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I am thinking about purchasing my first Mac. Now here's my problem, I could buy a MacBook Pro with all of the features it offers and still have portability as an asset, or I could go ahead and buy an iMac with higher specs than the MacBook Pro at the same price. I do happen to have an iPad, so I do have a portable, internet capable, device. My question to you is do you think taking lower specs for a notebook computer is reasonable when you can get better specs on a desktop computer at the same price.

(Also you might like this as a factor into your answer - I am going away to college.)

asked Jun 24 '10 at 16:26

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Well it depends on what you are going to do with it. Looks like for you is a MacBook Pro since it can go with you from class to class in collage.

answered Jun 24 '10 at 16:27

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edited Jun 24 '10 at 16:39

I'd say a Macbook Pro, those things can handle most of what you'll need. An iPad is not a substitute for a laptop.

answered Jun 24 '10 at 16:38

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MacBook Pro would be the best one for you if you are needing to take it to different classes, etc.

If you are going to just need to have something powerful to work on at a desk then an iMac would be best.

Overall I think you should go MacBook Pro.

answered Jun 24 '10 at 16:47

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Go with the MacBook Pro, and use the money you save to build yourself a half-decent computer that you can tweak later on.

answered Jul 13 '10 at 21:51

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If you're heavy into movie editing or graphic design, I would go with a iMac, anything else is MBP all the way, they are fast, light and ultra portable.

They can be pricy compared to pc and you will probably get less hardware for the price but sometimes you need a change, I'm also switching to Mac when the next iMac is refreshed.

answered Feb 11 '11 at 20:07

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Agree with zoomos to a great extent, use both though most of the time the MacBook Pro, which I'm using right now even though the iMac is across the room. My work has me constantly in different places, and at home the computer is usually within reach.

The laptop is 2 years older, runs 24/7 and is in use directly (hands at keyboard) for 8+ hours most days (the previous one lasted 7 years); the iMac (about a year old) with 27 in screen is stunning for use with graphics - especially with apps like Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator - and the large screen is great for Final Cut Pro. I still use all of these apps on the MacBook, though Final Cut much less than I used to since I'm usually hooked up to external drives and a deck for capture. Partly because it's newer, the iMac is faster and makes me more productive for large work sessions. You won't go wrong with either.

answered Feb 11 '11 at 20:58

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I normally don't like to compare Apple products but I would get the Macbook Pro.

answered Feb 11 '11 at 21:04

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