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I have a friend. He wants a Mac. He has two different options.

His first option is a Macbook Pro. It would be a 13 inch with 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo chip. It would have 4GB RAM, and a 320GB hard drive. He would also have iWork pre-installed and he would get an aluminum Apple remote.

His second option would be a combo. First he would get one of the new Aluminum Mac Minis. It would have all the same specs as the Macbook Pro, with the exception that he would get an Apple wireless keyboard too. The second part of the combo would be a 16GB Wifi iPad.

As for a monitor, he has a 32 Inch HDTV. He would buy a Mini DIsplay to HDMI if he got the Macbook Pro and then use both the TV and Macbook Pro for a duel monitor setup. If he got the new Mac Mini which now comes with an HDMI port, he would pick up an HDMI to HDMI cable and use just his 32 inch TV as a monitor. He already has a mouse that's compatible with Macs.

If he chose the Macbook Pro, it would be great as he could plug it into his TV and have two monitors and then easily take it on vacation with him. If he had the Mac Mini and iPad, he would have a great home theater and a tablet that would be great for vacation. As well as that, he could get the Air Display app for his iPad or use it for something else.

So the question is simple: which do you think he should choose?

asked Jun 16 '10 at 17:50

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edited Jun 17 '10 at 16:00

I would say the Macbook Pro. It is a great machine that would do anything that you need. You just dont need a secondary iPad that cant do as much.

answered Jun 16 '10 at 17:53

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Only your friend can really answer this question, does he need to do work out and about, then the Mac pro is going to be more useful, does he work mainly at home and use laptop mainly for email internet when out and about then mini + iPad option is a winner. By the way the ipad is insanely good (writing this answer on my new iPad now) :-)

answered Jun 16 '10 at 19:19

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Were talking about a Macbook Pro, not a giant Mac Pro.

(Jun 16 '10 at 19:21) LucaJnG LucaJnG's gravatar image

You've summarized his options quite well, but it really does come down to which config will give him the most utility and enjoyment.

If he needs to do hardcore computing when he's away from home, then the laptop option's optimal, otherwise I'd say go with the Mac Mini + iPad combo. The battery life on the iPad is awesome and it's an ideal form factor for consuming media (videos, social media, music, games, books, etc.) and participating online. Where the iPad falls short is if you need specialized apps and/or an optical drive (and more storage space) to create media (videos, high res huge photos, audio, etc.)

answered Jun 16 '10 at 19:27

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edited Jun 16 '10 at 19:28

hink of this when you buy that $600 computer for windows 7 and your H.D dies guess what you have to buy a DVD to even get back on track yep windows 7 rocks huh its all bull shit money making assholes who you all back and support because someone might be out there finding a way around it i say fuck you fuck this place and fuck all you stupid fucking nerds who bitch and moan about someone having something your too stupid avoid paying money for. apple is the most bullshit company out there they don't even want people who have macs to have what they have you think its so great and nothing is better well actually apple suck and most of there users do as well macs are good for media and that's it fuck you if your think different you can build a computer that will be ten fold a mac for 2000 dollars cheaper and put anything you want for an o.s on it even OsX so my point is build your own

answered Jun 17 '10 at 16:52

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Add value to the community or leave. It's really that simple.

(Jun 17 '10 at 17:00) ageekmom ♦ ageekmom's gravatar image

See kids, this is why we stay in school.

(Jun 17 '10 at 17:02) AppleHack23 AppleHack23's gravatar image

I get the feeling he has some "issues"!

(Jun 23 '10 at 04:01) BeigeGenius BeigeGenius's gravatar image


(Jul 05 '10 at 12:48) sebastianq28 sebastianq28's gravatar image


(Jul 07 '10 at 00:29) Matthew B Matthew%20B's gravatar image

If he has the money, go for the mac book pro.

and after he saves up again, he can buy a good monitor, mouse, keyboard and speakers then when he wants to get a nice desktop experience, he can simply connect it to the rest of the equipment and he will have a good desktop experience.

The mac book pro may be really expensive but trust me, it is just ad fast as a decent desktop system.

Avoid the mac mini as it is overpriced for what you get. The ipad is also a ripoff for the hardware and on top of that the OS is very limited.

Also even though the mac book pro is larger than a ipad, it pretty much has the same portability.

You cant put a mac book pro in your pocket and you also cant put an ipad in a pocket.

PS the mac book pro is quieter than the mac mini

answered Jul 05 '10 at 13:52

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edited Jul 05 '10 at 13:58

Thanks. I actually weighed out the options so both the Macbook pro and the Mac Mini have the same internal processor, ram, and hard drive, and that, both buying the Macbook Pro (as listed above) and the Mac Mini + iPad (as listed above) cost the same within $20. In other words, both options listed above cost the same :)

(Jul 06 '10 at 22:43) LucaJnG LucaJnG's gravatar image

Mac Book pro's are just as overpriced. You can pick up a windows laptop with similar or better specs for $100s less. Just because "you have the money" doesn't justify paying through the nose, that is the trap.

(Jul 07 '10 at 01:32) BeigeGenius BeigeGenius's gravatar image

My friend actually gets some discounts, on both options he gets at least $100 discount...

(Jul 12 '10 at 10:42) LucaJnG LucaJnG's gravatar image

Depends on what your friends needs are, but I'd just like to say that he shouldn't get the mac mini solely because of the iPad.

answered Jul 07 '10 at 01:35

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The iPad does let him do a lot more than if he were to get the Macbook Pro because he then has the app store...

(Jul 12 '10 at 10:43) LucaJnG LucaJnG's gravatar image

LucasG did you know apple made a Mac App Store

(Apr 21 '11 at 06:49) bailey0799 bailey0799's gravatar image
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