On a recent MPU, @MacSparky discussed what would be, for him, a big step – selling the iMac and using the MacBook Pro as his only computer.
I was surprised by the discussion, because I’ve been working that way for most of the past 27 years. I say it was surprising because I almost never feel like I know more about anything Apple-related than David does.
They key to make it work is that when I’m home, I keep the MBP attached to an external 27" display, and USB keyboard and trackpad. Even pre-COVID, I went weeks at a time with the MBP staying put and connected in my home office, and I use an iPad when I want to compute around the house, outside of the office.
Pre-COVID, I unhooked the MBP every few weeks when I needed to take it out of the office. That operation requires only seconds to complete – three connectors – one for the power supply, one for a USB-C hub that connects the keyboard, trackball, and a backup disk; the third for my external monitor, which is an ancient 2010 Apple Cinema Display that requires a dongle to connect to USB-C.
I expect somebody with more modern peripheral hardware could reduce the number of connections to two or even one.
Connecting and disconnecting also requires a few seconds to fiddle with window placement and size, but I expect that could be automated with Keyboard Maestro.
Often, when returning home from a business trip, I’d work on the plane and end up having to upload articles when I arrived home. I’d walking the door, sometimes after 11 pm, give the wife a kiss, pat the dog, and announce, “I’M NOT HOME YET!” I’d go immediately to my office, hook up the Mac, wait for it to wake up and realize where it was, and then finish work. The whole operation took 10 minutes and could be completed even after I was exhausted from an international flight – that’s how simple it is.