MBP v iMac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by MalcolmJID, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. MalcolmJID macrumors 6502a

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    I hate making new threads and seeing others with similar titles, but not quite the answers in the topic I need.....:eek:


    I currently have a MB (specs in sig) and very happy with it, even two years on. I'm thinking of getting a new Mac in the next few months (probably Christmas time but possibly earlier).

    I do mainly surf/email/messenger/listen to music/word process etc, but occasionally I (try to) game with an XP bootcamp install. Now, these aren't very graphics intensive games (stuff like BVE4 and Train Simulator) and I manage to just plod along on the MB, but I was hoping that I could get better graphics performance along with the new Mac.

    I also occasionally edit music. This is currently only an occasional thing, but starting Uni in a few weeks with a course in Sound Engineering means this usage will step up an awful lot.

    I was initially thinking of buying a MBP (base model), to still be portable and have more power, but then I considered buying an iMac instead (the 20", second-up model at £949), and keeping my MB. Ofc, the MB could still be used for what I use it for now, but then the iMac can be used for the "proper work" that I'll be doing along my course.

    A imagine a few people will mention syncing, but if I'm only using the MB for basic things, I'll have no need to keep it synced (I can copy over a couple of Word files with a memory stick in about 10 seconds).


    I just wished for the advice of the MR community, but at this juncture, I feel the iMac might be the better choice for me.




    P.S. As I mentioned, I start Uni soon, so this will be ordered online using the HE discount (which I've been told is around 12%-15% off regular price) and as I can expect £949 to become around £830, this is good price to be looking at!


    Cheers, Karl.
     
  2. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    IMO, get the iMac and keep the MB for your portable needs. I think it'd work well.
     
  3. bassanoclapper macrumors 6502

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    Agreed. iMac + MB for your portability needs = :D
     
  4. jeremyrader macrumors member

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    I'd say go for the iMac as well.

    In a couple of years, think about trading in the MB for a MBA (or even a Touch) for more note-taking, web-surfing, e-mailing portability (the textbooks seem to get bigger every year, and every ounce helps...). Then when you're done with school, congratulate yourself with a Mac Pro!

    I'm very happy with my MBP as my do-it-all computer, but I can see the draw for a dedicated desktop and a portable do-most-of-it.
     
  5. kurzz macrumors 6502

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    Why on earth would you need 2 laptops? Get the imac!
     
  6. MalcolmJID thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry, I didn't make it clear that I would have sold the MB and just had the MBP!:rolleyes:
     
  7. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    I stick by my original advice.:)
     
  8. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    How are you getting to Uni? Transporting an iMac would be rather a pain. So, I would recommend the MBP.
     
  9. mac4matt macrumors member

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    Both are great machines. But the MBP is just awesome (IMO). Get the MBP - but wait till Oct. 14 :)
     
  10. iTronz macrumors member

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    MBP and an external monitor, keyboard and mouse :). If you went for the iMac and kept the MB then use dropbox too sync your documents between the machines.
     
  11. MalcolmJID thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm living at home, so the iMac would be staying there, for when I record/edit audio, and I'd use the MB to take to Uni to take notes etc. The uni will have its own Macs that I'd use for the "proper work" a uni.
     

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