Mac Book Pro, iMac 20, or Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by kyle99, Sep 11, 2009.

  1. kyle99 macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2009
    I'm buying my 4th computer, and my 1st ever apple product. I'm debating between a Mac Book Pro 13', an iMac 20', or a mac mini(I already have a 19' monitor). I have a budget of about 1100, but the less I spent the more I could spend on other things, like maybe an iPod touch :p

    My main uses would be email, web browsing, photo/light video editing, and a little bit of programming. I won't really be using it for gaming. I obviously want it to be as fast as possible, so I don't really want to settle for less.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks a lot :)

  2. leomac08 macrumors 68020


    Jul 12, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    YOU, cannot buy a macbook pro under $1100! or a imac for $1100, they cost over $1500!
    my opinion

    buy a mac mini $600

    buy the keyboard, and mighty mouse... $150

    buy a new ipod nano or ipod touch $150-$200

    buy the apple care protection plan $200-$250

    buy a printer, or else if they give you one for free after rebate. (-$100)
  3. kyle99 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2009
    Well, I could just wait a couple weeks and get a Mac Book Pro, if that would be a better choice.
  4. MTI macrumors 65816

    Feb 17, 2009
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Kyle, how do you reconcile those two statements? What is more important to you, or likely to be important over the next few years of owning the unit?

    The new Mini is your bang for the buck choice since you have a monitor and it's the lowest cost entry point to new.
  5. leomac08 macrumors 68020


    Jul 12, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    the macbook pro is a sexy device...:D

    u will not be dissapointed:D
  6. coltter macrumors newbie


    Sep 11, 2009
    i would like to collect the enough to buy a mac book pro instead. :)
  7. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000


    May 22, 2009
  8. MacKiddyWiddy macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2009
    macbook pro or mac mini, use the external screen with either the mac mini or the mbp... *(i think with the mbp you'll need to buy a cable (£19))[​IMG] in my opinion, mbp... but if money is tight, the mini will be more then sufficient
  9. ditzy macrumors 68000


    Sep 28, 2007
    If you need portability get the MBP, if not get the mini.
  10. silentnite macrumors 6502a


    Apr 21, 2009
    Outer sight.. Outer mind
    This is easy, if your like me and find yourself always on the move get the Mac Pro 13". The number 1 reason is you'll never find yourself with out a computer. It's so small but yet powerful enough to do just about everything you need plus more. You'll have no excuses why you can't just drop it into your messenger bag or backpac & take it with you.

    If your home a lot and just want a computer to go online and things of that sort. If your trying to save some money, get a Mac mini. They are both awesome little computers. Upgrades for both are not that much & you'll have Snow leopard & Ilife etc. enough to keep you busy.


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