Buying an iMac and a MacBook or MacBook Air

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by cjwebber, Jan 31, 2008.

  1. cjwebber macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2008
    Hey guys. I've always read these forums, but this is my first post.

    Anyways. I currently have a Macbook Pro 2.16 Core2Duo and I am selling it and buying two machines

    My initial thoughts were, "buy the new Macbook Pro when it comes out".

    But I decided I wanted a more powerful studio computer and a more portable laptop.

    Here's my plan:
    20" 2.4gHz iMac w/4gb (crucial)
    2.2gHz Black Macbook w/4gb (crucial)
    1.8gHz Macbook Air 80gb HD

    I'm waiting to actually play around with the Macbook Air on friday to see if I like the mass of it or not

    What are your thoughts on buying the you really think an update could be coming out soon?

    Any other system "Bundles" you guys might recommend instead?
  2. scienide09 macrumors 65816


    May 5, 2007
    Without knowing your usage, I can't say which to choose. If you're constantly on the go and find yourself regularly taking a portable with you everywhere, then the MBA is probably a good choice if you only need to do things like check email, surf the web, music, etc.
    Get the MB if you want to do more while mobile.

    Instead of an iMac, what about keeping the MBP and running it in clamshell mode as your powerful workstation. Hooked up to an external monitor, plus keyboard and mouse, and it should serve you for a while.
  3. tuneman07 macrumors regular

    Nov 25, 2007
    I would personally go with the Macbook, but thats because it is already so thin, light, and portable. I played around with one a few weeks ago at the Apple store and I honestly was shocked how thin and light it was. (I currently use a VAIO- its about 3 inches thick and weighs 9 pounds) Also I would be afraid of such a new and drastic machine as far as potential problems in the beginning. But hey thats just me. :)
  4. digitalnicotine macrumors 65816


    Jan 11, 2008
    Congrats on your first post. How do you feel about your MBP regarding size? The MB is not much smaller. I think the iMac is a very good choice. If cost is a concern, check for refurbs. I think once you test the MBA, you'll know which laptop to get. Good luck and happy shopping.
  5. ktbubster macrumors 6502a


    Jan 20, 2007
    If money isn't a concern, then MBA for sure with your iMac. Otherwise, regular MB, although I'm not sure selling your mbp makes too much sense like someone said. I personally prefer having only one computer, less syncing involved.

    If anything, I would throw the MBP into clamshell like someone else said, and get the Macbook Air now... that way you can wait until about June to get the imac, that way if there are updates you can sell your MBP then and get the iMac. Buying two computers at the same time never really seemed like a good idea to me, rather have the cycles off by 6 months or a year in terms of buying.


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