Hello DN! For the past few months, I've been considering purchasing an Apple based computer or laptop, purely for design/development work when I'm at home. As I do most of my design/development work these days at my job on an iMac, I've become pretty comfortable with the Mac OS, and how I have things setup there, so it seems like a good idea to me to buy one for use when I'm at home.
I've been looking into that Mac Mini as a solution, for a few reasons:
- It's relatively small, and I can mount it behind one of my existing monitors, which supports multiple inputs, so I don't have to unplug/replug cables everytime I want to switch between computers.
- It's pretty portable, should I need to take it with me somewhere. I never really go away on vacations or that sort of thing, and it would be quite likely that wherever I might be going with a Mac Mini, I would just be able to plug it into an existing TV/monitor/projector, etc.
- It seems like it would be a more affordable solution in comparison to something like a MacBook Pro, which while I wouldn't mind having a laptop, I never seem to go anywhere enough that I could justify purchasing one.
My main concern about going with a Mac Mini is the power aspect of things. For pure development, I wouldn't see that being an issue, but I was more concerned about the design side of things. Would any DN members out there have any personal knowledge of using a Mac Mini for design work, and how it handles things like Photoshop or After Effects for example, performance wise? (AE isn't maybe the best example, as I could use my current PC for that as it handles it quite well).
Any knowledge, suggestions, etc, would be greatly appreciated!