15" rMBP or 21.5" iMac

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by wickerman1893, Dec 21, 2013.

  1. wickerman1893 macrumors 6502


    Dec 16, 2008
    I currently have a 5 year old 20" iMac as my main machine and I am looking to replace it next summer/fall.

    I am currently stuck on deciding between the 15" rMBP and the 21.5" iMac. Both will be maxed out with around 256GB of flash storage.

    I already have an idea of what I want, but this thread is for me to see what you all would pick and why!
  2. twingo macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2009
    So you think the users here are able to read your mind?
    How do you expect a good advice without giving any information what you are supposed to do with the computer?
  3. Quattro7 macrumors member


    Sep 14, 2013
    Personally I would chose the Macbook with a external monitor, because I find it really convenient to take my Macbook with me. But as twingo said, it really depends on what you want to do with it.
  4. Micky Do macrumors 68000

    Micky Do

    Aug 31, 2012
    An island in the Andaman Sea.
    If you want a Mac to go, a MacBook is the way to go.

    If you want a Mac to stay put, an iMac could be where to stay.

    If you want something that you can easily transport occasionally, consider a Mac Mini.

    The performance of a Mini is close to the other options, with the added advantage that you can unplug it and set it up with whatever peripherals are available wherever you are, in just a few minutes.

    As part of a system, the components can be up-dated or upgraded individually as your needs or desires dictate. It can be adapted as your needs change. With the other options, when up grading you have to replace the lot.
  5. wickerman1893 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Dec 16, 2008
    Seems to me if you are that disturbed by my post you could just not reply instead of being a troll. I chose to word my post how I did to get personal opinions on the two devices. If you would like to reply with a helpful answer I would be delighted! :rolleyes:
  6. c1phr macrumors 6502

    Jan 8, 2011
    I have to agree with him, you're looking for information that can be found in other threads, but you're ultimately asking for a comparison of very similar machines that simply have different uses. The iMac is similar in performance to the rMBP for a lot of tasks (read: many users won't know the difference), but one is locked to a desk and the other is not.

    The reason that this thread should exist is for a specific use-case, which you haven't provided.
  7. BuCkDoG macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2013
    Go with the Retina MacBook Pro. You won't be disappointed!
  8. wickerman1893 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Dec 16, 2008
    Use case: My main machine. Basically the hub for all my music, photos, videos, and syncing device for my iDevices. The only reason I was thinking about a rMBP is because currently I have a MBA and an iMac and I could basically combine the two machines. I have all of my media on external drives so that is a major reason why I am considering the rMBP.
  9. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
  10. tubbymac macrumors 65816


    Nov 6, 2008
    Why not both? I have both as they suit different purposes. But if I could only pick one, it would be the rMBP, hands down.

    iMac is really only preferable if you don't need the portability or if you have some specific use case in mind (like gaming so you can get the faster GPU).
  11. wickerman1893 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Dec 16, 2008
    Would love too but I don't have the money nor need for both. The rMBP is looking more and more favorable ATM because of the fact that I am in college and do need to travel often. More than likely I will wait until the next generation rMBPs though, only because I can get by half a year more with my current iMac.

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