So, is MBP + iPad 2 the new ultimate combo?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Ahheck01, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. Ahheck01 macrumors 6502

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    Now with the extra power and capabilities of the iPad 2, it seems that there are very few uses left for carrying a laptop around day-to-day - especially if you jailbreak. Other than high-end content creation (Final Cut Pro or CS5 etc), there seems to be little the iPad cannot do for most people.

    I've been using a 13" Macbook Pro for a long time (upgraded from unibody Macbook to 2.4ghz mid 2010 MBP) as a "mobile" workstation. It sucks for both. It's thick, heavy, and technically limited. 90% of my useage can be transferred to the iPad.

    For everything else (I do a fair share of video editing), it seems that the Quad Core 15" Macbook Pro in high-res anti-glare that can dock with a 27" Cinema Display at home would be the ideal power station that can be mobile if absolutely necessary.

    Are there any blatant limitations to this setup? Am I the only one thinking this way?

    Curious to your thoughts...
     
  2. gdeputy macrumors 6502a

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    Well, the price of your proposed setup is $3300. Why wouldn't you just spend 1699 on an iMac 27" and 499 on an iPad, costing only 2200?

    At that price point you could even grab yourself a base Macbook Pro 13" for 3400 total. if you wanted a portable REAL computer for those rare times you travel.

    So, yes, your the only one thinking that way.
     
  3. Ahheck01 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well, for the actual computer, it needs to be a powerhorse for frequent FCP editing. The way I proposed it's

    iPad 3G 16GB: $630
    Macbook Pro 15": $2650
    - 2.2 Ghz Core i7
    - 8GB RAM
    - 128GB SSD
    - Anti-glare High-Res
    Cinema Display: $1000

    Total: $4280


    With an iMac:
    iPad 3G 16GB: $630
    iMac 27": $2470
    - 2.93 Ghz Core i7
    - 8GB RAM
    - 1TB 7200rpm

    Total: $3100

    That iMac has a benchmark about 800 points lower than the MBP.

    The challenge is, on the days when I want to get out of the office and work from a Starbucks or B&N, with the iMac I'm stuck at home (I work from home). When I work from home, I've got 1 display, also. Either way I have a 27" screen for the editing, but in one case I have a high res 15" screen for daily stuff - IM, email, RSS, etc.

    I don't know... it's a challenging decision...
     

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