Why I Am Replacing My MacAir And iMac With This…

Time to replace my MacAir and iMac.

Video highlights:

00:21 – I have pushed my equipment to the limit
01:06 – Introducing my new ___________
02:42 – The side by side comparison
04:49 – What do you think about the switch?

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James Schramko here with a business news update and today I’m talking about equipment again.

Why I’m Replacing My Current Equipment
And there’s a good reason for that. I’ve got my trusty MacAir here which is just a fantastic computer – very thin, very light and it works well. I’ve also got an iMac that I use. Now, the MacAir is 4 gigabytes of RAM and it’s got a reasonable processor but when I’m making these big videos, using this camera, on the road, what I’m finding is that it can take a while to render and sometimes it actually has to be re-rendered because a frame might stick.

Now, with the iMac, the 16 gig iMac that I have, it renders really well. However, I am an enterprise user. I have been pushing my equipment so hard that the iMac is now at the end of the road. I’ve been through a MacBook Pro, I’ve been through the iMac, my MacAir is great; I have actually had the flash drive replaced before on this, but the iMac now has to be zeroed out, wiped and put to use as perhaps a kid’s computer now.

So, I need a new computer; I’m not sure what to get, but I’ve actually figured it out. I’ve gone and had a look at it and I like to use the laptop to have the portability to be able to put it in the backpack and to use an external 27 inch Thunderbolt screen, but I need the power to be able to make these videos that I’ve been making over the last year.

Fresh From The Box, My Brand New…
So, it’s the perfect time to get a MacBook Pro and this one here I’ve selected a 13 inch MacBook Pro Retina which I can make up to 8 gigabytes and it has a bigger processor than the Air plus, it’s got more memory – it’s up to 756 now for its flash memory instead of a much smaller hard drive in there. That being said, I still use DropBox and I use Gmail and everything is web-based. I try not to have anything on the computer other than access to the internet and I need the processing power.

Now, I’m going to unbox this in a second and show you how exciting it is to receive a new Mac product. I remember how excited I got when I got my MacBook Pro, I then got a MacBook Pro for another family member and then I got my Air and now, it’s my MacBook Pro Retina. Now these are smaller than the traditional MacBook Pro. They’re not much bigger than the MacAir which we’re about to find out and you’ll see why I selected this over the less powerful MacAir.

Even though I love my MacAir, I think the MacBook Pro Retina 13 inch is going to be my new friend, it’s still small enough versus the 15, which could actually get up to 16 gigabytes, and I think I’ll be happy with the extra resolution for my video editing. So let’s have at the unboxing and we’ll see what it looks like and how it compares to the MacAir on a side-by-side comparo.

The Side by Side Comparison
Alright, so this is the big unboxing moment. This is the MacBook Pro in the box. I’m going to show you what it looks like when you get an Apple product. It’s absolutely stunning the way that it comes all wrapped in plastic and you get all the nice little accessories in there, compartments; isn’t this beautiful? You just don’t want to throw the box away, but let’s just put that aside and compare that to the Air.

The MacAir and The New MacBook Pro

I’m hoping what you can see is that the MacBook Pro is actually a little bit narrower than the Air. Now if we do an end-to-end comparison, it’s also skinnier from side to side. In fact, if we put it on top, you’ll see that the MacBook Pro is actually a little bit smaller. The only difference is the thinner end on the MacBook Air versus the MacBook Pro but it’s pretty much the same on the other end.

When it comes to functionality, they both have an SD card, they both have a USB port and this one has an HDMI cable port which will be really really good for putting movies or whatever straight to a TV; that’s a handy feature. And on the other side, you’ve got another USB, and the power and then two Thunderbolt connections, not just one, so you can actually use a Thunderbolt, high-speed hard drive with the MacBook Pro.

So all things considered, you know, if you actually go to weigh them, they’re not miles different anymore. This one’s a little bit heavier but it’s going to fit in my backpack just the same so that’s why I like the 13 inch Retina. Of course, the screen is going to be incredible.

What Do you Think?
So there you go, that’s why I chose the 13 inch MacBook Pro Retina display over a new Air and over the larger old, out of date MacBook Pro. So, I’m James Schramko and be sure to leave your comments and tell me about your experience with Mac or with Windows or what did you like and what do you think about the choice that I made for what I’m doing.

