Need help regarding mac's

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Found 17th Dec 2008
right so im going to purchase a apple mac via education diccount yet i cannot decide which to buy, what would you think is better? i want it for photography and video editing,

13" mac book

2.0GHz

* Intel Core 2 Duo
* 2GB DDR3 Memory
* 160GB hard drive1
* NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics
* Standard keyboard
* Aluminum unibody

or

20" imac

20-inch: 2.66GHz
2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
2GB memory
320GB hard drive1
8x double-layer SuperDrive
ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO
with 256MB


so whats your views? which would be better

4 Comments

imac

bigger screen, bigger hard drive, both handy for video/photo editing and viewing. Not as portable granted, but IMO a 13" screen is too small for what you're wanting to use it for.

edit - also a faster processor!

Definitely the imac, and if you can afford to, then up-spec it.. (add more RAM etc)
With video editing you want the biggest screen, fastest processor and definitely the biggest HD.. you'll be surprised how quickly you will fill the drive up - and working with external drives will be slower. Make sure you select the right EDU store as they are all different prices (the Uni one is the best discount)

I would go with something bigger like

http://chenzhen.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/big-mac.jpg

A 13" screen is a pain for editing anything but word documents.

If your using pro apps like Photoshop or Aperture, Adobe Premiere or Final Cut, you need desktop real estate for your toolboxes, its a no brainer.

Only thing is, iMac doesnt fit in your bag and you need a hell of an extension.

Now a MacBook Pro and a big monitor for docking to at home... thats a nice combo.

But it all depends on if you have a) the cash b) your making any cash in what your doing.


That refurb 24" iMac looks rather tasty though
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