MacBook Pro trade for iMac Question

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by dotmarckr, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. dotmarckr macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2013
    I've been considering trading my mid-2009 MacBook Pro 15" C2D 2.53 GHz 8GB laptop for an iMac for it's screen size – and because I'm already using my laptop as a desktop pretty much and I have a MacBook Air for portability. I've gotten a hit on Craigslist to trade for a 2008 iMac 24" C2D 3.06GHz 4GB.

    What are you opinions on this? Should I make the trade? Why or why not?
  2. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    I wouldn't do it. It's like trading in this year's tech for something from last year. Less RAM in there too.
  3. Stooby Mcdoobie macrumors 6502a

    Stooby Mcdoobie

    Jun 26, 2012

    You're probably looking to do a flat out trade so you don't have to spend any money, but I think you'd be better off just getting an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse. I use this monitor with my MBP when I want to use it in 'desktop' mode am and very happy with its performance.
  4. glenthompson macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2011
    I concur with the external monitor approach instead. I added a Cinema Display to my MBP and have been very happy with it. Got it dirt cheap off Craigslist. Added a full sized keyboard. Takes a few seconds to disconnect and stuff in my backpack and I'm on the road.
  5. Yebubbleman macrumors 68030


    May 20, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    No. You're making a downgrade in terms of everything but CPU speed and screen size. The RAM type is slower (DDR2 vs. DDR3). If you want a larger screen, you're much better off just buying an external monitor. Apple sells as large as a 27" LED display (just make sure you don't buy the Thunderbolt one by mistake) or you can go with literally any other brand for cheaper.
  6. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    I wouldn't want a computer of that age with unknown history. The displays in these things do not last forever. With the one you already own, you know what is working.

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