MBP 15 or low-end iMac & PC Notebook

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by AvengerZero, May 19, 2010.

  1. AvengerZero macrumors newbie

    May 19, 2010
    Vienna, Austria
    Hey! This is my first post, greetings from Austria (not Australia ^^)

    I've a hard decision to take, the title already shows my problem, should I buy a MBP 15 or an low end iMac & a PC Notebook.

    I am an electrotechnical engineering student and we have a similar service like mac on campus that give us the possibility to buy cheap hardware from HP, Apple and Lenovo twice a year.

    Apple gives an astonishing discount of about 16% on hardware and 27% on AppleCare. With these rebates a MBP 2010 with 2,4GHz Core i5 and HiRes display along witch AppleCare for about 3 years would cost ~ 1803€ with tax (2194$).

    A Thinkpad X201 with similar specs in battery performance (about 9h) and CPU-power (Core i5 540m) with a service similar to AppleCare (3 years warranty) would cost 1000€ (1217$) with tax . A low end iMac with 21,5 inch display an one year warranty would cost about 980€ with tax (1193$).

    You see, both setups would approximately cost the same, 1803€ vs. 1980€. If I subtract the retail prices from magic mouse and wireless keyboard we are at the same pricepoint.

    Ahhhh, it's such a hard decision. One thing is clear, i would give Mac a try, whether if i take the first or second setup. I have allready an iPoud Touch 3G witch 32GB and love the quality and clearness of Apple.

    As a technical engineering student i need a laptop with a great battery life (both of them) and enough CPU-horsepower for mathemetical simulations, programming, etc. (both of them). Gaming is no critical point as I own a PS3.

    What would you do, take one thing for all (the MBP) or split it (iMac and Laptop)?

    Happy greetings from Vienna, Austria, Patrick
  2. Amasashi macrumors member

    May 17, 2010
    I would recommend a low-end iMac and low-end MacBook. It would probably run you the same, maybe a little bit more, but I'm willing to bet the the MacBook will out-shine the PC laptop. You also get the added benefit of your MacBook being a backup computer for you iMac (for vice-versa), which is something a PC laptop wouldn't be able to do.
  3. eXan macrumors 601


    Jan 10, 2005
    I agree, go all Mac.

    Yo don't need performance in a laptop as a student (I don't ;) ) and a separate desktop computer is really nice to have.
  4. EasyJW macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2010

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