Image: From AMD’s Ryzon 3900X Product Page
So I’m here at the point of replacing my current aging Macbook Pro 15″ and I’m stuck with a dilemma. It’s been running as a desktop for a while and it’s getting to a point where it needs a bit of a kickstart.
Normally I replace year after year but I’ve watched the Apple pricing rise a lot faster than the cost of living is going, and I say this as someone who is in a fairly good place financially. I’ve ended up letting it lag and now it’s about 5 years old and reaching its end of life.
I don’t need a laptop, I have a small Macbook Pro for when I need to go mobile. Looking at Apple’s lineup, I have the choice of a Mac Mini which costs $2500 if I max it out to a better spec but still leaves it drastically underpowered with a terrible GPU or a $6000 for the entry spec which includes a 256GB SSD. There is simply no Mac midrange desktop.
I get that the Apple tax exists. I’ve got used to it, but the Apple tax isn’t a tax anymore. Its not at a point where it looks more like an insanity test. $5,000 for an Apple Display? Another $1,000 for a nano coating and a $1,000 for a stand? $6,000 for a base spec pro version? I have to question whether the Apple staff have been cashing in their dividends so much that they have lost touch with how much that is.
The problem for me is less about the Mac Pro. Its the nothing inbetween. You have a mini that is drastically underpowered for photography work and the Pro which is drastically out of budget. The iMac doesn’t work if you have your own screen, and lets be honest, there are much better screens for photography work out there than the iMac. It’s getting better, but it still won’t match a Benq SW271 which is what I would consider the entry level decent photography screen with shade hoods.
The second issue I think that Apple missed is that the vast majority of creatives aren’t rich or wealthy. Putting out a $1000 stand just shows how out of touch they are with that. I’m lucky enough to run my own non-photography company that is successful, but I don’t know an actual photographer that could afford the Mac Pro.
So I guess I am stuck. I don’t want to move from Mac but at this point I’m not sure I have a choice.