I’m in Barcelona, putting my feet up after a day of tourism, following a week of covering Mobile World Congress, a wireless industry conference attended by more than 100,000 people from around the world.
The press room is massive, with three working areas and space for hundreds and hundreds of journalists. The conference organizers set up working rooms for journalists, with rows of empty tables, with power supplies and Ethernet and WiFi connections.
Here’s a photo to show you what it looks like in use. Everybody here brought their their own laptop or tablet. You can see about a fifth of the available space for journalists. Everything about this conference is HUGE.
I talked with him this year. His English is not very good, but I was able to glean that he does video production, and just needs the power and screen size, so he shleps that iMac from wherever. Makes sense … but still, it looks odd, and it must be really difficult to work on an airplane tray table!
Mobile World Congress bounces from continent to continent every year, if I remember correctly, so it would take a really disciplined traveler to haul that around. Stowed in the overhead I assume. If he’s doing video then I wonder if he’s also carrying that kit around too?
I’ve never hauled around an iMac, except for one time when I moved a few states over and needed to work in a hotel for a few days. But there was a time a number of years back when my laptop died, and I started carrying my Mac mini around and using that as a “portable” computer. It worked for a time! I eventually did get a new MacBook Pro, but I still have fond memories of showing up at coworking spaces and whatnot and whipping a Mac mini out of my backpack.
We take my wife’s iMac all around the country in our RV. I made a device to lock it down to the desk so it can’t move when traveling. Handy to have the big screen.
I’ve considered moving from my aging MBP to a mac mini. My iPad serves me well for most portable needs. I could put a small display in the RV and have a big display at home. Even something as small as a 19” would be far larger than the 15” I now deal with.
I had both (actually, the earlier Apple //+, with Integer Graphics Card, and cassette tape drive!). But I actually used the Mac to write papers (printed to an ImageWriter II) - many, many papers, using WriteNow. Don’t know how I did it without killing my wrists.
I looked into taking a 27" 5K iMac to trade shows to show off our software, with our Mac version on the left and a Windows VM on the right. The 27 inches proved to be too much, but I did find a carrying case for the 21" iMac that was purported to fit in an overhead bin. Never followed through, though.
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So, they don’t recommend checking the bags and they punt the question re: can they be used as carry-on luggage.
This model won’t even fit the iMac under discussion. You’d need the next lager one for a 21.5" iMac, and that’s even larger.