MacBook Pro/iMac advice

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by booster79, Jun 12, 2019 at 10:39 AM.


What would you do?

  1. swap the iMac for Macbook Pro

    2 vote(s)
  2. Sell the iMac and old MacBook Pro and buy new MacBook Pro in the US

    0 vote(s)
  1. booster79 macrumors newbie


    Glasgow, Scotland
    I currently have a late 2012 Macbook Pro Retina 13" which is starting to age and a 2017 iMac 5K 27" (Core i5 3.8ghz, 16gb ram, 580x Pro 8GB graphics and a 2 TB Fusion Drive), purchased in October 2017 and in perfect condition.

    The iMac is not used very often because there is no fixed place for it in the house and is therefore removed when necessary.

    Now an acquaintance is looking for an iMac and suggested an exchange, he has a 2018 Macbook Pro 15 "(Core i7 2.2ghz, 16gb ram, radeon pro555x and 256gb SSD) which was purchased in August 2018 and in perfect condition.

    What do you guys think of this proposal? Is it a good deal or am I better off selling the iMac or iMac and the old Macbook Pro and then buying a new Macbook Pro when I go to the US in October?
  2. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    Sell, sell, buy. Never purchase anything from acquaintance, friends or family.
    256GB SSD is... just... too... small for most anything. I only use my MBPr for coding and need at least 512GB, source code is stored on device(versioned), in apple icloud(working/hacks/branches) and external server for full count builds.
  3. kp98077 macrumors 6502


    Oct 26, 2010
    is there apple care on it? if so not so much a gamble... my fear is always water damage...
  4. MacDonaldTrump macrumors regular


    Nov 28, 2018
    Brisbane Australia
    I had similar set up I sold both and invested it all in a spec’d up MBP (apple care) and 4K monitor. Suits my desktop work and in the field, great set up.
  5. Nbd1790 macrumors regular

    Jan 2, 2017
    New York
    I would have to highly recommend staying away from 256gb storage options. Unless you heavily rely on external drives (which is fine to an extent), 256 will fill up quickly even with the most basic use such as Applications, photos music etc. Take a look at how much of that iMac hard drive you have used. Going from 2tb to 256 is a HUGE cut in hard drive space. I normally recommend 512 in the very least, even for the casual user.

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