iMac or Macbook Pro?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by NightLord, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. NightLord macrumors regular

    Dec 25, 2005
    At the moment I have a macbook which I like, but I feel like getting an upgrade. Since I'm off to university soon, I think now is as good a time as any to do so.

    However, I'm a bit stuck. I can't decide between a 20 inch iMac with a 2.4Ghz processor, 4Gb RAM, wireless mouse and keyboard and a 250Gb drive at £1,012.99 or a 2.4GHz 15 inch macbook pro with 4Gb of RAM and a 200Gb drive at £1,419.

    I know the macbook costs more, but its portability is a bonus, especially at university. The iMac isn't portable, but it benefits from the wireless mouse and keyboard and the larger screen.

    Basically, you lot can cast the deciding vote :D
  2. brn2ski00 macrumors 68020


    Aug 16, 2007
    They are two different beasts. Since you already have a laptop, I would go for the iMac and keep the MB. This way you have the best of both worlds.
  3. i0Nic macrumors 65816

    May 17, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    MBP + external lcd/wireless peripherals. best of both worlds, and you can sell your macbook.
  4. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2006
    If you can keep the MB and get an iMac, do that. If you need to sell the MB, then I'd suggest the MBP route. Portability is a must for me in college. I would always recommend a laptop.
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    I use the wireless Apple keyboard and the wireless Logitech VX Nano mouse with my MBP at home. When I travel, I still take the mouse. You can always connect the MBP to an external monitor if you want a bigger screen. Portability is an important issue to me and some others; I don't know how important it is to you. I never met anyone who said they wish their MBP wasn't portable, but many have had times they wished their desktop system was. Remember you can save about £50 on the MBP by getting the 4GB RAM upgrade from someone other than Apple.
  6. davidjearly macrumors 68020


    Sep 21, 2006
    Glasgow, Scotland
    I would go with the MB and iMac combination.

    Also, your prices seem massively incorrect. If you are going to University, you can benefit from Apple's Higher Education prices.

    For the 20" iMac with 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo, 250GB HDD, 4GB Memory, SuperDrive and Wireless Keyboard & Mouse you will only pay £890.65.

    For the 15" MBP with 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo, 200GB HDD, 4GB Memory, SuperDrive you will only pay £1206.73.

    In addition, if you just get the standard memory form Apple and upgrade through Crucial, you will save a lot of money and the upgrade is very easy on both machines.

    Lastly, I would strongly recommend purchasing AppleCare when buying as a Higher Education Customer. It will only cost you £44.65 for the iMac (normally £139) and £58.75 for the MBP (normally £279).

    To benefit from these prices, either visit an Apple Store with proof that you are a student at a Higher Education Institute (student card or timetable), or log on to from a University computer.
  7. NightLord thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 25, 2005
    The iMac + Macbook combo seems to be popular, so I'll go that route :)

    And david, thanks a lot for the information on the student rates, I forgot about them :D
  8. neiltc13 macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
  9. NightLord thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 25, 2005
    I can't access that because I'm not at university yet, but thanks for posting it, I'll stick it in my bookmarks :)

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