Apple designer setup: iPad or MacBook Pro?
It's time for me to switch on apple products. I am Graphic Design student and freelance Web Designer. Currently I have weak ACER 5742Z laptop and 27" Dell U2711 Monitor at home. I want to lose my laptop and buy 2 apple products to get complete work station both for quality and portable. The main question is it enough to buy iPad for portability or do I need a MacBook Pro?
This is few combinations I came up with (give your opinion which works the best):
1. iMac + iPad.
Pros: good quality at home with iMac, easy to take iPad with me everywhere, can use iPad as portfolio to show works for clients.
Cons: I can work with design only at home. I need to sell my Dell monitor.
2. MacBook Pro 15" + current Dell monitor
Pros: Save money buying only 1 apple product, take advantage of Retina display performance, can work out in cafes with MBP.
Cons: 15" MBP is too big and heavy for portability.
3. MacMini + Dell monitor + iPad
Pros: Use my monitor and save some money. Advantage of iPad portability.
Cons: Not sure about Dell vs Mac screen quality, what is it worth, because I need good quality for design work.
Please let me know your opinion on these choices and help me decide which one to choose. Thank you!