Made the Switch from 13" MacBook Pro to 21.5" iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by TypeMRT, Jul 31, 2010.

  1. TypeMRT macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2007
    Aperture 3 was just too much for my 1-year old 13" MBP so I got the new base model 21.5" iMac. I might miss the 24" monitor but being able to use the 4GB of RAM from the MBP for a total of 8GB ought to make up for those lost couple of inches. I'm really looking forward to having a discrete graphics card.

    This is my first desktop since 2002! Now with an iPad I just can't justify the compromise of power for portability anymore. I hope Apple will give the 13" MBP a real graphics card next refresh to make it an actual desktop-replacement machine like the 15 & 17's. Oh well, I already made the switch and can't wait to see the difference in performance!
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
  3. mikeon macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2007
    Congrats on your new iMac! Please report back on how well the new iMac handles Aperture 3 particularly with adjustments on RAW files if possible. I'm considering the 3.2GHz 21.5" model. I currently run A3 with a lowly late 2007 Macbook and external monitor and as you can imagine it's a struggle!
  4. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    Congrats on the switch man! Glad that you are enjoying it.

    What do you mean by missing the 24"? Do you own a 24" monitor? If so, You do know that you can plug that monitor into the back of the imac and use it to extend your desktop, don't you?
  5. TypeMRT thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2007
    Sorry about that missing detail. I have a 24" Samsung TV/Monitor that also has the cable box connected to it. Unfortunately I'll be selling that since I just don't watch much TV in the office and don't need to extend the desktop.
  6. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    I'd love a 13" MacBook Pro with a discrete GPU. I'd happily sacrifice the optical drive space for a discrete GPU. My dream setup: 13" MacBook Pro in antiglare with Core i5 2.66GHz, ATI GPU along with a 21.5" Cinema Display in antiglare.

    Only thing that makes the 13" less appealing if you are looking to have it as your main machine.
  7. skcrane macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2009
    dayton, oh
    yeah right now I use a macbook unibody aluminum and a 24 inch external monitor looking at buying a refurb i7 right now. I am contemplating keeping my macbook for portability what do you guys think as I do not think I will get much for it in trade at my local apple store. My friend says his is worth $800 and mine has 4gb ram and for that price I may as well keep it for the portability.

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