21.5 iMac or 13 MBP?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by rednano74, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. rednano74 macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2009
    Dover, DE
    I currently have a 6 yr old Gateway that has treated me well as I use it mainly for internet, Quicken, excel and word stuff, and playing music out of great speakers with bass box. My main concern is the Intel Pentium is tiring down with the 1G of ram, takes forever to shut down (recent issues) and the HD is just too loud. I live in an efficiency. I also have a 4 yr old, very low end Dell laptop I inherited with only 40g HD and a Celeron processor which is yes, slow, heavy and almost 2 inches thick. Technically I don't need a laptop but they are nice to have for slouching on the couch or while in bed.

    Which one would you get? One other pc I am even considering is the HP Envy 14 @ $999 because of the specs and price.
  2. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    The iMac will make you happier with the speed and screen size. The downsides? Portability

    I needed portability so I got the MBP 13" rather than the iMac.

    Its up to you, whether you want a desktop or laptop.

    I'm thinking a laptop might be good, but the situation is different for everyone.
  3. willieva macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2010
    A Mac mini and iPad would be a good solution for you if you already have a monitor. A mini Would be plenty fast enough for what you want to do, and an iPad is way better for slouching with. $1200 new for the pair.

    Unless they've improved quicken on the mac, the pc version is much better. When I was In your boat I turned my old pc into a virtual machine and run it under vmware fusion. Being able to keep your current versions of word and excel are nice as well.
  4. Perdification macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2010
    If you can wait, and want a mac instead of pc, wait for the next MBP update, then make your decision. But if you decide to go for an iMac, then you can buy it right away.
  5. HuggyLowDown macrumors regular


    Feb 14, 2010
    Northern Virginia
    I had to make the same choice. I chose the 13" MBP because at the time portability was important to me.

    But looking at your needs, I think the MBP would be best for you.
  6. Velin macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2008
    Hearst Castle
    If you don't really need the portability, then get the 27' screen iMac. Believe me, if you don't need to take a computer with you, after you get an iMac with its speedy performance and fantastic screen, you will not go back to laptops.
  7. samk8000 macrumors regular


    Jun 22, 2010
    toronto, ontario
    I would get the iMac as it has just been updated with faster memory and has double the hard drive. The processor is 6.06ghz faster and supports hyper threading which brings the 2 cores into one.
  8. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    What the...

    6.06 Ghz? :confused:
  9. maril1111 macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2010
    I think he meant 0.8 ghz
  10. samk8000 macrumors regular


    Jun 22, 2010
    toronto, ontario
  11. PhelpsiPhan macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2009
    New Jersey
  12. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    As many others have already posted, essentially, this is a trade off between power and portability. You must decide which of these you need more and that will determine your choice; personally, I like portability, (although the stunning screen of the iMac is a compelling enough reason to buy one). If you will do whatever you need to do at one work-station, go for the iMac, if portability is what you require, then the 13" MBP (which is a superb machine for the money, and incredibly powerful when compared with the laptop/notebook computers of only a few years ago.

    Cheers and good luck
  13. No1nfoProvided macrumors 6502

    Dec 1, 2009
    iMac! Unless you need the portability. The iMac has probably the best performance per price point outta the whole Mac lineup.
  14. jasonbitesapple macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2010
    muskego, wi
    i already have a 24" iMac, so i'd get a macbook pro. my mom has one, but 15 inch. it's amazingly fast, and all she really does is surf, webcam, email, and spider solitaire. she wanted a bigger screen and aluminum. not save a hwole bunch of money and get white plastic and 13".

    (still, that would be pretty good.)
  15. UltimaLink macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2010
    Somewhere in PA.
    While you probably think the Core 2 Duo is enough for your needs, it wouldn't be future proofing your machine at all. If you get the iMac, go and save for one with a dual i5(Or Quad if you want) but if you get the MacBook Pro either wait for the refresh(13" will get the i3 or i5, probably the i3) or get a 15" now.

    While having a laptop is great for leasure, I'd recommend the iMac, more power is always a good thing.
  16. arnop macrumors regular


    Apr 29, 2007
    Paris, France
    new minis are great and buying an iPad might be a good thing for your set-up
  17. plumosa macrumors regular


    Mar 17, 2007
    well since you live in a studio apartment, can't you just set up your imac near your bed and use the wireless keyboard and mouse(well for this I would get a trackpad)?

    I've had a 20" imac since they release the aluminum ones in 2007. I love the huge screen and its still really fast for everything I need to do. You pay a premium for portability that you may not need. I fully see using this imac for at least another 4 years. If you decide you need portability later on, you can always buy a low-end ipad in a year or two. In the meantime, you already have a laptop for lounging around the house. :)

    As others have suggested, if you already have a screen, you could just get a mac mini, but they aren't as future-proofed as the imac. if its a CRT monitor then you'll love getting some space back on your desk!
  18. 7thMac macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2010
    Get the one you want. These are two different kinds of computers. Just make a decision.

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