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2011 iMac vs 2011 MacBook Pro

Updated on August 9, 2011

Earlier this year, Apple released a new, updated line of MacBook Pros. These MacBooks contained an arsenal of new features. I even dug into my pockets to get a taste of these new computers. Now, Apple has upped their game and released newer iMacs with many of the same features. These computers may seem the same, with the variation of portability, in the eyes of the average consumer. However, there are differences that can help you decide which one to get.


When looking at the computers there are a few things that are the same on both computers:

Price- Both models have the same entry level price points for the baseline (lowest spec) varients.

FaceTime HD Webcam- With the new MacBook Pros, Apple released a newer built in webcam named after it's FaceTime Voice-Over-Internet Protocol. This camera is now available on all iMac versions.

Thunderbolt- Apple has introduced a new way of transferring data much faster than USB 3.0 and Firewire, named Thunderbolt, it is available on both computers.

Processor- Intel's new processors, codenamed Sandy Bridge, can be found on the computers and is much faster than the processors of the previous models.

Ram- An important part of all computers. Both of them have 4GB of Ram.

You can get into the nitty gritty parts of the computer but it is very much like a foreign language to most people.


When thinking of the differences between the iMac and MacBook Pro, it is clear that the MacBook is a portable laptop and the iMac is an all-in-one computer. However, there are many hardware differences beyond the looks that make them different computers.

Processor- The iMacs have a much faster processor than the MacBook Pros because there is a lot more space to put it. The processor in the MacBook pro is a dual-core Intel Core i5 while the iMac has a quad-core Intel Core i5.

Harddrive- The iMacs have a bigger harddrive for pretty much the same reason as above, there is much more room for it. At 500GB, the iMac has the MacBook Pro beat by 180GB with it's 320GB hardrive.

Which One should I Get

Both computers have good specifications compared to other computers in the same range. After testing my MacBook Pro, it can handle a lot of data from applications and processes with left over room to spare. There is no doubt that the iMac can handle the same way with better results in some or most aspects.

For people who don't know which one they want, I believe it is an appropriate time to go for looks and potential uses. It is very seldom when one should pick a computer that is visually appealing, but the computers are almost the same. The iMac is just a fraction better than the MacBook, spec wise. If you need the portability the MacBook is for you. I have a bit of regret buying my computer, but I like being able to take it to school, something I can't do with the iMac.

Do I want the iMac? Yes

Do I need it? No

Can I afford it? no

For me, it would be something to have so I can say I have it.

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    • redwards01 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Bermuda

      @DaveysRecipeRead that is a very common but untrue misconception, I agree with yo

    • DaveysRecipeRead profile image


      7 years ago

      Nice, informative hub. Too bad that Mac users get tabbed as snobs. It's still the safest way to surf, the graphics can't be beat and both operating systems can run over it. The best of both worlds. Thanks for all of the good info. Voted up.


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