iMac+iPad vs Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by iperson21, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. iperson21

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    hey guys, im going into 9th grade, and im going to a high school based on science, technology, mathmatics, and engineering.
    and my dad's gift for me for getting into this high school was $2000 to spend on whatever i want
    *i currently have a Dell XPS M1330, 120gb hd, which is full and i constantly have to delete stuff to make room for my ever-increasing iTunes library.
    so i was wondering, would it be better to get an iMac+iPad with remote desktop running from a dell mini hackintosh, or a 1700 macbook pro?
    other notes: i have a 14" monitor with a usb hub and dvi+vga input.
    i do alot of word composing, and i will probably have to run windows also.
    at the school, they give you a laptop to use but im pretty sure you dont get to take it home.
    the dell mini, well i dont know the specs but i can leave it running in my room 24/7 if needed, and have it so the computer does nothing when i close it.
    if i want an iMac, i don't want a 27" one, i dont need that kind of screen.
    the lowest end 21.5" iMac with no upgrades is more than enough
    i have 15+ GB in media, and maybe 2 gb in pics.
    i am also getting an iPod Touch 32gb, but i plan on waiting for a camera (facetime hopefully also)
    i also don't mind spending 30$ on apps to make the iPad better.
    -i also have a bluetooth mouse and keyboard for my laptop.
     
  2. FrostyFire

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    It seems like there are a lot of people cutting out the middle man and going with a desktop + iPad. I'd go with the iMac + iPad over a macbook pro.
     
  3. Seadog

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    I see nothng wrong with your choice of the iMac + iPad. You can get into debates about various alternative components, but that is a very powerful combo which will serve you well.
     
  4. dj r

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    Get all 3
     
  5. Teacher's Pet

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    I think the desktop combo, especially the iMac is a good choice with the iPad. People usually ask if an iPad is a good choice instead of a notebook or desktop. I always reccomend that someone needs a computer, then get an iPad to complete the package, because it's a wonderful addition but for practical purposes such as school or work, you still need a full on computer. Having both is just right :)
     
  6. Matth3w

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    I don't see the point in spending money on ANOTHER laptop. Just get an external hard drive. I saw a 1TB on slickdeals.net for like 69 bucks. Spend the money on the iPad, and then spend the rest on something you can actually use or need.
     
  7. liao_chi_fu

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    Get all three.... Apple rules!! You will love them!!
     
  8. Sonny Burnett

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    Is your family interested in adopting anyone at this time?
     
  9. oceanside

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    I have all 3. Now, with that said - I am a Graduate student & I bring the iPad to class w/me. The iMac is my main workhorse when @ home. The MBP hardly leaves its case since I got the iPad. Trust me - go w/ the iMac & iPad! It's a winning combo!
     
  10. MikesTooLz

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    Here is what I would do.

    Buy a Mac Mini $799
    Buy a second monitor to go with your current one to have dual monitors.$200-$300
    Buy a 32Gig iPad 3G $729
    Buy a 1TB external Hard Drive $69 (this can double as an external storage as well as mac mini backup via time machine)



    I have a mac mini setup at my house with two 22" monitors and love it.
     

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