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Good Desktop + Cheap laptop OR Good laptop?

HebrewHebrew Registered User Posts: 41 Junior Member
edited August 2012 in College Computers
Hi there,

This question might have been asked a lot but I will ask it again, consider the fact that I am going to be majoring in Computer Science.

Do you, overall, think it would be better to have a good desktop with a cheap laptop or just a good laptop with an external monitor?

I am considering one of the two (I NEED a Macintosh to work with iOS Development which I have been doing, and enjoy, in High School):

1) Low end 15" MacBook Pro + 22" monitor for a total of 1800 USD before taxes
The overall advantage of doing this is everything is on one computer, which is a fairly big advantage. The disadvantages include: Lower specs for higher cost,

2) Low end iMac (When the refresh comes out, assumes the price stays the same) and a HP 2000t-2a00 netbook for a total of 1550 before taxes
The advantage of this is it costs less and I have a machine optimized for Windows and a machine optimized for Mac OS X. The disadvantage of this is I will have to transfer any notes/files I put on my HP to my Mac. Another disadvantage is I would have to leave the computer unattended quite often, which might not be safe.

Another option is to buy the higher end 21" iMac, when it is released, and just use my 2nd gen iPad for a portable device, which would total 1400 usd before taxes just.

What are your opinions on what I should do/get? I am open for suggestions of other combinations that might work too.
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Replies to: Good Desktop + Cheap laptop OR Good laptop?

  • mschusler28mschusler28 Registered User Posts: 126 Junior Member
    I would get a low end iMac and try to get an used (but in good condition) MBP, maybe like 2010? I believe they still had i5's and i3's so it shouldn't be too bad, plus you could upgrade the RAM/HDD if you know how to do that. That's just my 2 cents :)
  • AtemporalAtemporal Registered User Posts: 219 Junior Member
    Have you considered a Windows desktop and a Macbook? That's what I'm doing.

    My setup is:
    Custom built gaming desktop: $500
    2012 Macbook Air 13": $1239
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