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| p.1 #1 · System Advice Wanted: MacBookPro/Lightroom/NAS |
I am looking for advice on a system. I know this is a long post but for those of you willing to read it and comment I would be most appreciative.
I currently have a Mac Pro 2.66 Quad Core, 16 Gb RAM (2009) with calibrated IPS monitor in our home office. OS and programs on one drive, data on another. I run lightroom, photoshop, imovie etc. I am not a pro, or super heavy user, but I do enjoy photography, using RAW files and editing them. I have been waiting for the 13" rMBP for awhile so I could do misc email, web, and some photo stuff in the family living area on a small light computer.
The more I read about built in memory, built in hard drives, and the inability of lightroom to be easily used across different computers I started second guessing this plan.
Given the performance of the 15" MBP now, relative to my 2009 Mac Pro, I started wondering if I should ditch the Mac Pro and go exclusively with a MBP. It certainly would be nice to just have everything on one computer and I could then move between family areas, being on the road, or hooked up to my external monitor/keyboard in the office when I wanted to. I then started looking for options to access all my photos and movies without having them on the actual laptop because of space limitations and started to learn about NAS.
I have put some options I am considering below and would love any feedback you can provide, whether it is on one of these three or something else all together.
1) Keep Mac Pro for photography stuff/main computer and use a rMBP/MBP for other
2) Get a 15" MBP and use it exclusively. Access image files and data from a NAS.
3) Get a 15" MBP and use it exclusively. Access image files and data from a large 2.5" USB 3 external drive that I could easily grab for the road or to go to family living space. (when space eventually fills up I would have to move some off this drive)
Thanks. Any help is much appreciated.