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Old Jan 5, 2012, 02:40 PM   #1
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Advice...iMac or Mac Mini?

I have an older core 2 duo white imac that is on its last leg and am thinking about getting a new iMac. I currently have a dell laptop for work and iPad 2. I like to keep business separate from personal, so my iMac and iPad are good means for that. My question is, should I get another iMac or should I get a mac mini? Or should I even get a macbook air? I have one 20 inch dell monitor that I extend out from the iMac or my work laptop. The only thing I use my iMac for is to hold my music, photos, and plug USB devices in. I do not need much computing power.

What would you do? Thanks in advance

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Old Jan 5, 2012, 02:44 PM   #2
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Only you can decide if you need portability, a built-in display or the various other features of your choices. It's easy to recommend one over the other, but you are the only one who knows what your specific needs are.

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Old Jan 5, 2012, 02:47 PM   #3
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Thanks. I don't really need a portable option, as I have my iPad for that.
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Old Jan 5, 2012, 02:54 PM   #4
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I was sorta faced with a similar decision last week. I ended up going with the iMac as it was on sale and imo a much better deal. Its got a quad core processor and better graphics. The display is amazing, plus it comes with the keyboard and mouse. Just 1 cord to plug in and you are done. If portability is the biggest issue then by all means go with the mini, but if bang for your buck is your concern the iMac is hard to beat.
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Old Jan 5, 2012, 03:15 PM   #5
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If you got the cash, iMac.
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Old Jan 5, 2012, 04:40 PM   #6
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Only you can decide if you need portability, a built-in display or the various other features of your choices. It's easy to recommend one over the other, but you are the only one who knows what your specific needs are.

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What do you mean if you need portability? They're both desktop machines?
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Old Jan 5, 2012, 04:53 PM   #7
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If the iPad takes care of your portability needs, then I wouldn't get the Air.

I love the resolution of the iMac screen, but hate the glare off of the glass. But that depends a lot on your environment.

For $1700 (starting price for 27" iMac), i'd expect a mouse and keyboard.

If you like the monitor of the iMac, then it's not a bad deal. Lots of monitors that size and resolution are $1,000 or more.

If you have a monitor that you like, and a mouse, and a keyboard, then I'd say get the Mac Mini. Use the $1,000 on other things.
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Old Jan 5, 2012, 03:32 PM   #8
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The only thing I use my iMac for is to hold my music, photos, and plug USB devices in. I do not need much computing power.
I would suggest an iMac, because it's so much more awesome, but in your case I'd say just get a mac mini.

If you have the extra $$$ to waste though, get an iMac because it's pretty.
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Old Jan 5, 2012, 03:52 PM   #9
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Money says iMac - unless you hate the glossy screens and cannot redesign your house to minimise reflections.

I had an iMac, hated the reflection (along with the noise and dust under the glass) so it went back. Not regretted it to be honest. Typically an LCD screen will out live a computer, so I think buying them separately is an advantage.
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Money says iMac - unless you hate the glossy screens and cannot redesign your house to minimise reflections.

I had an iMac, hated the reflection (along with the noise and dust under the glass) so it went back. Not regretted it to be honest. Typically an LCD screen will out live a computer, so I think buying them separately is an advantage.
What noise?
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What noise?
Yeah, what noise? My iMac is incredibly quiet. FWIW - I love my iMac display, it is amazing.
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Yeah, what noise? My iMac is incredibly quiet. FWIW - I love my iMac display, it is amazing.
Same here that was the single biggest factor in my going with an imac vs mac mini. When i looked at other monitors they paled in comparison. The resolution of the imac has actually reduced my headaches from eye strain. Its quite remarkable actually.
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Old Jan 5, 2012, 04:25 PM   #13
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The iMac is generally a really good deal since it comes with a screen, keyboard, mouse which the mini excludes. But if you already have a monitor, the mini could save a fair amount of money.
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I have an older core 2 duo white imac that is on its last leg and am thinking about getting a new iMac. I currently have a dell laptop for work and iPad 2. I like to keep business separate from personal, so my iMac and iPad are good means for that. My question is, should I get another iMac or should I get a mac mini? Or should I even get a macbook air? I have one 20 inch dell monitor that I extend out from the iMac or my work laptop. The only thing I use my iMac for is to hold my music, photos, and plug USB devices in. I do not need much computing power.

What would you do? Thanks in advance
I had been a Windows PC guy for 30 years with the exception of every new iPad as it came out. I now have a 21.5 inch iMac and love it! Believe it or not, space really isn't an issue! Have a Rolltop Oak Desk and though it would fit there don't use it. I have a wooden mobile tray/table (think hospital table) and I placed the iMac on foot supported end (for weight safety) and made a small keyboard/trackpad holder in my shop. About 10 minutes work with BASIC TOOLS. Now they sit together on it like the commercial version that costs $30+ bucks. My cost, nothing....scrap wood/ 10 minutes/ and an idea!
Also spent $27 bucks on an infrared/transmitter set of headphones to keep my wife happy if I was watching YouTube or another video!
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Old May 2, 2012, 06:39 PM   #15
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P went through the same debate 2 months ago. Most everything has been said, but this, which was the deciding factor for me:

Longevity, or how far can it go? Seems the mini won't go past Lion. The 2009/10/11 iMacs can still go.

FWIW
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