13" Macbook Pro or 21.5" iMac?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by lgtw, Jul 31, 2010.

  1. lgtw macrumors member

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    Hello, in my earlier posts I have been pretty fond to getting a 21.5" iMac for it's power, speed, graphics, and the external peripherals included. Right now, I am posting this from my sister's 13" Macbook Pro that she got yesterday, and I'm kind of growing to it as well. I do not do much traveling and probably won't until 2012. I do a lot of production work and need a computer that will easily be able to do that. I am switching from PC and want the speed, no joking around at all! However, if I were to get a Macbook Pro, I could bring it over to friends houses, and downstairs incase I want to spend a little bit of time with my family while on the computer. But the iMac has a better graphics card, the awesome external things, and the very great specs. I live in Alaska and start getting paid by the state to live here in October 2011, and that is when I was thinking about getting a Macbook Pro.

    My main needs are video making, music making, and a little bit of photo work. Portability would be nice, but at what cost from specs?

    iMac - $1149 with discount (3.06 GHZ Intel i3, 4GB RAM, 1080p res, 500GB HD, 256MB ATI)
    Macbook Pro - $1149 with the same discount (2.4 GHZ Intel Duo, 4GB RAM, half the hard drive [250GB], Nvidia 320M, 10 hrs 1 charge)

    Thanks for the help!
    -William : ) :apple:
     
  2. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    Go for the iMac. The Core i3 will be an improvement over the Core 2 Duos in the 13" portables.
     
  3. pukifloyd macrumors 6502a

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    +1 for the iMac. Its more powerful. You don't need portability so don't get the MBP. Buy it in 2012;)
     
  4. KirkL macrumors 6502

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    My vote's for the iMac too since it has better specs than the MBP and especially because you won't be traveling much.
     
  5. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...get the iMac and put it downstairs in the "family room"... get the MBP in after a few years or a refurb whitebook right now to see if you like the portability...
     
  6. jalmiburung macrumors newbie

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    get the iMac and if you want to control your iMac while in downstair, use an Ipod Touch (iPhone) or borrow your sister MBP and use VNC (Screen Sharing) :D
     
  7. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

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    Since you do not need portability go for the Mac. At least 25% more power, a dedicated graphics card, and a monitor - more for less.
     
  8. lgtw thread starter macrumors member

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    Update: August 6 3:23 AM

    I got the 21.5" iMac from October 2009 1TB Model on clearance on August 4th!

    It's an awesome computer! Thanks for all of the posts everyone!
     
  9. TheBritishBloke macrumors 68030

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    Enjoy your machine. I was going to agree with everyone that theres no point in a MBP unless you need/want portability.
     
  10. lgtw thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah it's great. However, I spent the night at a friend's house and had to use my PC laptop, such a change in how easy it is, layouts and formats of everything, and most of all, speed.
     
  11. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...upgrade that vista to win7 and it won't be as bad... depending on when you bought it - compaq may give you the upgrade disks for free?... HP did for the desktop I'm typing this from right now...
     

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