what made you buy imac over mbp?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by frocco, Sep 6, 2010.

  1. frocco macrumors 6502


    Jan 27, 2009
    I am torn between the MBP 17" and imac i7 27"

    I know you get more for your money on a desktop, but I also like not being chained to my desk.

    I was thinking of maybe getting an imac and a cheap windows laptop or windows desktop for gaming and a mbp.
  2. MacLaw macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2009
    I chose a iMac over a MBP because I already have a MB. I would have bought the MBP had I not already have a MB. I love the portability of laptops. That's what you are going to have to decide. How much does portability matter to you? Will you be using your computer a lot away from a desk, such as the couch, etc? Or will you just be doing basic surfing and will save the real work for when you are sitting at a desk?

    I just ordered the iMac i7 refurb and even though it will be head and shoulders over my MB, especially encoding/rendering video, I know I'll still use my MB a lot when I'm on the road or even on the couch.

    Good luck.
  3. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    I found out that my laptop sat on my desk 99% of its time. I also had a laptop already but not a desktop.

    A thought for you: MBP with external monitor and KB&mouse. Best of both worlds, a laptop and a desktop. That's what I would get now
  4. SSWilson macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2010
    I choose the iMac for the 27" screen, desktop quad processor and a graphics card sufficient enough to play the occasional game, all wrapped in a tidy package.
  5. cmhsam macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2008
    Just buy the 27" IMAC for your desk and a 13" MBP for mobility. Thats what I am thinking of doing now...
  6. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    My MBP and iMac mostly serve different purposes. The MBP is my primary business machine. It contains my entire technical library, all my various networking software bits and pieces, and my main productivity software (spreadsheets, graphics, project planning etc.). In contrast the iMac is very much my study and leisure machine. Although it runs simulation software used to test concepts and for use in learning new technologies it also gets used for content creation and all my hobby stuff. It's there as a backup in case the MBP fails, but otherwise there is no reason for it to leave my home office, and therefore it made sense to me to get the better specs per £ iMac.
  7. Winni macrumors 68030


    Oct 15, 2008

    I bought the 27" iMac because I wanted the screen real estate and already had a company notebook (a Dell M1530 with 64-Bit Windows 7).

    The Dell notebook also makes a pretty good Hackintosh or Linux machine. But since I need Windows for my every day work, I run the Dell as a pure Windows box.

    If you don't need the large screen, a notebook might be the better choice for you - you can use it in bed and everywhere else and most of the time it might be hard to justify having a desk at home...
  8. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    I've got a 27" iMac (with a additional external monitor!). When I need to be portable I've got a 13" Al MacBook. With both about the same cost as a 17" MacBookj Pro the choice seems obvious!

    One thing rarely pointed out is that the ergonomics of a notebook computer are horrible. With there ever-increasing usage as full-time systems, expect lots of physical disabilities 10 years from now. If you must use one all day get an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse, set up at a desk, and run it with the lid closed.
  9. vixducis macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2010
    I already own a regular 17" laptop and a netbook, so i'm mobile enough. I just wanted raw processing power, and you get a lot more bang for the buck in this area with a desktop than a laptop. 27", i7 and a fixed working area (i have a lot of cables that need to be plugged in/out when i'm moving my laptop) helped me make the decision.
  10. smetvid macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2009
    iMac all the way.

    I am a designer and I use an iLugger bag to bring my iMac to work with me everyday. Yes it is a bit heavy and I cannot use it away from a power source like on a train or bus but it can go with me for 99% of where I will be. I use it at home at the studio and even bring it to my parents house when I visit for the weekend.

    You really need to ask yourself if you really find yourself one of those people that like to sit in a coffee shop for hours not really doing anything. I used to own a laptop and the few rare times I was in an environment to use a laptop I ended up not doing any real work. I use software like Final Cut Pro, Cinema4D and After Effects and honestly if I was at a coffee shop I hardly ever had a need to use them. I usually ended up surfing the web, aka wasting time, or at the most typing a document.

