Why is a 17" MBP more expensive than an iMac 27"

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by covertsurfer, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. covertsurfer macrumors 6502a

    Jan 18, 2007
    Can someone explain why a larger screen, greater HDD capacity, higher resolution from an iMac is cheaper than a MBP?

    Is it because it takes more to cram it into a laptop?

    I don't get it, is it just because they are charging for the experience of taking your PC with you so its available on the go?
  2. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    Yes. Notebooks are always more than desktops due to engineering issues. Although the iMac is different in that it is an all-in-one system, it's not on the same level as a notebook
  3. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    ^^ He's right.

    The only thing that confuses me is, well, Apple has to cram quite a bit into their iMacs too. Its not like a PC box where there is plenty of space. With that being said, Apple has to use some laptop components to get it to fit in the iMac.
  4. covertsurfer thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 18, 2007
    It is confusing.

    As you say the iMac is very thin and laptop-like so they still need engineering processes to cram it all in.
  5. covertsurfer thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 18, 2007
    From online live chat at apple.com/uk

    The MacBook Pros are made of precision aluminum and made of course for the best in portability. That may be one of the reaons they are higher than the desktops.
  6. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    The 17' MBP makes sense for people that believe that having 1 computer is all they need. It is a general purpose design. Cheaper than purchasing an 27 inch iMac and a Macbook Air combination.
  7. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

    Mar 1, 2010
    New Jersey
    Also consider that Apple Care for a MBP (15" & 17") costs 2x the price of an iMac and about $100 more than a MacPro
  8. covertsurfer thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 18, 2007
    Why is that. Because they think they will get more people using it as they have dropped their laptops?

    All in all a 17"MBP with Applecare and upgraded RAM even 3rd party is blooming expensive
  9. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    Because laptops are much more unreliable.
  10. covertsurfer thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 18, 2007
  11. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008

    You've been a member since 2007 and can't grasp the differences in engineering a desktop with laptop parts and a true laptop?
    Compare volume, the MacBook Pro is what, 1/2 the volume of a similar iMac. Costs alot to miniturize, and allow for heat issues, vibration/shock issues. Have to hinge the screen. Etc.

    Compare the iPhone specs/size versus a MacBook Pro. Why doesn't the iPhone cost $19.99 plus shipping and handling?
  12. covertsurfer thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 18, 2007
    Take a deep breath


    Count to 10

    Have a great day!
  13. Bhupesh macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2013
    Then what you have to say about mac mini. Why is it so cheap. Isn't good engineering required to miniturize a cpu in a small box?
  14. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Because laptops get carried around in backpacks and are more prone to being bumped or dropped or exposed to rain and dust.

    Very few people have iMacs in their house and have it rain in there.
    an iMac sitting on a desktop is unlikely to be dropped over the normal course of use.
  15. brendu, Jun 2, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2013

    brendu macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2009
    Nice recovery of a two year old thread...

    To your question, the Mac mini has about half the components of a MacBook. That is why it's cheaper.

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