Macbook or iMac?


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 1, 2006
I'm currently running on a 12inch powerbook (1.5ghz, 1.25gb ram, 80gb HDD) but just lately I'm finding it to be slow and it's starting to bug me. Especially with all the web pages running flash/ajax killing my speed.

So I'm thinking of buying a new Intel Mac at the end of the year/early next year (Maybe even wait for leopard). But I don't know weather to buy a Macbook (black) and sell the Powerbook or buy and iMac (20inch) and keep the powerbook for running around on?

Can anyone give me some advice as to the pros / cons to either?


macrumors 65816
Mar 3, 2006
Not at the beach...
I would keep the PowerBook and get the iMac.
That way you'll still have a laptop for the road, and a powerful desktop at home for playing games or other processor intensive tasks.


macrumors 65816
Aug 15, 2006
id say get the imac. you have a portable and you get more bang for your buck with an imac. However if you need prtable power you might want the macbook.


macrumors newbie
Jun 2, 2006
get the imac

i was in the same dilema until 1 month ago...

i kept my powerbook, and now i have the intelcore2duo 20" imac also. Its an amazing machine.

i mostly work in my home office aniways, so mostly i dont need the power and the mobilty at the same time. i have felt liberated carrying the powerbook around, because the intangible value of a laptop is the info and the works in progress in it, being the imac my primary computer for work stuff the powerbook hard drive its almost empty, and it runs more than well for presentations to clients, webbrowsing, word procesing and ocasional photoshop and flash work in the road.

i have my mail set up in both machines, in the powerbook the option to delete the messages from the server its off so, i have my complete mail history in the imac. I use my phone as a link for both machines adress book. im a happy man.

did i mention a 20inch monitor/computer is a great thing to have and to use?


macrumors 604
Sep 11, 2004
Canberra, Australia
I would get the iMac as well. You're really not going to notice that much of a speed increase with the MacBook over your PB, but you definitely will with an iMac.


macrumors 68030
Apr 17, 2004
A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
The IMac / PowerBook combo covers you for just about anything.

The 12"PowerBook is still the ultimate portable for most portable needs.
PPC apps are still great on the PowerBook and you'll have plenty of storage and
processing kick on the iMac for all your heavy lifting.

The iMac gives you everything that you were missing in a notebook.

Speed, Storage, VRAM and a fantastic display.


macrumors 6502
Oct 11, 2006
Eastvale, CA
I was also in the same situation a month ago also...

I decided on an iMac "17...

It came down to: Do I need a portable computer or a desktop computer. I came to the conclusion I only need a desktop. I spend too much time on a computer as it is, so it is more healthy for me to have a desktop. It's all about needing a portable or needing a higher end model computer.

Either way you will be happy, because I hear Apple is coming out with Core 2 Dual processors on the MacBooks any day now...


macrumors G4
Jul 4, 2005
Definitely iMac

You'd have the ultimate combination. 12" PowerBook is both tiny and still reasonably powerful with a good battery life and will run Universal apps and PPC apps very well. And it's TINY. Smaller and lighter than my iBook and even that's up there in the diminutive stakes.

Then, with the iMac you've got possibly the best Bang-For-Your-Bucks in the Mac lineup. It's got some massive grunt, lots of screen real-estate and plenty of space.

PowerBook for on-the-go use and the iMac for home/heavy lifting. Perfect combination.
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