Really? The computer that used to come in "Blueberry"?
June 26, 2014 7:12 AM Subscribe
I'm fed up with Windows and want my next computer to be a Mac—but the product landscape has changed a lot since the last time I seriously considered it. Is an iMac really a competitive machine for someone doing heavy graphics and video work?
posted by overeducated_alligator to Computers & Internet (25 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Back in my day, if you were a Graphic Design Professional®, you got a Power Mac G4 or G5 tower. iMacs were OK for the hoi polloi, but not for doing any heavy lifting. But now the Mac desktop line seems more bifurcated: it's iMac and Mac Mini on the lower end, or the absurdly expensive Mac Pro if you happen to work at Industrial Light & Magic.
Everyone I know who has a Mac has a Macbook Pro, and they rave about how powerful it is—but I need a desktop for my workspace setup. I love the screen of the iMac, but will I be paying for an underpowered machine?
Here's what I use regularly (aside from a web browser):
TVPaint Animation (raster animation & video effects)
Blender 3D (for video editing & 3D animation stuff)