The perfect machine: iMac or MacBook Pro

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Low End Mac’s Dan Knight on whether to go with a new iMac or 15″ MacBook Pro:

Now that Apple has an “antiglare” option for the 15″ MacBook Pro, I think it could be the perfect production machine for me at some point in the future. The size and weight aren’t an issue, and even the entry-level 2.53 GHz dual-core model has vastly more power than the 1.6 GHz dual G4 upgraded Power Mac I work with…The perfect desktop computer would take the current iMac design, move some ports for easier access, and offer an antiglare option.

It’s a decision I’m going to make in the next few weeks as well. I’ve been working on a new MacBook Pro for a few weeks now (I’ll post something here soon), and it really is the perfect laptop. I can’t imagine one any bigger or smaller.

However, I’m a consumer Mac guy, and the new iMacs offer tremendous appeal. I always said, once Snow Leopard comes out, I’m finally going to spring for a new Mac.

And while I assumed I would get a new iMac, the new MacBook Pro has me questioning my original assumption.


  1. If I had the funding, I would get a MacBook pro and the LCD monitor. The monitor is essentially an iMac without the computer. Just plug the book in when your at home, use the book as a laptop when your on the road (or would rather be on the couch than at the desk.) That’s my opinion.

  2. I am in the same situation as you, I want to switch to a Mac and am hesitating between the iMac or the MacBook Pro

    I would suggest you wait after the September Apple announcement.

    If the new iMacs (post september) come with a quadcore processor, I will go for that and loose on the portability for processing power. If not, it will be a MacBook Pro

  3. That’s a good strategy, Pierre. I was going to wait until September anyway, so you’re right – why not wait until after the Apple event?

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