Oh my gosh, I can't decide....

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by atMac, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. atMac macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2011
    I went to another Apple store, one with good service, and I was looking at both the 13in Air, and the 21.5in iMac. I can't decide which to get.

    THe fully loaded 13in Air does everything I need in a notebook, but the iMac with the 6770 has everything I could use in a desktop. They can both do the productive work I want to do, but it comes down to how much fun I can have vs how portable it is.

    iMac Pros:
    HD display
    faster CPU
    faster GPU
    more storage
    Can play Starcraft 2 and Left 4 Dead at a good FPS
    cheaper than the Air

    iMac Cons:
    not portable

    13in Air Pros:
    1400x900 display (better than the 13in Pro)
    good battery life

    13in Cons:
    Not good Starcraft 2/Left 4 Dead
    No HD display
    costs more than the iMac

    Any guidance folks?
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
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    Buy the iMac
  3. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    Unless you actually need a laptop you should get a faster desktop. You could also consider the 13" MBP as sort of a middle ground.

    Personally I would never buy another laptop again if I didn't need them for my business. I'll take a powerful desktop any day. Though personally I would build my own. If you want a Mac you can build a badass hackintosh and dual boot to Win 7 for games.

    I did that for a while and found I never used the OS X side and didn't bother with it on my most recent rig.
  4. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    It really comes down to how important being portable is to you. If you can say it’s importance is >50% of your criteria, then get the Air. Otherwise get the more powerful iMac, which is somewhat portable anyway.
  5. dmr727 macrumors G3


    Dec 29, 2007
    Seems to me that if you're even considering the iMac, you don't need mobility. It's like my buddy that bought a beautiful MBP a few years back, and not once has it left the desk in his office. If there's a chance you'll end up like him - might as well go for more horsepower for your dollar.
  6. atMac thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2011
    Well I enjoy moving around my house. Sometimes I'm in the kitchen, some times the porch, the basement, my office ect. I like not being locked to a single table. I do spend much of my time in my home office, but I just like having the option to not have to be at it.

    I just setup a NAS in my house so I have 500GB of my files anyplace I go that has internet so I'm not kept to my desk for storage reasons. My biggest toss up in my mind is portability vs GPU. I know the GPU is for games, I don't need it for my work. It's just the fun factor is hard to give up. If the Air only had a little bit better GPU, darn it.
  7. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    Sailing beyond the sunset
    Do you do the same kinds of tasks while moving around the house as you do while sitting at the desk/table?

    Depending on what the tasks are, maybe get iPad for mobility, and iMac for desktop. You could screen-share the iMac and get a VNC app for iPad and do some things "telekinetically". I just wouldn't want to do a lot of typing that way.

    What do the 500 GB of files represent? Movies? Music? Would the inherent wireless bandwidth constraints also limit the usability of the files?

    And if the Air's GPU is problematic for the games you want, then it has the same problem whether you're moving around the house or sitting at a desk. Look at iPad games. They won't be the same as Mac OS X games, but they can still be amusing.
  8. atMac thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2011
    I do the same stuff everywhere, Xcode, Coda, Pages, iTunes. The files on the NAS are backups of my work files, movies, TV rips. So it is a mix of work and fun.

    I really just see the iPad as a huge iPhone. I browed one for a week from a friend and found myself never using it. Since I already had my iPhone or old MacBook Pro on me so it seemed like it was intended to fill a void that doesn't exist for me.
  9. Pink∆Floyd macrumors 68020


    Nov 21, 2009
    Up There
    Go with the iMac, I bought my MBP thinking it would be convenient but it rarely moves from it's place on my desk
  10. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
  11. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    If you're mostly coding and moving around the house (plus outside!) then get the MBA. I've got a MB and it has yet to sit on a desk. It's on my couch or dinning room table mostly. I find it amazingly convenient. Then again, I don't game on the Mac.
  12. iJohnHenry macrumors P6


    Mar 22, 2008
    On tenterhooks
    If you have the coin, go for the iMac with the extra real-estate.

    A 27" is excellent.
  13. atMac thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2011
    I got the base Tier2 21.5in iMac. I'll eventually get a 2TB drive in it as after moving everything on I have already used about 525GB. I also hooked up an external 2TB I had laying around for a Time Machine. So it seems I'm all set.

    Thanks guys.
  14. Bonch macrumors 6502


    May 28, 2005
  15. iMJustAGuy macrumors 68020


    Sep 10, 2007
    Beach, FL

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