Dilemma on whether to keep what I have or return for something else

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I currently have the 2014 MacBook Pro Retina 8GB RAM with the i5 processor and a late 2013 quad core iMac. I bought these both this month, but I've realized that I don't need both. Should I return both and get the beefy i7 MacBook Pro or should I return the iMac and keep the entry level Retina model? Would it be enough? I'm a computer programmer, but I do most of my job at work unless I'm playing around.

Also...I may have a little bit of a purchasing problem.
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If you have your doubts about keeping both computers…and you want portability…return the iMac & keep the MBP.

You weren't very specific what you use your Apple computers for. So at this point I'm not seeing a reason to upgrade to the "beefy i7".

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I mainly use it for surfing the web, streaming HD video, and doing Java programming through Eclipse and remotely accessing other systems for programming(not very resource intensive). I don't do video editing, but I would use photo editing maybe before moving to an external hard drive. I usually have a 3 year upgrade plan so I'm wanting something that won't be slow before that period ends. Also, I do light gaming and old school emulation for SNES games and such.
 

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You didn't comment on the (which computer to keep part)…but if you planned on keeping the MacBook Pro…I'm not seeing a need to upgrade it.

It would help though if you were more specific as to the exact MacBook Pro you have now (probably 13" display…don't know CPU speed & storage amount)…and the one you would upgrade to if you decided to upgrade.

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That's quite a difference in models. Going from a 13" to 15" display, 128gig to 256gig storage, and dual CPU to Quad CPU.

I think that the 15" MBP would be overkill. But at the same time…the 13" MBP you have I would consider the 128gig of storage to be on the small side (I would get at least 256gig of storage).

I also wanted to point out one LARGE ERROR in the specs for the Best Buy MBP. This $1799 15" MacBook Pro DOES NOT have the dedicated NVIDIA 750M graphics. This model has the integrated Iris Pro graphics only. The 15" MBP with the 750M is quite a bit more expensive at $2499. The Best Buy "specs" says it has the dedicated 750M graphics.

Just another reason why I don't shop for Apple computers at Best Buy. Errors!!!:( But I do see Best Buy has knocked $200 off this 15" MBP model.:)

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I noticed that error too. That's a huge one. ha. I think I'm going to pull the trigger on it tomorrow. I don't like shopping there myself(worked there in the past), but unfortunately they are the only place in town that sells Apple products unless I drive to Memphis. The other store that sells them here charges $100 more than Apple does for every model!
 

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As long as you don't have a problem with the greater weight & footprint of the 15" MBP…it seems like a decent deal. That $200 off is nice!:)

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I have a rather stupid question. What exactly does "footprint" mean in regards to laptops?
 

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I have a rather stupid question. What exactly does "footprint" mean in regards to laptops?

"Footprint" can apply to many things.:)

Think about what "footprint" means. What happens when two people walk in the snow or mud. One person has size 7 shoes...and the other has size 12 shoes. Who leaves the larger "footprints"??;)

So if comparing a 13" and 15" MacBook Pro...which one has a larger footprint?:)

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