Laptop VS Desktop?

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  1. eShrimes macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2011
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    So here's the deal:
    I'm 18 and probably moving to The Netherlands next summer. I already own a late 2010 21.5" iMac (i3), but I'm looking to upgrade. I'm not sure what to get though, should I stick with a desktop or should I go for my first laptop? I really like the size of the screen on my iMac, but the portability of a laptop would be awesome while on the go! Gimme some advice/personal experience!
  2. windowstomac macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2011
    Only you know how you will use your machine day-to-day. If you generally use your computer at a desk then you will always get more spec for your money with a desktop, but it's not practical to take an iMac to Starbucks now is it?

    I travel a lot, so I see the laptop as the essential and the desktop as the luxury item....
  3. randomrazr macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2011
  4. IllIllIll macrumors 6502a

    Oct 2, 2011
    Easy. Need portability? Get a laptop. Don't need portability? Get a desktop. Problem solved.
  5. Quinoky, Nov 1, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2011

    Quinoky macrumors regular


    Sep 18, 2011
    Groningen, Netherlands
    If you like screen real estate, you could always go for an MBP + external display setup. I'd definitely go with a laptop nowadays, though.

    And a warm welcome in advance to the Netherlands. ;) Oh, and if you now reside in a country which maintains a different currency than the Euro, I'd definitely recommend buying it before you move. Had I bought my late 2011 MBP in the US, for example, I would have saved €419 (or $584). Just letting you know. :)
  6. Spadoinkles macrumors regular

    May 5, 2011
    The fact you're looking to upgrade from such a new machine that would suffice for three times your needs probably tells us you should just buy everything and have the latest and best of both worlds for the heck of it.

    Telling us your needs more specifically would help; it'd probably become quite obvious by then.
  7. Wafflausages macrumors 6502

    Jun 27, 2010
    I used to be a desktop guy but finally got a 15" MBP was definitely a change and I found that it was a lot more convenient. It was a good desktop replacement for me, could run most games today and meet my day to day needs.
  8. warvanov macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2011
    There's no need to upgrade such a new machine to a new one. Get a portable if you have the cash to spare or you're dying for something new. Otherwise stick with what you have.
  9. mark28 macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
    Get an iPad alongside your iMac when you need portability?
  10. CampDavid macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2010
    I have the same imac as you, a 2011 MBP 13" and an ipad

    iMac is used when I'm home and I want to use a PC

    MBP I use for working in front of the TV

    iPad on the train.

    If I had to give one up I'd lose the iMac, I use it the least - 99% of stuff could be and is done on the MBP
  11. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2011
    I have both.

    I find that I spend more of my time on the desktop (but only because of screen real estate).

    Honestly, unless you need obscene amounts of power, it makes more sense to get a Laptop + External monitor.

    It's cost effective, you get screen real estate, and you get portability.
  12. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Prioritize your needs/wants and you'll have your answer. Polling others won't tell you what you prefer.
  13. TheJing macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2011
    Somewhere in Europe
    I have my Macbook Pro hooked up to a 24" screen. For me it's the perfect setup but it will obviously depend on your needs.
  14. fireman32 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2010
    Raleigh, NC
    I use my 13" MPB for portability but when I get home i use the twelve south book arc and connect to my external display and use it like a desktop so its the best of both worlds.
  15. eShrimes thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2011
    Thank you :D
  16. Bobby Corwen macrumors 68030

    Jul 16, 2010
  17. jdsingle macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2011
    Hate to say what everyone has already said...but only you know. This reminds me of the kids coming in on one of the STI forums I belong to and saying which one should I buy? If price is of no object to you, buy the biggest and best.

    Need to move it around the house? MBP. Only need it in one location then desktop. Not a difficult question to answer IMO. You haven't stated what use your computer serves in the OP.

    If I was you, take a picture of both, put them on a wall, blindfold yourself, and run straight towards the pictures. Whichever one your face smacks closest to is the one you should get.
  18. ScottNWDW macrumors 65816


    Jul 10, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    Since you already have an iMac that really isn't that old I would go with the MacBook. Your iMac is not that old and I doubt replacing it with another iMac would present any major differences. Getting a MacBook would be a nice companion to the iMac and offer you more portability. You could take the MacBook with you to work or classes and use the iMac at home or when more screen real estate is needed.

    In the past I have had both desktops and laptops and have found myself using the laptop the majority of the time because I wasn't tied to a desk. My computer of choice these days is the laptop. I have not bought a desktop machine in at least a decade.
  19. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I use a 13" MBP along with an external monitor. It gives me the flexibility and portability of the MBP but also the screen real estate of a iMac. This is what I would recommend if your budget can handle both a MBP and monitor.

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