Is iMac 21" portable?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by asdfasdf32, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. asdfasdf32 macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2010
    Hello again everyone.
    I am planning on buying either an iMac21"(3.60GHz i5+ 8gb ram) + iPad [OR] an iMac 27" 2.93GHz i7 + 8gb ram. I really cant decide, and really need your advice.

    I will be using it mainly for photoshop/autoCAD/inDesign/illustrator/Games etc.
    I wonder if this iMac27" is actually a lot faster and more powerful than the iMac 21" mentioned above?(well, can normal people tell the difference? eg when using photoshop or playing game etc?)

    I cant really decide because I do want a powerful machine to use it for a few years, but yet 27" may be a bit too big and heavy as i 'may' have to move to another country- and i hear that 21" is quite ok in portability..(well its not THAT bad compared to 27"..?) (but I love its hardware, so powerful) what do u all think?

    plus, if i get an 21" imac, i can afford to get an iPad for 'laptop' use..(tho can someone advise me whether iPad is actually that useful? To me its just a bigger version of iphone? and i do own an iphone 4.)

    Your advice will be much appreciated and i wish you all the best - :) have a great day wherever you are.
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Your usage will definitely benefit from the 27" and its horsepower. Neither of the iMacs can be considered as portable but of course the 21.5" is easier to move since it's smaller. However, you only move once so I'm sure the 27" won't be an issue.

    You can always get an iPad or a laptop later on but you will be stuck with the iMac for good (or until you buy a new one).
  3. iDisk macrumors 6502a


    Jan 2, 2010
    Menlo Park, CA

    This guy has proven that the 24" model is very portable, and his age is easily 50+.:D

    iMacs can go where the user wants them.;)

    PS. This photo was taken at a panera bread restaurant which is located in the United States
  4. iMikeT macrumors 68020

    Jul 8, 2006
    How often do you plan to be moving? If you need to be mobile 6/7 days of the week, then get a MacBook Pro. But if you're only moving once and your computer is going to sit at your residence, then why are you contemplating between an entry model over the top of the line version?

    As for the iPad, it's more of a consumption device. It's great for web and email usage and very light word processing. Any more than that and you should be looking into a laptop.
  5. asdfasdf32 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 19, 2010
    Thank you very much for your advice- so its definitely the 27" then! Cheers again. Hope you all the best - :)
  6. zephonic macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2011
    greater L.A. area
    I've been hauling my '07 20" iMac all over three different continents in one of these:


    A notebook is more convenient but the iMac & iLugger have survived airport security, overhead compartment lockers, turbulence and United Airlines. Not to mention bumpy roads and general abuse from a clumsy owner. So yes, it's portable.
  7. mulo macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2010
    Behind you
    you just saved me $1000
  8. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    "Hello, I am Macintosh. Never trust a computer you cannot lift... I'm glad to be out of that bag." that was how it really started , the words of the first Macintosh :D

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