Opinions on another (but different) MBP V Imac thread!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by nc016163, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. nc016163 macrumors newbie

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    Hi All,

    Need some opinions if you can spare me a moment!

    Been reading all the MBP V IMac threads and have a pretty good idea about waiting for the Imac if you are buying soon, but if MBP you want then buy now.

    My dillema is, I am lucky enough to get a discount on Apple products in the UK (Although the buy price of a Mac here in the UK is about 35% higher than the US :mad:) So I am thinking of getting a 13" MBP and a Apple Cinema display as I really do want an Imac but portability would be an issue.

    My general usage is, web surfing, photo organising, word process, presentation creation,

    My Dillema is between these 3 choices, which one do you guys think is best (UK Prices I will pay converted to USD)

    13" i5 MBP with Apple Cinema display @ $2800
    15" i7 MBP on its own as its faster and bigger @ $2200
    27" i5 Imac @ $2719

    I do want portability and in an ideal world an Imac and a Mac air or somethng would be ideal but costs do play a factor. Is the 13" too small? is the cinema display worth it? how do the graphics fair when using a 13" I5?

    Thanks in advance for all your opinions and help, especially from anyone with a MBP 13 and Apple cinema display already
     
  2. jimmyhii macrumors member

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    have you thought of getting a 13" MBP with a monitor of other brand? i believe ACDs are pretty expensive 0:
     
  3. eaf7s macrumors regular

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    For your uses, the baseline 13" would be absolutely fine. Couple that with a different brand's external monitor--if you're on a budget, BenQ is a fantastic value; if not, you can still get something amazing for half the price of a cinema display. You'd save a LOT of money by going down that route. From the looks of things you don't do anything that requires a quad-core etc. and having the option of portability in addition to the external monitor means you're suiting both purposes just fine.
     
  4. nc016163 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just checked out the BenQ stuff, only around $300 dollars for top end 24" thats pretty awesome...

    So would I just need the mini display port adapter? and would the picture still be of good quality? I notice when I use my TV (yes I know its a TV) to display out on my current Toshiba laptop its pretty poor.

    Also what about sound, does this also work through the Mini Display Port or is this another lead?

    Not sure I want the desk too cluttered but if its saving me $1000 its a small price to pay!!
     
  5. eaf7s macrumors regular

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    Yup! Depending on the model you get, go with DVI to mini displayport, or if it's available on your monitor, HDMI to mdp :) . The quality will be just fine. I've been using a 22" BenQ here in England, as has one of my housemates (his is 24"), for years and neither of us have had any problems. A friend of mine back home (stateside) is in the same boat. All of us saved a LOT of money in making that decision :p
     
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