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

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

  1. sammyman macrumors 6502a

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    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?

    Thanks!
     
  2. koobcamuk macrumors 68040

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    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

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    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

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    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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