Will and I need a new computer. Ideally we’d each get one, but realistically we’ll be getting one to share. We intend to do this as soon as we get our federal tax refund, which will happen as soon as I get my act together and finish filing.

We will be getting another Mac–and don’t try to talk me out of it–but I am not sure which one we should get.

  • MacBook–the most basic, portable version. With the larger hard drive and assorted other options, about $1750 (including AppleCare).
  • MacBook Pro–the fancier portable version. About $1850 for comparable options.
  • iMac–not portable, but costs only (hahahaha “only”) $1600 and has a fucking TERRABITE hard drive. But… not portable.

I do feel compelled to mention that all of those prices include having MS Office come installed, and a variety of other options that will make our lives much easier and would cost hundreds of dollars each to buy separately.

We will still have my iBook, assuming it does not die of over-stuffing between now and the new computer’s arrival. Its battery is dead for the second time, though, so we’d have to invest in another one to make it portable again, plus it needs a new keyboard–and even with those upgrades I don’t know how long it will last. Also, we don’t currently have a real desk area, though we could make it a priority to set one up. (That kind of stuff is up in the air as we try to get together the money to move. If both of our computers weren’t so close to death, we’d move first and buy a computer later.)

I can’t decide what to buuuuuuy. The scales seem tipped in favor of the iMac but a notebook would be so much more convenient.

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6 thoughts on “WWTID?

  1. B

    March 2, 2011 at 8:00am

    Macbook Pro.

  2. kata

    March 2, 2011 at 9:08am

    My 2 cents – I have an iMac for heavy-duty stuff and an iPad when I need to be portable. (Though the purpose of the iPad is hugely defeated by my daughter’s steadfast belief that the iPad is actually her phone. Her “big phone.”)

    I love the iMac. It’s fast, easy on the eyes, has a tiny footprint, and the wireless keyboard makes it a bit like it was portable.

  3. Nell

    March 2, 2011 at 10:16am

    I love love love my MacBook. I upgraded it when I bought it so it has all the same functionality of the MacBookPro, but it cost less.

    Questions I would want someone to make me answer if I was making this decision:

    1. Where do you like to work? At a desk or on a couch/bed?
    2. How necessary is the terrabyte? Sure, it’s awesome, and if you want to be able to store tons of digital audio/video totally worth it.

    I thought I had a third questions, but now it’s gone. Good luck! It’s kind of a fun decision to be making and I’m sure it will be shiny and lovely no matter which one you go with.

  4. Crystal

    March 2, 2011 at 2:35pm

    Have you looked at the refurbished ones? You could shave $100 – $250 off (which isn’t much compared to the end price, but is something).
    On portability, I end up using my MacBook at my desk more than elsewhere, but it is nice to have the option (which you would have in the iBook), so I think I’d be leaning toward iMac, too.

    Also – I need to check with Chris first (to make sure he doesn’t have plans for them I’m unaware of), but we have two old iBooks sitting around. I have a feeling both batteries might be dead, too, but one of the keyboards might be salvageable for you.

  5. Cool Dad

    March 4, 2011 at 12:55pm

    If you’re not doing high-performance stuff like video editing, then maybe the Macbook is the way to go? I think that refurbished is def the way to go, whichever you get.

  6. Gwen

    March 30, 2011 at 7:22pm

    MacBook Pro. So, so sturdy. Or iMac, but I think portability may end up being a big deal. And I would definitely get AppleCare with whichever one you choose.

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