Hi everyone. I now have a second/vacation home and am trying to solve a VERY first world problem; having a usable computer in both my residences while avoiding moving a heavy computer (27″ iMac) between them.
The drive is 1,600 miles from home I to II, so I’d prefer not to have to bring the iMac with us in the car as it is bulky and I worry the screen might be damaged from transporting it, even though I use the original box (these things are delicate IMO and not really made to be moved around often).
My plan would be to purchase a mac laptop of some kind, backup the iMac to an external, then overlay the laptop’s HD with the external to make the switch seamless. In 10 years this will probably be solved using the cloud and a small mac studio-type computer you bring everywhere, but I digress.
Any suggestions on what mac laptop would be a close equivalent in terms of processing power? Would a macbook air M1 be able to handle most of the tasks I throw at it? I surf on safari and Firefox, use outlook for email, photoshop, nothing too demanding but I do have 40gb of RAM which helps smooth the iMac’s functioning.
And yes, the macbook screen is no replacement for a 27″ 5K monitor as on the iMac, so I might HAVE to splurge and buy an external monitor for the laptop as I haven’t used a 13″ or 14″ screen since the early 1980s. Even a 16″ macbook pro screen would probably be too small.