Macbook vs iMac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by chipandtoast, Dec 13, 2009.

  1. chipandtoast macrumors member

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    So I need help which is a better value a
    new macbook 13 inch with 4 gig ram and apple care $1150

    Or a new iMac 21.5 inch nothing upgraded $1240
     
  2. SeenJeen macrumors regular

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    I would rather have the iMac.

    If it was MacBook Pro vs iMac, that's a different ball game.

    Depends on what you use it for. I would have an iMac but I bounce around too much between my office and home for me to work on just a desktop.
     
  3. ttopp macrumors regular

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    The better value is the iMac. hands down!

    But if you need it to b mobile then you have to go with the MacBook.

    if it were me and it was to be my only comp i would go with the iMac. the MacBook is good but under powered compared to the iMac.
     
  4. chipandtoast thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm going to use it for flash games,youtube,web browsing,homework ,and developing iphone games.
     
  5. chipandtoast thread starter macrumors member

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    How come a MacBook pro makes it a different ball game what extra features are there? Or are there better specs?
     
  6. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    Macbook Pro can have up to 8GB of RAM, a firewire 800 port, and a better enclosure. If you customize the 15in or 17in Macbook Pro, it can have the same processor as the base iMac.
     
  7. chipandtoast thread starter macrumors member

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    I guess so... but I'm on a preferred 1200-$1400 budget and would also prefer to get a monitor for a MacBook if I get one.
     
  8. Nano2k macrumors regular

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    If you don't need to be mobile with your computer, get the iMac. The Macbook will be slower, has a small screen and I am sure that it's more enjoyable to work on a 21.5" screen than on a 13.3" screen (for most people).
     
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  10. chipandtoast thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the help but the first site is pretty much the same as apple developer/student discount and the rebates are mail in. The second site I've never heard of and they are only $5 cheaper than the offical site.
    I could probably save $40 using those sites but the hassle really isn't worth it.
     
  11. chipandtoast thread starter macrumors member

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    Oops forgot to say I included the $99 apple developer cost in the prices.
     
  12. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...get the 2.13Ghz whitebook from the refurb store for $749 when it pops up again and a HP or Dell monitor if you need portability...

    If you don't need a portable machine get the prev gen 24" iMac with either the 2.93 or the 3.06 CPU for $1279 or $1349 respectively...

    Prev gen machines are usually good/better deals as the known bugs are usually worked out and they carry the same warranty (see my sig)...
     

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