Deciding between a Macbook and iMac

Here's the situation (sorry if it's kinda long lol):

I'm getting ready to start another semester in college. I have money put away and have been wanting a new computer for a while. I have a laptop that is starting to go on its last legs so I'm considering getting an iMac.

My laptop is a Macbook Pro that I got in 2006. It still works but has some quirks. It has white cracks or something on the sides and bottom of the display and a blue line running from top to bottom. Nothing that gets in the way though. It has light wear and tear to the case and the CD drive gets really loud, so I avoid using it. The big problem is that I have a 200GB hard drive that is pretty much full and its starting to run really sluggish even when I free up memory. I already have two external hard drives so I don't want to just keep buying more lol. I wanted to get a desktop to more-or-less supplement the laptop. I don't take the laptop to school because I have an iPad2+keyboard combo that I use for notes as well as light internet browsing. I miss having a desktop and a "work station" to keep me focused on work. My current Macbook Pro is fine for working on school work in the living room and ect. when I don't want to be "cooped up" in my room.

I am stuck, though, deciding between getting a laptop and setting it up on my desk with a keyboard and mouse or going for the iMac. Both options I'm looking at are the same price.

The Macbook is a 13-inch 2.9 GHz Macbook Pro:

2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i7
Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
8GB 1600MHz memory
750GB 5400-rpm hard drive1
Intel HD Graphics 4000

The iMac is a 21.5-inch: 2.7GHz iMac

2.7GHz Intel Core i5
1920 x 1080 resolution
4GB (two 2GB) memory
1TB hard drive1
ATI Radeon HD 6770M with 512MB

I like the iMac's large screen size and hard drive size, but the laptop has a faster processing speed. It's a tough choice. Opinions? :)

1 Answer from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    Get the MacBook Pro, and an inexpensive 27" monitor ($200 online) you can connect to at your desk. You'll have the best of both worlds.

    • Answered by Tyler F from San Diego
    • 08 17, 12