This has been at the back of my mind for a while, but now that I have a gig coming up in July teaching high school English online for a (very intense) three weeks, it figure now’s the time to act.
I’ve had a 2017 12” MacBook since its release; I encountered keyboard issues a couple of times but have had the fortune of being close to two Apple Stores, so repair hasn’t been an issue.
However, I’ve since essentially switched to an iPad Pro for daily work, so the extreme mobility of the MacBook isn’t something I want or need anymore. Plus, the keyboard (this time, the space bar) is acting up again. With a recent refresh of the iMac plus a full knowledge of what’s happening this year with the Mac Pro (i.e. definite overkill for my needs) I feel ready to make a change to suit my work these days.
So there’s a couple of elements to this question:
(1) Apple’s trade in program is quoting me at $800 Canadian. This seems OK—should I be going for much more? The machine is an 1.3 i5 / 8 GB / 512GB. Part of me wants to eat the potential loss in revenue by doing with the trade in to avoid the finagling with selling on Kijiji or whatnot. It was $2000 with tax two years ago, but it’s still the current version of the MacBook.
(2) Which desktop (or laptop) to switch to? It seems to me that the 27 inch iMac is where the value is now that I have my portable needs fully met with the iPad (even more so with iPadOS).
I was looking at configs and I think the 2019 Radeon 570 / i5 hexacore / 8GB RAM / 512 GB SSD is a good fit (idea being I can upgrade RAM later, of course). I would love to do some photography workflows and 4K video editing on it, but mostly for short (2-5min) videos and not day in and day out. I should also note that I’m big on audio recording with Logic X and would love a machine that can handle a lot of AUs.
With tax and my education discount this config comes to about $3000. There’s a similar 2017 machine available for about $200 less in the refurbished section, but I really think the delta is worth it for the jump from 4 to 6 cores alone.
So that’s the plan—thoughts? Sound reasonable? I guess the only essential question for me is whether I’m going to regret getting the base model + SSD versus something like the 8-core or Vega graphics. I’m confident that 512 SSD is comfortable—getting external SSD drives if it comes to that.