Do you wish you had a macbook instead?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by DoNoHarm, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. DoNoHarm macrumors 65816


    Oct 8, 2008
    Hello Everyone,

    I'm a MBP user. I just got one of the 2.66 ghz 15" unibodies. While it's an amazing machine, I find myself debating whether it may make more sense to get the low end 27" imac plus an ipad. I would have a huge screen on the desk and something much more portable with the ipad. Sometimes though, I use the MBP around the house, like watching hulu while I cook or something. I won't be able to watch hulu on the new ipad since it doesen't support flash.:(

    Are any of you wishing you went with a macbook pro instead of the imac? Did any of you conversely go from the mbp and love the new imac?
  2. Sir Cecil macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2008
    I think the laptop screen might steam up less than the iMac when watching Hulu while one cooks.
    I'd steer clear of the iPad even if it had flash – it's too easy to inadvertently place a hot saucepan on it.
  3. caonimadebi macrumors regular

    May 7, 2009
    Until very recently, iMacs are basically large Macbook(Pro)s that do not have a battery, in terms of components and overall performance. When I mated my Powerbook G4 with a aluminum iMac, I found myself constantly going back to the Powerbook even when I'm at home because it is portable, even when the intel-based iMac was so much more powerful.
    I finally found the perfectly set-up when I sold both the iMac and Powerbook, and got a Macbook Pro and a large (26") external display. It is perfect because it has most (if not all) of the performance of an iMac, can be connected to a display bigger than any iMacs at the time, and is portable when I needed to leave my desk.
    Just get a 30" display, hook it up to your MBP and you'll be happier than ever.
  4. mistraldk macrumors member

    Nov 30, 2009
    I actually got 3 consecutive failing iMac and have ended up now with a basic macbook as a final solution by apple (and they gave me a sweet deal!).
    I love the macbook!
  5. miniConvert macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    IMHO computing nirvana is having a desktop, laptop, and, well, iPhone.

    In reality, what we actually need, and where, depends on what we need to do.

    These days my only desktop is at work, a brand-new 27" i7 iMac. At home I tend to work (and not work) on the sofa, so it's either the MBP or MBA. Everywhere else, I've got my iPhone.
  6. kroeks macrumors regular

    Well, I have both an Apple Macbook and recently got my iMac.

    Surely, a iMac is very cool, usefull and big, but it's true that I sometimes need it to be portable. for school (example.)

    I love my almost 4yo Macbook as much as i love my new iMac.
  7. ajohnson253 macrumors 68000


    Jun 16, 2008
    I too also have both the 15" unibody MBP and the new 27" iMac that I received in the mail ups today. I have been enjoying it. I really just like having the experience of everything apple. I enjoy all of apples products and use them when I can. Since it's Just my woman and I under 1 roof we both use the 27". When I'm upstairs in the bedroom in bed or something I'll use my MBP or 3GS to surf the web. Music etc etc.
    It all depends on if you would put both to use. I know I do.
  8. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Sometimes I wish I would've bought a laptop + external monitor and KB&mouse but on the other hand, I need the portability like few times a year and IMO iMac is portable enough to satisfy my need (like when I go to summer cottage for a month). I used to have an Acer laptop but it sat on my table 99% of its time so iMac was no brainer for me
  9. JimKirk macrumors 6502

    Oct 6, 2009
    I have both and I will probably get an Ipad or similar device for the coffee table

    The ipad is great for casual browsing but that is about it.

    If something similar came out with flash and looked as nice I would probably buy it instead.
  10. DarwinOSX macrumors 65816

    Nov 3, 2009
    I like alot of power and a big screen so until 6 months or so ago I aways opted for a desktop Mac. I work in IT so I always had a work issued PC laptop even though I had no desire to use it at home because I can't stand Windows XP. I bought a Unibody 2.8GHZ MBP about 6 months ago and absolutely love it. Best laptop I have every used in 20+ years of laptops bar none. IMHO even if you only occasionally need portability the combination of a MBP and external display is unbeatable for flexibility.
  11. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I went from iMacs to a MacBook. Given the hohum low end iMacs you're better off getting a Macbook and an external display.
  12. Darl Bundren macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2009
    My wife has a Macbook Pro, and I have an i5 iMac. I vastly prefer using my computer instead of hers.

    I like the keyboard (I got the numeric pad one) and the fact that I can change its distance from my body without having the screen move as well. I type up close, slide it some after a while, and type farther away. It's more comfortable for me to be able to move around some, I guess.

