Andy Abou writes:

Hey, Chris!

Just wanted to start off by saying that I am a big fan and have watched you since you were using XP as a primary OS. I am a DJ and have a 2011 MacBook Pro with 8 GB of RAM, a 128 GB solid state drive, and a 500 GB hard drive in an optibay (it allows me to switch out my CD drive for another hard drive), but I am also a programmer and work at my desk a lot, so I need a desktop.

I have a 30 inch monitor running to my mini display and 22 inch on a USB to VGA. So I am using my laptop as both my work laptop and my desktop! Do you think I should get a Mac mini? I feel like I am putting too much strain on my MacBook Pro. If you can answer this, it would be greatly appreciated. Keep making videos and say hi to Diana for me!

Do I need a Mac mini to supplement my MacBook Pro?
Do I need a Mac mini to supplement my MacBook Pro?

From what you’ve told me, Andy, I’d say keep the MacBook Pro. You’ve not said that the MacBook is struggling to perform, so why get a Mac mini when the MacBook is doing the job? You bought it to get things done and, until it stops doing that, you should be fine. As you’re a DJ, you really do want to keep yourself as mobile as possible.

I understand that you feel like you’re putting a lot of strain on your system and that it might break. However, believe me when I say that you won’t break your computer by simply using it. The MacBook Pro is a pretty strong and robust laptop and can be pushed to do whatever it is you need it to do. With a 128 GB SSD and 8 GB of RAM, you seem to be set with a machine that will perform happily for another two or three years.

I hope this helps.

Image: MacBook Pro by tobiasbischoff (via Flickr)