You can’t take it with you… unless it’s a laptop.

The title is courtesy of my friend over there in the rain….

I’ve been thinking about purchasing a new MacBook Air, probably this summer after Apple refreshes thier computer product line. I have an iMac at home, but as I have been learning and working on web design and web development, I have often wanted to do some work at the coffee shop.  Our iMac sits right in the great room, where it should be, but it can be hard to focus with a family of 5 running around you.  When I escape to the coffee shop, my mobile computer is an iPad.  It’s a fantastic device, but I definitely run into limitations when working on web sites.  Thus the idea of a MacBook Air.

As an alternative to getting the Air (they aren’t cheap)… I have been wondering about using my iPad to log into my iMac from the coffee shop.  Theoretically, I can then do anything that my iMac can do remotely on my iPad.  There are quite a few programs that allow you to do this:  some expensive, some not too bad, some are even free… but even the most expensive is quite a bit cheaper than getting a new computer.

I like the idea, but I have a feeling that it would be slow and buggy and I would end up getting the Air anyway.  Any thoughts?  Do you  have any experience logging into your computer remotely on an iPad?  If so, how does it work?