Sell or don't Sell

jquest68

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Hey gang,
I was wondering if I should sell my MacBook Air. I have a 27in iMac desktop which I really love, a iPad Air 2 and barely use my MacBook Air. I do all my school work on my desktop and use my iPad for my powerpoint for school and would use it more if I had an iPad Pro and use the iPen.
I was even thinking of selling both may iPad Air 2 and MacBook Air to get the iPad Pro. I want to know whats your opinion. I hardly take my laptop to school, but I always use my iPad instead then do all my assignments on my desktop.
 

Relentless Power

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Hey gang,
I was wondering if I should sell my MacBook Air. I have a 27in iMac desktop which I really love, a iPad Air 2 and barely use my MacBook Air. I do all my school work on my desktop and use my iPad for my powerpoint for school and would use it more if I had an iPad Pro and use the iPen.
I was even thinking of selling both may iPad Air 2 and MacBook Air to get the iPad Pro. I want to know whats your opinion. I hardly take my laptop to school, but I always use my iPad instead then do all my assignments on my desktop.
Sounds like you really have an appreciation for the iPad over your MacBook. If it were me, I would consolidate down to one main device that you appreciate and will get the most use out of, which would likely be in your situation the new iPad Pro.

For more diversity, you can also add the smart keyboard if you ever needed it with the iPad Pro for more of a typing/desktop experience.
 
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krause734

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I think a laptop is better for school personally and possibly for work if you need it in the future. Note taking, spreadsheets, typing papers at the library. The iPad is fun but just doesn't cut it for serious work for me. The iPad Pro is not worth upgrading from an Air 2 unless you plan on using the Apple Pencil.
 
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jquest68

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Yeah, I find myself using the iPad more than my laptop. Right now I'm on my desktop. I have an iPen that was given to me for x-mas by my sister, not knowing that I can't use it on my iPad Air I didn't want to tell her I can't use it I just thought I get an iPad pro but then held off because of the rumours that a new iPad pro was coming out. I also draw and this of course would be handy for me. I've seen videos on how students take notes on the iPad pro and it looks pretty neat.
 
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krause734

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What level of school are you in? A laptop is almost essential in college and the iPad is not really a substitute. What do you major in or plan on majoring in? I would also wager 50% or more of STEM students have a Windows laptop or at least run Bootcamp. Just something to consider. I tried an iPad for lectures and it was a pain and I usually wished I had a laptop.
 
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jquest68

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What level of school are you in? A laptop is almost essential in college and the iPad is not really a substitute. What do you major in or plan on majoring in? I would also wager 50% or more of STEM students have a Windows laptop or at least run Bootcamp. Just something to consider. I tried an iPad for lectures and it was a pain and I usually wished I had a laptop.
I'm finishing up my bachelors in biology. I figure 2 more semesters and hopefully be done. Then I'm going for masters. I struggle finishing because I work part time. I'm always broke which is sad, no wife, no kids and live with my sister and her husband. I'll try to keep my laptop and work with it. It's just that any paper I do it on my desktop and honestly I rarely use my laptop that's why I was thinking of selling it. I wanted to buy the iPad Pro so that I can draw as well. And I would buy a keyboard for it just in case I need it.
 
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krause734

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I'm finishing up my bachelors in biology. I figure 2 more semesters and hopefully be done. Then I'm going for masters. I struggle finishing because I work part time. I'm always broke which is sad, no wife, no kids and live with my sister and her husband. I'll try to keep my laptop and work with it. It's just that any paper I do it on my desktop and honestly I rarely use my laptop that's why I was thinking of selling it. I wanted to buy the iPad Pro so that I can draw as well. And I would buy a keyboard for it just in case I need it.
Well if you can make an iPad work more power to you! I think the keyboard cases have gotten better.
 
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CrystalQuest76

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Sounds like its time to sell the MacBook and get some cash in your pocket. Since you have a iMac on your desk at home you will be able to accomplish what is needed as far as assignments from classes. if you need to type of lecture notes or look up something during class, your iPad with an 30 dollar bluetooth keyboard will those needs. its better to have that cash than having to take out a payday loan or pay for rent with your credit card. That is a path to perpetual poverty.
Saving money is not a crime.
 
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fierarul

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> Sounds like its time to sell the MacBook and get some cash in your pocket.

Came here to say the same thing. Sell the MacBook and take the cash. The MacBook will only depreciate in value the more you keep it.

Also sell / return the Pencil if you are not using it near term.

Your iMac + iPad setup seems to be perfect for you! Enjoy it!
 
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Came here to say the same thing. Sell the MacBook and take the cash. The MacBook will only depreciate in value the more you keep it.
ALL Apple devices depreciate in value (with the exception of the odd Apple I in working condition).

Don't look at your Apple devices as an "investment" [sic]. They are expenses. A lot of Apple forum site commenters (not just here) stupidly refer to the products as investments. They're not.

My suggestion is that you stop thinking about buy and/or selling your Apple gear for a year or two. Based on this thread and others you have recently posted, you don't seem to have much justification in acquiring new equipment or getting rid of your current stuff since you don't have a situation where your current setup is not adequately performing what you need it to do.

Yes, yes, I am an indirect holder of AAPL stock (I own funds that have a position in AAPL), so I would love it if you buy more Apple stuff, but I can't promote reckless spending from someone who has credit issues.

Anyhow, do what you wish, you're an adult. You are fully responsible for your own actions.
 
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