MBP as only computer?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by dwd3885, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. dwd3885 macrumors 68020

    Dec 10, 2004
    So I'm getting really impatient on these new iMacs and who knows if they are going to come out... So it had me thinking, why I don't just get a MacBook Pro right now and connect it to my Dell 20" widescreen monitor when I want to?

    I use the iLife apps like iPhoto and iMovie extensively (lots of photos and videos of our 8 week old). I do use Lightroom and Photoshop all the time too though. I've always had a desktop and a laptop but for financial reasons I had to sell one of them and I ended up selling both which is why I have no PC right now..

    If I got a MBP, I would buy one of those WD Blue 500gb hard drives for it. I just wanted to know how many of you have the MBP as your only computer? I currently don't have a home computer, so whatever I get will be my only PC.

    The flexibility of a laptop is cool, I'd be able to put photos and video on it if I'm not home and say at my family for the holidays or something. But I'm not sure how much I'd actually use it away from the desk. Then I feel, if I would use it at the desk and a C2D 2.66 proccessor is enough, then I should just spend less and get a 2.93 C2D iMac...

    I'd like this computer to at least last me 3 years (w/ AppleCare warranty).
  2. jayman99 macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2009
    decisions... decisions...

    the main use i picked up from your post is that you're doing a lot with photos. photos can be edited and run very smoothly on any imac or macbook pro. so either would suit you power-wise.

    the main decision you have to make is if you "need" a portable computer. the macbook pro is going to be more expensive, because it is portable. that is the cost you pay for portability. typically too, the MBP is going to be less powerful than an imac (because they are squeezing A LOT into a small space on the MBP). the imac has more room for the larger and faster hard drive, faster cpu because of more room eliminating thermal constraints that the MBP has).

    many people do own just a laptop for their main/only computer. it is very common today. some people buy a laptop because they "need" it, or because they "want" it. it's really a personal preference today if money is not an issue.

    i'd say, consider your finances, and consider if you "need" the portability. you're paying a premium to have a portable. your description sounded like you don't "need" a portable computer, but you wouldn't mind one! so if you have the finances, you can treat yourself if you'd like. otherwise, the imac would save you money (you can purchase applecare, more memory, larger hard drive, external hard drive for Time Machine backups, etc). OR, you can just save your money!

    I used to work at Apple retail, and i would encounter this dilemma on a daily basis with customers. if you don't need a portable, don't get one. you save money. if you "want" a portable, and have the money, treat yourself if you'd like.

    You mentioned you wanted the computer to lasts 3 years (with Applecare). Applecare is an excellent purchase. Especially for laptops. Because the laptops are portable, they can get banged up, dropped, smaller enclosure which can overheat, etc. Remember though, applecare doesn't cover water damage and physical damage, or theft. The iMacs have the lowest failure rate of the macs, one big reason is they are sitting on a desk their entire lifetime! not much moving at all.

    All things to consider. Message me if you have any more questions.
  3. psingh01 macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2004
    I have a 2006 17" MBP and use it as my main computer. Have vmware, bootcamp all sorts of things. I browse the internet, edit video, watch tv via eyetv. Upgraded to a 500GB drive. I have a desktop pc too but I put it in storage. Also have a Thinkpad from work, but my mac is better so I installed what I needed in bootcamp and work that way. The 17" is a big enough screen, but it's not very portable. If I were to start over I would get a 15" (since I like the discrete gfx) and use my LCD with it. I would prefer a 13" but don't like the integrated video card.

    Only thing I added was a NAS to store all my crap that doesn't fit on the laptop.
  4. Luba macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2009
    agree with the above poster. also consider if you move the computer around the house which doesn't sound like you do. i know many people who like to watch tv while surfing with their laptop during commercials. you have a monitor already which is ideal with a laptop (big screen + portable).
  5. CarlosG macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2006
    I've recently replaced a Mac Pro and a MacBook Air with a 17" MBP and I don't regret it at all.

    I used my desktop for CAD, CFD and FEA and used the Air for pretty much everything else. The MBP is able to replace both machines fairly well.

    You won't regret buy either an iMac or a MBP.
  6. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    I have a 15" uMBP + BT keyboard/mouse + 24" LED Cinema Display.

    I often forget that it's a uMBP when I have it hooked up to the Cinema Display. To me, it looks/acts virtually the same as an iMac, except I can unplug it and easily use it on the couch/take it out of the house...

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