Posted 02 June 2015 - 06:29 AM
I made the switch to a Mac after graduating and haven't looked back. They are expensive, but they are easy to use. If you're looking to get one for a lower price you might look into refurbished models or older models (last time I checked the apple website, it was still possible to order the older MacBook pro).
And there are a few differences between the iMac (desktop version) and the MacBook (laptop version), the most obvious being the size of the computer. Is portability a must for you? If yes, go for the laptop. Are you going to be using the computer for general day to day tasks (email, browse the web, etc.) or are you going to be using graphic intensive programs? For graphic intensive things I would elect the iMac over the MacBook Pro. And lastly, are you wanting a screen larger than 17" or does something 13-17" work for you?
Glad to hear of your interest in purchasing a Mac!