Ask DN: Thoughts on a Mac Mini as a Design/Dev Solution?

8 years ago from Kelly Lawrence, Front-end Developer at Chalk

  • Clark WimberlyClark Wimberly, 8 years ago

    It's not a Mini but I used a Macbook Air for my main design machine for over a year and noticed very few (if any) performance problems.

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    • Kelly LawrenceKelly Lawrence, 8 years ago

      Thanks for the heads up Clark! I had considered the idea of getting a Macbook Air or Pro, and just hooking it up to one of my existing monitors. My concern though was having it constantly plugged in for power, as I wouldn't be taking it around with me really.

      I assume you probably used your laptop in a number of different locations, and didn't usually leave it plugged in at one spot for longer periods of time, or longer than it needed to be full charged I guess?

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      • Clark WimberlyClark Wimberly, 8 years ago

        I got the Macbook after I started working in an office, so I generally haul it back and forth with me each day. Sometimes when I'm feeling lazy and know I won't need it, I'll leave it somewhere for a while, but overall it's been pretty traveled.

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      • Bowen LiBowen Li, 8 years ago (edited 8 years ago )

        I have a MBP as my primary work computer. It's plugged in 8hrs a day when I'm at the office and hooked up to a monitor. The device is smart enough to know when to charge or use the wall power vs charging the battery. I wouldn't worry about that at all.

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        • Kelly LawrenceKelly Lawrence, 8 years ago

          Thanks for that Bowen! The one thing I've consistently heard about being an issue with laptops is the power cables, which usually seem to go first. I'm sure Apple's are a little more studier and made to last, but I wasn't sure how they would handle being left plugged in for extremely long periods of time.

          I'll definitely look a little more into the laptop route now though! Would you happen to know if there's much different in terms of the different MacBook Pro's when it comes to multiple display inputs?

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          • Bowen LiBowen Li, 8 years ago

            I think it depends on which model/year you are getting. The new ones are listed here: http://store.apple.com/us/buy-mac/macbook-pro

            It says "up to two external displays" - for the retina models, but again you should double check on the exact model you end up getting.

            The other thing to note is the new macbooks have both HDMI and thunderbolt ports. If your monitor doesn't have one of these as input, you'll have to buy an adapter.

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            • Kelly LawrenceKelly Lawrence, 8 years ago

              Thanks for that link, and pointing out the HDMI and Thunderbolt ports. My displays all have HDMI inputs, so there won't be any issues there. I was just curious about the dual-display setup as I do have a few monitors that I would intend to hook things up to, so I would want to make sure that wouldn't be an issue.

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