What to buy? new iMac or a MacBook Pro? =O

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ilanasaysrawr, Nov 15, 2007.

  1. ilanasaysrawr macrumors member

    Nov 12, 2007
    New York
    I am currently in 10th grade and i own an old eMac unfortunately. Anyway, i was looking for a new computer... and the iMac looks like it is an amazing deal. I enjoy making movies and i take this film class in school...which brings me to my next point.

    My film teacher says that we are allowed to bring in our laptop if we want to edit video durinig class. Otherwise, we need to use the crappy school computers that lose all of your data.

    I also make a lot of movies at home. My dad thinks a desktop would be able to handle movies better. If the whole film class thing wasnt such an issue, i would definitely, without a question buy the iMac.

    How does a MacBook Pro compare to the new iMac?
  2. jnc macrumors 68020


    Jan 7, 2007
    Nunya, Business TX
    The iMac's biggest strength and weakness is the all-in-one nature. They're great machines, certainly, but they're heavy and don't fold up and fit in your bag.

    You could always just hook the MBP up to a large monitor and get the best of both worlds. That's what I plan on doing
  3. skyrider007 macrumors 65816


    Aug 5, 2007
  4. Matek macrumors 6502a

    Jun 6, 2007
    Well, actually, the iMac and the MacBook pro are nearly identical hardware wise. Although the first is a desktop machine, it uses laptop hardware (otherwise it wouldn't fit in such a small package). They both have identical Core 2 Duo processors (and similar frequencies, 2.4 GHz in the middle range), use the same ram (SODIMM DDR2 667), have equivalent graphics solutions (Radeon HD2600 vs GeForce 8600M), etc.

    That means that apart from the screen size/resolution and some other minor things, they are completely comparable (you can put their frequencies, memory and disk capacities and other stuff side by side). If we ignore the 3D video card (which, ironically, doesn't affect video editing much), the same goes for the cheaper MacBook.
  5. TSE macrumors 68030

    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    If all you are doing is amateur video editing, the MacBooks should suit your needs just fine, this way you save money and can buy a 20' monitor or something for your desk at home.

    The new MacBooks are great, I have one myself.
  6. Josheua macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2007
    United States
    I personally think the macbook pro would be a better choice. You have the portability to do on the road-editing and the power you would get out of purchasing an iMac. Also, some of the tiny things (like the back lit keyboard and the more even lighting of the LED backlight) make the macbook pro a great choice.

    Hope that helps.

    -Josh :apple:
  7. iDAG macrumors 65816


    Sep 9, 2007
    Athens, Ohio
    Get the MBP cause if you can use it in class then I would go and do it. If that wasn't a option then I would have said iMac. ;)
  8. squeeks macrumors 68040


    Jun 19, 2007
    i traded my iMac for a MBP and i love it, you'll definitely enjoy the portability of the notebook and its still really fast
  9. radarbob macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2007
    The fundamental question is "do you require laptop portability?" If not, then consider the iMac. You pay a significant premium and sacrifice some performance and features for the portability of a laptop. Consider carefully, young Patawan.

    1. For $1,000 less you get more computer. Yes the MBP is comparable, but the iMac is faster, larger HD, larger screen. I'd use the savings for software and hardware accessory goodies.
    1a. IMHO Applecare is a necessity, not a luxury, for a laptop. Not so, again IMHO, with a home-bound computer that just won't get the abuse a laptop naturally receives. So you're saving over $300 bucks there too. Laptops are simply more prone to problems than a stationary box.

    2. Larger screen, better for watching (and making) movies, I'd say.

    3. The iMac is still in-house portable. This, and #1 above, is why I'm getting an iMac (after 8 years of laptops). It is practical to drag the iMac from room to room as desired. Of course it will be more convenient with wireless internet connection, wireless keyboard and mouse, and maybe a couple extra power cords placed strategically around the house.

    4. Significantly larger capacity internal hard drive. Better for large video files.

    You didn't say what kind of computers your school is using. If it's macs and you want to work at home too, just use a small portable USB hard drive. If not macs and your video files are small enough a thumb drive would do the trick. Again, the cost of these is offset many times over in the savings compared to a MBP.
  10. mmendoza27 macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2007
    If you need any type of portability, get the MacBook Pro. You can get a 15" for $2,000, it's totally worth it. I love being able to use Photoshop, Aperture, Illustrator, Final Cut Studio wherever I'm at. I ran into the same issue, it was either my 17" MBP or a Mac Pro Quad-core. Quad-core much better deal, but I wanted portability so I spent $2,700 for my MacBook Pro.

    Do you know if you will be able to edit video at your school using mac software? You won't need to edit it using school software?
  11. ilanasaysrawr thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 12, 2007
    New York
    The school is using 2 old macs and 5 Dell computers. I am not using a Dell computer...EVER AGAIN! Hell, I don't even know what kind of Mac it is. It's one of those small, blue-ish, see-through iMacs. It's running on Panther i think. No iLife. I used it for my first project but it froze a lot and then lost all of my data. It was horrible!

    It's fine. I'm still in high school and have a lot to learn. I'm gonna go with the iMac. Also, a bonus. When i go to college, i get a small discount on a notebook computer :)

    Thanks a lot, everybody!
  12. Csmitte macrumors 6502


    Oct 11, 2007
    get a MBP and a huge external HD. OH and a 30 inch ACD:D
  13. MBM355 macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2007
    I went with a 15" Macbook Pro simply because I never used my desktop... it's so nice to be able to take the laptop anywhere you want.
  14. Thrawn macrumors member

    Oct 16, 2007
    Well, I think the iMac would produce better results in terms of video editing, plus it's much cheaper. From the money you save, you could get Final Cut Express or something similar. Or, you could get a regular Macbook, which would probably be fine for video editing. Either way, you save hundreds of dollars which could be put to better use. If your really intrested in movie making, then maybe buying a MBP would be a good choice, because it can handle any video software you throw at it.
  15. hdsalinas macrumors 6502


    Aug 28, 2006
    San Pedro Sula, Honduras
    I own a MBP and it replaced my PC desktop. This is my first laptop and the ability to take it anywhere has made a huge impact in my productivity. I dont think I would ever replace my MBP with a desktop anymore.

    My advise, get the Macbook (not the Pro), and get a nice monitor for home work later on.

    Now, if money is not an issue, go PRO. My MBP is the best computer that I have ever had.
  16. steve77uk macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2007
    I have given my 24" iMac to my mother, I have got a BlackBook but it wasn't powerful enough to run a 23" monitor that great (good to get by though) so I have gone out and bought a MBP, love it and it is fab hooked up to my 23" ACD...
  17. pogmothoin macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2007
    If you need the portability, Go the MBP. Recent Mac convert here, and never again will i be without a Laptop. One day i'll get a desktop as well..... dunno what for, probably just because i can :D
  18. ivan1234 macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2007
    portability is a must for me so I would say go for the mbp! :D

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