In a recent post I had to admit that my trusty 2011 MacBook had just had its best time and was to be replaced - if somehow possible.
Yesterday i received a pretty big package that had made its way from Shanghai via Incheon and Cologne finally to my doorstep - inside a new iMac, about the lowest entry variant regarding processor-power that is, but with a big screen (27") and lots of RAM.
My reasons (actually just collecting some of them here) not to go with another - current - MacBook but with an iMac instead were that i use my iPad enroute a lot, and find it much more usable and practical than a laptop. Checking emails, taking notes, exchanging messages via different messaging apps, looking up information quickly work all great if not better on the iPad than on a laptop - the latter is not only heavier and bulkier to carry around, but also has to be taken out, opened while balancing other stuff that is in your hands at that very moment also (coffee-mugs/tea-cups anyone?)
For more serious tasks, when i really need a full blown 'computer' for software-development or audio- and video-work i usually do not have the resources - audio-hardware, interfaces etc. - and the concentration-supporting-environment for those task with me anyway. That means, that if i want to work an a piece of software i seldom can get into the zone in busy environments. For brainstorming and new ideas busy can be a great inspiration. But to achieve something clean and organized - to make a product - portability to me is much less important than the size of the screen area for example.
Still there might be times when i will try to bring my home-computer with me to solve a task like the ambioSonics-streaming - which is a huge topic at the moment in my universe as the group would like to stream all events from now on. But again, it is not impossible to carry an iMac to a session once monthly, but for the rest of the month it is much more convenient to work with a large screen when doing serious work. Yes, there would have been the option to go with a MacBook and an external screen, but: have you looked at the prices for a Pro-MacBook recently? And a good - not just an ok - screen? I figured i could buy two iMacs for the price of one MacBook-plus-external-screen-setups.
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