Results 1 to 15 of 15
  1. #1
    New switcher: iMac vs MacBook

    Member Since
    Feb 04, 2010
    Posts
    3
    New switcher: iMac vs MacBook
    Hy,

    I never had one, but I'm thinking of to get a Mac. I don't really need a portable computer, becouse I always work at home. Would it make any sense for me to buy a MacBook, does it have any other precedence than portability?

    Thanks!

  2. #2
    New switcher: iMac vs MacBook
    chas_m's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 22, 2010
    Location
    Victoria, BC
    Posts
    18,966
    Specs:
    Mid-2012 MBP (16GB, 1TB HD), Monoprice 24-inch second monitor, iPhone 5s 32GB, iPad Air 2 64GB
    No.

    In fact, at this particular moment in time, the iMacs have a large advantage over MacBooks (even MacBook Pros) because of the new Intel chip inside the iMacs. That "advantage" won't last, of course, but at the time of this writing its a substantial advantage.

    From what you've written, I'd say an iMac is the right choice, possibly supplemented with an iPad now or down the road (for lighter internet/entertainment tasks away from the desk).

  3. #3
    New switcher: iMac vs MacBook

    Member Since
    Dec 12, 2009
    Location
    Minnesota
    Posts
    44
    I have both. I use my iMac more than my macbook.

    Ginny

  4. #4
    New switcher: iMac vs MacBook

    Member Since
    Jan 27, 2007
    Location
    *Brisvegas*
    Posts
    5,658
    Specs:
    17 inch 2 GHz C2D imac (5,1) with 3GB DDR2 RAM, X1600 (128MB memory) GPU - OSX 10.6.3
    Another issue apart from portability is screen real estate and cost. You can get a 27 inch screen imac for less than a 17 inch screen Macbook Pro. And the same goes for the lower models too.

    So you get more screen real estate and new intel chips. So The only reason to get a MB or MBP now in my opinion is if you need the portability. Which you don't. So I'd say an imac probably would be a better choice for you.

  5. #5
    New switcher: iMac vs MacBook
    ZorroAMG's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 23, 2005
    Location
    Vancouver Canada
    Posts
    522
    Specs:
    | '09 24" iMac 3.06 8GB | '09 iPhone 3GS 32GB | '09 ATV 1.16TB | '07 23" ACD | '06 15" MBP |
    I use the macbook pro traveling or in coffee shops as well as on the coffee table if I need to google or something while watching tv but work on the iMac WAYYY more...

  6. #6
    New switcher: iMac vs MacBook

    Member Since
    Feb 04, 2010
    Posts
    3
    Thank you all, you helped me a lot.

  7. #7
    New switcher: iMac vs MacBook
    JeremyZ's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 05, 2010
    Location
    Chicago suburbs
    Posts
    119
    Specs:
    Macbook Pro 13", 4th gen Touch
    Get the Macbook. You'll find that you use it more. You can take it with you, bring it to bed. Also, I like the touchpad better than the MagicMouse.

    Obviously, the Macbook is more of an all-around useful. The iMac has a bigger screen and is more powerful for the money. If you're sure you won't want to take it with you some time, get the iMac. Otherwise, Macbook.

    At home, I didn't need a laptop either. But when my wife got one, we were fighting over it to surf on when there are commercials on TV.
    If it's worth doing, it's worth OVERdoing.

  8. #8
    New switcher: iMac vs MacBook

    Member Since
    Dec 16, 2009
    Posts
    8
    Personally I'd go for the Macbook. That's simply because I don't like to be couped up in one place for too long and having the option of being able to pick up and move someplace else and still be able to work is nice.

    That's just me though.

  9. #9
    New switcher: iMac vs MacBook
    mtbinva's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 13, 2010
    Location
    East Coast
    Posts
    282
    Specs:
    15"MBP 2.66, 750GB 7200RPM HD, 8GB RAM; iPhone4S 64GB; 32GB iPad, White, AT&T.
    To me, it's like I can bring my own computing environment (World) with me, whether at work, or whether I'm at Snowshoe, WV (I love it there!) or I'm at the beach. I have my stuff with me.

    I love my MBP, best laptop I have ever had bar none. I used to have a desktop, but felt to tethered to it. I don't like to have a static connection to my main computers.

