MBP with Thunderbolt vs new iMac

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mstgkillr, Nov 20, 2012.


MBP with Thunderbolt vs new iMac

Poll closed Nov 20, 2013.
  1. 2012 cMBP (md104ll) with 27" Thunderbolt Display

    5 vote(s)
  2. 2012 27" iMac

    2 vote(s)
  1. mstgkillr macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2012
    I am considering a new computer... What should I go with and why? How do the specs compare to each other? Which has the better GPU and is it a large difference?

    1. 2012 Classic MacBook Pro (md104ll) with and a 27'' Apple Thunderbolt Display.

    2. 2012 27" iMac.
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The higher end iMacs have a faster GPU.

    Basically if you need portability get the MBP, if you don't and you can afford the higher end iMacs, go for one of those.
  3. GermanyChris macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    cMBP and display, the iMac seems a whole lotta pointless now.
  4. NewishMacGuy macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2007
    Wholeheartedly agree. Just set up the ATD this weekend and it rocks. Combine an ATD / cMBP with NAS & NAP and the iMac just seems so Naughties. Both the wife and I get the same functionality as when we each had a desktop & laptop, with much less hassle, much less equipment, and much more flexibility.
  5. tann macrumors 68000

    Apr 15, 2010
    Nottingham, England
    It depends what you want to do honestly... If you need something that's portable then a MBP is going to be best for your needs, however if you need a lot of power then iMac.

    Provide us with more information and prices? What do you need it for for example?
  6. MCAsan macrumors 601


    Jul 9, 2012
    If portablity is not needed...then a new 27" iMac with hottest CPU/GPU and SSD would be great. Use that with thunderbolt drives for large fast storage.

    If on the other hand portability is a key requirement, it is hard to beat a rMBP hooked to an ATD when you are home. The dilemma for ATD is to wait on the next generation (hopefully this spring) or get the current version. If you go refurbed current generation, you can get it from Apple for $829 with full warranty.

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