College MacBook or iMac

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by o0samotech0o, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. o0samotech0o macrumors regular

    Sep 1, 2008
    Hi everyone,

    I'm having a bit of a dillema because I need quite a lot of processing power for what I do (programming, rendering images and video, occasional gaming), but I'm off to college in 6 months or so, and I don't know whether I'd benefit more from being able to take a more expensive, less powerful, but portable computer with me to college. The iMacs are much better value for money, it's just I might need to be able to take my computer into college to use for a computing course I might take, and Music or Music tech (logic)

    I guess all I'm asking is for your suggestions :D
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    You probably won't need to take it to class, but I'd suggest a MBP anyhow, probably the 15", as the i7 quads are actually more powerful than the i5 quads in the iMac.
  3. warvanov macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2011
  4. motoracer1486 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 26, 2006
    For college, you'll want a laptop. I used my laptop daily.
  5. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
  6. o0samotech0o thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 1, 2008
    I see everyones saying get a macbook pro, but even though the iMacs are i5 processors, the processor speeds of the iMacs and cores are higher (generally faster) so I'm still unsure, the power you get for the price of the mbp is less of an iMac, and I still have my late 2007 macbook, (with broken keyboard keys
  7. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Sounds like you just need to sort out your own priorities and you'll have your answer.
  8. motoracer1486 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 26, 2006
    Sure, the iMac is going to be faster. But as you said, you're going to be using it for college - a laptop will be much more useful and effective.
  9. o0samotech0o thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 1, 2008
    But I'm also a freelance web designer, and im unsure whether the screen estate will be effective. In the end i might just end with both, you never know :eek:
  10. motoracer1486 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 26, 2006
    Both would be nice. You can also just get an external monitor and connect it to your laptop when you want to do web design.
  11. randomrazr macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2011
  12. henry72 macrumors 65816


    Jun 18, 2009
    New Zealand
    Exactly. I want an iMac as well, but I can't afford an iMac and a laptop. I mean I don't want to manage 2 Mac computers anyway.

    If you really want a bigger screen, get the Apple Thunderbolt Display others.
  13. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Laptop definitely. As they are getting more and more powerful, less and less people are needing desktops ;)
  14. GuitarG20 macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2011
    the macbook pro's with the 2.0 and higher i7 are scored in geekbench to be higher than the i5 iMac... Mac Benchmarks

    if you need screen real estate, you should get an external monitor, but you need something portable for college.
  15. stev3n macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2010
  16. tears2040 macrumors 6502

    Aug 27, 2010
    You sure about that?

    The iMac will cost you a lot less. I would buy an iMac and an Ipad 2 for the price of an i7 MBP.
  17. GuitarG20 macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2011
    as said in my previous post, yes the i7's are more powerful then the i5's
  18. tears2040 macrumors 6502

    Aug 27, 2010
    Also cost about $500-$1K more.......

    Definitely not worth the Price of admission in my eyes, especially when the results are not even that drastic. Furthermore a top of the line MBP will run you still $500 more than a top of the line iMac and still be slower, according to the geekbench scores.

    I would rather have a base model 21.5" iMac and an ipad 2 rather than a MBP.
  19. GuitarG20 macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2011
    yes, but in college, you can't do any serious programming without the processing power in a MBP, if he needs to use it in class. and he's not gonna haul an iMac to class with him.
  20. IC3D macrumors regular


    Feb 15, 2008
    Fairfield County, CT
    Listen man, I'm still rockin' my 2009 MBP w/ 8GB of ram 7200rpm drive, it holds it's own man, definitely! Get it for the portability! Do it right the first time ! :)
  21. warvanov macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2011
    If you buy a MBP now and decide over the course of the next year that you need more processing power then you can buy an iMac a year from now and still have a good portable computer and a even more powerful desktop.

    If you buy an iMac now and decide over the course of the next year that you need something more portable, you'll buy a MBP that may even be more powerful than the iMac, rendering it obsolete.

    After spending a few years in college without a portable computer, and a few years with one, I can tell you that the portable came in handy an uncountable number of times. Note taking in class, studying in the library, completing homework on campus inbetween classes, there's lots of good reasons to get a portable. Hell, I'll tell you this for a fact. There was one class that I needed to graduate that I had failed twice before because the class was sooooo boring I couldn't stand to sit through the lectures, and consequently missed important information and failed. After I bought a PowerBook, I retook the class, spent 95% of my time in class on the PowerBook surfing the web or posting on forums, and caught enough information to be able to pass the class with flying colors. My PowerBook graduated me college!!!

    Get a portable.
  22. Amerabian macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2011
    The MacBook Pro has enough processing power to do 10 times whatever you're required to do for school.

    Compiling a few hundred lines of code doesn't take half a nano second.

    Rendering graphics (college lever graphics) doesn't take much power.

    Buy the MBP and enjoy your life ;)

    Portability is always great!
  23. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    The only iMac faster than the current quad core 2.2GHz+ Macbook Pro is the 3.4GHz 27". The rest are actually slower. The MBP now days is like having a little Mac Pro in your bag. I am referring to the Quad core only versions.

    Geekbench Processor Testing:
    Processor and Memory (no HD or graphics in test)
    2011 iMac:
    2.7GHz: 7863
    3.1GHz: 8428
    3.4GHz: 11602

    2011 MBP:
    2.0GHz: 8794
    2.2GHz: 10006
    2.3GHz: 10316
  24. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    get a 3rd party external monitor and a mbp. I used mine for notes in class. It really depends on your major. Also, sometimes it's nice to study in the library. Keep in mind, sometimes you may want to join a study group for some final, and having a laptop would be useful.
  25. Skream macrumors member

    Jul 25, 2011
    Try looking at refurbs if money is an issue, but having a laptop for class makes boring lectures go by a little faster.

    <--- currently in said boring lecture

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