iMac or MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'iMac' started by roofexpert, Mar 17, 2011.

  1. roofexpert macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2011
    I'm a PC user and planing on switching to Mac. Originally I was set on the iMac (waiting for the refresh); however after reading numerous post about problems that people are having with their the iMac (smudges, yellowing, and/or dark marks on their screens, overheating & shouting down, loud hard drives and fans, etc.) I am a little nervous.

    With the iMac, you get a beautiful 27" screen and more power for the money. I don't need a mobile computer. The computer will be for work in my home office. I primarily do word processing, cad, and updates to my web site in dreamweaver. I currently work on a dell laptop with an additional 24" monitor (I do a lot of cut and paste from previously written reports and reviewing photographs when writing a report) and was excited about having just one monitor.

    So my question is...should I get a 27" iMac or a MacBook Pro. My budget is $1,500 to $1,700 (I was looking to buy a refurbished computer).

    Thanks in advance for your opinions.
  2. Cole JM macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2011
    Imac, if you are going to be using it on your desk why buy the mobile version?
  3. roofexpert thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2011
    That was my original thought. I travel for business; however with todays smart phones and having cloud based files, I don't take my laptop on trips anymore. I can get more computer for a lower price if I but an iMac. My concern is the problems that I see people posting. It seams like people have more hardware problems with the iMacs than the MacBook Pros.
  4. dxr808s macrumors member

    Mar 10, 2011
    I rock the iMac/iPad combo. iMac and all its glorious beauty and size at my house and iPad on the road for light computing.

    I could never downgrade to a MB/MBP from my iMac. I could see having one along with my iMac, but that seems like overkill.

    You would probably get more bang for your buck with the iMac as well, if you're on a budget.
  5. iSayuSay macrumors 68040


    Feb 6, 2011
    Definitely an iMac

    Well this is iMac subforum, so maybe all of us a little biased here. I like the look and performance of an iMac. Look at that gigantic giant screen, you'd feel macbook pro is a cheapo once you get ahold of an iMac, especially the 27"

    But the case is different if you travel a lot and NEED to use computer on your trip. That way, I'd go with a MBP, although not willingly or happily :(

    Ask the same question on MacBook subforums, you can compare the answer then :D
  6. roofexpert thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2011
    Thanks for the replies. I was thinking of getting the iMac and iPad combo. All I do on my laptop when I travel is email and daily logs (not much typing). I don't need a laptop on the road.

    I posted here because I wanted to hear from iMac users. Do iMac users regret buying their iMac because of some of the hardware problems. Are the hardware problems widespread or are they just a few in many?

    I'm still leaning toward the iMac I played with them at the Mac store & love the screen.

    Thanks again for the help.

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