iMac = MBP ?

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  1. somnanbule, Apr 4, 2006
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  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    It's an iMac in a portable form. You get your battery and it weighs a lot less than the iMac.
     
  3. yoak macrumors 65816

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    The iMac has dual layer DVD burner, the MBP not (PB used to)
    I think the MBP has digital audio in, the iMac not.
    Otherwise, pretty similar

    Remember, for a long time the iMac was G5, and the Powerbook only G4. So that they are similar is actually a big step up
     
  4. Josias macrumors 68000

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    Desktop are usually way cheaper than laptops.
     
  5. n-abounds macrumors 6502a

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    It would be impossible to cram specs as good as the next Intel PowerMacs into a laptop without making it as large and unsightly as a Dell laptop...
     
  6. FF_productions macrumors 68030

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    For the things I've heard about the MBP in FCP, the iMac must obviously perform the same if it has the same exact chip (AMAZING).
     
  7. mmmcheese macrumors 6502a

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    And the fact that we have a machine equal to a desktop machine (and in some cases it is showing to be almost as good as the Dual G5 2.0) is also amazing. Essentially what we're seeing is that there is no real performance hit when going to a portable platform...which is downright amazing in my book.
     
  8. arcsbite Guest

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    HDD speed is slightly slower on MBP
    and iMac doesn't have a PCI express slot.

    but yes, they are the same beast, one on your desk, one on your lap.
    which seems a little insane that the price jump is so massive...I mean, the iMac even comes with it's own screen too!

    ....ahh...the price of portability


    although, I was pondering the other day (I often ponder)..
    ...the MBP is a pro machine...like the powerbook and powermac, but the iMac is not...like the iBook...so how come the iBook will become the Macbook...and the Macbook Pro is the top of the line Pro machine...even though it's specs are the same as a none pro machine...

    hmmm

    ...*ponders*
     
  9. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    And the MBP doesn't :confused:
     
  10. arcsbite Guest

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    that was kinda my point...

    usually I understand the price difference between desktop and laptop of the same specs, as the laptop includes it's own screen....but in this case..so does the iMac.

    and yes, for the record i'm aware that the price hike is due to smaller parts and all sorts of gubbins, but it is a big price difference.
     
  11. n-abounds macrumors 6502a

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    I think of it as people who own Mac Minis are in the same class of consumers who would buy an iBook (Macbook). Then, people who buy iMacs are in the same class as those who buy Macbook Pros. They just choose between either the laptop or desktop based on needs of portability.

    Power Macs are for the extremely high-end user who wants benefits that laptops can't provide- bigger HDDs, faster processors, more VRAM, better displays, more upgradeable, more RAM, more peripheral choices.
     
  12. mjstew33 macrumors 601

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    The iMac does too have audio in. ;)
     
  13. adrian-cg macrumors member

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    AFAIK the iMac can't drive the 30 incher while the MBP can
     
  14. Caitlyn macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed. Therefore, much better bang for your buck value. :)
     
  15. celebrian23 macrumors 65816

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    Easy- you can't pack up your imac and lug it with you everywhere now can you?
     
  16. mmmcheese macrumors 6502a

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    Not if you're trying to use it on a plane...
     
  17. yippy macrumors 68020

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    Don't forget, the MacBook Pro can be upgraded to be faster than the iMac in processor speed and to a 7200rpm hard drive.

    Don't forget the backlit keyboard:p .
     
  18. steve_hill4 macrumors 68000

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    Try reading the original quote, digital audio in. iMac only has analogue, MBp has analogue and digital.
     
  19. bluedevil14 macrumors regular

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    doesnt the iMac have a beefier video card? Or is that only when you upgrade it?
     
  20. steve_hill4 macrumors 68000

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    Nope, the iMac has a 128MB x1600 as does the lower spec MBP. The higher spec MBP has the same card, but with 256MB.
     

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