iMac vs MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by 318890, May 27, 2009.

  1. 318890 Guest

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    Which is the better computer? portability is not an issue...
    This would mainly be used for video editing.

    MacBook Pro:

    2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
    320GB Serial ATA @ 7200
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M + 9600M GT with 256MB

    iMac:

    3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
    1.0TB Serial ATA Drive
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 256MB
     
  2. Hls811 macrumors 6502a

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    if portability isn't a selling point, the iMac is the better option.. Not only will be be about $150 cheaper, you're getting a HD thats almost 3x the size (and same speed, 7200prm), a much larger screen, faster processor and better video.

    For roughly the same money as you'd spend on the MacBook pro you could ge the top of the line iMac and improve the graphics card to the NVIDIA GeForce GT 130 512MB.

    It comes down to how you'll use it.. If you're really doing high end video editting you might want to consider a Mac Pro.. I have a MacBook Pro (early '08 version w/ the 2.5Ghz CPU) and for the basic stuff I do in iMovie its perfect... Both of the machines you posted would be better than that.
     
  3. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...the desktop HDD in the iMac will also have better performance than the laptop HDD in the UMBP.
     
  4. winninganthem macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, get the iMac if you don't need portability.
     

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