Apple says that more than 80-percent of all Macs sold are notebooks. That means MacBook Air, MacBook, and MacBook Pro models outsell Mac mini, iMacs, and Mac Pro by more than four to one.
What’s going on?
Society has gone mobile and we should have seen the smartphone writing on the wall years before iPhone became the standard bearer for mobile devices. Even before iPhone launched, notebooks were the dominant species of Mac at Apple.
So, why do I prefer a Mac that has something that MacBooks do not?
Screen real estate.
All of today’s premium Macs have speed and run macOS High Sierra. We can argue about USB ports and Thunderbolt ports and keyboard preferences, but it’s damned difficult to argue that screen real estate on a Retina 5K iMac can be beat. Once you use it you really don’t like anything else.
The new 15-inch MacBook Pro features a 15.4-inch LED display with 2880-by-1800 native resolution, though almost everyone moves to 1920-by-1200 pixels because that makes reading much easier.
The new 27-inch iMac features a wonderfully large display with 5120-by-2880 native resolution, though the default resolution drops to 2560-by-1440. Do the math. That’s 2.3-million pixels on the notebook vs. 3.7-million pixels on the iMac.
There’s no such thing as too much screen real estate on a Mac.
Now, it’s easy enough to adjust the resolution on both MacBook Pro and iMac, but you if you want details you’re likely to use the default settings. There may be some projects which requires the Retina 5K iMac to use the 5.7-million pixels but I have yet to go that far.
Now, some may argue that a MacBook often gets attached to a second display which increases total screen real estate. That’s true, and that’s exactly what I do with my MacBook Pro which is attached to a Dell 4K display.
4K is not 5K.
There is a visual, notable, and somewhat distracting difference between the two.
5K wins. And the iMac with Retina 5K display can also drive another external display. And, there is a way to use the iMac as an external display to a MacBook Pro. It’s called Target Display and it’s almost the best of two worlds.
I love the MacBook Pro and look forward to the new models but it’s hard to move away from awesome screen real estate.