Update dilemma: imac or MBP?

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

  1. m0nkeyb0y macrumors member

    m0nkeyb0y

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    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

    brightjc@me.com

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    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

    Velin

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    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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