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Or at least that’s what I used to say prior to a couple of weeks ago when I received an email informing me that I had won a Mac Studio from 9to5Mac.
This was an exceptionally well-timed change in my luck, I had been waffling on a new computer purchase. On one hand, I’m mostly just doing web development, I really don’t need a ton of Horsepower, but at the same time, replacing my M1 Macbook Air with an M2 Macbook air seemed like a lot of money for something that was faster in ways I was unlikely to notice.
So my choice was basically spend a lot of money on a pretty specced up M1 Macbook Pro that was expensive, but capable of anything I throw at it, or buy a refurb Mac Studio and keep my M1 Air for a while and just replace it periodically when the Macbook Air gets an update that motivates me to buy a new one.
Well, that choice was made very easy for me when I got the email that I had won a Mac Studio from 9to5Mac. Guess I’m going with the Studio and keeping an Air around for travel, neat! I was informed that I won on a Friday afternoon, it shipped out the following Monday, and on Thursday I came home from work and had a package waiting on me.
I presumed it would be the base model Mac Studio with a 10 core M1 Max, 24 core GPU, 32gb of RAM, and a 512 SSD, and that’s exactly what I received. That’s pretty much exactly what I would have purchased for myself if I were buying. I might consider jumping up to the 1TB storage model, but to be completely honest, I don’t really care because it’s a desktop. On a laptop, lots of storage space is nice, but on a desktop, you can use an external drive without it being a huge pain in the ass. I actually already have a 6TB external hard drive that I use for basically archiving things, so it’s a non-issue to me.
I was also totally agnostic between laptop and desktop because I actually kinda hate using laptops. I know that makes no sense, but let me explain.
I did have a pretty interesting thing happen while I was setting it up. Since I don’t own any Apple keyboards or mice, none of my bluetooth stuff would connect to a new computer. This hasn’t been a problem in the past because with a laptop you can use the built-in keyboard and trackpad for setup and then pair your bluetooth stuff. I ended up digging up a unifying receiver to make my MX Master basically function as a USB device, and I found an ancient flexible USB keyboard. Was a pretty cool looking setup for a minute there.
Obviously, I’m thrilled with this computer. I’ll likely keep it for five years or more, and I’ll probably replace it with another Mac Studio when I do get rid of it. I’m super happy things worked out how they did. Thanks again to 9to5Mac!