Imac or macbook pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by davila182, Dec 21, 2010.

  1. davila182 macrumors newbie

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    which one should I go with macbook pro or imac> Going to be using garage band and maybe some other recording software.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Do you want to be able to carry your computer around easily? What is your budget?
     
  3. maflynn Moderator

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    As Miles posted, ultimately it boils down to your mobility needs.
     
  4. mark28 macrumors 68000

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    If you don't need portability, get an i7 27" iMac. Else a MBP.

    If you got an UAD card, then you need a Mac Pro :p
     
  5. davila182 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have about a 1200 dollar budget. I think the imac is more for your dollar
     
  6. Tyler23 macrumors 603

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    Do you want/need to move your computer around, or will you be fine with a stationary computer?

    As others have said, that's pretty much what it boils down to.
     
  7. twalker294 macrumors newbie

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    I went through the same thought process in 2006 and ended up with an iMac. I just went through it again and got a 13" MBP and I definitely made the right decision the second time.

    I can easily connect it to my 22" monitor, Bluetooth Apple keyboard, and Magic Trackpad when I want to use it on the desktop and I can take it with me when I need or want to be portable. It's the best of both worlds and I'll never go back to a desktop Mac.

    Unless you need the power of the i5 or i7, I say go for the laptop.
     
  8. shelhed217 macrumors member

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    I had 2 iMacs over the last 4 years and loved them, but this time around i went with a MBP, its so easy to hook it up at my desk to a large monitor, and then pick it up and go when i want to. I don't even miss the iMac :)
     
  9. Mac Composer macrumors member

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    I don't understand someone who asks anonymous strangers on a forum what they should buy. You should buy a computer based on what your needs are. Your budget, workspace, what you want to do with it. Only you know that.
     
  10. skiltrip macrumors 68030

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    Oh, it's all part of the fun of the forum environment. Embrace it.

    And to the OP: If you ever want to work anywhere but wherever it is you plan to park the iMac, get the MacBook. I bought a MacBook Pro 13" back in April. I could have gotten more bang for my buck with an iMac for the same price, but I refuse to ever be tied to a desk again for my computer needs. The laptop is the only way to go for me. That may or may not be you. If you don't mind being tied to the desk for when you're doing computer work/play/whatever, get the bigger bang per buck with the iMac.
     
  11. davila182 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Still undecided.....

    I was at the Apple Store today and I really want a laptop because i have never had one, but when I stood in front of the Imac it really caught my attention
     
  12. erphan macrumors newbie

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    Same Question

    I have the same question, on that note.

    I want to use my computer for Photoshop and Final Cut or Premiere as well as all the other basic stuff. I'm having a ton of trouble deciding between a 15inch i7 w/ Matte vs. an i7 iMac.

    I want to get the MBP because I can carry it around and I have a decent PC that does well.... for a PC. My question is, as far as rendering goes, is there a noticable difference between the i7 on the iMac and the i7 on the MBP?

    Eventually, in the summer I think I'll either get an iPad (or upgrade my RAM and get a decent sized SSD if I have a MBP).

    If I get a MBP I can simply just connect it to my 22in monitor and use it. I probably will use it on the desk most of the time.

    I'm really having trouble deciding between the 27" iMac and the 15" MBP.

    Your thoughts?

    Oh, and I'll probably wait for the next release in (I pray) April, but I'm just seeing the ballpark with the current specs since I'm not sure what's going to improve on the next release of MBPs.
     
  13. DudeMartin macrumors regular

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    It's a crucial detail when deciding, why don't people post information like that?
     
  14. Purestang macrumors member

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    Ultimately it boils down to if you need the portability.

    I was actually in the same predicament for the past 2 weeks. I was in the hunt for a new computer and i couldnt decide between the iMac 27 and the MacBook Pro 17.

    i had to go to my local mac retailer (BestBuy) and test drive them. I still couldnt decide because they were both beautiful machines and performed to my expectations.

    since im still in College/University, i decided that the MacBook Pro (plus monitor) was the "smarter" choice in my circumstances, since i can then take it to the library and such. If i wasnt still in school, the iMac would have ultimately been my choice of weapon.

    If you want the best of both worlds, get the Macbook Pro and then buy an external monitor. I have a dell m1330 (13") hooked up to a 22" monitor currently. But since my dell is kicking the bucket, i sold the monitor and bought the macbook pro
     
  15. freddy-b macrumors regular

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    wait, now we're talking about pcs? :p

    go for the 15 mac. if u need it now, get i now. if u dont.. dont. and if you wat it BADLY get it now.
     

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