View Poll Results: What should I replace my old hardware with?

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  • iMac

    1 20.00%
  • Mac Mini

    0 0%
  • MacBook Pro

    3 60.00%
  • MacBook Air

    0 0%
  • Other (see comments)

    1 20.00%
  1. jnat88's Avatar
    I've been planning to update and upgrade my hardware for awhile now. I am still running an old PowerPC (G5) and a MBP from 07. Last week the monitor went out on my desktop, so there is not better time to upgrade.

    My issue is what to get. Before I was just thinking to get a Mac Mini since I already had a monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc. But now that my monitor is dead, do I just go with an iMac?

    My other thought is to just go with a really nice MB and get rid of the desktop all together. My kids are still little and not in school yet and I do travel quite a bit, so the portability is a plus. But, we also have 2 iPhones and 2 iPads in the house that get used heavily also.

    Pluses and minuses to everything! Ideally, if money weren't an issue, I would just get them all and not have to worry about it! But since the budget is currently tight, I thought I would put this out for some ideas. Comments welcome!
    07-23-2012 09:39 PM
  2. ghostface147's Avatar
    What's your budget?
    07-24-2012 08:27 AM
  3. anon(4698833)'s Avatar
    I like the ease of upgradability on the MBP (non-retina)...the cheap price of internal parts is also a plus. That is what i would go for (if you can afford it). We have an iMac that my wife uses for production projects but i rarely use it at all because i have no need to, my MBP or iPad are always within arms reach at home, and my iPhone is with me 100% of the time.
    07-24-2012 01:20 PM
  4. Fausty82's Avatar
    Based on the portability issue, I voted for the MBP... however, depending on your budget, the MBA may also be an option - though storage could be an issue as with upgradability... I'd lose the desktop and go with one of the MacBook entries based upon your budget...
    07-24-2012 01:25 PM
  5. jnat88's Avatar
    Thanks for the thoughts. My budget would be around $1000 or so. I don't mind buying something used or refurbished that's a year or two old either to save some money.
    07-24-2012 09:09 PM
  6. anon(4698833)'s Avatar
    You should definitely be able to get the refurbished i5 MBP from early 2011 within your budget.
    07-25-2012 06:35 AM
  7. CG68's Avatar
    On that budget I agree on going with the MBP. On Apple's refurb site you can get the 2011 13' i5 4gb/500g for $929 before taxes.
    07-25-2012 07:35 AM
  8. anon(4698833)'s Avatar
    On that budget I agree on going with the MBP. On Apple's refurb site you can get the 2011 13' i5 4gb/500g for $929 before taxes.
    And that's actually a better deal because that's the late 2011 model...
    07-25-2012 11:57 AM