Thinking about selling my Macbook Pro and Cinema for iMac (suggestions please!)

Discussion in 'iMac' started by okrelayer, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. okrelayer macrumors 6502a

    May 25, 2008
    Hello guys. I currently have a 2.4ghz MacBook Pro (with the 2 graphic processors) with the 24inch Apple Cinema Display. I also have an iPad. In the 6months I have had the iPad, i have not moved the macbook pro from its little cubby space thats plugged into the display. (Meaning it has satisfied most of my portable needs) I am thinking about selling the display and mbp for a 21inch iMac. is this a good idea?
  2. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    Personally I'd keep the macbook pro unless you really need to upgrade to a faster computer. You can use the macbook pro as a desktop, and it's always nice to have the option of more portable power.
  3. AnimaLeo macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2009
    What do you use your mac for?

    If it's just internet, writing etc. I don't think you'll see any gains from having an iMac. If you're doing photo/video/graphics of some sort then it might well be worth upgrading to an iMac.
  4. okrelayer thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 25, 2008
    I guess my biggest issue is that I have the MacBook Pro connected to a Cinema Display. Meaning its mostly in clamshell mode and gets pretty hot, the fans go ect. Basically the Macbook Pro is not being used as a portable computer, and I don't know if its the ocd, or minimalist in me, but i hate having two portables when one is not being used as one. I do like the option to use the Pro as a portable, but in 6 months i have not..

    I usually use the computer for School work, iPhoto, internet, RSS feeds, Twitter and the most intensive would be Recording music through garage band (used to use logic, but i felt it was to much for my needs even if i could use it pretty well. but i may use it again in the future)
  5. beerglass007 macrumors 6502

    May 13, 2008
    I had the same problem as you and sold it all for a iMac
    Never looked back

    Still use the ipad for everything else where I need a port device and the main setup was a 21.5" imac. Now sold and brought a 27" iMac

    I like the keyboard and mouse setup with a LED screen all in-one option
    Works well for me.

    I had a 2.53 MBP with screen and the fans were going all the time. Not with the iMac
  6. sikkinixx macrumors 68020


    Jul 10, 2005
    Rocketing through the sky!
    My girlfriend was going through the same issue. Running her Macbook to a monitor, then speakers, then USB hubs.... it just made a tangled mess when she wanted to use it elsewhere.

    She ditched the monitor and bought an iMac and has been much happier since. The Macbook is now just a travel machine if she needs it. All her important stuff can sit in Dropbox so she has it on the road if she needs it.

    Plus the iMac screen is so sexy (though if you have a Cinema Display you are used to that :p)
  7. okrelayer thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 25, 2008
    Big decisions! I doubt I would loose money on the transaction it's just a bit of a pain to sell the products. But I am seriously thinking that's the way to go. iMac for home and iPad for portable
  8. JayX macrumors member

    Aug 31, 2007
    Do NOT do this. By forcing the machine to keep running while in clamshell, you're covering all the ventilation and you've a good chance of causing some pretty nasty damage. Lots of machines go to the Genius bar because of this.
  9. PatriotInvasion macrumors 68000


    Jul 18, 2010
    Boston, MA
    I think it makes sense to go with the iMac, but I highly recommend the 27" over the 21.5" since your coming from the 24" Cinema Display. If you're going to be eating some money on the whole deal, you at least want to feel like you've "upgraded" in some way, and the 27" iMac with it's bigger screen size and better processor will make you feel like the switch was worth it :D
  10. okrelayer thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 25, 2008
    Haha, I think that I will make some on this. Well I guess it will be a loss because I bought the mbp and display new. I am thinking hard on this. Grr! 27 is to massive for my set up, but I want it bad!
  11. LouieSamman macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    Buy a 50" HDTV, Buy A MacBook of any sort.

    Purchase a HDMI to HDMI cable & a Mini Display to HDMI port.

    *Get the longes HDMI to HDMI cable you can find

    Use your laptop around the house and when you want a better experience, plug it into your HDTV to play games, movies, TV shows, or even browse the web.

    Not trying to take you away from the iMac 27". I actually bought it but I hated being secluded to a desk all the time when doing college work so I sold it and got a MacBook Air and looking into getting a 50"HDTV later.

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