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I have read through most of the threads here, but did not see my specific question addressed.
I have a number of Macs here at home, but none are "ideal" for the kind of post-processing and storage I need. I use PS6 and LR5, but have been challenged by both performance and storage issues.
I am currently using a Mid 2011 MacBook Air with a 1.7 GHz Intel i5, Intel HD graphics 3000, 4 GB of RAM and a 250 GB SSD that is nearly full.
I have access to a 13" MacBook Pro, with the a 2.3 GHz i5, 8 GB of RAM, and the same Intel Graphics. It has a 300 GB hard disk, that runs at 5400 RPM. I also have an uninstalled upgrade kit for this machine that will allow me to jump to 16 GB of RAM and to use the OWC data doubler system to pull out the DVD drive and put in a second HD that is 750 GB at 720 RPM
I have a first gen 27" cinema display, an older 24" cinema display and a third 20" older display as well.
I think the Air is pretty much at its limits, other than sticking some sort of external storage on it; do I upgrade the MBP with the kit I have and hope it gives me better performance? Or, do I look at a Mac mini with as much RAM and disk as I can put in it? I can't see going for an iMac given the displays I have, but do want to get better graphic performance. I could also, possibly, get into a new MBP, but again can't really rationalize the price gievn all the gear I have.
I am leaning towards the Mini, but wonder how it has gone for folks. Thoughts and suggestions?