iMac Or Macbook Pro With Cinema Display

Discussion in 'iMac' started by gr81mgbgt, Jan 8, 2009.

  1. gr81mgbgt macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2008
    Which one should i purchase, Stuck Between Both.

    iMac 24" 2.8ghz or Macbook Pro 15" with 24" Cinema Display

    Is the macbook pro and cinema display too expensive, for less i could get the 24" iMac 2.8ghz and be even a more powerful machine?
  2. dylanbrown macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2008
    What kind of job do you do? Does it involve using a laptop, are you constant on the move? The first Mac I ever got was a 2GHz MacBook, its fantastic just being able to pop it out on the bus or in a coffee shop and type up some documents. Also, when over relatives, it makes it a lot easier to share your movies and photos, saying that though, I have decided to buy an iMac as I need something more powerfull. I would wait a few weka as there are some rumors of a new iMac being announced.
  3. Roy Hobbs macrumors 68000

    Roy Hobbs

    Apr 29, 2005
    I am in the same boat as you. I have had an iMac for years and have bought MacBooks/MacBook Pros thinking I also needed a laptop but always ended up selling them since I would rather work on the large screen of the iMac.

    .4 ghz isn't enough to make me choose the iMac over the MacBook Pro and ACD. In the long run I think the MPB and ACD setup will suit me better since I can take it with me if I want but I can also have a huge ACD on my desk where I do most of my work.
  4. jacobsen1 macrumors member

    Jan 6, 2009
    Mt View, RI
    I went through the same decision last month. For me, the laptop portability isn't crucial as I don't NEED to take my computer with me. So it'd spend 90% of it's time at home hooked up to a display, keyboard and real mouse... So what's the point really? For that one trip I can either live w/o or buy a cheap XP based lappy. The fact the iMac is faster, cheaper and has a bigger monitor (since I was looking at 20" ACDs) pushed me that way. Plus, with it in our living room, the iMac looks cleaner than a lappy w/ACD would.

    Basically if you'll take the laptop with you, get it. But if not, don't waste the money.
  5. gr81mgbgt thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2008
    yeah that 24" cinema display is just awesome, movies look fantastic.

    i would use the notebook around 60% of the time hooked up to the display.
  6. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    If it is your sole computer to use, I advise the Laptop so you can have the portability, especially since the specs are so similar it really doesn't matter. When at home, use the awesome screen.

    The Macbook Pro actually has a better graphics card than the iMac, so that is a plus, but obviously has a smaller hard drive.

    Keep in mind that the iMac is due for an update very soon. Either way, I still recommend the laptop.
  7. gr81mgbgt thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2008
    I was leaning towards the imac, now towards this setup..
  8. Lava Lamp Freak macrumors 65816

    Jun 1, 2006
    This is the setup I had but due to issues with the 24" LED I gave it up and am now waiting for the updated iMac with LED. After about 3 hours of continuous use the LED will start shifting colors as if the color profile is being changed. This strobe effect continues going on until you've allowed it to cool off. Turning down the brightness on the display solves the problem but that isn't good enough for me. I like using it at full brightness and until Apple fixes this it is an annoying problem and unacceptable to me. I exchanged the display and also tried it with another MacBook. Best I can tell from others on MacRumor's and Apple's discussion forums, it is a heat related issue and affects every display. It really sucks because that is my setup of choice.
  9. gr81mgbgt thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2008
  10. Lava Lamp Freak macrumors 65816

    Jun 1, 2006
  11. shfreelance macrumors 6502a

    May 24, 2008
    Eustis, FL
    I am not going to read all most, mainly because I am in allot of pain. But I would wait a few weeks for the next iMac. Wait till first or second week in February. If it does not come out anytime soon, don't play the waiting game.
  12. gr81mgbgt thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2008
    Anyone else agree that this setup is better then a 24" iMac?
  13. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Wait for new iMacs. iMac is great machine with lots of power but with MBP and ACD you still have portability which is big word today. If you are not scared of using more money for not so powerful machine go for it.

    Do you want portability also or does it lay on your desk all the time?
  14. gr81mgbgt thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2008
    i have been hearing " wait for the new iMac " alot........
  15. gr81mgbgt thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2008
    Still undecided................. Anyone else have any input?

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