Hey folks! This is going to be a bit of a long post, so bear with me.
Before the Bad Old Days of the butterfly keyboards, I used to be a laptop-only person. I’d plug my MacBook Pro into an external display and deal with the weird bugs that accompany that, but I’d have the benefit that all my stuff lives on one device.
During the Bad Old Days, I switched to an iMac Pro after my 4th keyboard replacement on a laptop. I have a MacBook Air for when I need to be portable. The screen on the air is small, and managing my work on two machines is time consuming and laborious, so I’d like to just get one of the 16" MacBook Pros and an external display. But I don’t know what to get here.
The laptop part is easy:
- 16" MacBook Pro (I like bigger screens, even if the machines are heavier, for my graphic design and photography work)
- M1 Max, 64GB of RAM for future proofing, 4TB storage
I need help with other things:
Which external display should I get? The Ultrafine 5K, which I’ve owned before, is not a nice monitor. I’d love to get the Pro Display with the matte option, but it’s nearly $8k in Canada, and that seems exorbitant. It feels like both displays have incoming replacements in the next few months. Should I just get the Ultrafine and replace it in a year or two once the dust has settled on the display story? (Also: My wife works from home with standard-issue Windows machines; can she use the Ultrafine too?)
What about external hard drives? I’ve had some small Seagate drives plugged into my iMac for backups and extra storage. I won’t be able to do that all the time with the laptop, so I was looking into a NAS, but I really don’t know where to start. My understanding is that the NAS allows for Time Machine backups, and if you wanted to, you could get multiple NAS hard drives and back them up to each other automatically for redundancy. But I really don’t know what I’m getting into here. I’d like to have wireless Time Machine backups, and it’d be great to have long-term storage for finished projects that’s accessible easily, but I’d also like to have Backblaze take care of redundancy.
I’ve always been a fan of having backup drives for my backup drives (I’ve had catastrophes in the past that I’d like to avoid forever in the future). So as ridiculous as two NAS drives sounds, I’m kind of leaning towards that right now, but like I said, I really don’t know what I’m getting into here. I just know I won’t always be able to plug in to a desktop hard drive going forward.
I’d love any perspectives and insight on all this; I need to budget for my business this year and this is going to be the biggest expense by a country mile. Thanks all!