Future Mac owner

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  1. tmartin2347 macrumors member

    tmartin2347

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    Ive owned multiple iPods and on my 2nd iPhone, but am getting the itch to jump from PC to Mac very soon.
    This winter so far I've geared up with a 2nd generation apple tv, and the airport extreme.
    I'm hoping within the next 6 months to either own a iMac or MacBook pro.
    Anyone have suggestions on what I should go with from past experience. I love laptops cause of their portability, but at the same time think having a 27" iMac would be amazing, especially since I like photography.

    So if anyone wants to share some advice that would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Other than the mobility issue, what is your budget?
     
  3. r0k macrumors 68040

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    Why not get a Macbook Pro and an external monitor. You can use whatever monitor you used with your PC as an external monitor with an inexpensive display port to vga adapter. That's what I do. I have a Samsung syncmaster 171s but when I'm able to afford it, I'd like a 23 in monitor capable of 1600 x 1200.

    There are quite a few 1080p monitors around these days so I might compromise on the vertical resolution to save money because 1920 horizontal is plenty for me to work on two documents side by side.

    I have a white Macbook and its Applecare will be running out in a few weeks. I suppose I might replace it. Then again, perhaps I'll wait until right after Apple releases some new hotness.

    Keep an eye on the Macrumors Buyers' Guides. They let you know whether a product is "stale" and about to be replaced. As Apple almost always provides desirable upgrades with every new hardware release, it's best to avoid buying at the end of a product cycle unless you simply can't wait.

    hope this helps...
     
  4. tmartin2347 thread starter macrumors member

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    I really don't like having a budge when it comes to tech gear, but I'm thinking in between 2500-3000.
     
  5. tmartin2347 thread starter macrumors member

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    Someone I work with mentioned getting a MBP and then getting an external monitor, I think that might just be what I get.


    Now it's to choose between the 13", and the 15" MBP. I would go with 17" like my current dell inspiron 9300 but I think for portability I'm going to shrink it down a bit.
     
  6. Mackilroy macrumors 68040

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    I'd go with a 15" MBP, the 13" historically hasn't had a dedicated GPU.
     
  7. tmartin2347 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks.

    Think I should wait till the fall to see if any new upgrades come out?
     
  8. Mackilroy macrumors 68040

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    I don't think you'll have to wait that long, but Sandy Bridge is a pretty good improvement (especially CPU-wise) over previous Intel Core processors. And Apple will (hopefully) introduce a new GPU to replace the aging 330M.
     
  9. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    I think so. The current hardware will not limit you in any way, but with the update coming very soon, why not wait a bit.
     
  10. tom.96 Suspended

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    Good luck with your new Mac! I've got an iMac and Macbook and both are great. If I had to choose I would go with a portable purely down to the versatility.

    If someone is carrying it around a lot and doesn't need a hugely powerful system I would go for a Macbook Air with an external screen. If you prefer a slightly heavier machine but more power then a MB pro with external screen would be awesome.

    Either way you'll have a brilliant machine.
     
  11. Synthion macrumors regular

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    Get a an i5 15" MacBook Pro with 2.53 GHz, and a good, (non-apple), monitor. That thing has the body of a laptop, but the soul of gaming rig.
     
  12. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

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    I do serious photography and I love the versatility and power of my 15" MBP and high end external monitor. If you do a lot of photography and photo editing you might find a non-glossy monitor is better. I did have a 27" iMac and 13" MBP but sold them for what's in my signature
     

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