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  • http://www.thenewyouplan.com Julie-Ann

    I got the 15 inch retina mac book pro in December and still haven’t used it!! This has motivated me to start using it!

    • James Schramko

      What!!! Get it cranking Julz!

    • http://www.brazencopywriter.com Stacey

      Ha ha, you and me both. Bought a 15inch MBP in December, and don’t even know where to start. Still cranking on my trusty samsung pc laptop

      • Julie-Ann

        LMAO! Oh I don’t feel as bad now! 😉 I just can’t seem to get my head around leaving my sony laptop.

        We need to do this! 😀

  • http://myonlinetip.com/ Kate Luella

    I’m sorry J, but your fake smile is hillarious! I always see so many people do the bloopers thing, and wondered why you hadn’t, and it really was funny, I was LOL, at you!! loved it!
    I have an iMac, it needs updating, I have to take it into city to get done by a professional so that I can finally get that program you suggest (screenflow???) – so I’m really looking forward to that, in a few weeks. I think that MacPro thing you bought is about $2k isn’t it? It’s either that or I come to FWF4 – hmmmm, which should I pick, I think you know the answer!! Syd – here i come! (and no kids – yay)!!!

    • James Schramko

      See you in Sydney Kate. I put bloopers when I have them. I actually dont make many mistakes when making these videos now because I do them every day.

  • Roman

    new place, new connection, new Mac…

    what else?? 😉

  • http://www.colinklinkert.com Colin Klinkert

    I just got a new 15 inch retina for travel, currently 8gig, can be bumped to 16gig, which ill do one day. Got a dual 30 inches screens with iMac, 16gig with SSD drives.

    Love Apple 😉

  • Peter Barnett

    Looks like a beautiful machine – I’m still thrashing my iMac and was considering going to MacBook Air next, but now you’ve got me thinking!

  • http://www.minordetail.com.au Peter Zurcher

    I’ve been an air user for years now and love it. I still think it’s the ultimate business machine if you travel frequently. Spec it out and there’s not much you can’t do with it. That being said, I will admit i’m hanging out for an updated air to feature a retina display and HDMI, but they are just luxuries. Business ‘on the go’ doesn’t require a heap of power and I just love the ultra light weight air -Friends use the 13″, I use the 11″ and come home to my 27″ iMac at the desk.

    Keep up the great work James and if you’re around Carriageworks this coming week for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia make sure you hit me up.

    Best Regards, Pete

  • James Eustice

    Love the unboxing post.

    That 13″ retina is a beast. I just bought a little air myself as a back up to my iMac. Did you go with the i7 or i5? The nerd in me wants to know.

    • James Schramko

      James I got the i7. I spec it to the max available. I want the rendering power. It is more grunty than the air and the iMac I had.

  • http://www.topsearchenginerankings.com.au Dallas Kelso

    I have been waiting to get the new Macbook Pro – the kick ass version. I think that I will take the plunge in early May. Thanks for your continued content and updates on a variety of stuff – you are exhausting but I am glad its you doing it and not me! :-)

  • http://www.mammothselfstore.com.au/ Jeff

    I love my Macbook Pro for the last 2 years and I have been looking at the retina.
    I will be intersted to see if you continue using the iMac now you have more power on your lap.
    Thank you for the video about Environment

    • James Schramko

      I am wiping the iMac and doubt I’ll be using it. It will probably become a guest terminal.

  • http://www.timothywest.com Timothy West

    Hey James, good call on the Pro, I’m in the dark side with a Windows tower. I’m a heavy video editor and unfortunately the Pro was not quite powerful enough last year when I looked into it (bang for the buck, i need really a really fast video card for renders). The biggest problem is with the 1080P files all being around 10 gigs each pushing them up to the cloud daily wasn’t practical so I have 6 2-3 terra drives and one fast SSD (which is awesome). Once I figure out a way to put the larger video files on the internet more easily (when fibre comes to the neigbour and I can loose cable internet), then I’ll probably move over to a laptop….I’m with you on internet speed….get the fastest internet possible. Cheers Tim

  • Sinclair

    Hi James
    Great video regarding the macbooks
    Thanks for the info :)

  • Abdul

    James, I always think the camera man/woman is pulling funny faces at you whilst you’re filming – looks likes you’re doing your best not to laugh. Great videos though – always useful content.

