New purchase iMac v MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ponytrekker, Apr 6, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Looking to purchase a new desktop as a central photo, music, video hub, generally for the home. Currently own a 2007 or so 15" Macbook pro as the home machine and travel with a year old macbook air.

    Was pricing out the basic Imac, when i realized that for $300 more, I can get a 13" macbook pro (non retina) with a faster processor 2.9GHz Dual-core Intel Core i7, versus 2.7GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5, in the iMac. Hard drives would be the same, 1TB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm, and while the imac has better graphics card, I can't see a big difference.

    So help me out, what am I missing?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Thee iMac uses quad core CPUs, the 13" MBP uses dual core CPUs, thus the iMac has two more cores than the 13" MBP. It may not mean much, if you do not do processor intensive tasks though, but CPU and GPU wise, the iMac is faster than the 13" MBP (about twice as fast).
    Mac CPU orientated Benchmarks by Geekbench
     
  3. ponytrekker, Apr 6, 2013
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    thread starter macrumors newbie

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    How'd I miss that? Thanks.

    So for Garage Band, this is a no brainer, I guess.
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    Now is really a bad timing to buy a MacBook Pro, when you go take a look in the Buyer's guide, the MPB is at the end of its cycle.
     
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    Jesla

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    Depends,

    If your a Fanboy, yes.

    A normal user, not so much.
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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    I guess, but I'd regret it if the whole line has a retina display in a few weeks. :)
    That's my opinion ofcourse
     
  7. simsaladimbamba

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    No need to be a "fanboy" to care.

    Weeks? While June might only be a few weeks away, the actual update is expected in August, early Autumn.
     
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    Jesla

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    I'm just saying the current models are very capable machine for most users.

    Not everyone has to have or even needs the 'latest and greatest'.

    I have a brand new iMac and rMBP both late '12 models. Way more machines than the average user will need. Self included.
     
  9. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Bought the imac
     
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    Lil Chillbil

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    How do you like it...
     
  11. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Very nice. Like the screen real estate for photos, videos. Like the quad core for garage band multitracking.
     
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    eric/

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    Of it you value getting the most for you money
     
  13. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Bump. MBP died -- screen blackout issue. Replaced with Air.
     

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