MB/MBP or Imac?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by afuturestrader, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. afuturestrader macrumors member

    Feb 29, 2008
    I would appreciate your opinion.

    I bought a refurbished Mac mini very recently to test my companies web sites on a Mac. The Mac is great!

    It is time to buy a new main computer for myself and trying to decide between a Macbook, Macbook Pro and iMac.

    My uses are mostly office - web browsing, email, documents, chat. A second main use is that I trade the financial markets and run financial charting software. I will try this in Fusion or Parallels using windows.

    I also use my computer for music listening. iLife might encourage me to do more with family photos.

    Complicating matters is the fact I need a machine for two locations -

    1. My main home office which will account for the vast majority of use.
    2. The office of my families/parents business where I will use a computer one day a week.

    Lastly, I use dual monitors and may expand to three. This can be done with Matrox dualhead2go (requires machine to have a discrete graphics card) or the soon to be released USB graphics card to be sold by Sewell Direct.

    I could use my mini at my families office and an iMac at my home office. But I don't know a) how much of a pain it is to synch and cross search the two machines using .Mac and b) how to match the iMac monitor so the dual monitors are seamless

    If I buy a laptop the biggest difference in my view between MB/MBP is the graphics card. I have always used entry level discrete cards. So I am not sure if the integrated video card of MB is sufficient or if I should pay up for the MBP.

    What's your opinion? What would you buy?

    Thanks in advance
  2. cherry su macrumors 65816

    cherry su

    Feb 28, 2008
    Get the MBP. Its large screen will be good for coding and showing off your websites. The graphics card, as you said, will be good for display spanning.
  3. scienide09 macrumors 65816


    May 5, 2007
    Sounds like you need both portability and a discrete GPU. Only the MBP will give you both in one package. You can take it to the other office when needed, or leave it connected to your external monitors at your main location.
  4. Hankster macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2008
    Washington DC
    If you already have a desktop I would get a laptop next for mobility. A MBP would fit your needs if money isn't an issue.
  5. jfull15 macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2008
    Yeah MBP is your best option, especially after the recent updates.
  6. Hoo03 macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2007
    Another vote for MBP!

    If money is an issue, go for the amazon deal for SR 2.2GHz. I think after rebate and also sans tax, it's a fantastic deal!
  7. afuturestrader thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 29, 2008
    Thanks for all the replies thus far!

    Regarding the dedicated graphics card - it is necessary for running two displays with the Matrox dual head2go.

    However, a new USB "graphics card" for the Mac is scheduled to be out in March. It should be similar to


    Would this product change your recommendation to a MB? Or do you think for my uses the dedicated graphics card vs. integrated is still worth the money for the MBP?

  8. jfull15 macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2008
    nope, stick with the MBP. There's more options, and it's mroe powerful thus going to last you longer, and you could probably really use it, I wouldn't depend on a 3rd party source coming out with something as a determining factor, if you have the money go for the MBP
  9. iJesus macrumors 6502a


    Jun 30, 2007
    Reno, Nevada
    I recommend the MBP.

    I doubt updates to it will happen until June or November.
  10. jfull15 macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2008
    yup & the current gen is amazing and will last you a long time.

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