iMac vs MBP????? One last question before purchase

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by sammyman, Aug 22, 2007.

  1. sammyman macrumors 6502a

    Mar 21, 2005
    I am about to purchase an iMac or a MBP. The last deciding factor is using an external hard drive for future expandability. I need a fast hard drive for recording audio. Would a firewire 800 from the iMac be better than the PCI slot on the MBP when connecting external hard drives?

  2. koobcamuk macrumors 68040


    Oct 23, 2006
    In all honesty - do you need to be portable? Yes, MBP. No, iMac. Firewire 400 is on both (and I thought 800) and it's very fast and will suit your needs from what I can tell.
  3. Denali9 macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2007
    The express card of the MBP would offer you a faster communication than a FW 800. But e-sata card and drives are rather expensive and FW 800 for an iMac or a MBP will do the job nicely for almost everybody and will feel as fast as the internal drive.

    The main questions are do you need mobility or not and what $$ are you willing to pay. Performance wise the MBP is very close to the iMac.

    Good luck
  4. Aea macrumors 6502a


    May 23, 2007
    Denver, Colorado
    Not necessarily, prices have been going down and down, many manufacturers make eSata cards for the MBP, but don't advertise them as being mac-capable so you need to do some research.

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