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Old Jun 24, 2014, 12:21 PM   #1
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Best Buy Selling New Entry-Level iMac for $830 With EDU Discount




Best Buy is now offering the new entry-level iMac for $979.99, a $120 discount off its standard price of $1099. Combined with the recent educational discount that takes an additional $150 off the price of Apple iMacs and MacBooks, the new iMac model can be purchased by qualifying customers for just $829.99.

While the $980 sale price is available to all customers until June 28, the extra $150 discount is part of Best Buy's current College Student Deals that run until July 12. You need a valid .edu email address and must sign up at Best Buy's website to be eligible for the extra student discount on all iMac and MacBook models.

The new entry-level 21.5-inch iMac includes a 1.4GHz dual-core Intel i5 processor, a 500GB hard drive, 8GB of memory, and an Intel HD 5000 Graphics chip. The new iMac ships with the same ultra-low voltage Intel processor used in the current MacBook Air and scores similarly on benchmarks.

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Old Jun 24, 2014, 12:23 PM   #2
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Add the 10% moving coupon, that's $746.99. Not bad.
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Old Jun 24, 2014, 12:23 PM   #3
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Darn, still not the $799 sweet spot that everyone was quoting the other day.
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Old Jun 24, 2014, 12:23 PM   #4
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$830 makes far more sense for those specs.
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Old Jun 24, 2014, 12:27 PM   #5
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Doesn't this model use the same processor as the MacBook Air? That would make the MBA a better deal, right?
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Doesn't this model use the same processor as the MacBook Air? That would make the MBA a better deal, right?
Yes to the processor. But for someone who wants the large screen and doesn't need portability, it isn't horrible. If you get an Air, you still would need a keyboard, mouse and monitor if you set it up as a desktop.
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Doesn't this model use the same processor as the MacBook Air? That would make the MBA a better deal, right?
Expect for the bigger screen and having different purposes that may or may not fit in with your own...

So no, not exactly.
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Old Jun 24, 2014, 12:30 PM   #8
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What luck. I ordered a refurb 21.5" 2.7GHz quad-core machine for $1099 that is scheduled to be delivered today....
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Old Jun 24, 2014, 12:31 PM   #9
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Doesn't this model use the same processor as the MacBook Air? That would make the MBA a better deal, right?
Potentially, but this comes with more storage space (albeit at the cost of a sluggish HDD), a little more RAM than the base MBA and a 21.5" display -- the latter of which the MBA definitely doesn't have

Still overpriced for what it is, though.
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MSRP is now the "standard price." And you heard it here first.
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Doesn't this model use the same processor as the MacBook Air? That would make the MBA a better deal, right?
same ultra book class different processor. Yup.
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Darn, still not the $799 sweet spot that everyone was quoting the other day.
They will throw in MS office for pennies
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Old Jun 24, 2014, 12:47 PM   #13
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I might pick this up at Best Buy and return the refurb I ordered (as much as I hate Best Buy).

It's only going to be used for the kids and their homework, so the older processor isn't an issue.

Hmm... decisions, decisions...
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I think this was the intended purpose of this iMac all along.
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Old Jun 24, 2014, 12:52 PM   #15
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Add the 10% moving coupon, that's $746.99. Not bad.
What is this 10% moving coupon? I'm intreguied.

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I might pick this up at Best Buy and return the refurb I ordered (as much as I hate Best Buy).

It's only going to be used for the kids and their homework, so the older processor isn't an issue.

Hmm... decisions, decisions...
What did you order specs wise and what did you pay?
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Potentially, but this comes with more storage space (albeit at the cost of a sluggish HDD), a little more RAM than the base MBA and a 21.5" display -- the latter of which the MBA definitely doesn't have

Still overpriced for what it is, though.
For my money, I'd buy a refurbished 11" Air (~$700) and plug it into a 1080p monitor (~$120) at home for around the same total price, maybe a small external USB drive to round out the package. A messier solution than the iMac, but you also get a highly portable laptop in the deal.
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Old Jun 24, 2014, 12:55 PM   #17
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What is this 10% moving coupon? I'm intreguied.

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What did you order specs wise and what did you pay?
I got what is now the 'mid' 21.5" for $1099:

2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5
8GB memory
1TB hard drive
Intel Iris Pro Graphics
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And what of the higher end machines? Can similar discounts be applies to those?
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For my money, I'd buy a refurbished 11" Air (~$700) and plug it into a 1080p monitor (~$120) at home for around the same total price, maybe a small external USB drive to round out the package. A messier solution than the iMac, but you also get a highly portable laptop in the deal.
You would still need a Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter, but yeah, that's an option.
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And what of the higher end machines? Can similar discounts be applies to those?
The $150 edu discount applies to them too
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Old Jun 24, 2014, 02:12 PM   #21
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Well, that's getting close to what the thing should have been priced at in the first place.
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I might pick this up at Best Buy and return the refurb I ordered (as much as I hate Best Buy).

It's only going to be used for the kids and their homework, so the older processor isn't an issue.

Hmm... decisions, decisions...
I certainly would. If you use the .edu discount, and go to the Post Office for the 10% off Best Buy coupon, you could save yourself a couple hundred bucks.
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I might pick this up at Best Buy and return the refurb I ordered (as much as I hate Best Buy).

It's only going to be used for the kids and their homework, so the older processor isn't an issue.

Hmm... decisions, decisions...
This is a perfect solution for that. A good, all in one computer at a good price. Perfect to have in the family room not just for the kids but everyone!
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Potentially, but this comes with more storage space (albeit at the cost of a sluggish HDD), a little more RAM than the base MBA and a 21.5" display -- the latter of which the MBA definitely doesn't have

Still overpriced for what it is, though.
LOL...but...which apple product is NOT overpriced though...
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I certainly would. If you use the .edu discount, and go to the Post Office for the 10% off Best Buy coupon, you could save yourself a couple hundred bucks.
Can you stack those two discounts?
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