21.5" iMac or 13" Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by maclook, Nov 7, 2009.

  1. maclook macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
    I'm having a hard time deciding between the two. I am upgrading from a plastic 13" Macbook. I love the portability of the 13" notebook, and if I buy an iMac I can still use my current MB to travel with. I travel a lot with my MB though(lots of school time) so having my primary, most powerful computer with me at all times would be great.

    -to MBP owners, is the 13" MBP powerful enough and deserving of the "Pro" name
    -anybody with a 21.5" iMac + low end MB combo have any suggestions?
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    What MacBook do you have? If it's one with Core 2 Duo and 9400M, you won't see any difference. I would get iMac because having desktop and laptop is IMO wonderful and ideal setup.
  3. MacKiddyWiddy macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2009
    seeing as you already have a macbook, then definately an imac, as hellhammer said... it is a nice feeling having a handy portable device but you cant really beat having a nice large desktop when you dont need to move [​IMG]
  4. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
    I would go with the 13 MBP. You can always get a larger external display and make it a desktop. You can make the MBP a desktop, but you can't a iMac a laptop.
  5. boston44 macrumors 6502

    May 8, 2009
    I have the 13" MBP and find it powerful, but not as powerful as any iMac or 15". It does what I need it to do while maintaining portability. It can do a lot of things though..no shortening on any macbook.
  6. boston44 macrumors 6502

    May 8, 2009
    Oh, but my advice is to go for the 21.5 imac. You already have a macbook, so why not one of each? The iMac by far is more powerful, and you have portability now.

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