save for macbook pro, macbook air or upgrade imac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by lamerlizer, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. lamerlizer macrumors regular

    lamerlizer

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    i'm in a dilemma... i've always wanted a 15 inch macbook pro to replace my macbook. but recently my dad bought an imac which i fell deeply in love with. i use my macbook most of the time because i am a polytechnic student (singapore) and it has all my documents in it. at home i rather use the imac because of its big screen and everything. this imac really put me in this difficult position. oh btw i do photoshopping and illustration and going into photography. HD space is very vital. and DVDs can't keep up with my data backup anymore ( i use time machine also) and i don't have a blu ray writer.
    so i was thinking if i should save up for a macbook pro, macbook air, blackbook or upgrade my imac to 2.5gb ram and 750gb external, so in total 1tb of disk space.


    macbook air
    pros:

    thin as hell
    small
    screen is just right. but more is better
    light
    aluminum
    if i got this, i'll still utilize the imac, so i put my imac to good use, not wasting my imac

    cons:

    kinda ugly (i'm sorry its my opinion) esp the magsafe
    footprint is the same as the macbook so it doesn't make much diff
    hard disk is slow and small :(:(:(:(
    expensive. it costs US$ 2100 here.



    macbook pro:
    pros:

    will definitely become my primary computer if i buy
    bigger screen
    matte
    aluminum
    considerably light for that size
    powerful


    cons:
    big as hell! (i find the macbook quite big already)
    heavier (macbook is already heavy for me)
    super expensive
    hard disk space is little ( its a portable, can't do much, and can't afford an external for awhile if i buy this)


    imac upgrade:
    pros:
    HD space ( 160 gig just isn't enough for me)
    relatively cheaper to upgrade than to buy the two of the above
    makes my sexy imac even sexier


    cons:
    its a new imac! it would be a huge waste to neglect it :(:(:(
    can't show off to my pc friends ( its my apple pride XD)
    its not a portable, can't use it on my bed or outside




    how how how... zzz
    oh is there a perfect software to sync my imac with my portable?images and music and documents and calender. i know that .mac does that, but only for small things like calender and addressbook and lame things like dock placements
     
  2. NAG macrumors 68030

    NAG

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    Honestly unless you would benefit from the smaller size and less weight of a Macbook Air I'd just upgrade the iMac. And that is a perfectly good reason too.
     
  3. Trishul macrumors regular

    Trishul

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    at the very least you could invest in an high capacity external hard drive, that way even if you do decide to get a notebook, you'll have a form of storage that will make it easy to manually sync data between your iMac and MB/A/P.. and if you find DVDs too small, you should definately invest in a 500GB-1TB external/internal drive.

    Also you can now get pretty fast 7200rpm 200GB hard drives for the MBP, and being in Singapore i can only imagine you'll find them easier and cheaper than here in the west.

    If you find the Macbook heavy then that's a simple solution, either start working out, or don't get one and wait until the Air is financially sensible for you. 80GB-160GB on a laptop should really be enough for Photo CS3 work, if it isn't buy an external USB powered 250GB hard drive (they're small light, and only need the one cable), and i really can't see how you'd need more space when out and about. I edit video on location, and i find 160GB in my MBP and a fast 100GB LaCie Rugged more than enough for my needs. When i get home i simply upload everything to my big external drives.

    for syncing
    http://sidesh0w.com/weblog/2005/02/02/mac_sync/
     
  4. elberggreno macrumors member

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    I would go for the MBP, as of now you can have 640GB drive space on that one 2X320GB, in februari you'll be able to have a whopping 1 TB of drive space, shure a bit expensive but you could always wait before upgrading..

    320GB drives available now, Samsung will release a 500GB drive in feb.
    Dual drives by using the superdrive-port.. see http://www.mcetech.com/optibay/
     
  5. lamerlizer thread starter macrumors regular

    lamerlizer

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    wow! thanks guys. i think i've decided. macbook pro with an external hard disk. oh man i'm still gonna neglect my imac, dam dam dam
     

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