Refurb MB vs. New iMac

MacBook or iMac?

  • iMac

    Votes: 4 57.1%
  • MacBook

    Votes: 3 42.9%

  • Total voters
    7

Tumeg101

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Jun 30, 2007
523
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Orange County, California
Hello, I have just recently decided to make the switch from PC to Mac, but I can't decide which mac to get! A refurbished MacBook(mid model), or a new iMac(low-end).

I really like the MacBook, but if I get it, it will have to be refurbished and I really would like to have the box, lol... that sounds a little odd, but it would be nice to have it... I like the MacBook for it's portability, but the only places I would take it are: Around the house, starbucks, and vacation(rarely ever).

I also really like the iMac, just for the slightly better graphics card, the nice big screen, nice big hard-drive(which I don't really need, I currently only use 40gb of my HD and I have had this computer for a few years)


-MB : Pros
-Portable
-Faster processor

-MB : Cons
-Wont get real MB box

iMac : Pros
-Big screen

iMac : Cons
-Not portable
-0.16ghz slower then the MB


It may seem like I am making you guys suggest the iMac, but personally I am starting to lean toward the MacBook, but every day I change my mind, that's why I posted this to make a semi-final decision.

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I just noticed I forgot to add the stuff I will be using the mac for, don't think it would matter, seeing as both the macs are about the same....
-Surfing the web
-iTunes
-iPhoto (will be using allot)
-iMovie (not too much)
-Chatting (using adium)
-NeoOffice
 

phungy

macrumors 68020
Dec 5, 2006
2,409
6
FL/NY/TX
Macbook RAM isn't too expensive. Newegg has 2x1GB G.Skill RAM for about $85 shipped which is actually a great deal considering I had bought the same exact ones for over $200 shipped early January.
 

scienide09

macrumors 65816
May 5, 2007
1,384
0
Canada
If you don't need the portability of the MB, then get the iMac. They've just been updated, so it's a great time to buy.

Also, you would never notice the 0.16 difference in the processors.
 

cyclingplatypus

macrumors 65816
Mar 15, 2007
1,077
210
Earth
By the MB, mini-DVI adapter, and a big monitor...best of both worlds :D

Seriously the only con you have with a MB is that you don't get the actual box??? :eek:
 

Tumeg101

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Jun 30, 2007
523
0
Orange County, California
Seriously the only con you have with a MB is that you don't get the actual box??? :eek:
Lol, yup...

I would buy a nice external monitor, but I'm on a tight budget, thats why I need a refurb MB or low end iMac...
And all I really would use\need is an external mouse, idc about the screen size... if I really don't like it, I can just hook it up to my current monitor.. which is probably 3 inches bigger then the MacBook lol
 

MacPossum

macrumors 6502
Jul 15, 2007
280
0
I've said it before but I really could never buy a computer with integrated graphics, looks like I'm the only iMac vote so far.
 

Tumeg101

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Jun 30, 2007
523
0
Orange County, California
I've said it before but I really could never buy a computer with integrated graphics, looks like I'm the only iMac vote so far.
I really wont notice the difference, all of my PC's have had integrated graphics, and the MB integrated graphics would be a step up from my current one... sounds sad, but it's true...

EDIT: I just added the stuff I will be using the mac for, on the first post...
 

friarlicious

macrumors newbie
Aug 30, 2007
9
0
Pittsburgh
Dumpster dive at Apple Store

Seriously, I was picking up my Mac Pro after a mobo repair and saw tons of Macbook boxes in the dumpster. Just make sure to wipe yourself after your lovefest.

Though my wife & Mom each have the Macbook, the iMac definitely gets my vote for the screen real estate and ergonomics.