iMac or iPad Retina or Repair Black Macbook??

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by phillymacuser, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

    Dec 5, 2008
    Hello All. We have a 2.4 Black Macbook that the screen was just cracked recently. We are a family of four. Our children are in preschool and kindergarten. We are trying to decide if we should now buy an iMac or just get a new iPad. Of note, we have the original iPad and use fairly often among the entire family. Our uses are simply word processing, web browsing and iPhoto at best. The iPad houses mostly apps for the kids. So the 2.4 Black Macbook was really fulfilling our needs. Need help in deciding what to buy next.Thanks.
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2012
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    I would get the iPad for sure, get Pages and iPhoto and you should be set.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 2, 2012
    United States
    That's tough to say. Are you looking for a new family computer? Then I'd definitely say the iMac. It has a huge screen, and you can have a user account for each person in your family (and parental controls for your children). Furthermore, a new iMac will have *much* more power than the MacBook and/or an iPad. Any task you'll want to do, it can likely handle.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2008
    If you're willing to get the iMac, you are willing to spend up to $1000.

    Why not get a refurbished Mac Mini? Easy to repair parts, cheap, comes with touchpad and keyboard. A cheap Asus 24" monitor will set you back $160.

    You get the full sized computer experience without a huge investment along with a much more durable form factor.
  5. macrumors demi-god


    Apr 27, 2011
    For a shared family computer, an iMac or Mac Mini makes sense. It sits in one place so there's less chance of breakage. You can monitor the kid's online activities easier. Extra storage is easier to add to a desktop since it doesn't move around.
  6. thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 5, 2008
    Thanks for the great info!

    Thanks for the great info!

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