iMac 27" or MacBook Pro 15.4 question

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by perlsyntax, Dec 13, 2015.

  1. maflynn Moderator

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    The most basic question is do you have any mobility needs? If yes, then get the MBP, if no, get the iMac. With the iMac you get a faster computer with a gorgeous 27" screen. While the MBP's 15" is really nice (I own a rMBP), nothing beats the expansive 27" screen. Yet once the dust settles if you'll be using the computer out and about, or even on the couch then you have your answer.

    I was faced with a similar prospect, but since I own a MBP (2012 model) that is getting long in the tooth, I opted for the iMac since I have something for my mobility needs, albeit an older laptop
     
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    If you don't need any portability then a desktop will always give you more bang for your buck.
     
  3. perlsyntax thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes the iMac 27' rocks but will Xcode run good with and photoshop?Nice thing it has a 1tb of fusion drive i not sure if that faster then the new apple ssd?

    I will be use it for most for programming.:)
     
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    The Imac is more powerful than the macbook pro, Xcode and PS run nicely on all apple computers it doesn't sound like you are doing anything intense so don't worry about it all current apple computers should work fine and the 27 inch iMac or the 15 inch rMBP won't even break sweat

    Fusion drive is a strange beast the 1TB in the new machines (2015 model) only has 24GB of SSD cache and a 1TB HDD it's not that fast. The 2TB Fusion has 128GB SSD and 2TB of HDD it is pretty fast but not as fast as a poure SSD.
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    Both computers will easily handle Xcode and PS. I think the iMac may be better for one reason, the large display. In photoshop you can spread out your work, and/or zoom in. Likewise with the Xcode stuff.

    With that said, you'll have to do your work at a desk, if you want to lay back on the couch while coding, go to starbucks then maybe the MBP is the solution.

    The 1 TB drive is a combination flash storage and spinning disk. The disk is a 5400 rpm drive and the flash storage is faster then a typical SSD. The OS determine what files will occupy the flash portion as it monitors your usage patterns, putting often used files on the flash drive.

    I have the 2TB flash drive for one reason and one reason alone. The flash portion of the 1TB drive is only 24GB (last years 1TB Fusion drive had 128GB of flash). The 2TB flash drive has 128GB of flash. I think the 24GB maybe a little too meager so I went with a larger drive.

    As for performance, you will get near SSD speeds but not constant SSD speeds for all of your files. This may or may not be an issue. I think many people are very happy with the Fusion drive, I am. Its a personal decision, and I can see the justification for people wanting the SSD over the Fusion drive. I opted for a larger drive to store all my data (the 512GB SSD was too small for me).
     
  6. perlsyntax thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for help me out.I know Xcode don't take to much space i should be safe there.
     

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