imac 24" now w/ education promo, or wait for new macbooks?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ataylor, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. ataylor macrumors member

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    hi there.

    i'm finishing up my last year of college and would like to take advantage of the current promo. i'll take a free ipod touch any day, even though i'm sure they'll come out with new ones within a month or two. don't care. i'm a designer and ever since i got a 30" cinema display at work, my current 17" imac at home just seems like its a large ipod. a 24" imac looks really good to me right now.

    but...

    i flirted with the idea of getting a macbook and a 23" display for a while, and with the notebook and cinema display lines both due for updates, i wonder if it's worth waiting for? imagine a nice aluminum 15 (or 17"!) macbook with a 23 or 24" display? it would be like having 1.5 computers.

    but at the same time, it's hard to say no to those imacs, they look great, and it's a better value. maybe i should just save up for a macbook for next year. who knows.

    anyone care to offer their two cents?

    ataylor
     
  2. WRXHokie macrumors regular

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    I'd get the new 24" iMac now. Its just been updated, is crazy over powered - meaning you'll be able to run anything you want with no worries. The 24" screen on those guys are very nice.

    Plus its about the same price for the macbook + monitor or an iMac, but an iMac will last you much longer.
     
  3. techound1 macrumors 68000

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    I run a MBP with a 23" and can't live without the extra real estate. But... the new iMac is really nice and you don't want to miss a free ipod. If it doesn't suit your needs in a year, sell it and buy a new macbook.
     
  4. ataylor thread starter macrumors member

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    yeah, maybe it's best to go with the 24" imac. that's been my gut feeling all along, but sometimes i think a notebook would be nice. maybe the ipod touch will fill a little bit of that perceived need with its wi-fi email and internet, right?

    then, maybe next year, if the price is right, i can buy a simple macbook... for my wife. :)

    watch, as soon as i get my imac, they'll come out with a 30" version...

    ataylor
     
  5. apple. macrumors member

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    if you need major portibility go for the macbook and then if you need power, for the imac.
    easy as that:]
     
  6. Quanger macrumors newbie

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    Not sure if the Macbook would be powerful enough to run design softwares smoothly, so based solely on that, I would go with the 24" iMac. They also look fantastic!....
     
  7. sk8ordie macrumors regular

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    If you dont need to go mobile, definitely get the iMac.
     
  8. alexlovesmacs macrumors 6502a

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    I reccomend the 24 inch imac then later on buy a macbook air. That's my plan
     

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