My new toy arrived this week and I have now set it up as I want.
I finally upgraded my 10+ year old iMac. I bit the bullet and bought Mac Studio and Studio Display.
Dear lord; it’s good. Expensive? Definitely. However, in terms of both productivity and quality, I have Never seen anything like it. The clarity of the 5k screen is amazing. I thought it wouldn’t make that much difference to type. I was so wrong.
My two extra screens I used with the old iMac for palettes and just pushing stuff out the way, had terrible colour accuracy. Now, even they are pretty even. The 5k Studio Display, though is out of this world.
After a lot of research, I went for the base level M2 Max, in terms of cores, etc, but put 64Gb RAM and a 1TB disk in it. Higher spec than that would have been overkill for my needs. I don’t do broadcast-quality video – even then, this would handle it fine. My mate who does do it, says it is higher spec than his few year old iMac Pro, which he paid silly money for.
It really is blistering. I thought I’d see where it balked, so I took an image in photoshop that was around 4000px across and sized it to almost a quarter of a million pixels across. Took it about 30-40 seconds and once done, there was no lag whatsoever using it scrolling and magnifying.
For day to day stuff, it is completely transparent. It just doesn’t get in the way. Photoshop opens in under 2 seconds. As fast as I can think, it is there.
A sick-making amount of pennies, sure but in sheer productivity gain, it will pay for itself.
Sorry Smurf and I am not doing this to start yet another Mac vs PC debate. I am sure there are PCs that can do it, but as I need Mac for a few different bits of software, it is Hobson’s choice, but if I do have to spend double the money comparatively, this the best bit of kit I’ve ever owned.
Best thing is; a new bass guitar arrives in the morning too. Some weeks are just good ones.