremyshaw macrumors 6502

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    You are correct. Only 27"

    EDIT: I am wrong, please see below.
     
  5. Pharmscott macrumors 6502a

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    For the cost that option 2 will be you might as well consider a 27" iMac refurb. Personally I'd just keep the 21.5" iMac unless you need more screen real estate.
     
  8. Appleking thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the replies! I'm going to keep the iMac and connect via thunderbolt to that and extend the screen.
     
  9. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68000

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    Don't forget to budget $50 for the Thunderbolt cable.
     

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