  • http://www.pentametrics.com AJ Silvers

    Love the video James, esp the bloopers. As for Mac hardware, I have a 17″ MBP with 16GB of Ram and will soon be updating to a SSD for it.

    It’s actually quicker than the beefed up Mac Pro I used to use with 2x quad core chips and 20GB of Ram. Having the right hardware is essential as waiting for rendering or processing is a waste of time.

  • http://styleau.com/ Peter Hattingh

    Nice video James. I cannot believe that I am finally one up on you :-) Best business decision I made was buying my MacBook Pro 13 inch Ret. Love it! Thank you for the incredible value you deliver.

    • James Schramko

      I try and stick with a solution until the new option is far better. The iMac was 16GB and the distraction of a new device is not worth it until it makes a difference. I am generally not the first to get things. I do now have an iPhone 5, an iPad Mini though. These are good devices for what they do.

      • http://styleau.com/ Peter Hattingh

        I liked your review of the iPad mini James and will be following you on that one for sure.

  • http://Www.cruisinaltitude.com Kerwin

    Loved the bloopers. What were you doing pointing at the screen and having it focus?

    I use a MacBook Pro, have for the last 4 years or so i guess. Works well. I still have 320MB drive so I used an external 2tb drive too. I’ve stopped using Safari since Apple seems to not want to fix it memory draining issues. Only use chrome now and the computer works so much better.

    Was never a fan of the Air. I also travel a lot and although the Pro is a tad heavy it works fine.


    • James Schramko

      I was trying to ‘auto focus’ however the lens was on Manual focus so it changes the function…

  • http://www.funeralmarketingblueprint.com Rob Heppell

    I think you just sold me on going MacBook 13. My MBP15 w/2GB is starting to slow things down. One thing that has helped me with video rendering is using the Elgato Turbo.264 HD. The stick does the rendering. Here are the details: http://www.elgato.com/elgato/int/mainmenu/products/Turbo264HD/product1.en.html
    Enjoy your new machine!

    • James Schramko

      I have an elgato, The Air has very few USB ports – once you put in a USB headset and an iPhone charger or a hard drive (you need one with mac Air) it does not leave much extra room…

  • http://pending.......... Ben

    I think the smile is fantastic, (I can actually hear the smile down the podcast – it works James!) and his enthusiasm is infectious, even for Windows users, actually in my case Windows/ Linux……. running a ASUS EEE 10 inch 1215B. It’s a really light netbook…..
    I think rendering high quality videos, on my ASUS EEE well, it would be like watching grass grow. But on Linux the firefox rockets.
    So how long does it take to make the transition from Windows to Mac system?
    The paucity of viruses must be a plus, constantly looking over your shoulder on Windows and running spyware and virus checkers etc has increasingly become more and more painful….
    Linux is great but searching for drivers is a pain, and I am not a techno… so run into roadblocks frequently
    And wiping the occassional virus time consuming….
    Cheers and beers

    • James Schramko

      “So how long does it take to make the transition from Windows to Mac system?” it takes a few days. The big items are learning the way folders work, using the finder ad getting used to command instead of CTRL. Some nice tips are: command + shift + 4 to take acreen shot. Hover on anything, left click then space bar will preview it (even video). and command F – to find anything on the page. F4 has nice tools. F3 to see everything that is open. My new fave is command space bar – to find anything on the computer. The way the sroll works might be upside down to what you are used to – it is more like an iPad – it makes more sense. That takes a few days and you will never go back. The magic mouse really is magic.

  • http://www.thelocalmethod.com Albert Hathazi

    Great video James. I didn’t think the Pro was so comparable to the Air. Thanks for posting. The out takes were good too. You gotta love filming video by yourself. I have the same issues.

    • James Schramko

      I used manual focus for the box shot and left it to manual. That turns the remote into taking shots instead of auto focus… I rarely use manual focus…

  • David Corbaley

    YEAH baby!!!

    Just got one about 2 weeks ago James. It’s a little monster. So impressive.

    You’re going to love it man.

  • http://inmyhomeoffice.com/ Ian McConnell

    I got my MacBook Pro Retina a few days ago from Dick Smith. After I started using it I didn’t want to use my iMac… They are all awesome machines.

    Ian McConnell
    Western Australia

    • James Schramko

      That is a positive !!!

