iMac 1,999 model or 2,199 Retina MBP?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by cinnabun93, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie


    Jan 24, 2013
    I am debating which one I should buy. I was really impressed with how thin the new iMac was and I was just wondering which one was better. I don't need portability but it wouldn't hurt. I just want to know which machine will be faster.
  2. macrumors 68030


    May 20, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    The retina MacBook Pro will be faster due to the SSD. Though if you were to configure the the iMac to have the 768GB SSD, it'd be faster than the retina MacBook Pro. Honestly, if you are only considering those two, I'd go with the iMac, but really, I'm not a fan of either option due to how disposable Apple has made both machines. I'd much rather something that has a fighting chance at having the drive reasonably upgraded.
  3. macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2012
    If you don't need portability the iMac is a better machine under every aspect. Big screen, faster components (both the cpu and gpu), no battery, definitely more resistant to time passing. Add the fusion drive and you will get a top notch machine. More ram you can add later at cheap prices (like from

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