Received a 2017 MB PRO 13'' from/for work...should I buy one myself?

linkgx1

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So my job issued me a 2017 MacBook Pro 13'' (with 16 GB of RAM). I can pretty much do anything on it except for porn (lol) and of course, must return it when I quit. Right now I think thinking about getting into graphic design and programming (taking some self-learning courses online).

Is there a reason I should get a personal Macbook Pro for my needs? I was thinking about getting one near August (hopefully they announce new ones at WWDC). Or would it be better to stick with what I currently have (also I have a Windows desktop I built with a GTX 770 GPU/Core i5-35700k CPU).
 

Glmnet1

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I see no reason to buy one, you have one you can use for personnal activities and based on your signature you have 3 more laptops. Seems kind of strange that you even want one.

Use that 2-3k to go on vacation or something ;)
 

jerryk

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Yes, seems you need one for porn :)
Needs a "personal" device, iPad or Phone, for porn.;)
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To OP,

If you do use your work machine, make sure you frequently back up your personal stuff. You could get fired and your device take away with no notice. Or they could change the policy and not allow you to store personal stuff on the system.

Personally, I try never to mix work and home computing, so I never use work computers for personal use, and visa verse.
 

Fishrrman

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It's best to keep "business things" separated from "private things".

Having said that, DON'T buy a 2017 MBP.
Wait until the new models come out.
Expect to see them September/October this year.

Do what you have to do, until then.
 
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Acronyc

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Personally I would never only have a work-issued machine as my sole computer. I do work on work-issued hardware and everything else on my personal hardware. If you only have a work-issued computer, you are subject to any monitoring and/or restrictions your organization implements and if/when you leave you will be out of a computer. I wouldn't want to put myself in that situation.
 

linkgx1

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Personally I would never only have a work-issued machine as my sole computer. I do work on work-issued hardware and everything else on my personal hardware. If you only have a work-issued computer, you are subject to any monitoring and/or restrictions your organization implements and if/when you leave you will be out of a computer. I wouldn't want to put myself in that situation.
I have a windows desktop at home that's pretty beefy but prefer a Mac for mobile.
 

maflynn

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Personally I would never only have a work-issued machine as my sole computer.
Same here, I have a work machine that is dedicated for that. I also have my own computers and with my home machines, I can load anything i want and not put anything of a personal nature on the work machine.
 

Painter2002

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It's best to keep "business things" separated from "private things".

Having said that, DON'T buy a 2017 MBP.
Wait until the new models come out.
Expect to see them September/October this year.

Do what you have to do, until then.
I second this. Not that I have anything to hide, I don’t wouldn’t want my business to have the ability to randomly go through my computer and view personal information and data that you might have stored on there. Just like life in general, it’s always best to keep work and personal computer use separated.
 
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