I have a MacBook Pro and a stand that it sits on. It’s really nice because it elevates the screen, but typing and using the trackpad are more uncomfortable, so I hardly ever put it on my desk and just sit on my bed with the laptop on my lap. Which I guess is what it was designed for…!
Anyway, I got an Apple Wireless keyboard and it’s so much easier to type on. But I always forget to use it because whenever I need to use the mouse, I have to go to the trackpad on the laptop. I have a £60 Apple voucher and that’s the cost of the Magic Trackpad, but that’s a pretty unexciting thing to spend my money on given that I already have the trackpad on my actual laptop.
My other option is to save the voucher, plus some money I got for my birthday and buy the Cinema Display for my laptop. I should explain that I do not have Thunderbolt on my MacBook Pro as it’s about one model before the ones that had Thurderbolt - so I can’t get the Thunderbolt display as I heard they’re not compatible. This causes another problem because I want the 27 inch display, but if I buy one now and then in a couple of years get a new MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt I won’t be able to use the Cinema Display.
WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Also I have no idea whether or not to upgrade to Mountain Lion or not. I am running Snow Leopard at the moment, I mainly use pretty popular or Apple apps (Firefox, GarageBand, Spotify, djay, Skype, Last.fm, Microsoft Office, VLC and QuickTime are probably my most used ones), so I’m guessing most won’t have any compatibility issues. BUT I do use Propellerhead’s Reason (version 6) and I plan to get more music-making software when I start my music technology degree and music is the main reason I have a Mac in the first place. I do also own an iPad and an iPhone so obviously it would be great to have better syncing (especially as Calendar, reminders, notes and iMessage are now available on Mac.
Basically I need a Mac geek to just assess my situation and tell me what the fuck to do because while I’m a geek, I’m not a geek. So I actually secretly have no idea about things unless Google tells me to, but this is too much of a conundrum.