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

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

  • Nathaniel PeralesNathaniel Perales, 8 years ago

    I have the 1st gen 13" Retina MacBook Pro with 16gb of RAM and a 256gb SSD. It's my main work computer for web design and photography (http://sincerelyyours.co). I have it connected to two 24" monitors (thunderbolt to DVI and an Amazon HDMI to DVI adapter) at my desk and it still screams. And this computer is getting close to 2.5 years old.

    When doing nothing but coding/photoshop/illustrator/sketch/ios simulator I feel no lag whatsoever on the computer. Honestly when I'm working with photos that's the only time I feel a tiny lag (5 seconds to process a Sony A7 RAW photo at 24 megapixels which is understandable).

    I'd repeat the same sentiments as everyone else, if you get any Mac, get it with an SSD and max the RAM. The SSD will push the length of time your Mac will last. If you don't think you'll need to have it portable than just stick to Mac mini, but don't let the power chord hold you back from getting a laptop. I love my MacBook Pro, just make sure you don't put stress on it when you're wrapping it up. There are ways of doing it that don't cause it to fray. It's super simple.

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