iMac = big MBP?

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  1. IlikeMacsSoMuch macrumors 6502

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    So, is the iMac basically a big ass screen MBP? I mean, besides some game playing, would the average Joe (me) see any difference, performance wise or else, between using a 2012 27 inches iMac and using 2012 15 inches cMBP plugged into a thunderbolt display?

    Without taking into account the portability off course!
     
  2. AppleDApp macrumors 68020

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    For what purpose do you use your computer? Which macbook pro are you comparing the 27" iMac.

    Display and portability asides
    You get two thunderbolt ports which the non-retina macbook pro don't have.
    The retina macbook pro offer all flash storage which the imac does offer only as a BTO option.

    The iMac offers a nicer video card.
     
  3. IlikeMacsSoMuch thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm an IT consultant, mostly for windows clients, I have a 2009 27 iMac and I just upgraded my 2008 MBP to a 2012 15 cMBP, I'm not much of a gamer so I wondered if it was worth it to upgrade my iMac as well or just buy a thunderbolt display.

    Apple just changed the HDD of my iMac so I think that I could have a fairly good resale value.

    So, mostly I do coding, web site support and network support
     
  4. AppleDApp macrumors 68020

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    I'd just add a display not necessarily the TBD.
     
  5. IlikeMacsSoMuch thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I like the TBD because of the connectivity
     
  6. 12dylan34 macrumors 6502a

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    No, an average user wouldn't see much difference in use of a MBP and an iMac unless they play games.

    For what it's worth, it has a considerably better GPU at the high end and a marginally better processor for quite a bit cheaper. The only downside is lack of portability.
     
  7. brand macrumors 601

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    Then you should know the answer.
     
  8. AppleInMyBlood macrumors regular

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    The iMacs use desktop CPUs and, at the top end, under-clocked desktop GPUs, and then there are the connectivity options, 3 terabyte hard drive and fusion drive options, presumably better sound, and other things I'm probably forgetting.

    So no, I don't see how the iMac can be considered a big MBP.
     
  9. nuckinfutz macrumors 603

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    This

    I can deal with mobile GPU but the big difference between a laptop CPU and desktop CPU is performance. With a laptop you have a max 35 watt TDP (correct me if i'm wrong I know it's no higher than 45 watt) with the desktop we have 65 watt TDP processors.
     
  10. AppleDApp macrumors 68020

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    Other displays also have connectivity options what are you looking for.

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    Not necessarily I no some people who work in IT and are clueless about certain technology products.
     

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