I can't decide which new Mac to get!
I currently have a 2008 unibody MacBook, 2ghz Intel Core 2 Duo. I want a new Mac but want to make the right decision and investment. I don't necessarily need a laptop, since I feel my iPad can replace most things I can do for portability.
I was waiting for the new Mac Mini to come out, but that turned out to be a huge disappointment. I can get the top of the line mini with 3 ghz dual core i7, 256 gb ssd drive, 16 gb ram, Intel Iris for $1399. Or I could get a refurbished 2014 MacBook Pro retina 15" with 2.2 ghz quad core i7, 16gb ram, 256gb ssd drive, Intel Iris Pro graphics for $1,699. That gives a more powerful computer and portability for $300 more.
Also looking at the iMac retina, but seems pretty expensive and I'm not sure how powerful and long lasting that machine will be. That's a ton of pixels to have to push. When the iPad with retina display came out, it worked great, but video still stuttered and wasn't up to it's potential until a couple generations after that. That's how I feel about the iMac retina, but at $2500, it's quite an investment for a computer that may not last that long and be powerful enough for full screen video games or 5k movies that play with no hiccups.
Then I'm looking at the refurbished Mac Pro, 3.7 ghz quad core Intel Xeon E5, 12GB memory, 256 GB SSD drive, dual video cards AMD Fire Pro D300 2GB for $2,549. I feel like this machine would be a great investment, even though more expensive up front, it would last longer than the others because of the superior specs.
I currently have a 27" LED Cinema Display so I don't need an All In One. I like to play moderately graphic intensive games (Civilization, Sims, Sim City 4...) and I dabble in video production as a hobby. Not sure if a Mac Pro would be a waste of money and power for what I would use it for.. I can't see myself ever needing the 6 Thunderbolt ports. I just really want a fast, powerful computer that can keep up with the times.
Which would you choose? I'm kind of in a rut and bummed that Apple didn't release a more substantial Mini!