    Just my $0.02

  10. #10
    New switcher: iMac vs MacBook

    Member Since
    Jun 13, 2009
    Location
    Long Island, NY
    Posts
    52
    Specs:
    13 MBP (mid 2009), 2.53GHz, 4GB RAM, 250GB HD. 24" Cinema Display. 32GB iphone 3gs, 32GB iPad
    I went with the 13" MacBook Pro for portability and added the 24" Cinema Display along with the Bluetooth Keyboard and mouse. It gives me the best of both worlds, of course at a premium.

  11. #11
    New switcher: iMac vs MacBook
    Chris H.'s Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 03, 2009
    Location
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
    Posts
    2,633
    Quote Originally Posted by AklAm View Post
    Hy,

    I never had one, but I'm thinking of to get a Mac. I don't really need a portable computer, becouse I always work at home. Would it make any sense for me to buy a MacBook, does it have any other precedence than portability?

    Thanks!
    Well, if you have to move around from one room to the other (for whatever reason), like you decide to work in your bedroom instead of your living room, your kitchen instead of your living room etc. then I would invest in a MacBook or even a 13" MacBook Pro. Either of them are good choices. If you have an office and it is used exactly like an office- which I assume you do- then an iMac, or even a Mac mini will suit you. The beauty of a Mac mini is that you don't have to buy anything new (unless this is your first desktop computer). Just a word to the wise- invest in DDR3 RAM and a new hard drive. Internal if you want to go that route, is a bit difficult. External is better if you want to store files. In fact, for most people, external is the way to go.
     iPad Air 2 - iOS 9 Beta
     iPhone 6 64GB - iOS 9 Beta
     Mac mini Server M10 - OS X 10.10.5
     MacBook Uni L09 - OS X 10.11 Beta

  12. #12
    New switcher: iMac vs MacBook

    Member Since
    Feb 04, 2010
    Posts
    3
    I already have a laptop and a PC now. I use the PC as my main computer and work on it, but my laptop just in cases you mantioned ... In bed, for surfing on the net, just for fun etc. I think I'll get the both Macs, but not at the same time. So I just thought maybe there's something else about the MacBook I don't know (besides the portability)

  13. #13
    New switcher: iMac vs MacBook
    JeremyZ's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 05, 2010
    Location
    Chicago suburbs
    Posts
    119
    Specs:
    Macbook Pro 13", 4th gen Touch
    I bet once you start working on the Macbook, you'll find that you suddenly do feel tethered when you're forced to only work in one place with a desktop.
    If it's worth doing, it's worth OVERdoing.

  14. #14
    New switcher: iMac vs MacBook

    Member Since
    Nov 09, 2009
    Posts
    149
    apple arn't in any apparent hurry to refresh the macbook pros.

    i love the idea of adding a macbook pro to close my switch from windows but the HP envy is seriously good and pound for pound a ton more computer for the money...I'm amazed apple wasted their recent announcment on a Toy tablet instead of a serious product.

  15. #15
    New switcher: iMac vs MacBook

    Member Since
    Jan 14, 2010
    Location
    Abbotsford, BC
    Posts
    51
    Specs:
    Mac mini (late 09) 2.26, 2 gb, 160, 1 tb hitachi 7200 ext hdd. Macbook 2.26, 4 gb, 360 hdd 3G Iphone
    Just do like I did, got a mb 4gb ram 320 hdd, and then a mac mini with a 3rd party monitor, best of both worlds if your on the go alot

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Audio Switcher on iMac
    By branded07 in forum Other Hardware and Peripherals
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 02-03-2012, 08:02 AM
  2. imac and os x review from a switcher
    By crispy in forum Switcher Hangout
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 11-13-2010, 11:58 AM
  3. New aluminum iMac for a switcher here!
    By NYTechGuy in forum Switcher Hangout
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 10-27-2008, 07:05 AM
  4. New iMac 17' user, first time switcher :-)
    By chidlebaugh in forum Apple Desktops
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 03-24-2006, 09:23 PM
  5. Re: Questions from new iMac switcher
    By astrovault in forum Switcher Hangout
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 03-10-2006, 12:21 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •