While I love film, it is not practical to completely give up the digital workflow. As explained in an earlier post, my MacBook Pro from 2009 is getting a bit old. Due to the lack of hard drives set up for Firewire I had to either buy a new machine or settle for USB2.0 transfer speeds. I decided to get this wonderful desktop for USD 2,500 bought right here in Indonesia.
In terms of specs it has a 3.8Ghz Intel Core i5 with a meager 8 GB of RAM and a 2Tb hard drive. The processor is the fastest I could get in the 2017 iMac. I never get higher RAM from Apple as I have found it easy and more affordable to upgrade myself. The lack of RAM is evident when I get Lightroom and Photoshop running at the same time with some other programs in the background.
The screen is to die for. It is massive and give more flexibility in terms of calibrations then the MacBook Pro does. The sound is extremely good for monitor speakers and the thin design is wonderful to look at. The four USB 3.0 drives and two Thunderbolt help ensure that I can plug in anything I need to. Set up is a breeze and I was up and running in a couple of hours, after downloading the software I use again.
It has a heck of a chin and the screen does not go to the edges. I know this is a small issue however I am sure that this is what will make this machine look dated in a few years time. The Keyboard it comes with is a bit small and the keys are a little squishy to press.
I love laptops. The problem is that I use them as desktops for 95% of the time. So it was time for a dedicated desktop. Now I know I could have gone PC and gotten much more for my dollar however, as explained before, PC is what I use at work. The Mac interface reminds me that I am on a computer to have fun. I am very happy with my purchase and once I get the new external hard drives and some more RAM this will be the exact machine for me.
Price & Value:
Final price was just over USD 2,500 so it is high. But for those who know Macs you get what you pay for. Sure you can get better specs for the money but if you want the Mac experience it will set you back a bit. It is very well built so I believe it will indeed last. My MacBook Pro lasted for 8 years, so if I get a similar longevity from this machine I will be looking at about USD 1 per day.
Patrick...confirmed film & digital photography addict.