Re: IMAC or macbook pro - advise from Mac users please!
I did mean 'no issues'. Indeed.
That is a very capable machine. The i5 is a very good processor so I don't anticipate any issues there. The graphics card isn't particularly good and can't be upgraded but should be ok for most things. I can edit video fine on mine and it's running an older card - the only place where it struggles is gaming when I use my Windows partition so that's a non-issue really.
Apple just use standard HDDs. There's no reason why you couldn't upgrade it provided you had an OS to install. The only difference between using a 5400 and a 7200 is that the battery life will slightly decrease with a 7200 drive.
It might be worth thinking about buying yourself a good-sized external monitor. I use an external monitor for a lot of my work, even though a 15" is a good size. I find having a larger screen helps a lot for some of the work I do.