    I also like the 27" monitor, its clarity, and the screen real estate that it affords. I can have an entire webpage side by side with an entire page of a Word document; both are legible, and I can move easily from task to task. When I try this on a laptop things get too dinky for me to see clearly.

    I also like the Magic Mouse much, much better than any touchpad I've ever used. Same functionality for scrolling pretty much, but I like clicking the mouse better than mashing that little button on the iMac (which, if I'm working with the MB in my lap, mashes all that laptop heat down harder onto my legs--ooooooh, laptop heat...but not the good kind ;) ).

    I like the speakers better on the iMac (though I like my headphones better).

    My wife likes her laptop, and I like my iMac. These are just some of my preferences, but you may reach the same conclusions.

    BTW, I don't find the iPad too appealing.
  13. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    I've got both (27" iMac and 13" MacBook) and while I wouldn't want to be without either, if I had to choose I'd keep the iMac. Reasons are many:
    • Superior ergonomics for more restful long computer sessions
    • Larger display (and I have an additional monitor attached!) with more pixels and IPS technology as opposed to TN. Intel iMacs have always used IPS except for the entry level 20" Aluminum models. MacBook/MacBook Pros have always used TN
    • I most often work at my desk or have an alternate desktop system available so most of the time I don't really need portability. However the "alternate desktops" are Windows machines.
    • iMacs have faster hard drives, usually faster display cards, and usually faster processors.
  14. DoNoHarm thread starter macrumors 65816


    Oct 8, 2008
    which one would you say is noisier?
  15. avihappy macrumors 6502


    Nov 15, 2006
    In my experience, the laptop by far. Both are quiet when you aren't doing anything intensive, but when you push them, my laptop gets nearly as noisy as an Xbox 360 while the iMac just has a slightly louder hum.
  16. Trek2100 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2009
    Sevierville, TN
    I have a 17" MBP (late 2006) and an iMac i7. I love them both. If I'm really pushing the envelope on the MBP you can hear the fans but its not that bad. I've run 10 movies (small screens) at the same time as a test on the iMac and it never got hot enough to make any fan noise. The hard drive (western digital 1TB) is as quiet as a church mouse. My MBP has been on for the past 15 1/2 hours in constant use and the CPU and GPU are 127 and 124 degrees F. The fans are at 2004 and 1992rpm and no noticeable fan noise.
  17. alexk82 macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2009
    East Coast

    now that comment put a smile on my face. at the same time of I do get an ipad I'll have to watch out for that
  18. leomac08 macrumors 68020


    Jul 12, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    HELLO DR. NICK!!!!!

    yes i would love to have a macbook pro instead of my macbook....maybe in 2011...:p:p:p
  19. ugp macrumors 65816


    Jan 7, 2008
    Inverness, Florida
    I could not use a MacBookPro instead just due to the Screen Resolution. I love my bigger resolutions when working with apps. Makes things like working with photos and videos a lot easier. Just my opinion. I actually bought a 13" MacBook Pro and returned it because of this. Couldn't get use to it.
  20. mystikjoe macrumors regular

    Jan 29, 2010
    i was a long time macbook pro user. actually had mbp 15 non unibody. then i got a 13 macbook unibody, then a 13 macbook pro unibody, then a 15 macbook pro unibody, then a 17" macbook pro unibody 2.8 with a 500gb hd 8gb of ram and a 160gb intel ssd. i sold that one on ebay for 2750 and went out and bought an imac 27" i7 and a desk and a chair all for the price of the 17" the screen on the imac is sick and the 17" seemed like a dwarf in the apple store. i like to play poker online in bed and that is the only thing i miss on the imac. the screen for photoshop is killer. i love this machine to death!
  21. MT0227 macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2009
    I have the 17" Uni MBP high res screen and a 27" i5....I do a lot a video and photo them both.
  22. Kronie macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2008
    I have a 17" unibody and wanted the 27" iMac. My unibody spends 90% of its life hooked up to a external monitor and keyboard. I was going to buy the iMac and sell my unibody. Unfortunately I went through three iMacs all with various problems. I decide to just wait a few months and let apple fix the issues.

    At this point though I have decided just to keep my current set up permanently. Its nice to have my laptop for the 10% when I travel outside the office and my Laptop is still plenty capable for what I use it for, mostly Adobe and Office apps. Although I miss the 8GB of ram in the iMac (I have 4)
  23. roderick macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2008

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