New to Appples - Help!!!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by soupdog777, Jul 1, 2009.

  1. soupdog777 macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2009
    Memphis, TN
    I've been a PC person but as of late with two crippled machines I'm seriously thingink of a mac as a replacement. however with so manby options I'm a bit confused.

    I'm looking at either a 24" Imac 2.66 with 4gig of ram or a macbook pro 13" 2.53 ghz with 4 gig of ram. Basically they look like very similar machines but of course the laptop is a bit more expensive due to portability but I'm wondering of the imac is a more stable / reliable platform than the macbook pro?

    I need to use either parrallels or bootcamp to run windows xp for cad programs but otherwise I'll be using mac osX for Adobe CS4 and other less intense programs.

    I'm asking because I currently have two Dells (one desktop and one laptop) and have not been happy with the performance of wither one, the laptop is less than a year old and is slower than the 6 year old desktop!!!

    Basically I just need a very reliable FAST ( I repeat (FAST)) all in one computer tpo replace these two pieces of S@$T.

    Any Input on performance of the macbook versus the Imac would be appreciated.

  2. spillproof macrumors 68020


    Jun 4, 2009
    If you do not need the portability, get the iMac.
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Do you need the portability or not? Both are very capable machines.
  4. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Both are great machines and the iMac is not any more stable than the MBP
    Both will run Windows through BootCamp or Virtualization well

    I prefer the MBP because of the portability, but I would suggest an external monitor (either an ACD or one of the nice Dells) if you go that route for the kinds of the things you say you will be doing. I have my 17" MBP on an mStand next to a 23" ACD and it works great with plenty of screen real estate.

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  5. tayshon macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2009
    Philly, PA
    +1 I'm looking to get a iMac in the near future, we already have two MacBooks
  6. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    As MacDawg states, both are excellent - and stable - machines so essentially, it comes down to a trade off between power (and an excellent screen, the iMac) and portability, which is the MBP. Which do you want or need more? I travel a lot and value portability, so I tend to prefer laptops.

    Cheers and good luck
  7. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    RE: New to Apples - Help!!!

    "I need to use either parrallels or bootcamp to run windows xp for cad programs but otherwise I'll be using mac osX for Adobe CS4 and other less intense programs."

    Sounds like you need "screen real estate" (especially for CAD and for "tool pallette space" when running Adobe stuff).

    As another respondent said, unless you MUST have portability, get the iMac 24" model. Loads of display "room", and if you need even more, just get another 24" display to sit beside it. With such a setup, you can have the Mac OS on your primary display and Windows (running under parallels) on the other....

    - John
  8. opera57 macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2009
    Both are excellent machines. I have a macbook pro and an iMac and I find I perfer using the iMac plainly due to the extra screen size.. it is much more comfortable to use! [​IMG]
  9. student_trap macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2005
    'Ol Smokey, UK
    Unless you have software that would work significantly better with a larger screen, I'd go for the MacBook pro. When two machines are basically the same specs, portability is a massive plus.
  10. soupdog777 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2009
    Memphis, TN
    Thanks to all for the input

    You've mostly confirmed my thought. I'm leaning towards the imac for screen size (I have a pc laptop for portability if I need it) but I really need a FAST, FAST, Stable platform for the house so the Imac sounds like the winner.

    Thanks for all the input.

  11. iAlexG macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2009
    :apple:Macbook Pro:apple: all the way:D. Just connect it to an external monitor later if you need to. You will not notice the difference between the two in speed (i tried the iMac at the Store and its no faster than my new macbook
  12. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    #12 is contagious, I got a 20" iMac and 2.5 months later, I'm typing this on a whitebook = love them both:D

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