Macbook Pro or iMac+netbook

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jeky, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. jeky macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2010
    Hi. I need some assistance on my next mac purchase and any advice would be greatly appreciated. I'm a college student and my primary computer usage is word processing, web browsing, movies and youtube. Currently I'm torn between getting a macbook pro 13" or an iMac 21.5" (base) with a netbook preferably something like a eeepc just for when I'm at college and during the commute home for report writing. There are obvious pros and cons for both but at this stage not enough to convince me to take one over the other. So I'm just wondering which would be the preferred option by people here.
  2. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    I would say go for the macbook pro and buy an external monitor to attach it to when your at school.
  3. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    At college a laptop is a wise investment. I have a macbook hooked up to a screen for work at home and can still use the laptop in the library.
  4. Habitat macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2009
    Lol. Mac Pro 15" with another monitor. All data with you on the go and when you get home hook it up to the other screen and youre doing it big :)
  5. defekt macrumors newbie

    Dec 25, 2009
    I was in a similar situation, ended up getting an iMac and netbook, didn't want to routinely plug and unplug in my monitor and printer daily but what tipped the scales for me was the fact that my uni has flimsy lecture tables. But I do have to have to transfer files via thumb drive regularly if I want to work on my iMac...
  6. Habitus macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2009
    Where ever my life takes me...
    You have basic needs; the entry level 13" MBP will meet and exceed your needs. I suggest purchasing a external monitor, too. AppleCare is a must and you can always upgrade the RAM and hdd at a later time.

    Habitus :apple:
  7. kroeks macrumors regular

    defenetly. expecially because you don't have to transfer files much then
  8. elpmas macrumors 68000


    Sep 9, 2009
    Where the fresh snow don't go.
    Get a MBP. iMac and a netbook is too much the others have said, just hook the mbp to a monitor :D
    I'm getting a mbp 13 xD
  9. 1rottenapple macrumors 65816

    Apr 21, 2004
    13in mb or mbp + external monitor. A laptop is a great investment imo. You can go to the coffee shop, library, on a bench, etc... Plus, really moving files back and forth is annoying as hell. And netbooks make your wrist hurt (at least with me).
  10. doubleohseven macrumors 6502a


    Jan 13, 2008
    Sydney, Australia
    I second that.

    Everything's there when you have just one computer. What if you forgot to put a file on your Netbook and realised that it's still on your iMac, at home? It happens. And if you find you really need a bigger screen, you can just buy a Dell 24" monitor for however much that costs where you live (they're pretty affordable).

    You'll be surprised how light and portable the MBP 13" really is.
  11. kellen macrumors 68020


    Aug 11, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    Ditto what everyone else has said. Try for a monitor with a built in usb hub, then all you have to do is connect one usb to your MBP and everything else is good. Or you could get an external.

    I remember college......
  12. jeky thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2010
    Thanks to everyone who posted, it has made my decision a little easier. But I do have concerns about carrying around such an expensive machine as opposed to a netbook.
  13. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    ...are you going into freshman year or later?

    Also, with the apple tablet (what ever) coming out, many companies are holding off releasing their new netbooks to see what apple has come up with so there should be more powerful machines on the horizon...
  14. jeky thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2010
    I'll be in my 4th year but I'm not a particularly large person, more so less than average =\
  15. jtmx29 macrumors regular


    Jan 14, 2010
    Don't get the netbook if your used to any other laptop. Even if you understand it's power, it still will anger you!

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