iMac vs. MacBook Pro: Making the Right Choice

iMacWhen I walk into an Apple Store, I always have trouble making up my mind: do I buy the glossy 24″ iMac, or do I purchase a new aluminum unibody MacBook Pro that I can use on the go? After time, I came to a decision after following this criteria:

Keeping your Mac “like new”:

Scratching or denting your Mac is the last thing you want to happen to your Mac. And unfortunately, a MacBook is more prone to scratches and dents in comparison to an iMac. Since a MacBook is mobile, it is much more likely to collect scratches and, worse, dents. Fortunately, many accessories such as a neoprene sleeve will protect a MacBook from this type of damage. However, the extra protection comes at an extra cost.

On the other hand, the iMac is far less prone to scratches and dents since it is stationary: it doesn’t move. You don’t need to be worried about any scratches and don’t need to spend any extra money on accessories. And a better looking iMac gets you a better resell value down the road: you’ll get top dollar for a mint condition Mac — even if it’s used.

iMac – 1, MacBook – zip.

Stationary vs. Mobile:

In other words: desktop vs. laptop. If you are a person on the go, which most of us are now-a-days, the MacBook is the solution for you. MacBooks are portable and easy — they can be used in the workplace, in the classroom, everywhere. Plus, they’re lightweight. You can easy pack your MacBook and be on the go.

Adversely, you wouldn’t see someone walking down the street with an iMac sticking out of their backpack. iMac’s are a stationary version of Mac, meant for a desk or similar. This is a positive to businesses, but that’s not quite enough. MacBooks come out on top in this department.

iMac – 1, MacBook – 1.

Price & Performance:

To be equal, we’re contrasting the performance of a base model iMac and base model MacBook Pro. Both are priced equally at $1199 USD. The MacBook Pro features a 2.26 GHz CPU in comparison to the 2.66 GHz CPU of the iMac. In terms of storage, the MacBook has a 160GB hard drive while the iMac has 320GB — that’s double the space for the same price. Both the MacBook Pro and iMac feature 2GB of memory and a nVIDIA GeForce 9400M GPU. The iMac gives you more value for your dollar, and that seals the deal for me.

It’s a wrap: iMac – 2, MacBook – 1.

In the end, the iMac pulls out on top. However, this is an opinionated article and just like me, everyone has their own opinions. Many people prefer the MacBook Pro over the iMac, even if you are losing out somewhat on performance. Is it because of it’s ease and portability? Leave your comments.

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