imac 27 inch vs 15 inch MBP

Discussion in 'iMac' started by hcho3, Feb 10, 2011.

  1. hcho3 macrumors 68030

    May 13, 2010
    I cannot decide. Please help!

    They almost cost the same. I already have 11.6 MBA and I use that as a primary machine. I kind of want to have powerful CPU/GPU for video editing and gaming.

    Which one would be the best?

    My main question is...

    Does anyone think 27 inch iMac is too big?
  2. chrmjenkins macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    The 27 inch is definitely more powerful, but the problem is that it's driving a much higher resolution. If you don't mind playing at non-native res (which can look very bad on a LCD), the iMac is the clear winner. If not, compare benchmarks.
  3. karsten macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2010
    1920x1080 is a common game resolution and it doesnt look too bad on the 27" screen since it's the same aspect ratio
  4. skiltrip macrumors 68030

    May 6, 2010
    New York
    It's been said before butnit really is ultimately a power vs portability thing.

    I have a 13" MBP I just sold.

    My options were upgrade to a 15" dual i7 or an iMac quad i7.

    I want portability, but in the end I NEED power. So the iMac won.
  5. PatriotInvasion macrumors 68000


    Jul 18, 2010
    Boston, MA
    If you're keeping the MBA, than 110% go with the 27" iMac Quad-Core i5 for power. It's an absolute beast and that quad-core processor will future proof you a bit.

    If you're selling the MBA, and absolutely need portability, than the MBP is probably your best bet.

    Portability is not a big deal to me (especially with an iPhone 4 in my pocket), so I'm in love with my 27" iMac. And no, it's not too big. It'll look really big when you first get it, but once you get used to it, it feels like it "shrinks" in size.:)
  6. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    I don't think I could ever go back to only having a laptop as my primary system (even with an external monitor). I really like the power and screen real estate of the iMac.


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