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Initial post: Feb 21, 2012 11:27:25 AM PST
M. Baillie says:
I am about to buy an apple computer but I am in two minds about my purchase. I already have an iPad for portability and because of the price I want an item that will pass the test of time. I will use this ccomputer for surfing the web, on youtube, yahoo answers, Doing schoolwork, storing photos and from time to time editing home vidoes. Portability is not an issue and I will not be gaming.
Also the magic trackpad or the magic mouse if going with the iMac; another hurdle I have yet to jump.
I am in highschool and I would like it to last atleast a few years because of the price tag.
Thankyou for any advice or tips.

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 12:43:13 PM PST
M. Baillie, if you're considering the Apple MacBook Pro MD313LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop (NEWEST VERSION) vs the Apple iMac MC309LL/A 21.5-Inch Desktop (NEWEST VERSION), perhaps I can help. I faced the same decision awhile back, and went with the MacBook Pro for overall versatility. Don't get me wrong, as I have worked with the iMac and really enjoy the large screen, especially when dealing with digital photos, as I do. But as far as versatility goes, I went with the MacBook Pro knowing that I could always add a large-screen monitor at any point that I wanted. You can see my review on the MacBook Pro along with the reasons I selected it. The trackpad on the MacBook Pro took awhile to get used to, but I generally use it with another mouse as noted in the review.

But either computer is a good solid choice which should get you through school with the criteria that you listed. Hope that this helps!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 23, 2012 8:47:39 AM PST
Kort says:
I guess you have to ask yourself if you are willing to pay for an external monitor if you get the MBP. 13.3" is a bit small for everyday use. Otherwise the specs and pricing are fairly close. If you at least want to have the option to take your computer with you or into another room of that house, then get the MBP. If superior ergonomics and a nice screen matter then the iMac edges ahead just a bit. I have a 24" iMac and love it, but I'm happy just leaving it in one spot all the time. You could probably save a little money and get a similarly speced Windows 7 computer for less, but don't let me put you on that road. ;]

As John said, either one is a solid choice. You just need to decide which is best for you.
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