Currently own MBP. Should I get an external monitor/keyboard or buy a new iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by aaronchow, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. aaronchow macrumors regular

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    I currently own a mid '09 13" based model MacBook Pro. If I want to upgrade my screen resolution, do you recommend that I purchase an additional monitor/keyboard combo or should I just sell my current MBP and re-purchase a based 21.5" iMac instead?

    CPU speed isn't an issue for me as my work mainly deals with web design and .net programming, but I find that my current MBP's screen resolution is a bit too low for me, so I have to hide most of the panels and it really slows down my work. And I am using it more and more like a desktop, so mobility is not an issue to me as well.

    Any advice is appreciated!
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Sounds like external monitor an KB+mouse combo is better for you. Portability is always a nice option and you said you don't need the extra power offered by iMac either.
     
  3. nightfly13 macrumors 6502a

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    Personally, I LOVE the concept of a current-gen MB* with Thunderbolt plus a new TB Display. Massive connectivity and a great display for workstation mode, plus portability. Unfortunately it's not really possible with your MBP. Hammer is correct, the simplest route might be good for you (external mouse + keyboard/mouse/trackpad) but it's not crazy to sell yours, buy a new one with TB + a new display with TB.
     
  4. soLoredd macrumors 6502a

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    If you don't need the portability, I guess getting the iMac makes more sense. Personally, I love having a portable desktop. And being able to run dual screens is very nice, even on the 13".
     
  5. quasinormal macrumors 6502a

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    The older 20" Apple aluminium displays are quite cheap (at least compared to what they cost originally) and still very useable. I use mine with a MP and MBP via a DVI KVM and USB keyboard and mouse.
     

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