iMac in Dorms?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by wawanarchist, Dec 25, 2008.

  1. wawanarchist macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2008
    So for the past couple months, I've been saving up for my very own iMac. Working long hours (14 hours xmas eve :( ) and saving every penny. I got a $400 check from my parents for xmas to go towards it too, and I'm finally getting close, I have about $1,600 saved, and am going for the 24" 2.8 ghz (or the upgraded equiv... or the 3.06 refurb with cheeper price after new ones come out) But this isnt really about the exact model.

    I'm a photojournalism major at PSU and have started to become very serious about my photography, and a 15" laptop screen will not cut it for editing anymore. Even with my 19" display, my powerbook g4 1.67 lacks the kick I need to really edit photos.

    Living in a dorm I don't want a full desktop, so that rules out my usual solution of building my own machine. I looked through the all in one market, and dells offering looked underpowered and bulky, HP's touchsmart will be an amazing pc down the road, but right now its a shiny pentium III. And then there's the iMac, sleek, fast, and with a huge screen.

    So now here I am, almost ready to buy with my whole schedule cleared on the 5-9 of January waiting for an announcement before I drive to Delaware to avoid tax... But it got me thinking,

    How will an iMac work in dorm life? Right now I am in a simple double, but next year I will probably end up in a room with 6 people (save my parents some money) My worries are:

    1)Will I look like a complete douche with an 24" iMac? Everyone else has little laptops, and maybe an older desktop, and there I will be with this huge thing, I don't want to look like a rich douche

    2)Will it get stolen? I know there is a security loop in the back, and my desk is mounted to the ground, so it will be pretty securely locked, but with a gem like that should I still be worried?

    3)Will it break? In a dorm with 5 other people, theres always a chance that a stray football or bag of food will slap it in the face, should I be overly worried?

    4)Why the heck can't I already have this thing, I've been waiting for months!:apple:
  2. iParis macrumors 68040


    Jul 29, 2008
    New Mexico
    I know how you feel.
    You're over cautious.
    I'd recommend putting it next to your bed.
    Keep it safely mounted and password protected at all times.
  3. m1stake macrumors 68000

    Jan 17, 2008
    A laptop is huge in college. My brother, his wife, and myself, were all remarking over break that they make the workflow much easier. Taking your work anywhere and everywhere should not be underestimated.
  4. wawanarchist thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2008
    I do have a laptop though, its a pretty nice toshiba satellite. With Windows 7 loaded, it actually runs pretty nice, I have no real 'love' for windows or os x, they are both nice in some respects and bad in others... My idea before these doubts started coming into play was to use my laptop for all the busywork, writing papers, taking notes in lecture classes, getting online around campus, working on projects with other people, ect. And to use my iMac for photo work, to finally archive my 800gb of photos, to do major, daily editing, and for anything else photo related. I will still have a good, portable laptop, but I want a nice, stable desktop, I'm just starting to have second thoughts about it
  5. m1stake macrumors 68000

    Jan 17, 2008
    Why can't the laptop do your photo editing? If it can't, you might want to get a new laptop and consolidating everything you do on it as opposed to having money tied up in two machines. That'd be expensive, and you can't afford expensive and go to college. :(
  6. wawanarchist thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2008
    What its really about is that i want the power of a full mac pro, I don't know if you do any mass photo editing, but when I come in from a shoot I do a lot of batch processing, and when I do that on my laptop it can take hours, in the field of photojournalism, time is something you never have enough of. My laptop, though still nice, is not worth much anymore, pc laptops drop in price like lead weights, $1,200 last year= $300-400 this year. Its not even worth selling.

    I also don't want to drop $2,000 on a mbp, then I'd just have to go and buy an external display for it, and I can't afford that
  7. Minimoose 360 macrumors 65816

    Minimoose 360

    Jul 7, 2008
    Well, I have a 28" monitor in my dorm room. (I live in a six person suite) I am waiting for the new 17" Macbook Pro to drive the thing. I mean, I have a damn monitor without a computer. People are like OMG WHAT A BIG COMPOOTER Having an iMac doesn't make you look like a rich douche, your EARNED that damn thing. And I always keep my room locked from the common room. (it's a good practice in general.)

    I say go for it.
  8. Chilz0r macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2007
    Why don't you get a MacBook/Pro with an external monitor??? Could use external HDD for storage?
  9. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    here's why
  10. Smacky macrumors 6502

    Jul 23, 2008
    What makes the imac so much better for batch processing? Doesnt it use laptop components still
    If you need the power but cant afford a Mac Pro quad core, how about a DIY PC
    Grab a new i7 cpu, overclock it, you'll have plenty of processing power, certainly more than an all in one consumer solution
  11. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    1.) Don't know, have not seen your picture yet. I'm quite sure if you look like a complete douche without an iMac, the iMac won't solve this issue.

    2.) Easy to walk away with. But a bike lock running through the cable pass through on the base should work.

    3.) It'll break just as easy as any other monitor that'll get knocked over. The only way around it is a Mac Pro and a cheap disposable monitor. Though knocking over an iMac is just as likely as someone knocking your backpack with a notebook on the floor, or them sitting on your notebook. You could always put some velcro on the base and velcro it to the desk.

    4.) BSDM -- Boy George asked Steve if he could torture some Apple customers...
  12. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
  13. wawanarchist thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2008
    Thank's, that must be awesome having a 28" monitor in your room... you should get a tv tuner for it.

    True, and in the future thats what I plan on doing, but these dorms are tiny, and I really don't have the room for a full pc. I've been building my own pc's for years and it was my first instinct, but right now with just a laptop on my desk I barely have enough room for my keyboard, with a full desktop and tons of wires, theres no way.

    Thanks for actually answering all of my questions, the velcros a good idea, I'll have to look into that

    I've always cheeped out on pc's, I always buy used parts, old tech and faulty stuff, for once I actually want to do this right and get something new, even if it costs me $200 more, its worth an extra 3 days of work, in my mind
  14. Jon.Stewart87 macrumors regular

    May 18, 2008
    United States of America
    yeah i have the 24'' iMac in my on-campus apartment that i share with 3 other guys and no, you don't look like a douche. If you gloat and are a little a$$hole about it, yes, you will come off as "that guy", but overall I think people are impressed and really just like the machine. Its worth it, but I would have waited for the new processing/updates in Jan.-ish.


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