2011 MacBook Pro
Since I am switching most of my computing to Macs, I needed a laptop to complete the cycle. The choice wasn't as easy as I thought, but I found the right laptop for my needs.
Initially, I had planned to get a 13 inch MacBook Air. The SSD and light weight design made it my top choice. However, I decided to go the Apple store and mess around with it before I committed to buying one.
At the store, I looked at the 11 inch model first and it wasn't much larger than my iPad, which left me wondering if I would ever want to use it. The iPad had not left my side since I got it the day they came out on the market (I ordered it because I do not get the whole idea of waiting in line for hours). I then saw the 13 inch on another table. It was bigger and I thought I could do some photo editing on it, which was one of my main concerns.
I thought it was my choice, but I wanted to walk around and look at the iMacs while I was there. On my way to the iMacs, I saw a 15 inch MBP. I decided to open one of the photo apps on it and it was fast and had a beautiful screen. I was sold. I knew it weighed more, but I will mainly use this at home, so it was not really a big deal.
When I ordered the MBP, I also got the antiglare screen. I have tried to use my iPad outside and the glare is impossible to deal with. I actually ended up buying a Kindle just for those times I want to read in the sun. I found a refurbished version of the MBP with the antiglare screen and I bought it. They even included an extra 4GBs of RAM!
I tested the MBP's thunderbolt with my iMac and other than having to reboot, it worked without any issues. I doubt I will use that feature very often, but I had to try it out, just in case I want to use it later and find out there is an issue outside my warranty.
While I have mainly switched to OSX, I may add Win7 to the MBP down the road. There are still some programs in Windows only that I use on occasion and the MBP is supposed to run Windows without any problems.
Anyway, the MBP is really great and the fact that I can buy something once in the Apple store and use it on all my Macs is great! Also, I am happy to have a laptop with a DVD drive. I know we are moving to a diskless society, but I really like the ability to rip CDs, play DVDs, or install programs from disc (like Win7).
Why an iMac?
I recently bought a 27 inch iMac after using a Mac Mini for a year. Many people suggested that I buy one of the new Apple Cinema Displays and just use a MacBook Pro (which I intended to buy) with it.
While I did think about that use for several days, I decided to get an iMac instead.
Here are a few of the reasons:
1. A refurb iMac was about $425 more than a ACD (Apple Cinema Display). For the extra money, you get a lot hard drive space and a really fast computer.
2. Unknown future capability of thunderbolt. If the thunderbolt cable goes the way of firewire on the iPod, it could render the display useless for future use.
3. A full computer has better future capability than just a display. The reason is that I can use Slingbox, Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, MOG, Pandora, etc.. with it. If I decide to update the display, I can use the iMac in the guest room as a way to watch video or listen to audio.
5. While I do see the benefit of having everything on one computer, I also see that it will be a pain to have to carry the laptop around and hook it up every time I want to use it with an external display. I mainly want to have the laptop available in the living room and do not want to have to track it down in my office every time I want to use it.
6. If one of the computers needs repair, I am still in business.
Also, I have a shared network drive that makes it easy to use files on both computers. Dropbox makes it easy to send files back and forth when I am away from home with the laptop.
Dog loving, Big Green Egg worshiping, Tech enthusiast, residing in Memphis, TN. Home of the Tigers, Grizzlies, Elvis, Al Green, Stax, Hi Records, Ardent Studios, Beale Street, Peabody Ducks, etc.. I have also added the Jeep Wrangler to the list of things I am enthusiastic about.
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