Best Buy Selling New Entry-Level iMac for $830 With EDU Discount

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    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.

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    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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    Article Link: Best Buy Selling New Entry-Level iMac for $830 With EDU Discount
     
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    Add the 10% moving coupon, that's $746.99. Not bad.
     
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    Darn, still not the $799 sweet spot that everyone was quoting the other day. :p
     
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 :D

    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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    same ultra book class different processor. Yup.
     
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    They will throw in MS office for pennies
     
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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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    What is this 10% moving coupon? I'm intreguied.

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    What did you order specs wise and what did you pay?
     
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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.
     
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    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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    You would still need a Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter, but yeah, that's an option.
     
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    The $150 edu discount applies to them too
     
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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 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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    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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    LOL...but...which apple product is NOT overpriced though...
     
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    Can you stack those two discounts?
     

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