Upgrading(?): 24inch iMac to 13inch MBA..

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by lzyprson, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. lzyprson, Aug 20, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2012

    lzyprson macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2012
    Hey Everyone,

    So.... With the release of Mt. Lion, I, like many other Mac users, found out that Airplay Mirroring was not supported on my Late 2007 24inch iMac. This of course drove me nuts :eek:, and for the last several weeks i havent selpt thinking of how I am going to upgrade my main computer.

    I've been reading about an iMac refresh, but grew impatient and purchased a 2012 13inch MBA... Needless to say, I love it. It's an amazing computer, but my issue is that I'm not entirely sure that this puppy could serve as the hub or "center of my digital-life". I've never loved laptops... Prior to my iMac, i owned a Powerbook. It was a Champ until the Aluminum iMac was introduced... Anyway.. Ever since the iPad, i've only felt limited in doing just a certain amount of computer functions. One's that I had no problem going down to my dining room at 3:00am to do whatever I couldnt on the iPad.

    Now im conflicted in my decision and wonder if the MBA is everything that i'll need for my home. I'm running a terrabyte hard drive attached to my Airport Extreme, all media files are streamed to my apple Tv's from this drive, unless they were purchased from iTunes and streamed from the cloud. I do very light photo editing, no video editing, and use my Desktop (now MBA) to backup my iphone and ipad, store music, movies, and most importantly my photos.

    Finally my Question: Would i be better off with an iMac or Mac Mini? Or could the MBA do all of this (with super limited hard drive space) and some? Again, the MBA would never-ever leave my house. I honestly feel like it would also cannibalize the use of my iPad (because it's so darn awesome and thin) for my uses'. The Apple Specialists also made me a bit nervous by stressing the importance of AppleCare for the MBA - especially because only Apple can open/fix them.

    Looking forward to your input...


    PS. I've read that leaving an MBA plugged into its powercord for long durations can fry the battery. regardless of whether this is true or not, I loved the idea of having my iMac run for long periods of time without having to shut it off. Leaving the lid open on a sleeping MBA is also driving me crazy (and I've only owned it for 48 hours)!.
  2. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    I haven't touched my iPad (3rd gen) since getting the 11" Air. Sits in its TwelveSouth HoverBar looking pretty. Also haven't touched my 17" AG, and returned a rMBP. It's a beauty.

    I'm absolutely sure you could get away with using it on its own. Although a mini would be nice little addition.
  3. lzyprson thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2012
    I hear ya... I'm really just using this laptop as a controller or access point, to access the data on that external HD. It's nice to be able to do a few things outside of the dining room again, but I'm worried that it might not be worth it in the long term. Even though my iMac was only 5 years old, I never had a single issue with it - Sold is recently for $800, when i purchased it for about 1900 in 2007... I really wish they would announce a new iMac or Mac Mini soon so that i could settle the dispute I am having with my self... hahaha..


    PS.. The thunderbolt display would probably solve my problems, but that's setting my budget back by about 1k, when they might wind up updating those soon too!
  4. LeandrodaFL macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2011
    Yes, it can be the center of your digital life, as long as it has enough disk drive space.

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