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    New computer - Mac or PC?

    A few years ago I got a MacMini2012 because some dev work required a Mac. Gradually it ended up as my main machine, running Windows in Parallels, and my older Winbox got retired.
    Now, the MacMini is getting more and more unreliable and I figure I'm due a replacement (I got it 2014 I think). I quite enjoy MacOS but the new MacMinis are really pricey - and less easily user-servable/upgradeable.

    These days I typically do all my dev work on remote VMs so host OS is less important. Clearly I can get a WinBox for a few hundred quid, or even get a decent laptop and use that with external peripherals for comfortably under a grand.

    I know it's subjective but just wondered what people reckon?
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    #2
    Get a laptop with some flavour of linux on it? Frankly, if you're just using it for remote VMs, rather than worry about the OS, focus on price, build quality, upgradeability/future proofing, size, weight, screen, reliability etc.
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      #3
      I moved from a Mac Pro to a refurbished Dell Latitude 9491.

      It cost 2/3rds less and I'm very happy with it (although next time I'll spend a little more and get a better screen).
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        #4
        My company has a 27" iMac, which does a great job, but having a PC laptop is useful as well.
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          #5
          Currently, have a new mac mini for iOS dev work and have a Surface book2 for .Net development. I can tell you which one I prefer but I don't think it would help you if all your work is remote. I guess go for a laptop with a good screen, keyboard, battery and sounds like any OS will do you.

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            #6
            If all the work is remote, build a super powerful desktop. And then play Elite Dangerous on it.
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              #7
              Originally posted by NotAllThere View Post
              If all the work is remote, build a super powerful desktop. And then play Elite Dangerous on it.
              I would recommend VR if you go down that route, so get a good graphics card. Hotus makes it much more fun.

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                #8
                Originally posted by NotAllThere View Post
                If all the work is remote, build a super powerful desktop. And then play Elite Dangerous on it.
                you don't need anything particualrly powerfull for E.
                Unless going VR, and then it's just the GPU you need.
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                  #9
                  I was thinking about this the other day, I use a Mac for home and typically clients give me a PC. If it's new enough and nicely specced (screen, ram, basic CPU, nothing drastic), I'd happily work on either.

                  The only thing I would say is that Macs don't run Visio or Project unless you use something like Parallels. That can come up quite a lot and in one situation I was emailed a project plan and expected to feed back on it half an hour later and had to do some very quick installing

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by woohoo View Post
                    Currently, have a new mac mini for iOS dev work and have a Surface book2 for .Net development. I can tell you which one I prefer but I don't think it would help you if all your work is remote. I guess go for a laptop with a good screen, keyboard, battery and sounds like any OS will do you.
                    It's also my main home PC - I think I've come to prefer MacOS for general use but probably not enough to pay an extra £500 for it.

                    Originally posted by PerfectStorm View Post
                    I was thinking about this the other day, I use a Mac for home and typically clients give me a PC. If it's new enough and nicely specced (screen, ram, basic CPU, nothing drastic), I'd happily work on either.

                    The only thing I would say is that Macs don't run Visio or Project unless you use something like Parallels. That can come up quite a lot and in one situation I was emailed a project plan and expected to feed back on it half an hour later and had to do some very quick installing
                    I have had that before. Equally for non-work stuff, some apps are Mac only (in music for example).

                    Technically, a Mac will let you do both via BootCamp/Parallels but a PC won't let you run MacOS (I cannot be arsed with Hackintosh stuff).


                    I was looking at Dell yesterday and seems like even for £500 you can get a reasonable 15" laptop. Nothing special but probably enough IF I want a laptop. Though I'd have to check it can drive my QHD monitor via HDMI. Of course, I'd love a proper dock but they are £200 which I balk at rather!

                    I assume I can find a PC equivalent of MacMini if I don't want a beige box - I do like the small form factor
                    Originally posted by MaryPoppins
                    I'd still not breastfeed a nazi
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