Originally Posted by wizard69
However I sometimes think a laptop with a detachable monitor would be nice. I've actually flirted with the idea of a Mini with a thin light weight monitor as a companion. Of late I've been a bit bummed about laptop serviceability and general expense. But then all those cables come to mind to make this all work.
This makes me wonder if it would be feasable to power a monitor off of TBs 10 watts of power.
Originally Posted by Lemon Bon Bon.
Why don't you just buy an Ivy Bridge i7 Mini which will see a decent boost in integrated graphics or one with a discrete Gpu option when it hits?
What actual work are you going to do?
To be honest. Considering the relatively light work I've done on my iMac until I get to the point where I start smacking 3D graphics harder I might as well have bought a Mini and a third party monitor.
Or try it when Haswell hits. (Which is shaping up to be a 'tock' that may well make the Mini a very nice little machine...) Who knows by then, Thunderbolt HDs may be much cheaper to give you faster, portable external HD and there may be cheaper/smaller Thunderbolt monitors out there as well.
If somebody put a Mini on my desktop right now...I wouldn't feel any shame in it . I just feel it's a overpriced. Par the course for Apple desktops.
Lemon Bon Bon.
They made somewhat expensive decisions on hardware choices for their low end machine. They're choices geared toward very low power consumption and the ability to make an ultra compact machine rather than toward maximum performance. Apple is in kind of a unique spot there where if someone wants a Mac, they are likely to settle one of Apple's options even if it's not perfectly suitable in every aspect. Apple's focus is pretty clearly on idevices. They're looking for growth areas. I'm not bothered by this, but I'm trying to understand it.
Bleh it's annoying trying to gauge how my own needs will look before Haswell at the moment, but I don't see myself waiting for that. That's the next big thing in Intel terms. If we see a shift in the mac pro form factor, I've said this before, but that would be the time to expect it. Like other workstation builds, Apple builds a logic board design to last two cpu cycles (whether they use the available cpus or not). It's the same with the Windows oems. They'll probably slide one out for Sandy. Then if you look at some of the extremely hot E5s coming out here, they're unlikely to scale things down at this time given the priority of a silent machine especially with the number of people who do audio work on a Mac. They'd keep the same board through Ivy Bridge E. We have no way of knowing when Haswell Xeons would be. Intel has been all over the board on this. They try to provide estimates, but they don't want a bad release to bite them in the ass. Haswell is likely to scale back heat at the Xeon level as well to favor high density servers. Looking at the direction of Lenovo and HP, their newer workstation designs really aren't geared for extremely hot cpus that require massive fans. You have to remember these machines represent very high margin items for the Windows oems. Even then I think some of the newest designs are slightly experimental in that they want something tested by the time it becomes fully possible to build the best hardware into a smaller form factor.
Originally Posted by Lemon Bon Bon.
Computer Porn/lust of the highest order.
And I don't even like laptops. But I find the Macbook Air very sexy. My work colleague went bonkers over hers.
...and I'd been evangelising the Mac for years to her. She didn't buy the iBook/Macbook but she went mental for the Air.
Personally, give me an Alu Cube 8x8 with Wizard's dream specs and I'd be the first in line wacking off publicly outside an Apple store.
Computer fantasies. Everybody's got them.
*no shame here.
Lemon Bon Bon.
I don't really care about laptop vs desktop vs tablet or whatever. If the device fits my needs, I tend to like it. I'm not big on technolust, and the need to upgrade really is commonly misunderstood. Quite often it's a case of I have to work like this on X machine while this one would allow for changes to my workflow. Print media production has used predominantly macs for many many years. It's kind of a slowly dying (or at least shrinking) market segment. If you look at what Adobe puts out vs a company like the Foundry, they're just not even close. Mari and Nuke are just ridiculously innovative, and color/gamma is handled in a much more logical manner. It used to be that such complex math wasn't practical for still imagery, but the resolution available in raw video footage has shot up massively in recent years. I don't personally use Nuke due to its cost and very little reason to at this point, but it's an item on my list of things to learn within the next year (along with C++, yes I'm nerdy as hell). I don't pick out arbitrary things to add. I look at current and potential market adoption in case I end up working under another company. I also look at what adds to what I do currently. What I like about companies like the foundry is that they don't rely solely on making simple programs. Making a program intuitive or providing a lot of documentation and potential mock workflows for learning purposes can be a really good thing. I just find it odd how many half baked barely functional features Adobe likes to add to a $700 program. Some of the oldest tools in it are actually some of the most powerful and least likely to fail in weird situations.
What appeals to me is what I can do with a computer. You mentioned animation and stuff. Consider that hardware gains have changed the workflows in a lot of ways. Zbrush can handle way more polygons since the 64 bit transition. It's possible to do real time viewport simulations on things that really wouldn't have worked in the past. Things that would have required the use of maps in the past can instead be done with geometry. I've tried to explain this to others before. If you use something for work, you set up a workflow that doesn't choke the available hardware whenever possible, so even if the speed of your current machine is fine, much of the time updated hardware enables the use of newer features and workflow adjustments that would have been too taxing on the older hardware.
Anyway I keep getting off topic so I'm going to end my post here