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?