iMac Portability

Discussion in 'iMac' started by jmeyer86, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. jmeyer86 macrumors newbie

    Jan 5, 2009
    In regards to iMacs, how would you rate their portability? I feel that it is far easier to be mobile with an iMac than its PC counterparts.

    Do many people travel with iMacs? I suppose you could mod a Pelican case and carry it in that manner...

    I'm trying to decide between a Macbook Pro and an iMac. I realize this decision often times comes down to portability, hence my question. But I've found that my current laptop sits on my desk 95% of the time. I would certainly shoot for an iMac if anyone can affirm that I could go portable with it fairly safely every now and then and describe to me the best way to do so...

  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
  3. uicandrew macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2006
    i've kept my original box and lugged it around that way. The iLugger is expensive, but if you use it on a regular basis, it would be worth it.

    at the very least, the original box has a handle on it. i have a 24 imac, i can only imagine that the 20 imac is easier to haul around.
  4. techfreak85 macrumors 68040


    Jan 13, 2008
    by all means the iMac is much much portable than a standard desktop. u got ur power cord and keyboard cable. thats pretty much it. but i wouldn't say its "portable" like a laptop. Its much bigger. its much heavier. and it dosent fold or go inside a bag or something. its still a desktop. but if its mainly between offices in the same bldg, or different rooms arround the house and u dont need true portability(meetings, airplains, places where u dont have power) and dont mind a little more hassle, then it would work.
  5. craig1410 macrumors 65816


    Mar 22, 2007
    Just keep the original box which comes with a handy carrying handle. I carried mine from the shop to my car when I bought it and even managed to avoid being mugged! ;)

    I'd call them relocatable rather than portable but then again mine is a 24" model - the 20" is probably a good bit more portable than the 24" if that is what you were thinking of getting.

    There is also a good chance of finding a samsonite type carry case with configurable foam padding which might take an iMac. The problem would be the stand. (Just looked at the iLugger - I see it does a 24" model too!)

    Good luck,
  6. DSG macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2008
    Depends which bits of the computer you want to lug around. The problem with the iMac is that the screen is (obviously) attached to the CPU, hard drive etc. A Mac Mini might be a better bet, particularly if the place you are going already has a screen, keyboard etc. that you could use with it. If not, you could still buy a cheap 15" display to carry with it and have a bigger screen at home.
  7. bigjnyc macrumors 603


    Apr 10, 2008
    I have the 24" model and i wouldnt consider it portable at all. Easy to move from one place to another sure but not portable for regular use. I kept the box but that thing is huge, i certainly wouldnt carry it with me if i was going away to stay somewhere for a while.
  8. mannix87 macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2005
    in the southeast
    i'm staring at my iMac right now & i just cant find myself lugging this around. cant even imagine bringing this on board a plane's cabin. lappies for portability anytime
  9. Thomas Davie macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2004
    eh, I took a 20 inch iMac camping with me to Yellowstone last year. Granted it did stay in the trailer, but still.....

    It was transported in the original box with extra foam packing.

  10. disassemble macrumors newbie


    Jan 2, 2009
    If i needed to carry my 24" to a business meeting i would jsut throw it in the box.. or i would put a pillow case over the monitor and put the imac in the passenger seat with a seatbelt.

    portable, yes. easy to transport, maybe. the sexyness of this machine, priceless. not everyone is smart enough to buy a :apple:
  11. BJMRamage macrumors 68020


    Oct 2, 2007
    my eyes widened as i thought about the pillowcase and seatbelt hookup.

    i guess with airbags it would be safe but yikes!!
  12. xxbrankxx macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2008
    Philadelphia, PA
    I need to take my 24" iMac into an Apple store for repair to the screen. Should I put it back in the box and put the box in a huge plastic bag? I really don't feel comfortable carrying it from my car in a mall parking lot, walking through an entire wing of a mall to get to the Apple store. I'm afraid I'd drop it or get mugged... Is the box and bag the best way to go (besides buying an iLugger?)
  13. bobfitz14 macrumors 65816


    Oct 14, 2008
    how much damage is done to the hard drive/other internal parts if you take computers/laptops around? weird example but if you shook a Macbook, would the hard drive stop working? same for an iMac?
  14. TrapOx macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
  15. Flying Dutchman macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2007
    No worries my man for a laptop at least: This might help you calm your senses

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