iMac 27" or MacBook + 27" display

Started Jan 4, 2011 | Discussions thread
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10sj03 Regular Member • Posts: 412
iMac 27" or MacBook + 27" display

I would like to ask for some opinions from the Mac users in this forum. Currently I have a 13" Macbook (2GHz core duo). It's about 4 years old and still mostly usable except when I run photo applications like Lightroom (a bit slow) and iPhoto (slow and sometimes crashed when doing edits). I also like a larger screen for Lightroom and opening multiple windows for writing codes.

My question is which of the following options is better choice and why.

1. Keep my Macbook and spend about $1K for a 27" Apple LED display. Save the money and upgrade to a newer 15" MacBook Pro a year later.

2. Buy a i5 27" iMac for about $2K. Still keeping my current MacBook.

I know I am not comparing exactly apples to apples here since the specifications like CPU clock speed, HD size, are not the same. I am also trading specificatons with portability.

I use my computer for the followings: writing codes for iPhone, Lightroom 3 for raw processing (40D and G11 files), MS Word and Excel and other general stuff like web and emails.

Thanks for your advice.

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