Macbook vs. Imac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by macattack17, Dec 4, 2007.

  1. macattack17 macrumors newbie

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    guys, i dont know which one to choose
    they are both great machines and have different plus's and negatives
    if you were in my shoes which would u choose?
    leopard just came out and i want to spend around $1300-$1500
    whats my best chance (not for college use)
    cheers,
    macattack
     
  2. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

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    Do you need/want a laptop If not get the iMac.
     
  3. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    I'd choose the imac. I have a macbook and I lust after the new imacs. I have to stay with a laptop until after I'm done with law school, but after that, it's imac all the way.

    The macbook has only one advantage - it's portable. Other than that, the imac wins on everything - faster processor, bigger and faster HD, much MUCH better graphics, more ports, massively bigger screen, etc. etc.

    The one and only reason to get a macbook is if you see yourself needing/wanting a computer away from your desk often. But if that's the case, as it is with me, you really have to choose the macbook.
     
  4. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Unless you need the portability offered by the MacBook, I would advise you to go with an iMac. :) :apple:
     
  5. vgf macrumors newbie

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    I'm having the exact same debate right now.
    Macbook pro vs Imac + Asus EEE PC.
    The price would be about the same...
    Advice?
     
  6. jnc macrumors 68020

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    For you, hold out until January and weigh your options then. That's if a MacBook Pro in a smaller shell interests you...
     
  7. MacinDoc macrumors 68020

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    I have both, but then there are 6 people in my family. I enjoy the large screen of the iMac, and my wife enjoys browsing the web on the MacBook.
     
  8. anotherarunan macrumors 6502

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    LOL thats such an unhelpful comment :D
     
  9. Kwill macrumors 68000

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    A friend in the same situation was certain she wanted a 17" MacBook Pro as her first Mac. As a long-time Mac user I advised she purchase the 24" iMac. Now she couldn't be happier.

    My business needs are varied so I prefer to have one of each along with a powerful desktop. ;)
     
  10. macattack17 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks

    thank you everyone for your help
    i think i am gonna purchase the imac
    its all around good
     
  11. Slip macrumors 6502a

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    I was in the exact same conundrum as you, evidently I went for the MacBook ;)
    The reason why? Well for a start it was £100 less which is always nice and I figured that the option of portability would be nice to have even if ~98% of the times is spent at the desk ;). Also, if I need the larger screen estate I can add an external monitor at a later date (which I plan to do) and then if not, I don't have to worry about the larger size on the desk for example.
    Either way, they're both great
     
  12. ivan1234 macrumors regular

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    portability is a must for me so I would pick macbook. :D
     
  13. SXR macrumors 6502a

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    Portability is not a must for me, but I would still pick the MacBook. Probably because im sitting in front of a desktop machine for 3 years now..
     

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