MacBook Pro 17" or iMac 27" ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by CHSeifert, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. CHSeifert macrumors 6502

    CHSeifert

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    Hey,

    I'm about to purchase a new Mac for home use alone. I love the huge 27" screen of the iMac but at the same time not sure I really need it and if the 17" 1920x1200 screen of the new MacBook Pro is more than enough for my needs ?

    My needs are very basic:

    Document writing
    Spread sheets
    Inet surfing
    Photo looking ( not creating or manipulating )
    Database
    Music listening

    I play all games on playstation 4 :)

    The MacBook Pro 17" with 8 gb ram and 256 SSD cost the same as the iMac 27" with 8 gb ram and 256 SSD and then an extra 2 tb HDD - but I already have a time capsule 2 tb and 2 WD Studio external 2 tb drives for my music collection ( which takes up 1,5 tb) so would be just fine with a MacBook Pro, I think :)

    What would you suggest - resale is also important, and I think a MacBook pro is easier to sell at a high price than an iMac is - maybe I'm wrong ?

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    Vh/Regards
    Claus - TapaTalk on my Ip4
     
  2. Mac-key macrumors 6502a

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    for what you say you do with your computer - 8gigs of RAM and a SSD are overkill.

    i say go with a stock configuration 17inch MBP
     
  3. Tears Apart macrumors 6502a

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    PlayStation 4? :confused:
     
  4. entatlrg macrumors 68040

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    iMac = work at one place all the time.

    17" MBP = freedom to move around the house with your computer.

    Which do you prefer?

    Decision made. :)
     
  5. Tyrion macrumors 6502a

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    Eh, if he can afford it, why not? Also, EVERYONE, even people who only use their computers for the most mundane tasks, will see vast improvements in performance with an SSD. SSDs aren't overkill, they're the best upgrade you can buy. As for RAM, even just Safari and Word sometimes max out 4 GB on my old pre-unibody MBP.
     
  6. CHSeifert thread starter macrumors 6502

    CHSeifert

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    Sorry but as a guy who have used SSD drives from Intel in my home build PC for 2 years, I have to conclude that you don't know what you're talking about !

    SSD is the best and easiest speed improvement in computers the last 5 years and even small office work like I mainly do benefits lots and lots from a fast SSD drive upgrade !!!!

    Regarding 8 gb ram - I often maxes 4 gb of ram out, since I often have 50 inet windows open at a time when forum browsing.

    This is what I consider normal Internet behaviour.

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    Vh/Regards
    Claus - TapaTalk on my Ip4
     
  7. CHSeifert thread starter macrumors 6502

    CHSeifert

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    Made my mind up :)

    iMac 27"
    2,93 ghz Quad
    8 GB RAM
    256 GB SSD for OSx and iWork
    2 TB HDD for music, photos and docs
    2 TB TimeCapsule for Sonos HiFi
    2 x 2 TB WD Studio Design for backup
    Apple remote
    Airport express with Monster cable for iTunes on the HiFi
    Magic Mouse + Magic Trackpad
    USB Apple full keyboard

    Hope I made the right choice !

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    Vh/Regards
    Claus - TapaTalk on my Ip4
     
  8. Andeavor macrumors 6502

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    I posed the exact same question to myself for a while and I recently ordered the 17" MBP with 8GB Ram and a 256GB SSD. I keep my media on a portable external drive, though.

    Can't wait for it to arrive. :)
     

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