Choosing between Macbook Pro and iMac

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  1. csi24 macrumors member

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    I'm having a hard time choosing between a Macbook Pro 17" 2.93GHZ and an iMac 24" 3.06 MHZ. I never really go anywhere except a vacation every now and then in the summer. So which one do you think would be the best choice for me?
     
  2. ditzy macrumors 68000

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    If you don't need portability the iMac is cheaper and more powerful. Well actually it's cheaper and more powerful whether you need portability or not. If you do need portability though the MBP would be your best bet.
     
  3. RonCarr macrumors regular

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  4. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    iMac if portability isn't an issue, as it does not seem to be in your case.
     
  5. eastercat macrumors 68040

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    I used to have a desktop, because the price got me better hardware for less money. Because I had my iPhone, e-mailing wasn't a problem. However, I realized that when I went on vacation that I missed having my computer with me--especially when I took pictures. I'd take all these pictures, but had nowhere to upload them to.
    If you're a photographer or want to keep in touch when you're away on vacation, you should get the MBP. If these don't apply to you, go for the iMac.

    Good luck.
     
  6. dbwie macrumors 6502

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    iMac

    Go with an iMac, especially because you have an iPhone already. If you take lots of vacation photos, get a large memory card, and share them with others after you get back.
     
  7. cdcastillo macrumors 6502a

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    iMac

    Another vote for the iMac, I know I would go for it.
     
  8. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030

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    iMac, definitely. You shouldn't really be using a computer that much on a vacation. It's all about relaxing and going out! :p :D
     
  9. Jack Flash macrumors 65816

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    Go with the iMac.

    The refurb store's got some great deals.

    http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/mac/imac

    If you're not upgrading to a Mobility 4850 then I'd definitely spring for the 3.06 with 8800GS.

    If you're not gaming then the 2.8 GHz with 2600 is the absolute best deal Apple is offering in any of their lines.
     
  10. jtgotsjets macrumors 6502

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    I am going to say iMac as well. Buying a 17 in MBP is a little over the top if you don't need to take it anywhere.

    As a further suggestion, if you feel that you may need portability that your iPhone doesn't satisfy, you could go for a slightly lower-specced iMac and purchase a netbook too (install osx!)
     
  11. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    Or, a good condition 12" g4 ibook or powerbook.
     
  12. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    The 12" G4 Powerbook was possibly my favorite Apple laptop ever. Such a great form factor...
     

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