Originally Posted by doppio
Help! I've been trying to decide on which computer to buy for weeks.
I don't really need the mobility of laptop per se (since my company gave me a laptop to use), but I'd love the power of quad core for under $2000 since I know I'd be using VMware and some other intensive stuff.
But almost for the same price, I can get a computer with incredible screen size... hmm... and I know I'll be getting an iPad2 soon, and I thought carrying a laptop and the ipad could be too much.
What do you think?
It's hard to compare right now as the iMac is due a refresh. Right now, you can get a 2.00GHz quad i7 MBP for $1799 and only a quad i5 iMac for $1999 and the 2.00GHz MBP comes close to matching the $2200 iMac i7 performance.http://browse.geekbench.ca/geekbench2/view/398879http://browse.geekbench.ca/geekbench2/view/398814
The 2.2GHz MBP matches/exceeds the i7 iMac for the same price:http://browse.geekbench.ca/geekbench2/view/399298
Also exceeds the entry Mac Pro:http://browse.geekbench.ca/geekbench2/view/397681
One huge benefit the MBP has is that it's far easier to access the storage so you can throw in an SSD drive in place of the optical or internal HDD and this will help with virtualisation a lot when it comes to suspend/resume or heavy IO tasks:http://h30423.www3.hp.com/?fr_story=...9a8&rf=sitemap
You do only get 2 USB ports vs 4 on the iMac but I'm sure someone will come up with USB adaptors for Thunderbolt or docking stations.
Concerning the screen size, the 27" screen is a very spacious screen and would let you run a VM at a high resolution but it's very glossy and the high density makes UI elements quite small. If you got the $1799 MBP, you could get a $300 external 23" IPS screen:http://www.amazon.com/ViewSonic-VP23...3468229&sr=1-2
Then you have both the MBP screen and the external to use so you can even run a VM on one and your main desktop on the other.
Apple could wait until WWDC to bring in new iMac and Mac Pro designs (6-7 weeks away) so it might be worth waiting for. I'd personally get the MBP just to be able to install an SSD and to get what is essentially a Mac Pro that you can put in a backpack.