Have Macbook Pro. Get a great monitor or add an imac?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by brettatredback, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. brettatredback macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2008

    I have the latest 15", high tier (2.53GHz) macbook pro - my first mac - what a machine!!!

    So, now i really need either a great, big (24inch) screen for my desk or a 24inch imac.

    For the price of the imac, i could get a great screen plus a lower end macbook for my wife.

    I was keen on getting an imac, but looking at the tech specs (i know the imac might be updated in Jan), it made me realize that a great screen will probably do. I know I'll likely be doing some video work, but this macbook pro should be able to handle that.

    Any thoughts or advice welcome.

    What will I miss out on/sacrifice if I don't get the imac?

  2. techound1 macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2006
    Your wife will love you for the new macbook. That's worth more than any personal iMac in my house. :p
  3. astudentis macrumors regular

    Oct 7, 2007
    hehe y not just get the imac for ur wife...


    Screen+macbook = more lovin:p
  4. six.four macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2008
    nothing says I love you like a new unibody macbook.
  5. kfordham281 macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2007
    Get the external screen, keyboard, mouse. It will be like having a portable desktop.
  6. mgridgaway macrumors 6502


    Feb 25, 2006
    Agreed on the display, keyboard, mouse. Managing files between two computers can be a major hassle to... well... manage :)
  7. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    If I had the money, and a wife, I would buy the new 24" LED Apple Cinema Display for myself and the MacBook for my wife. The new display is really nice. I plan to order it the minute it becomes available. Fortunately, or unfortunately, for me I don't have a wife. So, the extra MacBook money would be put into the fund for the next MBP... ha ha.
  8. The Hammer macrumors 6502

    The Hammer

    Jun 19, 2008
    Toronto, Canada
  9. brettatredback thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2008
    Hey all - thanks for the informative and funny replies!!! I guess it's the screen which is what i thought the answer might be!

  10. fxstb2002 macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2008
  11. brettatredback thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2008
    somewhat debatable as to 'need'...she mainly just surfs/does email...but her laptop is pretty crap....so, given my macbook pro seems to pretty much be able to handle most things, even video given i put a 7200rpm hdd in it, i'll likely go with the screen and get her something decent too...

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