Not sure if it's too late but did you look into trading in your 15" MBP to Apple? I just ordered a M1 MB Air and I traded my '15 MBP Retina in for $460! Brought the cost of a couple of upgrades way down!!My current MBP is the first Apple computer I've owned in a long time, and lasted nearly six years from its manufacturing date (it was four years old when I bought it refurbished). My experience convinces me that Apple laptops last two to three times longer than comparable Windows machines. I know that iMacs similarly outperform similarly equipped Windows desktop machines and have high hopes for the Mini in that regard too.
My luck with Windows PCs at client's offices is a little worse than this. Most are pretty much dead at around the 5 year point. Either overcome by hardware issues or outmoded by new software requirements. Of course these machines generally run 24/7/365 so they have far more hours on them than a home user.Since Mike has raised the question, here is my thinking. I have both PC and Mac. Nowadays there is very little difference in the internal components and their intrinsic life. Both have highly reliable operating systems that do what is needed - i.e. allowing one to run a wonderful range of software.
People who think PCs have a short life usually are thinking back to their experience many years ago when each generation of Windows took more computer power. And you do get what you pay for - the cheapest under-spec machine won't last long.
For the last 20 years all my PC computers are required (by me) to run for at least 10 years and that has always been achieved, although over 10 years ago in one case a new power supply was required and in another case a new graphics card. That's the four desktops. My Acer laptop is coming up to its 11th birthday. It has been all over the world with me, and like the others, runs the latest Windows version and the latest application versions with no problems.
The issue with Macs, other than high prices, is the limited time that older models can run the latest version of macOS, so they get left behind and are called "legacy" by Apple. In some cases hackers have got those old machines working with new versions of macOS, demonstrating that Apple has simply allowed them to become obsolete - this upsets me as we should be trying to keep things running and not just throwing perfectly good stuff away - and I'm far from being a green extremist. Without running a recent version of macOS they lose security updates and in some cases other software companies introduce updates which require a version of macOS they cannot install. Of course how important this is depends greatly on the type of user. For some an old machine doing emails and web browsing is perfect for a very long time, and I'm sure there are Macs running that are 20 years old. Macs are not good at backward compatibility, whereas PCs can run pretty much all software published since 1995.
If you can afford it, Macs are beautiful and fun, and with a new machine every few years you will have regular improvements to enjoy.
I'm also in the hunt and am researching the new Mac mini or may just wait for the M1 chip added to the 15" MacBook Pros.I've been doing almost all of my computer work on a 15-inch MacBook Pro (2015) with a 2.8 GHz Quad Core i7, 16GB RAM, and 2TB SSD for the last couple years. I do have a fairly powerful Windows PC, but it is quite a nuisance going back and forth between operating systems (on many levels), so my entire photography workflow is on the laptop, even while at home. I do use GoodSync to maintain my LR catalog and raw files on multiple locations (MBP, Windows machine, and an external drive), and I am familiar with sharing a LR catalog between computers, but don't do so at the moment because of the different file structures used on Win and MacOS computers.
Frequent travel makes the laptop a must, so I'll keep the old MBP for that, but it would be nice to have a bit more capability while at home, so I'm considering the purchase of an iMac (and retiring the Windows machine) so I can seamlessly switch from laptop to desktop. I'm seeking advice and suggestions from people who hand off their work between a laptop and desktop on a regular basis.
I actually considered trading in my MBP and was offered a similar credit towards purchase of a mini (which I ended up just paying for out of pocket). I decided to keep the MBP and will probably trade it towards an Air next year. Hopefully it will still be worth something when I do.Not sure if it's too late but did you look into trading in your 15" MBP to Apple? I just ordered a M1 MB Air and I traded my '15 MBP Retina in for $460! Brought the cost of a couple of upgrades way down!!
Asus PB287QWhat sort of monitor are you using with the Mini?
Luckily, I bought my refurbished 2015 MBP recently enough that I didn’t have any appetite to upgrade my desktop until just now. Turns out I waited just long enough to get the M1 chip, which looks to be a significant step forward from the Intel based CPU architecture. Serendipity.Nuts! I replaced my Mini (Late 2012) last year with the then current model. Kinda wished I had waited. The 2012 Mini has replaced a 11" Macbook Air, both dual boot, running Win10 for my ham radio stuff. At least that SW is really speedy now.
Are you getting faster reading during uploads (when compared to USB 3.0 with the USB A connector)?
Well, interesting.As far as I can tell. I should measure it . . . someday.