Macbook Pro vs iMac

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by redchef82, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. redchef82 macrumors newbie

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    Im not sure which way to go.

    I currently have an outdated (2006) iMac which is running a bit slow but very functional. I don't do much on it except internet, email and Microsoft word/excel.

    I do consulting and do need a laptop from time to time but only very basic functionality, basically writing reports from my hotel. However, I should mention that I hate the layout of basically all laptop keyboards and mousepads. But will suffer through it when I have to and just use my own mouse.

    So I'm not sure which route to go.

    Get a Mac Book Pro and buy a monitor to use as a docking station or buy an iMac and a cheap PC laptop that will allow me to do my reports the few times a year that I will need it.

    I'm just worried and feel that the MBP is not as durable as the iMac and I don't want to spend $1500 on something I will need to replace in a few years. In that case I can buy the iMac which will be more powerful and hopefully last longer and get a cheaper PC laptop.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. augustya macrumors 68000

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    Have you thought about using the iPad for the Consulting and the light reports making thing that you have mentioned about ? use a External Keyboard and you are done ! And buy a iMac !
     
  3. NukeIT macrumors regular

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    How powerful would depend on which models you are looking at. i5 vs i7, etc

    I thjnk durability is about the same especially if your going to use it in clam shell mode and it sits on your desk 90% of the time.
     
  4. leman macrumors 604

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  5. alphaod macrumors Core

    alphaod

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    Just get a nice external monitor and base model MacBook Air.

    You should be able to do all the things you said.

    If you want to play games or something, buy a gaming PC instead.
     
  6. gomatt macrumors member

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    I just posed a thread on this board about that. See "review: macbook pro 13" retina...." by gomatt.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1711624

    Get the pro 13", and a 27" asus pro art ips screen. It is AWESOME and you dont have to use 2 computers, which really sucks, files here, settings there. A mess.
     
  7. maflynn Moderator

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    Get the MBP, a good monitor, keyboard and mouse. While at home you'll have the best of both worlds and then when you're mobile you have a product that gets the job done as well.

    If you get a wireless mouse (and even keyboard) you can take that with you easily if you wish to use those instead of the laptop touchpad and keyboard.
     
  8. Vandefilm macrumors regular

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    For your needs. Get a macbook air (with 8 GB RAM and you're good for the next 5 years) and cheap external display.
     

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