Update dilemma: imac or MBP?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by m0nkeyb0y, Jun 13, 2017.

  1. m0nkeyb0y macrumors member


    Jun 16, 2009
    I have two Macs, a 2010 27 imac I've upgraded to a 512 SSD and 12Gb RAM, and a 2011 MB Air 4Gb RAM and an OWC 256Gb SSD. MY usage model doesn't involve anything processor or GPU intensive, but I do run some specialized programs and have 2-3 dozen things open at once.

    The imac is my main machine, say 65-70% of the time, but when traveling (about 6 weeks each summer, plus courses, daily library/archive research), I'm on the Air.

    Financially, I can update one of these, but can't decide which to prioritize. The Air beachballs a lot, runs the fan a lot (even with all the tweaking and optimizing I do) and probably *needs* to be replaced more whereas the iMac still runs fine.
    However, the Air is not the main machine, plus, I was hoping for a price drop and the tiered battery upgrade on the MBP refresh, so I'm inclined to wait for next year on that. I'm going to be doing a crap ton of reading on the imac in the next year, so a Retina screen would be really nice, but the Air needs it more.

    I'd go for another 27 imac with a 512 SSD and upgrade the ram myself, vs. a 13 MBP, ideally the TB for the higher specs.

    If this were you, what would you do?
  2. brightjc@me.com macrumors member


    Mar 17, 2012
    Have you thought about buying a new 27" iMac and an iPad Pro? I've already got the 1st generation iPad Pro and I've ordered a new 2017 27" maxed out (it will be once I've swapped the RAM modules) which I'm currently waiting for - it's coming today.
  3. Velin macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2008
    Hearst Castle
    Upgrade the machine you use the most. The most efficient and utilitarian use of your computing dollar is to purchase a new iMac. The 2017 screens are going to be much, much better than your 2010, as will the SSD throughput, along with a whole lot of other things.

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