Please help me choose a Mac work setup

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by CARABAO, Jul 10, 2012.

  1. CARABAO macrumors member

    Jul 10, 2012
    Hey guys, I need help on choosing 3 options for my setup:

    Option 1: Keep my Late 2011 17" MBP (with 16gb ram) and upgrade it with an aftermarket SSD

    Option 2: Let go of my current setup and get an 11" MBA + ATD

    Option 3: Let go of my current setup and get an rMBP


    My gripes with my current setup:
    • it's slower than my wife's 11" MBA on everyday tasks
    • heavy to lug around
    • still needs to be upgraded with aftermarket SSDs which can't reach 6G speeds at the drive bay.

    Positives with my current setup:
    • Love the screen real estate
    • Love the 1920x1200 resolution

    I would love to have:
    • faster response
    • screen real estate
    • portability (sorry no iMacs)

    What I use my computers for:
    • Web development (usual coding + photoshop + illustrator)
    • Flash development
    • iOS development
    • usual everyday tasks like surfing, occasional movie, word processing, etc.

    I usually go out of the office to do errands, but work is mainly done in the office or at night where I can stay put in one place.

    I'm still hoping that ML will TOTALLY solve the lag of the rMBP. The GM release has worked wonders but it hasn't solved everything, YET.

    So guys, any thoughts on this? I appreciate your thoughts /replies :)

  2. AppleDApp macrumors 68020


    Jun 21, 2011
    if you do most of your work at the office I would get the MBA with ATD.
  3. CARABAO thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 10, 2012
    That was what I was actually been pondering on for a week now. I'd totally love this setup but I'm just scared of the fact that I might gripe when I'm caught in a situation that I have to work outside with a small screen. Well.. trade offs..

    Thanks for the input! Appreciate it :)

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