Choosing Between an iMac and MacBook Pro

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Choosing Between an iMac and MacBook Pro

The iMac and Macbook Pro are two of Apple's most popular computer models. While the iMac offers superior technology in a desktop model, the MacBook Pro is equally dependable, featuring greater portability. Anyone interested in purchasing should compare the features and specifications of each model.


The iMac and iMac with Retina 5K

If one is seeking a high-end desktop unit and does not object to spending in the low $1,000 range, the iMac is a superior unit, with amazing graphics and both sophisticated and simple pre-installed applications.

About the iMac

The iMac is a desktop unit that comes in either a 21.5-inch (54.61 centimetres) or 27-inch (68.58 centimetres) display, both on an LED backlit screen. The motherboard, housed in an all-in-one aluminium unit, features an i5 dual or i7 quad Intel Core processor, up to 3.5 GHz speed. The iMac comes standard with up to 32GB memory and a 3TB Fusion Drive hard drive, with up to 1TB flash storage. Four USB and two Thunderbolt Ports are included.

Graphics power can vary between the HD 5000 or the Iris Pro, with the latter ensuring better and smoother performance. The 21.5-inch version offers an option for the NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M, with 1GB video RAM. The 27-inch offers either 1GB or 2GB of video memory in NVIDIA GeForce 700 series graphics cards.

The iMac comes standard with the Apple Wireless Keyboard and either the Magic Mouse, or the Magic Trackpad, both of which are wireless.

The iMac with Retina 5K Display

The 5K iMac runs about $1,500 more than standard iMacs and is only available in the 27-inch size. It justifies its price tag with an extremely dense and detailed screen and high-end processing and graphics. The processor runs up to 4.0GHz, while the graphics processor is the beefy AMD Radeon R9 M290X, with an optional upgrade to the M295X.

Like its sibling without the retina technology, the iMac 5K features Bluetooth 4.0 wireless, a FaceTime HD Camera, four USB in the rear of the unit (though it offers two Thunderbolt 2 ports), and the wireless keyboard with Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad. It can accommodate 1TB flash storage.

Also standard on both iMac models are: OS X Yosemite, GarageBand, Pages, Keynote, Numbers, iPhoto, and iMovie.


Features of the MacBook Pro and MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Like its desktop counterpart, the MacBook Pro begins at in the low $1,000 range. It boasts a streamlined aluminium exterior unibody and is the perfect companion for any user who may be seeking a more portable computer.

Getting to Know the MacBook Pro

The MacBook Pro is available in a 13.3-inch (approximately 33.78 centimetres) display. The core is i5 or i7 dual-core Intel, it offers 8 GB memory and a 1TB hard drive with 5400-rpm and HD Intel Graphics. Two USB 3 Ports are standard in the MacBook Pro, which also includes a FireWire 800 port, in addition to MagSafe 2 and Thunderbolt ports. Both 802.11n Wi-Fi and 4.0 Bluetooth round out the MacBook's connectivity capabilities.

MacBook Pro With Retina Display

The Retina Display model is perfect for anyone in the market for a more crisp display, and who is able to spend about A $200 more than the price of the standard MacBook Pro. It also offers two choices of display sizes -- the 13.3-inch as the standard MacBook Pro offers -- and the Retina Display is available in a 15.4-inch (or about 39.12 centimetres) size. It houses an Intel quad-core processor, up to 16GB of memory and 1TB flash storage. Like the standard model, it boasts all of the same ports (USB, MagSafe and Thunderbolt), plus an HDMI. 802.11ac Wi-Fi is included, along with 4.0 Bluetooth and Gigabit Ethernet.

Iris Graphics are standard in the 13.3-inch display, while GDDR5 memory is part of the 15.4-inch display's package, plus NVIDIA GeForce GT 750 M graphics. USB SuperDrive is additionally an available option.

Like the iMac, both models in the MacBook Pro come with the same operating system (OS X Yosemite) and the diverse applications for word processing, presentations, and photo, movie, and audio creations. Each of the MacBook varieties houses a backlit keyboard for convenient use anywhere, plus the Multi-Touch Trackpad and FaceTime HD Camera.


What Differentiates Retina Display?

The pixel density is what makes a retina display so alluring, in that millions more colours are bolder and burst onto the screen with each view. Text is crisper on the retina display and there is a reduction in glare versus the regular models. Retina display models offer four times the amount of pixels.

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