I'm supposed to take the day off on Saturday, and I'm not supposed to post. But is a computer post really a post? It's both off- and on-topic.
I have to replace the iMac by February at the latest (when its AppleCare protection runs out). At this point I've had correspondence with Ctein and a conversation with an Apple expert (who actually works for Apple) at the local Best Buy. Currently I'm thinking about making a 13" MacBook Air or 13" MacBook Pro the hub of my entire system. At home, I'd use my regular ergonomic keyboard, a 27" display, a powered hub for peripherals, an outboard superdrive, a separate hard drive for music and picture storage, and a Time Capsule to back everything up through CCC. At home, the Air or Pro would be the main CPU and the screen for Photoshop palettes. When I travel, I'd just remove the "heart" of the system—the lapdog—er, -top—and take it along with me.
Seems feasible, and I know myself well enough to know I'd probably run into headaches keeping two separate machines up to date with each other.
Wondering about your thoughts on this*. Mainly: 13-inch Air or 13-inch Pro with Retina Display? Which would you choose? Doesn't seem like they're very far apart, to my untrained eye.
[UPDATE: For the benefit of any lurkers, several people in the comments have mentioned that the MacBook Pros will receive their next round of upgrades in the Fall, and advised that anyone contemplating buying one wait till then. —MJ]
*But please—don't bother telling me I should try a PC—I started with a 128k
Macintosh in 1984, and this next one will be my 10th Mac, and I'm never
switching unless the world changes sufficiently that I absolutely must. I
appreciate that some people don't use (or like) Apple, but I do, and
that's the way the world is.
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Sixblockseast: "Crazy coincidence. I just read this post on a MacBook Pro on demo at Best Buy. Very timely for me, though I have never owned a Mac. That might change soon."
David Miller: "Help-me-decide posts really don't help much, do they? Having a bit of insight into your mind over years of pleasurably following your blog, I'm pretty certain you've read the reviews and considered the decision from all available angles. And it's a toss-up isn't it? I suspect you've come to the conclusion that it's a matter of display vs. portability. The difficulty with deciding is that when you've chosen one you can't have the other. Hey, they're both great computers and you'll be very happy with either one. (This philosophical approach isn't making it easier for me to choose between two cameras.)"
Peter: "What a great choice to have to make! I vote for the MacBook Air with the 512 GB SSD. It's the computer you will have with you! Ours is one-third the weight/size of our Pro. And it's faster. Got one for my wife for her birthday months ago, and, still, I can do no wrong! The only downside—I inherited the Pro. I'm thinking of dropping it down the stairs so I'll get an Air on my birthday."
Joe Decker: "I really love the MBP retina screen and have never regretted it, and, with SSDs, I feel like I'm getting some of the weight/portability gain that I would have needed to go to an Air for in previous generations. I realize this is more a 'how I approach the question emotionally' post than a 'here's some objective data,' but it's what I got. :-) "