Looking at iMac & Macbook - Would appreciate some advice

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  1. dcl macrumors regular

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    Have to find something to replace Macbook 1.83ghz.

    Latest Version Refurnished iMac Alu. 20" 2.4ghz 1g 320G HD:
    - What do I need to be aware of (problems, etc) with this model ?
    - Should I be cautious of buy a Refurbished Mac ?

    or

    NEW Macbook 2.2ghz 1g 80G Combo Drive

    I still have 19" Samsung 914V LCD / Logitech VX wireless mouse / Apple wireless keyboard for macbook,
    but then if I get an iMac, would can sell LCD/Mouse/Keyboard for at least $200

    Used iMac would run $1307 otd - $200 sale of (LCD/M/K) = around $1100

    New Macbook around $1000 otd

    ???:confused:
     
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    What do you do with your computer? Photo library? Listen to music? Surf the web? Word process? Also, how important is mobility?
     
  3. dcl thread starter macrumors regular

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    During week used for business bookkeeping, surfing web.
    Weekends iTunes, Photos, Surfing. web

    Really like Macbook, but it does go everywhere with me - weekend, trips, etc.
    Would probably get more of a life back with an iMac.
     
  4. teflon macrumors 6502a

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    What's the reason to replace your old macbook? Speed? Not enough hard drive space? Then the iMac would be better than macbook, although the speed difference would be barely noticeable. And as a previous poster stated, what do you use your computer for? How/where are you going to use it?

    Edit: Sorry, dcl you posted while I was posting :eek:. In that case, I would recommend a Macbook since you're taking it everywhere. Personally, I hate the feeling of being stuck somewhere without my laptop, especially knowing I could've had it.
    Another possibility is an iMac with an iPod touch or iPhone. So you can do net surfing, watch movies, listen to music, look at pictures and even write some documents on the go, and have an iMac to go home to.
     
  5. dcl thread starter macrumors regular

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    Only reason for change, a family member wants to start using a computer.
    So will give him this one and get replacement.

    I know personal decision - Just talking out load.

    Question Refurb. 20" iMac or New Macbook for $100 difference after getting rid of LCD/Mouse/ Apple Wireless Keyboard ?
    Both latest models.
     
  6. teflon macrumors 6502a

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  7. NAG macrumors 68030

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    Honestly for that usage the only reason to get an iMac over a macbook would be if you have an extensive iPhoto library or something like that. You don't really need the speed or larger screen.

    I'd have to say macbook.
     
  8. dcl thread starter macrumors regular

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    NAG - Correct , but for the little difference, find it hard to decide
     
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  10. dcl thread starter macrumors regular

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    Do you consider SuperDrive on a Macbook,

    A must have /or/ a nice luxury, but not that important ?



    Will there be any problem popping 120g HD out of 1.83mhz and putting it into new Macbook ?
    Run both Bootcamp & VMWare, not looking forward to reinstalling everything.
     
  11. NAG macrumors 68030

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    The hard drives are super simple to replace/swap on macbooks. Just as easy as replacing ram, it's great (basically the same steps too). And I have a super drive, you never know when you'll need to burn a dvd and it doesn't cost much more.
     
  12. teflon macrumors 6502a

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    I wouldn't say super drive is a must have, you can always get an external later on anyways, but if you're going to upgrade, then upgrade to the middle model because of the faster processor. 1.83 to 2.0 might not make a noticeable difference.
     

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