  • http://www.rigcomgroup.com Craig Myton

    Couldn’t agree with you more chap. Personally opening up new Apple products is a treat in its self. I updated my 5.5 year old black 13″ MacBook about 6 months ago, maxed the spec knowing how long my last one went for, I couldn’t be happier. Most of the time it sits in my Twelvesouth BookArc Pro connected to a Thunderbolt Display. But I love opening it up and using the retina when not in the office. Great buy James.

  • http://www.goldirarollovers.com Vinnie Curto

    I have an older Mac Air (with ssd hard drive) and I love it. But, when I go to replace it soon, I will probably go with a Macbook Pro as well. thanks for the review.

  • Andrew Cordova

    I just finished upgrading my imac and macbook pro with 8gb of ram (vs 4gb) and a larger HD in both now that I’m doing video. The faster rendering speed is definitely noticeable. And I noticed you’re sporting a polo shirt and fancy watch (Omega?), was there a special occasion?

    • James Schramko

      Andrew I have about ten polo shirts now because of a comment made in this video and this response (I have had my Rolex Daytona for about ten years and I love it). My first real watch before that I bought in 1997 was a Omega Speedmaster.

  • Tom

    The Mac may be great for Video editing,but for general purpose I found their OS a pain.I find Linux much better for surfing,filing,playing music/videos and generally knowing whats going on with system.The Macbook which I bought for the sole purpose of accessing “Gotowebinar” never got me access and I’m still stuck with Windows for that.

    • James Schramko

      Tom I find iTunes is great and I don’t generally surf the internet. GoToWebinar v5.5 for mac is awesome. I use it every day and it also has great built in video and recording.

  • http://conradflynn.com Conrad Flynn

    I’m an 11″ Macbook Air + 27″ Thunderbolt guy myself.

    I’m mostly cloud-based too so storage doesn’t hurt.

    I have also found that the 100% solid state nature of the Air (coupled with the fact that the SSD is connected directly to the main logic board) give the Air a decided speed advantage even though the process is clocked slower.

    Admittedly, I don’t render my own video so the slower processor and less RAM isn’t hurting me any.

    • James Schramko

      Conrad the video is the only thing the Ait has had trouble with for me.

  • http://Westernbizsolutions.com John Middleton

    Hey James,

    Did you put any Internet security on the new machine ? Couple years ago l bought trend micro for a mac but iit conflicts with mountain lion.


    • James Schramko

      John no. I have been told to however for four years I have evaded issues.

  • http://www.websites4business.com.au Tony Tawse

    Great choice James,
    I recently switched from Windows PC to Mac, after buying a 2nd hand machine to test and learn the platform. After 1 day I decided that I’m NEVER going back to Windows!
    I now have on my wishlist a Macbook Pro Retina 15″ – 16gb of Ram and flash storage should crunch videos super fast! Mac store tells me it can also support 2 external monitors which was the one thing I did like about my windows desktop.
    I love your concept of everything in the cloud and paperless, I have been that way for about 12mths now and love that I can work anywhere, with or without my own equipment.

    • James Schramko

      I am so paperless I have not installed my Printer. When and if I do it will be in another part of the house. (Wireless)

  • http://www.durrasnorthpark.com.au Peter Counsell

    Have had the retina for a while now. Just beautiful! And yes, the packing box is worth keeping. I couldn’t throw mine out either. Apple have nailed it when it comes to creating excitement throughout the whole purchase process. Something to consider for any product or service we market.

    • James Schramko

      It is a lot of experience agreed!

  • http://cureology.com Dr Steve

    What are you going to do for your main machine? I have an iMac and a 15″MBP probably your vintage AND love my new 13″ MBP for all the reasons you mentioned!
    My iMac tho is a bit older and really not that great for video rendering even with accelerators like Elegato Turbo….. I don’t want to go for Windows (even though I have a win7 box for those oddball programs vs. using the slooowwwwww emulation on Macs) but was thinking maybe a Hackintosh. My son, who is in recording engineering, has had some screamers built… Hmmmm..

    • James Schramko

      Dr Steve I only install word and excel other than that nothing else windows touches my life

  • Ben Porter

    Hey James,
    As a techie, I cringe when you refer to your hard disk as Memory.
    Memory = Ram = 8Gb on your new machine
    Storage = Hard Drive = 756 Gb
    Apart from that, nice video :)

    • James Schramko

      Thanks Ben. There is also a chip right?

