Which Mac for me?
February 22, 2012 12:32 PM Subscribe
Should I get the 21.5 inch iMac or the 13 inch Macbook Pro? (Or something else?)
Looking for a new machine to be our primary home computer. Other than basic document creation/ blogging/ web-surfing, the main things we plan to use it for are: photo editing and organization, home video editing (and DVD burning for older relatives), Skyping, and managing our music and video library. Budget maxes out at $1500 (thanks, tax refund!)--but less is better.
Right now, Apple has a couple of refurbished options that look good:
Refurbished iMac 21.5-inch 2.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
Originally released May 2011
21.5-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
1TB hard drive
8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics with 512MB memory
Built-in FaceTime HD camera
Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.8GHz Dual-core Intel i7
Originally released October 2011
13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display, 1280-by-800 resolution
4GB (2 x 2GB) of 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
750GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384MB of DDR3 SDRAM
Other than weighing portability against bigger screen size, is there any reason to prefer one machine over the other? Are there additional considerations we haven't thought of? And is there any reason to avoid refurbished machines? Thanks!