CONFUSED: Macbook Pro 15" vs. iMac 24"

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by volitalis, Aug 19, 2009.

  1. volitalis macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2009
    Hello all,

    I am, and have been, a windows user for as long as I can remember. But then one fateful day, I walked into an apple store, spent an hour using a macbook pro, and made the decision I wanted to make the transition to apple!

    But therein lies my predicament; I will be going to university this year in London, and have saved some money during my gap year and want to buy a new computer, and will get the 14% student discount. My 2 choices are:

    Macbook Pro 2.66ghz with the 512mb 9600M NVidia


    iMac 24" 2.93ghz with at least the GT130 512mb NVidia [although I don't know how much better the ATI RADEON HD 4850 512mb would be than the NVidia one]

    I won't be taking the computer anywhere, only very occasionally when I go on long trips, but thats not important. I'm more worried about getting the most powerful and practical computer for the price

    I will be using it for day to day word processing, and internet browsing, music playing etc. But then I will be using bootcamp, windows, flight simulator and flight simulator accesories [yoke, pedals and throttle], as well as playing other games.

    So I ask for help, which one should I get??


  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    I would get iMac because it's more powerful (not much but still) and it has amazing display.
  3. MacFanUK macrumors 6502a


    Jul 29, 2009
    I actually used to work for a help desk at a university and if you have problems with your internet in halls, you will likely be asked to take your computer to the help desk. It would be easier to do that with a laptop IMO. However, I agree that the screen is amazing on the iMac and that would be my choice.
  4. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
  5. kenlee620425 macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2009
    Choice between MacBook Pro 15"

    I think you would better make the choice between notebook and desktop as these would give you entirely different user experience. Judging your expectation on the Windows Applications especially on flight simulator, I would suggest you to go for the iMac 24". But wouldn't having the mobility - that is to carry the MacBook within the home (dinning table, toilet, bedroom, study room) be appealing?

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