Contemplating a new Mac for my new office set-up this year

Posted By on January 18, 2023

As the great Yogi Berra is credited with saying, “It’s déjà vu all over again.”


It is once again time to contemplate my home office computer set-up … something I seem to do every year. The last time I updated my main computer was when I replaced an early Mac Mini with the current 2012 iMac some 11 years ago. The earlier Mac Mini was a bit of a disappointment after leaving my G3 and G4 Macs behind, but there really wasn’t enough improvement in processing power to make all that much of a different. MacintoshIIciThe later, my 27” Intel-chipped iMac, did not disappoint and with a second 27” Thunderbolt display has fit all my needs. Back in 2018-2019 I did have some overheating issues and had to self-replace the power supply board (added a SSHD and cleaned while I had it apart – dusty!). I’ve had A LOT of Apple hardware over the decades and can say wholeheartedly that this iMac has been the best … followed closely by the faithful old Macintosh IIci.  

This time it does seem as if the iMac is getting a little sluggish, but then I do run two monitors, two operation systems (Windows 10 virtually on Parallels on the left and MacOS Catalina on the right) both operating systems with 3 or sometimes 4 “desktops” and a lot of open windows. Thankfully I do have 24GB of RAM iPad2023and a Quad-Core 3.4 GHz i7 processor. Point being is that there is probably a reason things get a little sluggish?

The last go-around, I though maybe as I inch towards retirement that I might be able to shift to an Apple laptop (Macbook Pro or Macbook Air) and dock a monitor? When contemplating a nearly $2000 purchase though, I thought perhaps having one office computer for under $1000 (a Mac Mini with M2 chip and my existing display or new 4K monitor) and a newer higher end iPad Air or Pro might suffice?
Who knows, maybe just delay again. Smile

This is from my old office set-up in 2021, pre-office remodel


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