MacFor­mat read­ers share their beloved set­ups

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“My New Year’s Res­o­lu­tion was to not buy an­other Ap­ple prod­uct for an en­tire year…”

When graphic de­sign stu­dent Jesseca Ste­wart bought a desk­top Mac, she de­cided to go for the Mac mini. She ex­plains why: “I did want an iMac for my­self be­cause we al­ready have a fam­ily one that ev­ery­one uses. I wanted a work com­puter that would be used solely for my graphic de­sign. This setup worked out much cheaper than buy­ing the iMac, and as a stu­dent, this was a good de­ci­sion!”

And it’s a choice she hasn’t re­gret­ted. “I re­ally like my Mac mini, be­cause it seems much eas­ier to work on than my lap­top. I al­ways seem to get more work done this way rather than sit­ting in my bed­room in front of the TV with my Mac­Book. I find there’s some­thing about hav­ing a desk­top com­puter/ work­sta­tion that can make you more fo­cused.”

But she didn’t buy an Ap­ple dis­play to go with it. “The HP dis­play was cheaper. I’d love to be able to af­ford an Ap­ple dis­play, but it all comes down to cost.” Jesseca cer­tainly didn’t skimp on her ex­ter­nal mic, how­ever. “I bought it [the BLUE Yeti Pro­fes­sional USB Mi­cro­phone] for cre­at­ing voiceovers on my YouTube videos,” she ex­plains. “I wanted some­thing that was a good price, yet de­liv­ered on qual­ity. I also use it to record song cov­ers with my friends. For the price, I would rec­om­mend it”

The Ap­ple USB Su­perDrive on top of her Mac mini shows she still uses op­ti­cal discs, but she doesn’t think Ap­ple made a mis­take re­mov­ing the in­ter­nal op­ti­cal drive from its lat­est Macs. “I think Ap­ple prob­a­bly an­noyed lots of people by do­ing this,” she con­cedes. “I was one of these people be­cause I play The Sims and I’d bought all the discs! But when I thought about the idea be­hind it, I think it was a re­ally smart move. Ap­ple is al­ways the first to take the risks. Tak­ing the disc drive from com­put­ers was a big risk, yet it’s a stroke of ge­nius. All it’s do­ing is turn­ing Mac users to­wards the iTunes store, so from a busi­ness per­spec­tive, its a great idea. CDs are well on the way to be­ing a thing of the past, like floppy disks. It’s all about dig­i­tal down­loads and the odd USB mem­ory stick now.”

And her next Ap­ple pur­chase? “I’d like to say a Mac­book Pro with Retina dis­play, but it’s safe to say I have enough Ap­ple prod­ucts at the mo­ment. Be­sides, my New Year’s Res­o­lu­tion was to not buy an­other Ap­ple prod­uct for an en­tire year. I’m not sure if my com­mit­ment will last if an­other iPhone is re­leased this year, though!”

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