Mini, iMac, or MB Pro?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by TWO2SEVEN, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040

    TWO2SEVEN

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    I will be making the permanent move from PC to Mac in the next few months.
    I know the desktops are (allegedly) due for an update soon, so I will keep that in mind as well.

    I will be using the computer for school (word processing, PowerPoint), web browsing, and iTunes.

    I already have a Magic Mouse, keyboard, and monitor. However, if I go with the Mini I will want to get a better monitor.

    My question is mostly about the processors. I would be getting the base model of each except for the mini. Any advice on which would be best would be great.

    Thanks!
     
  2. warehouse40 macrumors member

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    What do you have now PC wise? Depending on your portable needs, I would go with Mac Mini and MacBook Air.

    If that breaks your budget I would say go for a MacBook pro and you can hook it up to your monitor and use it like a desktop, if that's how you do most of your computing, but you'll still have portability if you need it.
     
  3. TWO2SEVEN thread starter macrumors 68040

    TWO2SEVEN

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    Right now I have an HP laptop that never leaves my desk. My iPad takes care of any portability needs.

    Thanks for the reply!

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    I do enjoy having dual screens, but I guess that is possible with either option.
     
  4. Yebubbleman macrumors 68030

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    Higher-end Mac mini (if you can spring for the 256GB SSD and the 750GB HDD, I say go for it, because it's not the easiest procedure to do to add those in later; same with the i7 over the i5), buy the 8GB RAM upgrade aftermarket from a place like Crucial.

    I recommend this over the Mac Pro because (a) the Mac Pro is overdue for an upgrade and (b) it sounds like it's overkill for your needs. I recommend this over the iMac because, while the iMac is a faster machine, it's a worse designed machine, packing way too many heat generating components in a thinner-than-needed enclosure resulting in the single most failure prone computer in all of Apple's line-up. It's also form outweighing function, which a good computer does not make.
     
  5. evil_santa macrumors 6502a

    evil_santa

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    my main machine is a mac mini server (with the server turned off) it got the i7 2ghz 4 core chip , but the downside is the graphics card. I run the 2 drives at Raid 0 to make one faster drive, and run 2 monitors off it.

    I use it for logic , reason ,cubase , FCP7 & photoshop with no complaints.

    if you need better graphics get the 2,7ghz i7, AMD Radeon HD 6630M
     

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