New MBA with external monitor or iMac.

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Stanwf, Oct 12, 2013.

  1. Stanwf macrumors newbie

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    I have a new 11 in MBA (8gb) and will buy either an external monitor or an iMac for Aperture use. I don't need two computers but is there any big advantage with an iMac?
     
  2. Eddy Munn macrumors 6502

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    The advantage is that it's a computer, not just a screen.
    You could always source a different monitor too, other than Apples selection.
     
  3. Santabean2000 macrumors 68000

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    We need to know more about your situation. How big is your library? Might you need external hdds? Why have you bought an ultaportable MBA?

    I'd consider a Thunderbolt Display with a FW or TB external attached, if it's just for home use. [I'm expecting TB Displays to be upgraded along side the new MPs on the 22nd.]
     
  4. Abazigal macrumors 604

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    The imac would have better specs for more intensive computing stuff.

    Personally, since you already have the air, and if Aperture runs smoothly enough on the air, I would just recommend you get an external display.
     
  5. KeegM480 macrumors 6502a

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    I would suggest a MacBook Pro even if you have to get a slightly used one but if that's not an option then get a 13" Air, you will probably end up wanting the portability just make sure to get decent specs
     
  6. mattbaar26 macrumors regular

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    Get an external monitor, you will save at least $400 even if you get an ultra high end monitor.
     
  7. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    I use an external monitor with my 15" MBP. Prefer it over an iMac since it gives me portability. I've been using a laptop as my primary machine for over 20 years and like the flexibility. If the Air meets your current needs, keep it and get a good monitor.
     
  8. Stanwf thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks everyone, I was inclined to go the monitor route and now even more so.
     
  9. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    I'd go for a good quality external monitor. I have a 2008 24" iMac, but when it dies I'll get a high end Mac Mini and a good display. I hate having to toss out a great display just because the internals get fried.
     

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