MacBook Pro HD upgrade or go with iMac?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by SmithLaw, Nov 18, 2014.

  1. SmithLaw macrumors newbie

    Nov 18, 2014
    First time posting here guys and girls, but I need your opinions please.

    I have a mid-2012 Macbook Pro (non-retina) that I purchased in 2012. I upgraded to 8gb ram, HD glossy screen and have a 750gb 7200rpm HD. The HD seems to be failing or at least is now dinosaur slow. I have iMacs at my office (my personal is a late 2013 21inch 2.7 i5 with fusion drive) that is SOOOO much faster than my Macbook Pro. I had a spare iMac at home that I was using but when I hired another assistant I had to bring it to the office. Now the thought of doing work at home on my slow macbook makes me cringe. I am not sure if it is more the size of the screen or the slowness (which is becoming a huge problem). So, my options now are:
    1. Buy a SSD drive for the macbook for a few hundred dollars and watch it speed up considerably (much cheaper option);
    2. Buy a new iMac 21" with a fusion drive and upgraded ram for approx. $1699; or
    3. Buy a 2013 gently used iMac 27" 3.4 processor with 32g ram, with 1tb fusion drive for $1700.

    Keep in mind, I do like the portability of the MacBook if I need it and I do have the iMac's at work where I spend 75% of my time. However, my wife does have a 13" macbook should I ever HAVE to have a portable computer I guess...

    So which should I go with?
  2. BeamWalker macrumors 6502a


    Dec 18, 2009
    The decision between Desktop and portable is something nobody but you can really help you with. It comes down to usage and personal preference.

    Since upgrading the Macbook to a fusion drive is quite inexpensive these days I would do that anyway. A 120 Gig SSD and a Caddy to replace the Superdrive will run you about 100 bucks. A Harddrive with 1TB is about 60 and there is now even the option for a 2TB Version.

    If you can't spare the superdrive, even a 500 Gig SSD doesn't brake the bank anymore.
  3. 556fmjoe macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2014
    Seems like a no brainer to me, considering you value portabiity.

    Option A.) Spend $100 and have a portable machine

    Option B.) Spend $1700 and lose portability

    I'd go with A without question.
  4. SmithLaw, Nov 18, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2014

    SmithLaw thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 18, 2014
    Well if I choose to stay with the MacBook Pro, I will be getting a 1000 GB SSD drive for approximately $500.
  5. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    As said above

    it is much cheaper to put a 256gb SSD in the main draive bay and swap out the optical drive for your current hard drive for storage space, you can even set it up as a fusion drive if you like there are many guides for hoe to do this online, do you really need that optical drive??? If you do then just get an external enclsure for it for about $20 and hey presto.
  6. SmithLaw thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 18, 2014
    So you all definitely believe keeping the MacBook over the iMac is the way to go? Biggest draw to the iMac to me is the ability to have multiple windows open and viewable but I guess that isn't such a huge deal...
  7. mac8867 macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2010
    Saint Augustine, FL
    I am not a reseller... I just use this drive. The Crucial MX100 512GB SATA 2.5" is reselling for ~210 right now. I also use a henge doc with an external monitor.
  8. SmithLaw thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 18, 2014
  9. MacInTO macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2005
    Canada, eh!
    I've had several Crucial SSDs and they all worked great!

    You can also put 16GB RAM in your machine.
  10. Naimfan Suspended


    Jan 15, 2003

    You can get a Samsung 840 1 TB for $399 on Amazon.
  11. poiihy macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2014
  12. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    An SSD (or smaller SSD and HDD in drive bay) and an external monitor would still be cheaper than an iMac, while giving you the advantages of both desktop and laptop. It's what I'd do in your situation.
  13. brdeveloper macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    This is the last user-upgradeable Macbook Pro. I'd keep it. Add a 256/512GB SSD and you'll be fine.
  14. jsagurton macrumors member

    Aug 6, 2014
    I know everyone else has said the same thing, but using a 2010 17" MBP and upgrading it to the Crucial MX100 512GB has made a WORLD of difference for me. I was considering purchasing either a new rMBP or iMac, and I'm now very glad I didn't. I spent $250 or so and got an insane performance difference.
  15. SmithLaw thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 18, 2014
    Mac8867 - how do you turn your MacBook on and off when it is in the hinge dock and you are using an external monitor?

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