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Old Jan 19, 2013, 11:35 AM   #1
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Buying an iMac for my Grandfather

My Grandfarther has had the same windows machine for 10 years and is in deparate need for an upgrade.
The family is wanting to buy him new one and we are looking into an imac. Whats the cheapest way of buying one, not necessarily the latest model but preferably new.

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Old Jan 19, 2013, 11:39 AM   #2
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My Grandfarther has had the same windows machine for 10 years and is in deparate need for an upgrade.
The family is wanting to buy him new one and we are looking into an imac. Whats the cheapest way of buying one, not necessarily the latest model but preferably new.

Thanks
I would say get him a refurb previous gen. 21.5. Great machine and a good price. The refurbs are machines that people returned for some reason. Apple cleans them up and fixes them if needed, then sells them. Nice saving and the same warranty as a new machine.
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Old Jan 19, 2013, 11:41 AM   #3
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I would say get him a refurb previous gen. 21.5. Great machine and a good price. The refurbs are machines that people returned for some reason. Apple cleans them up and fixes them if needed, then sells them. Nice saving and the same warranty as a new machine.
Thank you very much! but im in the UK
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Thank you very much! but im in the UK
Then you have to check here at least daily for refurbished iMacs, or go the eBay route.
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Then you have to check here at least daily for refurbished iMacs, or go the eBay route.

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Old Jan 19, 2013, 04:02 PM   #6
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My Grandfarther has had the same windows machine for 10 years and is in deparate need for an upgrade.
The family is wanting to buy him new one and we are looking into an imac. Whats the cheapest way of buying one, not necessarily the latest model but preferably new.

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Quite frankly, because I am also old (very old), I would suggest a Mini hooked up to a 22 - 24 inch Matte screen with a resolution no greater than 1080p.

It's the eyes, believe me!
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Old Jan 19, 2013, 05:12 PM   #7
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Quite frankly, because I am also old (very old), I would suggest a Mini hooked up to a 22 - 24 inch Matte screen with a resolution no greater than 1080p.

It's the eyes, believe me!
If the eyes get really bad get a 27" iMac and check this article:

http://hints.macworld.com/article.ph...10805141544753

You can change the display from 2560 x 1440 to 1280 x 720 retina display, so everything is really big but without losing any quality.
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If the eyes get really bad get a 27" iMac and check this article:

http://hints.macworld.com/article.ph...10805141544753

You can change the display from 2560 x 1440 to 1280 x 720 retina display, so everything is really big but without losing any quality.
Glossy screen - deal killer! Glasses can fix sight problems, but accentuate glare.

I have two Dell 2209WAs, which are EPS, matte, with a resolution of 1680 x 1050, and find them to be perfect for my needs.
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Buy you dad an iPad 4 3g. Not an iPad mini the screen is too small. My parents are in theirs 80s and they where never happy with a computer. I gave them an iPad and they just love it. The best thing I could teach them over the phone as they live 300 miles away. The whole family pays for their Internet connection yearly.
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