Which Mac should I get?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ranny2, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. ranny2 macrumors member

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    Hi there,

    I am looking to buy my first Mac to complement my iPad 2. Uses aren't very intensive: word processing, iLife, Internet browsing etc.

    My options are:

    Mac Mini:
    2.3GHz i5, 8GB of RAM, 500GB HDD
    Price: £670

    MacBook Pro:
    2.3GHz i5, 4GB of RAM, 320GB HDD
    Price: £800

    iMac:
    2.5GHz i5, 4GB of RAM, 500GB HDD
    Price: £850

    Please bear in my that my funds are limited, the cheaper the better! Thanks!
     
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    Well do you need portability or not? That will determine a lot. If you don't, and already have a monitor, go for the Mini and all you need is a mouse and keyboard. Otherwise go for a base model iMac or if a laptop, get a regular MacBook, not Pro.
     
  3. treestar macrumors 6502

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    I would normally suggest the MBP because it's portable, but you already have the iPad 2. If you think you want a big landing zone at home, definitely the iMac. I don't think the Mac Mini offers the Apple experience. Notebooks are so in right now.

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    Apple killed the MacBook when the MBA came out.
     
  4. ranny2 thread starter macrumors member

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    I don't really need portability, so I guess it's down to the Mini or the iMac.
    I don't have a monitor, but the price stated includes a £130 monitor, which I can choose at a later date. I would be able to afford the Mini much sooner, but I guess the iMac is more powerful. Do I really need the power though for my uses?

    Thanks.
     
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    Wow! I totally missed that one. I never really paid a lot of attention to the regular MacBook so I never noticed they stopped selling it.
     
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    For what you say you want to use it for, the Mini will suit you just fine.
     
  7. treestar macrumors 6502

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    The iMac will come with a lot more. Apple displays are gorgeous, you'll get the Bluetooth keyboard and get to pick between the mouse and trackpad. Please try to save for the iMac. It is also a lot less clutter in your home!
     

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