Mac Mini vs iMac vs MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ranny2, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. ranny2, Aug 1, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2011

    ranny2 macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2011
    Hi, I am in the early stages of buying my first Mac computer.

    I currently have an iPad, which I love! I use it for everything from web browsing to email management.

    I have now decided to buy a Mac for more intensive tasks such as photo and video editing and document editing.

    My options are:
    MacBook Pro: dual core i5, 4Gb RAM, 320Gb HDD
    I do NOT need this for portability, so it would sit on my desk the whole time.
    Price = £850

    Mac Mini: dual core i5, 4Gb RAM, 500Gb HDD
    I would also buy the Apple keyboard and mouse and a monitorn
    Price = £730

    iMac: quad core i5, 4Gb RAM, 500Gb HDD
    Price = £850

    Please note, the prices are based on Apple Refurbished prices.
    Also, if you have any other suggestions, I would love to hear them.
  2. will waters macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2011
    Great Britain

    Go for the iMac, it is an all in one, you have a monitor, a much more powerfull processor and much more powerful graphics, you also have a big HDD. You also do not have to pay extra for a keyboard and mouse as it is all included.

    You could use the Mac mini this would not be a bad choice however do not get the MBP it is designed for portability and not designed for what you have in mind

    Go for the iMac you will not be disappointed.

    Hope this is helpfull
  3. Neous macrumors member


    Oct 9, 2009
    Woodstock, CT
    I'll second the iMac option, especially since you'll be using it for editing.
  4. ranny2 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2011
    Thanks for the suggestions. I would like to point out a couple of things though:

    I will do so little video editing, I'm talking once every two months or something. Photo editing will be more fequent at about once a week.

    Also, this will NOT be my primary machine. My iPad is my primary machine (please don't judge me... I love my iPad for the majority of the things I will ever do)
  5. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030


    Dec 7, 2002
    Florida, USA
    If you have no need for portability, definitely the iMac. No question about it.
  6. noodleyhead macrumors member


    Jun 29, 2011
    Sesame Street
    The iMac is great especially since you dont need it for portability.
    But, if you have no other laptop and might need one sometime in the future, I would get a MacBook Pro.
  7. Young Spade macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2011
    Tallahassee, Florida
    iMac. Both the MBP and Mini are going to be restricted in the performance department due to size. The iMac was made to sit on a desk and, aside from the Mac Pro, is the best desktop device; if you aren't moving it anyway.
  8. ranny2 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2011
    Wow! It's pretty clear which one to buy! iMac it is. Thanks everyone - you can always trust the MacRumors forum to get you a decent answer! :)

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