iMac vs Macbook pro

This is a discussion on iMac vs Macbook pro within the MacBook forums, part of the Macbook Forum category; i'm not sure whether which to get. Either the iMac 21.5" S$1,648 one or the Macbook pro 13" S$1,648 (both standard configurations). They are the ...

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    iMac vs Macbook pro

    i'm not sure whether which to get. Either the iMac 21.5" S$1,648 one or the Macbook pro 13" S$1,648 (both standard configurations). They are the same price. Which one is recommended?

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    The basic MBPro costs $1199 not $1600 what upgrades did you add?

    What do you plan on doing with the MacBook that necessitates the need for portable device?

    IMO if you don't need a portable device go for the iMac as its more powerful.

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    Sorry. my prices are Singapore dollars. the currency is different that's why, but i think they should be the same.

    Now i have a PC and i want a Mac for an upgrade. On my PC i usually do video editing, project works, research works. Not much of video gaming.

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    I went through the same process when switching to mac from pc a few months ago. I agree with the poster who said if you don't need the portability, get the iMac. I did and I love it. No problem switching over, either. For portability, I also bought an iPad 2, so I feel well equipped, but that was because I do need portability at times.

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    To second what everyone else already said, I would use the following criteria.

    1. If you need it portable, you only have one choice.

    2. If you aren't so much worried about portability, but think it MIGHT be something you would want to use, then go for it. You can get some great Macbook Pro docks, then an external monitor and that makes hooking up your laptop to the monitor (and mouse and keyboard) very easily.

    The new Apple displays with Thunderbolt are really cool too because you get the display and charging of the laptop over a single connector.

    I have one of these docks and it's very cool:

    Henge Docks

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    Depends what you want, if you want portability, go with the macbook pro. If you want a nice large desktop, go with the iMac.
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    That's a cool looking dock John. I might have to look in to it.

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    MacBook Pro's are powerful machines, but so are iMac's. MacBook Pro's are more portable than iMac's obviously because they're laptops and not all-in-one desktops. However, the new MacBook Pro's are almost as powerful as the old iMac's so make sure you know what you're getting!
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    I'd actually really prefer portability. The MacBook Pro definitely has a lot of power for all you need, and it can always be updated with new parts if you feel like it isn't as fast enough.

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    I've been thinking about this recently as well. I am going to be getting a new computer soon and was thinking of 15" MacBook Pro or 27" iMac. The configurations I picked are close to the same prices. I currently have a 13" MacBook 2.0GHz C2D, with a 23" HD Dell monitor, that hasn't left the house in about 6 months. Which is the time I got my iPad 2, and I take it to classes with me everyday instead.
    Now back to MBP or iMac. I have decided to get the MacBook Pro, because I am starting my last year of college and may need the portability of the laptop. So I'd rather have the option to take a powerful machine to class or group meetings with me instead of relying on the iPad 2 to get things done. The MacBook I currently have isn't a good option as it is starting to fail on me.

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