  • http://www.legalizedstartup.com Steve Rushing

    You don’t surf the web much? If so, how do you not waste your hours by constantly refreshing superfastbusiness.com waiting for the next nugget of gold? J/k. Great video!

    • James Schramko

      well I prefer to read business Kindles or watch documentaries on Apple TV

  • http://www.robotunits.com.au Jurgen

    Hi James, what Camera,Mic and remote are you using? just git a Canon650D and will render on an macbook Pro. Will see how that goes…..

    • James Schramko


      Camera: Canon 60D with RC-6 Remote, 50mm 1.8 Lens, Manfrotto tri-pod, Polaroid lens, MIC = NTG-3 Rode with Beacktek powered mixer (camera mounted)

  • http://www.bizblueprint.com.au John Whitley

    HI James
    Long time no chat, since San Diego 4 years ago (I think). I still speak with Eugene every couple of months but you know this world. lol
    Hey liked your post and Apple owe you as I went out and bought one as I do a tonne of videos like you know days.
    Good to see life is great for you and I’m coming over from Perth in may for the Jordan Belfort (Wolf of Wall Street) tour as we are a major sponsor.
    Cheers again starting playing with new toy already

  • Sean Penney

    James, good vid. I think you made the right choice for a portable workstation, I have been considering this move myself. My only question is, for someone like yourself why don’t you replace your iMac with Apple’s most powerful and scary Mac Pro desktop tower? I heard God himself just upgraded with one. LOL

    cheers, Sean

    • James Schramko

      Sean I want to be back-packable

  • http://www.supersavvybusiness.com Fiona Lewis

    I looooooove my Macbook Pro Retina 15″

    Wouldn’t be without it… :)

  • http://theinclusionclub.com Peter Downs

    Agreed – couldn’t be without the Air – it packs into my man-bag for coffee shop work – now you have me thinking of the next level. Started using iPad as second monitor which helps solve the small screen size.

  • http://www.themarketingdepartmentllc.com Ricky Dean

    I have been running on a 1st gen Macbook Air and a Mac Mini for the past two years. The Audio went bad on the MBA so I had to keep a USB head set plugged in to use screenflow or watch videos. Then within a month of each other, both hinges broke. For the last six months it has not been portable as I had to use something to prob the screen up with. The Mini, is running OS X 10.5.8, I can’t upgrade it anymore due to the hardware and Chrome is not supporting that OS anymore. Needless to say I was FORCED to get something new and about 2 weeks ago bought a 13″ MBP. It is a whole new world. I was head down in work and not thinking about my “Tools” as I was use to what I had, man I should have made the change long ago. The MBA is in the shop getting fresh hinges and a new processor (the a/v card and processor are on the same board) and the kids are enjoying the Mini.

  • http://www.itcentralpoint.com Fernando

    Hi there, nice video!

    I am going to do THE SWITCH as soon as the new MacBook Pro´s Retina are going to be announced in June 2013.

    I´ve been a Windows user & supporter for the last 18 years so yes, it will be a very big step for me.

    Its time for me to do the change and use a stable and nice environment.
    I wanted the 13 inches version but this doesn’t include a dedicated video card. I want this to be able to play eventually a game (if I need to). The only ones (for now) that come with the Nvidia card are the 15″ inches ones…I am thinking about it yet…maybe Apple releases a 13″ version with a powerful video card. That would be just supreme :)

  • http://adamspiel.com Adam

    Hey James

    Great post — I’ve loved my macbook air, and am considering going with either a 13 or 15 inch macbook pro — and just hook it up to the 27 inch thunderbolt display at my desk)

    Only reason for the 15inch is so that I can get 16 g of RAM

    (I wish they let you put more RAM in the 13 inch mbp)

    Is 8 gigs enough for you on the 13 inch?

    I like my macs to run super fast and I’m usually running several programs at the same time, and just looking for a bit more power and speed than my current 13 inch macbook air


    • James Schramko

      8GB is enough however if you are not travelling as much as me and if you really run a lot of stuff get the 16GB. That is what I had in the iMac and it was faster.

      • Adam

        Cool – I’m gonna wait a few more weeks and see what updates they announce at WWDC



        • James Schramko

          Keep me posted!

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