Would it be a waste to have both an iMac and a MBP?.

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by OVO., Aug 9, 2011.

  1. OVO. macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2011
    So I currently have an iMac now of nearly 3 years, which needs an
    upgrade and an average windows laptop.
    I was originally just going to get the mbp, but done some research
    and found out its due a refresh which would possibly
    involve a new design and I know people say don't play the
    waiting game when buying technology but I would feel a bit
    sick if I bought a mbp and 5 or so months later there was a newer
    model out with a completly different design after paying that money
    for it, plus It isn't that urgent.
    As my iMac is losing its value I thought maybe i'd get a new iMac
    in the next month or two and sell my current one.
    And as far as I know the iMac wont be getting a brand new
    design anytime soon would I be right in saying that?.

    I've loved my iMac for the past three years, Loved the power, the
    design, everything:p.
    I don't do much travelling but I do like to visit friends houses
    and sit down with the fam sometimes, and would like
    to use a macbook pro for the first time.

    I was thinking about getting a 13'' mbp and a 21.5'' imac.
    I'd get the iMac in the next few months and a new MBP(or whatever
    they're going to call) in spring or whenever the expected
    new design is out.
    But do you think that would be a waste?.
    I've had both a laptop and an imac for 3 years now and
    I couldn't really see myself with just one and Don't really want
    to go back to windows :rolleyes:.

    I will need the Mac(s) for
    _ heavy use of photoshop and video editing.
    _ Watching movies/listening to music (heavily)
    - Heavy Downloads
    I need a decent bit of storage too so I would be
    getting 500gb in both of them. I also
    browse the internet alot and open alot of windows and
    That's really it not much but, just so you know.

    Now I've heard about people using an external monitor with their
    MBP's but I don't know If I like the idea of that.

    Sorry this is so long, I'm just really indecisive about this
    and I'm kind of a noob with macs, lol.
    But if anyone actually read through this book :eek:, thank you in advance for
    your help! :)
  2. rockyroad55 macrumors 601


    Jul 14, 2010
    Phila, PA
    More power to you! I have the exact same setup as you can see in my signature. Mobile power with my SSD hard drive and fast processor in the MBP. When I come home I truly have a powerhouse to do more intensive tasks, such as using multiple windows or playing intensive games like BFBC2 on Bootcamp. I even took it a step further and use my HDTV as my external for my MBP to watch full HD movies :)

    I would definitely stick with the setup you are considering or you can take it up a notch and instead get a MBA with an iMac if optical drive and the non-upgradable factor of the Air doesn't matter to you. This way, you have the ultimate setup of true portability and a monster sitting at home ready for you.
  3. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    I had a 2009 27" i5 imac and a 2009 13" MBP. That is until I got my 2011 15" MBP. Because the 15" had a quad-core processor, I could finally run a couple virtual machines from my laptop and no longer needed the iMac. I ended up selling the iMac and giving my 13" MBP to a family member. Eventually I will buy one of the new 27" thunderbolt ACD's. Basically now I have a powerhouse of a laptop that is as powerful as my old iMac and is portable. 1 Machine to rule it all. If I want it to be a desktop, I just hook a monitor to it. I no longer will need sync files between the two because all is done on one machine. My only complaint is that my 15" MBP tends to sound like a jet taking off under heavy load, but I can deal.
  4. ibook30 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 4, 2005
    2,000 light years from home
    I am rockin' a similar set up to what you described: iMac up stairs in my room and a MBP downstairs by the couch. I am a fan of the "one machine to rule them all". Two machines means two back ups, and remembering if I dumped photos on one or the other... I'm thinking about selling the iMac and getting a fancy ACD to place up stairs!

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