Which Mac?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by nido24, May 31, 2011.

  1. nido24 macrumors newbie

    May 30, 2011
    Alright, I need a new computer. I've decided I'm moving to mac. So, I've decided it's coming down to the Mac Mini, the Macbook, and the Macbook Pro. (Just to clarify, I won't be getting this for a few months.) I was going with the Mac mini until I realized how much I would have to pay for the monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc. and I realized that maybe I should go with the MB or MBP. If I got a MB or a MBP, they would be the cheapest models. Considering all this, what is the best computer for my needs. I need to browse the web, edit 1080p video in iMovie, and use iPhoto. I also like the laptops because of the portability but that isn't a deciding factor because I have a W7 laptop.

    Mac Mini Pros:
    Cheaper than other choices (even with monitor, keyboard,etc.)
    Easy upgradibility

    Gotta pay for the monitor, keyboard, etc.
    not portable (not a dealbreaker by any means.)

    Not much more than Mac Mini
    Less than MBP
    I like the design

    Not as aesthetically pleasing as the MBP or Mac Mini
    Not as much Ram

    MacBook Pro:
    Best design (in my opinion)
    Great keyboard

    Thank you!
  2. Bear, May 31, 2011
    Last edited: May 31, 2011

    Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    The Mac Mini and and the MacBook are pretty much the same system. Just in a different form.

    The base MacBook Pro will be noticeably faster due to the processor, memory and graphics. Also, it will most likely last one major OS upgrade more than the others due to the processor.

    Now some people are saying there will be a Mini update soon - that might change this answer. But right now, go with the MacBook Pro.
  3. darknite38 macrumors regular

    Nov 18, 2010
    Get the refurbished baseline macbook pro, for $1029 I believe. If refurbished isn't your thing you will be happy with the baseline macbook pro, new, for $1199. It is a great computer that definitely outspecs the mac mini and the macbook, and it will last you for many years. You can also sell your W7 laptop for a few hundred to offset some of the cost.
  4. macman312 macrumors 6502

    Oct 10, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia --> Cincinnati,OH
    2011 macbook pro- macbook is due for a upgrade with thunderbolt etc
  5. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

    Feb 13, 2009
    United Kingdom
    Definitely get the MacBook Pro - The CPU speed will be invaluable when it comes to rendering and exporting your videos - even if it only shaves a few minutes, it all adds up over time very fast.
  6. Goohfy macrumors regular


    Apr 22, 2011
  7. Internal Fury macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2010
    just bought it and love it
  8. DeChrii macrumors member

    Mar 9, 2011
    if those 3 are your main choices, then definitely get the macbook pro lower end. Although why not an iMac if you already chose the route for a desktop (macmini)? Baseline model for the imac is even better at quad cores instead of duo on the mbp. Also you get better graphics for your video editing. Now i believe iMovie currently only supports 720p export? Might have changed but thats what I remember from 2 years ago.
  9. trip1ex macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2008
    Edit 1080p video? Only choice right now is MBP.

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