IMac desktop or 15" MacBook Pro?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by macbanda, Aug 29, 2009.

  1. macbanda macrumors member

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    Hello everyone, I'm considering buying an Imac for my family (I have a MacBook) myself but I wonder if it would make sense to buy the MacBook Pro instead. Any advantages/disadvantages to either option? Any suggestions?

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  2. snakesqzns macrumors regular

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    Do you have little kids? If they break the display on the MBP or iMac you're screwed.

    How about a Mini with a non-Apple, easily replaceable, display?
     
  3. macbanda thread starter macrumors member

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    I do have little kids so thanks for bringing up that little detail :)
     
  4. parakiet macrumors regular

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    i can only quote myself..

    do you need mobile power?
    if so: go for the mbp
    if not: imac
     
  5. macbanda thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks, good point. I have a MacBook which is probably all I need. Am I correct in assuming that the IMac would be more powerful than the MacBook Pro? (faster processor, bigger hard drive etc..)
     
  6. upsguy27 macrumors 65816

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    Not necessarily. Depending on what you get, both the iMac and the MacBook Pro could be equally as powerful.
     
  7. Buzz Bumble Guest

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    That's the best idea. The currect fashion trend is for people to buy a laptop simply to look "cool" and "cutting edge", and in reality many of those laptops rarely ever leave the desk / table they are first put on or are ever unplugged from the wall (in fact a few never even leave the bag!).
     
  8. eXan macrumors 601

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    iMac is the better option. Much harder to break for kids, has larger display, more HD space for less or same money.

    No families need a portable family computer ;)
     
  9. macbanda thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks, I think you are right about the durability. One thing that is helping me pull the trigger is that I qualify for a free ITouch when purchasing a computer and since I already have a MacBook, which I love given that I can work on it when sitting couch on a plane and watch a movie without the bulkiness, I'm beginning to lean toward the IMac but still would like to hear other opinions.
     
  10. TRAG macrumors 6502

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    I totally agree. You can't break the screen on a mini. Just buy a cheap $100 Dell and let them loose.
     
  11. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    buy a mbp and give them your macbook... just get a keyboard and mouse and tell them not to take it off the desk... :)
     

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