What to get, IMAC or Late '08 Macbook??????

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  1. amacperson macrumors newbie

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    Ok if you were in my shoes would you get the


    New 2.4ghz macbook 4gb ram etc.... (maybe soon led cinema display)

    OR.....

    iMac 3.06ghz 2gb ram 500gb hdd, ( i would buy after macworld)

    Ok please tell me which one you would get if you were in my shoes

    Thank you
    Amacperson
     
  2. jmann macrumors 604

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    Is portability necessary? If you are just going to be mainly using your computer at home, I would go for the iMac. Unless you want to take your computer with you all the time then I would go for a MacBook.
     
  3. mattwrit macrumors member

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    What an odd question. If you want to take it around with you, get the macbook. If not get the iMac.

    Done.
     
  4. anti-microsoft macrumors 68000

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    It would be easier for us to help you if you described your situation and defined the "if you were in my shoes" part ;)
     
  5. theMaccer macrumors 6502a

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  6. diazj3 macrumors 6502a

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    It all depends on your work habits (desktop or "on the road").

    Back in 2007 I faced the same question. I was a life-long Windows user, and decided to switch... I went with the 24" iMac - I wasn't sure mac would perform well in the mobile scenarios in my line of work, so I decided for the desktop and kept my Toshiba laptop. As I got familiar with OSX and mac, I just couldn't use windows anymore. Two months ago I got myself a MBPro.

    I love this setting: I have a huge screen to work at home and a laptop that syncs all my settings and files when I travel, without having to plug/unplug all connections every time I leave (I have prayed that apple someday has a decent docking station for its notebooks). But if I had to choose again, I'd get the MacBook Pro first: I could've ditched the Windows laptop earlier... and could've saved time and money with just one computer: you can always connect a 24" display to the MBP - the new one seems great.

    Choosing the Macbook Pro + 24" display may be a more expensive solution in the short term, but saves you money once you realize how great is OSX and that you need to take it with you.

    So it's just a matter of your work routine and the advantage of mobility. In terms of performance - it's yet to be seen if the iMac will get any big updates - but considering the different architectures, I would guess there won't be any huge differences you can notice in normal (non-pro) use.

    hope this helps. cheers,

    EDIT: I realize you're considering a plain MacBook vs. the iMac - the new MB lacks Firewire, and even if it has the new GPU and memory, it doesn't has the same power as a MBPro or 3 Ghz iMac. I guess the GPU and RAM cache on the iMac will be upgraded shortly.

    Being this the case, and IF portability is no issue for you, I'd go with the iMac: better performace, ports, etc. You can always bump the RAM to 4GB in both for less than $100.
     
  7. amacperson thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ty

    ok thank you for you replies.

    I rarely use portability - e.g. i would take on a trip etc....


    so hopefully you could answer now . :) Thank you

    amacperson
     
  8. jmann macrumors 604

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    iMac definitely then. It is more of a bang for your buck too. I would wait a few weeks to see if there are any exciting announcements at macworld before buying anything though.
     
  9. I'm a Mac macrumors 6502

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    As an iMac owner, I say you may find the portability appealing- I don't need portability but you kind of get bored of sitting in the same spot all the time BUT the iMac is still a great computer (and the screen is aweseome for movies and pictures) and it is a little more powerful. However, if I had know a year ago about this Macbook Display I probably would've went for the lower-ish end macbook (aluminum) and a display- the bests of both worlds.

    In the end, you should be happy with your choice either way
     
  10. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    iMac, hands down. But yes, wait a while to see what comes out.
     
  11. Cricketman macrumors regular

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    If you plan on getting a display in the future then just get the Macbook plus the display. Best of both worlds. ;)
     

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