Done school - debating beween macbook pro 13" or imac

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  1. AluminumMB macrumors regular

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    Since I've started school, I've enjoyed using laptops. Now that I am done I need a new computer. I currently use a white macbook from work but I want my own computer which I can use personally and use to work on my business.

    Any suggestions whether I should go for the 20" imac or the macbook pro 13" would be appreciated.

    Thanks

    BTW they both retail for $1399 but $1299 with my employee discount
     
  2. 5DollaFootlong macrumors 6502

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    i would suggest going for the imac, since you only need it for home. the imac gets you better features for less money than the macbook pro.
     
  3. iAlexG macrumors 6502

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    I went for the 13 Macbook Pro but I am in school so since you want it for home the get the iMac since you get more bang for your buck and that gorgeous display:eek:
     
  4. themarcopolo macrumors newbie

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    new MBP13" video vs. iMac 17" video

    Hi, who knows how's the video of the new MBP better than iMac 17" video (late 2006, last model of 17"), please?

    Also, who knows detailed intel tech about the MBP 2.53 Processor vs the iMac's processor, please?

    Thny for some guidance in advance.


    MP.
     
  5. AluminumMB thread starter macrumors regular

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    the screen is obviously better on the imac right just not led
     
  6. GodWhomIsMike macrumors 6502a

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    Possible iMac refresh in August/September....
     
  7. tayshon macrumors 6502a

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    iMac, if your only using it at home, and don't need or want to be portable.
     
  8. munkees macrumors 65816

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    I have had a number of iBooks, powerbooks, MacBooks and Macbook pros in my time, but I have gone back to using a desktop, I like the bigger screen, plus I add a second screen, I have had less trouble than the portables. At the end of the day, when I have a portable I am never satisfied, and wish for a desktop.

    for on the road I now have my iPhone G3 soon to be a G3s.
     
  9. AluminumMB thread starter macrumors regular

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    I am leaning towards the iMac...but I enjoy taking the macbook out or anywhere in the house

    I also enjoy using the computer on my bed while I relax hmmm hard decision though cuz with the iMac i will have the big screen and extra power
     
  10. TRAG macrumors 6502

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    If I were you, I'd get an iMac. Although using a MacBook in bed is nice and all, it just feels better on a desk than a lap or bed. In fact I probably use my MBP 90% on a desk and 10% in bed. That is on reason I want an iMac, but I'm in school and need to be portable. If it's for home, just go for the 20" iMac.
     
  11. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...prob Sept/Oct after the back to school promo ends...
     
  12. AluminumMB thread starter macrumors regular

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    I might wait until September for imac refresh thanks
     
  13. BaronvdB macrumors 6502

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    I'd get the 13" MBP....i have both an iMac & a 13" MBP...i use the MBP 10 times more than the iMac
     
  14. TRAG macrumors 6502

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    What do you use it for, if might ask?
     
  15. pinoyplaya macrumors regular

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    As far as my experience goes... I get more things done with my desktop that my MacBook Pro. So... get a desktop first before going for a laptop.

    I dont know why... but desktop just keeps me doing my schoolwork because then Im actually sitting on my desk instead of sitting on the couch doing homework.

    Though when I have online homework, I usually use my notebook then I can be in the livingroom watching tv and doing hw at the same time haha.
     
  16. AluminumMB thread starter macrumors regular

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    I am going to get the macbook pro 13"

    I will use it more than the iMac since it will be portable

    thanks for the help guys I will be ordering tonight
     
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  18. Tomple macrumors 6502a

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    iMac all the way 3.06 500 gig works beautifully and and can do anything most people need unless of course you need portability the obviosly a pro :D
     
  19. chhhrrriiisss macrumors 6502a

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    I thought I would love my 13" macbook. Then it got really old looking down at a 13" screen that I never take anywhere. I'm happy to say that for 2 days now I am looking straight ahead at 20" of beauty! :D

    I think the iMac is a way better choice if you're planning on using it at home. I'd just save your old notebook to use whenever you leave.
     
  20. AluminumMB thread starter macrumors regular

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    hmm got me thinking
    if i got an imac wouldnt i just get a pc for less and hackintosh it :p
     
  21. Tomple macrumors 6502a

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    Exactly what i was trying to say :D
     
  22. Tomple macrumors 6502a

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    With a hackintosh you cant really get any of the benefits of a mac, the beuty and also the genious bar and other tech support. I think you should stick to the iMac becuase it is a very reliable machine and it looks amazing :D
     
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    It's a trade off between power, better spec and portability and very good spec; do you wish for the better spec and better screen of the iMac, but being tied to a desk, or do you want portability, in which case, the MBP is the obvious choice. I like portability, and I travel a lot, thus, despite the undeniable beauty of the screen, I'd opt for the MBP. Your call.

    Cheers and good luck
     
  24. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Agreed, especially since you have a laptop from work.
     
  25. AluminumMB thread starter macrumors regular

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    hmm I do enjoy reading ebooks on my computer so I am leaning towards the macbook pro as I can relax on my bed reading ebooks on the screen

    ;)

    hmmm but the imac is more geared towards productivity while the macbook pro is geared towards portability
     

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