iMac i7 or MBP i7 with added display?

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  1. DerricP macrumors newbie

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    Hi!

    I currently have a macbook pro that is going on 4 years old and I am looking to upgrade to either a MBP 15'' i7 or a 27'' iMac i7.

    I work as a university researcher and use both mac and windows applications - especially geographic information systems. I would love to improve the ergonomics of my workspace by adding a desktop display - I've just used my MBP display until now.

    So do I get a MBP with 24'' display or a 27'' iMac and use my old MBP for my portable needs?

    Thanks for your help upfront!!!
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    What MBP do you have? If it's okay, then I would get iMac
     
  3. SamTheeGeek macrumors 6502

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    Mac i7 or MBP i7

    i asked the same question before when the imac came out , i just got spooked from what all the people are saying about the issues, but i guess you dont have to worry about that since you got a warranty and an apple store near ya ( which i don't ).

    I went personally with the macbook pro i7 , its a great machine and really fast but yea you do lack the all beautiful 27" imac display.

    so yea you already got an laptop and it is working fine, i say go for the iMac 27" and enjoy ;)

    Good Luck
     
  4. Sensamic macrumors 68030

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    I had the same doubt around a month. I had 5 imacs and all were bad. I thought of the macbook pro I5 + led cinema display 24, but finally I got again the imac because the other choice was too expensive. Now my imac is good.
     
  5. DerricP thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have an intel core duo macbook pro
     
  6. DerricP thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your comments. I'm leaning towards the imac 27 inch, although I'm not sure this is the best time to buy. Also I'm not sure how long my 4 year macbook pro.
     
  7. HLdan macrumors 603

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    No one has mentioned this yet but the iMac uses a desktop CPU which is a Quad Core i7. The MBP is an Arrandale which is a dual core i7. If you want serious power the iMac is the way to go, it's not just the screen size, plus you can use the iMac as a display only if you want to connect an Xbox or PS3 or a Blu-ray player, although an adaptor such as Dr. Bott Digital Video Link is required.
     
  8. Hellhammer Moderator

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    i7 iMac is pretty safe buy as update won't really affect it
     

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