MacBook or iMAC

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by plantobuy, Jun 27, 2006.

  1. plantobuy macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2006
    I am a windows user. I have Dell Desktop and now plan to switch to MAC.

    With the money I have I can buy MacBook 2.0 GHz/iMac 1.83 GHz. I see that with iMac I get more functionality for money (Dual Layer DVD, 17" monitor, bigger HD) but with MacBook I get mobility.

    I am looking forward to your views about the choice to make. Any help?
  2. lonepilgrim macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2006
    It totally comes down to whether you want the mobility IMO. Why would you not go for a bigger screen and more features if you don't need mobility?
  3. RollTide macrumors 6502


    Mar 9, 2006
    Well I am in the same boat you are in, but I have decided on the iMac, Simply because it is soooooo much computer for its price. Also in some aps you will need to max out the ram in order for them to run fast or smoothly. I plan on getting one gig in the iMac, and like you said the hd is much bigger.

    You could always get an old ibook on ebay, real cheap( many still have warranty) and buy imac, you will spend a bit more, but it may be worth it.
  4. kevin.rivers macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2005
    I was in the same boat. I chose the iMac, mainly because I wasn't very impressed with the Macbooks. I got a 20" and it is great.

    Having no portability sucks at times. I will eventually add a MBP/MB to my arsenal though. So it is ok.
  5. plantobuy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2006
    Any difference betn 1.83/2.00

    One thing I forgot to mention is the processor speed. In iMAC I get 1.83 GHz while in MacBook I get 2.00. I also see a note that the OS changes the speed of the CPU based on the situation. So does it matter to go to 1.83 GHz?
  6. mduser63 macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2004
    Salt Lake City, UT
    You probably won't notice much of a difference between 1.83 and 2.0 GHz. You could always go for the 20" iMac if the slightly faster clockspeed is important to you.
  7. superted666 Guest


    Oct 17, 2005
    i have just sold a imac for a macbook :)

    differnt situation though as i needed mobility and my imac was G5.

    I loved my imac to bits, if i could afford i would keep it.
    Such a good machine i say imac!
  8. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    I'd say imac, just because they don't have any defects and some macbooks do, which can be frustrating. Also, it seems like you don't really *need* portability, and as you said, you get a lot more computer for your money with the imac. IMO both of them are among the best values ever offered by apple (the 17" imac and 1.83 macbook especially), so you're making a good choice either way.

    I have a macbook, but lust after imacs. I absolutely must have portability, though.
  9. slackersonly macrumors 6502a


    Apr 13, 2006
    'huge' iMac fan. cant go wrong with it.

    iMac CAN be a limited portable. there are decent cases available albeit a bit large to fit the 20" beast in it.

    also, what are you doing with the computer when you need the portability. i found that a ibm laptop is a good option for when i 'have' to be mobile for a while as i mostly use internet/email and 1-2 windoze work programs. other posters idea of a cheap used ibook could be viable as well.
  10. ddrueckhammer macrumors 65816


    Aug 8, 2004
    America's Wang
    I'm in the same boat as you and decided (after much agony) to buy an iMac after they are updated next. I am a student and previously had a 12" Powerbook G4. I found that mainly I only used the portability of my Mac to check email, surf the web, and type papers. Anything serious work (CAD, Photoshop, etc) I do in labs or use my parent's or girlfriend's computer.

    I purchased a Nintendo DS Lite recently and have great hopes for the Opera browser so I can bring it with me to check email and look at non-flash websites. I thought about a PDA or an old ibook but the DS was too tempting with it low pricetag and touchscreen functionality....Oh yeah and it plays fun games and can be a .mp3/mpeg4 player with the right attachment. I can't type papers on it but I really don't care.

    I hope your iMac works out for you and I hope that they update soon so that I can purchase :eek: ...
  11. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    iMac 20" all the way - more productive, less money, faster (the 3.5" hard drive will always be faster than a 2.5" drive), more storage, more reliable.

    ALL you give up is portability.

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