Looking to switch

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Bigtyme07, Nov 5, 2016.

  1. Bigtyme07 macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2016
    So I'm looking again at switching over to mac. I'm not a gamer at all and I mostly deal with office, business applications, and music production (for fun). I've always admired the connectivity that apple devices have had and the increased productivity that, that sort of ecosystem provides and the sleekness/smoothness of the OS. So as someone looking to switch over from completely windows based systems to apple how should I start? I've got an iPhone, I'm looking for a laptop, desktop. Thanks!
  2. allan.nyholm macrumors 6502a


    Nov 22, 2007
    Aalborg, Denmark
    The iMac has many ports that might win you over. You also get a clumsy heavy machine with minimum portability. 27" Retina display is cool too. The upgradability of RAM is also a plus. But that's also the only thing you can replace yourself on the recent 27" iMac. The 21,5" iMac is a Build to Order for more RAM, as an example.

    A Mac laptop has mobility going for it. With the possibility to attach a large monitor. It's also a dongle-Hell of dimensions as of recently.

    Either way - macOS provides and shines on either device.

    I was going to type a longer reply but came to my senses.
  3. jaduff46 macrumors 6502


    Mar 3, 2010
    Second star on the right....
    My kids love the portability, so 3 of the 4 have MBPs and love them.

    I was an early adopter and did my MBA thesis on a 1986 Macintosh Plus using Lightspeed C. Then got pulled back to Windows for work for a long time. Have had the 27" iMac since 2010 and still love it even without Retina.

    No real hassles in migrating either since MS Office works fine in both ecosystems. No virus difficulties under Mac OS either.
  4. motty2307 macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2010
    I recently purchased a 27" Retina iMac and absolutely love it. The screen is gorgeous and it's the smoothest machine I have ever used. If you're looking for portability, I would definitely go with the MBP because like another poster has said, the iMac is definitely not a portable machine.
  5. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    If you don't need portability then the 27 inch 5k iMac is the best computer bargain out there make sure you have a 2tb fusion drive or full SSD in the configuration. Also look at refurb store for an as new bargain with all the same warranty options.

    If you need portability then a MacBook Pro is where you want to look but a MacBook will probably do your use case just fine.

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