Best machine to buy for end-of-year budget

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ozone, Apr 20, 2007.

  1. ozone macrumors 6502

    ozone

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    Hi... my office's fiscal year is coming to a close and there is a *chance* I can get a better computer. Right now, I'm using a tablet - I wish Apple would make one. The ModBook doesn't quite look like what I want, so for tablet uses, I'll stick with good ol' rusty Windows for now.

    However, I'd like to get a main computer for the office itself, and then use the tablet to just supplement. My first inclination was to get a 24" iMac. Now, I hear that new iMacs are imminent. I then thought I should just get a MacPro, which is at least mostly upgradeable, but I'm a bit hardpressed to justify all the money for a MacPro when I will not be heavily into video rendering, etc. And then, why not just go for a laptop and get a BookEndz dock and a monitor? But, I already have a tablet for portability (mainly notetaking and editing), so what would I do with another laptop? Plus, I find my old 17" G4 PB a bit "stutterly" in terms of screen performance on an externally connected monitor. Not sure if this would be a problem for the newer Mac laptops.

    So, it comes down to:
    1. iMac (probably my first choice, but more by default than anything);
    2. MacPro;
    3. MacBook or MBP with monitor, dock, etc.

    I'd appreciate any suggestions. Thanks.
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    What are you replacing? What do you want to be able to do on it?
     
  3. Trogloxene macrumors regular

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    Go for the Mac with the biggest Monitor size. Multiple program windows makes you work better and faster.

    -T
     
  4. robPOD macrumors 6502

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    I would get a MBP with a 23" display and dock etc.
     
  5. Sesshi macrumors G3

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