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iMac and iPad v. Macbook Pro- Accounting graduate

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blakefromky Calculating status...
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Dec 9, 2012 4:56 PM

I am an accounting student about to graduate from college.  I'm going to be a bookkeeper at graduation.  I already have an iPad, but I need a new computer.  Would you suggest and iMac or Macbook Pro?  Thanks!

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,015 points)

    Do you want or need it to be portable? If not, I'd consider an iMac. Having said that, I am fortunate that I am not in the market for the new ones coming out for several reasons - I recently purchased a refurbished top of the line unit at the Apple store.


    You really need to compare the specs to see what appeals to you more or might do what you need more effciently. You have to live with your decision, so you need to make it.

  • BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (10,570 points)

    You are comparing apples (pun not intended) and oranges. One is a portable computer the other is not. Both will do bookkeeping and even install Windows if needed in your profession. So the decision comes down to portability.

  • BobHarris Level 6 Level 6 (12,500 points)

    If you are going to be chained to your desk, then an iMac (a 27" if you want lots of screen real estate) would serve your needs.


    But if you need to visit customer sites, or you will be working in office, but using your own equipment, then I would go with a 15" Macbook Pro.


    If you still need screen real estate, then get an inexpensive 24" 1080p monitor.  Maybe even an external keyboard and trackpad just so they are at a convenient ergometric position for long term use.  That will give you 2 screens when at your desk, but give you the portability to use your system and have your data anywhere you need to be.


    If you are going to have customer sensitive data on your system, I would suggest using FileVault whole disk encryption to protect that data should you loose control of your computer.


    No matter what you do, plan on including backups.  Again if customer sensitive data being backed up, use a FileVault encrypted external disk, or an encrypted backup.


    A good backup strategy, is called 3-2-1.  3 copies of all data (this includes the original).  2 different formats (that means use 2 different backup methods).  1 copy off-site (if there is a natural disaster, fire, theft, etc... an offset backup helps protect you against that - again encrypted before it leaves your Mac).


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