    I have started to see a real use for the iPad for the above situations. I can use my iMac at home, in the studio and short driving trips to visit friends or family. I can then use the iPad for all the time filler stuff when I am bored at the Doctor's office.

    Now because I am a designer I still have this concern that when I get an iPad I will discover quickly a situation where I really need a laptop to run some design software such as Photoshop or After Effects for a quick change in the field. If you find yourself in the same situation you may want to then consider getting a 13" Mac Book. Honestly they are slower then a higher end laptop but not really by a huge amount that would cause you to not get your work done. Running Final Cut Studio may be the only thing I would consider a little awkward but it can still be done in a pinch. Personally I'm still debating between a 13" MB, iPad or iPod Touch 4. I can tell you that since I bought my iMac I have not had a situation where it has been an issue except for international travel. I just cannot find a decent way to get an iMac on a plane outside of a custom made hard case.

    So to conclude I prefer the power and bang for buck of the iMac and add to it perhaps the portability of an iPad. With this combination you can do almost anything. You can have great quad core power with a darn goof gpu for real work/play and then use the iPad for all the casual time filler stuff on the road.
  11. wirelessmacuser macrumors 68000


    Dec 20, 2009
    Do this solution above and you will never regret it.

    I've used both Apple & Windows laptops concurrently for years. If I had to choose just one, hands down it would be the new Core i7 MacBook Pro I bought. It's the best laptop I've had.

    You'll be shocked at how nice it is in day to day use.
  12. TMRaven macrumors 68020


    Nov 5, 2009
    As one who works with graphics and video a lot, I wanted a very powerful desktop in my own little studio environment. The 27 inch quadcore iMac suited me perfectly.
  13. 3lionsbecks Suspended


    Jul 19, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
  14. symbology macrumors regular

    Aug 4, 2010
    I have a 15" MBP and wanted an iMac for the (supposedly) awsome display. The additional resources (CPU, memory, disk capacity, GPU etc....) were also a factor.
  15. Jazwire macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2009
  16. frocco thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jan 27, 2009
    Wish I could do that. :)

    How much faster would the imac be over the mbp for video encoding, gaming?
  17. cobrasneverdie macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2010
    this right here for me, that and the behemoth size of the screen
  18. frocco thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jan 27, 2009
    Are you saying you thought you needed portability, but really did most of your work on your desktop?
  19. frocco thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jan 27, 2009
    I am looking at this configuration:

    2.93GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7
    8GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 4x2GB
    2TB Serial ATA Drive
    8x double-layer SuperDrive
    ATI Radeon HD 5750 1GB GDDR5 SDRAM
    Apple Wireless Keyboard (English) & User's Guide
    Magic Mouse
    Country Kit
  20. kazmac macrumors 603


    Mar 24, 2010
    On the silver scream

    Cannot use laptop trackpad and keyboard and the resolution is not good for my eyes. Much easier on an iMac. But Hellhammer's suggestion is very valid if you're set on the 17" mbp.
  21. Scuby macrumors regular

    May 16, 2010
    I got an iMac as an "accessory" to go with my iPad! Therefore no need for mobility of a MBP, and the iMac gives me a bigger screen, more powerful computer and cheaper to do my photo editing. Everything else (email, web, etc) is all done on my iPad.

  22. frocco thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jan 27, 2009
    Thats a good idea. The more I think about it, the imac offers much more power for the money. If I got the MBP and monitor, it still would not be as fast or able to hold as much as the imac.
  23. bembol macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2006
    Not me but my sister.

    She went with the 27" iMac i3 (should be here tomorrow) because of the iPad. She doesn't have one right now but soon she will.
  24. KevinRightWing macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2007
    Houston TX
    The deciding factor for me is the screens that come on the MacBook pro models. I would much rather have portability but the uneven brightness that me and the lady notice on the 15 and 17in models isn't acceptable to me for a $2,000 machine. The top left is always brighter than then bottom right on the mbp's. Just my 2 cents.
  25. kristian21 macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2006
    I got my iMac because I have a MBP already. Early 2008 model which will be updated as soon as the new MBP`s come out. The 27" sure makes a difference which was another reason.

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