21.5 iMac is a waste of money (at the moment)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by aar2697, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. aar2697 macrumors member

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    Check out the 2.93 GHz 24 inch iMac for $1299 on macmall.com. Just google it to get to it faster.

    Advantage:
    Similar graphics card, $200 cheaper (4670 21.5)
    Way better graphics card, just $100 more (base model)
    Larger display
    No yellow screen problem
    Sturdier pedestal thing

    Disadvantages:
    3.06 to 2.93 GHz
    No LED backlighting
    Larger bottom chin thing

    If you're concerned about MacMall, I ordered my iPod touch and iMac from them and their service was excellant. They also send you a magazine every month I think with some cool deals.
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    One further disadvantage is it only has 2 RAM slots vs the 4 in the 21.5"
     
  3. Horus macrumors regular

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    Well i don't think so, the only real disadvantage is that the 21.5 has 3 MB of L2, while the 24 has 6 MB.

    The 200 bucks difference is even smaller, if you consider this:

    +The 21.5 has the Magic Mouse and The Wireless Keyboard.
    +The 21.5 has Mac OS X 10.6
    +The 21.5 can hold 16 GB of RAM.
    +The 21.5 has 1 TB of HDD.
    +The 21.5 has a SD slot.

    BTW, you can get a Refurbished 21.5 w/ ATI 4670 for $1,299.
     
  4. Abyssgh0st macrumors 68000

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    I've got the 3.06GHz 21.5" iMac it it is a far better deal than that 24".

    I got mine from Apple as a refurb for $999 and have no yellow tint, no iSight dead pixels, no flickering, nothing.

    My display is superior to that one, it can hold more RAM, I got a free wireless keyboard and magic mouse (which I sold as a package for $125, essentially making the price of my machine $125 less than $999). You didn't even mention the SD slot, which as a photographer I use on a daily basis.

    And 3 MB of L2 instead of 6? I could care less.
     
  5. aar2697 thread starter macrumors member

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    Can someone post a lolcat that has something like "Pwned"? Because I just got Pwned.
     
  6. InfoSecmgr Guest

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    $999 with the 9400m
     
  7. aar2697 thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm looking at the same exact thing now but with GT130. It's on promopointe.com. It's about $1223. It doesn't seem fake, but if we get ripped off we'll get a refund and if that doesn't work I'm reporting them to the law officials.
     
  8. pagansoul macrumors 65816

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    He He. I'm looking at the 27" iMac myself but am waiting to see what appears next week.
     

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  9. Habitus macrumors 6502a

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    I completely agree, aar2697. I'd never purchase this iMac; it's simply not worth it. However, I can see the value if you're a basic user who does not plan to upgrade.

    Habitus :apple:
     
  10. disconap macrumors 68000

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    I would if I could afford it.

    And for those waiting for Monday, they just updated the high end imac with the i5/i7 so I doubt the top tier will change. I can see the low end switching to i3/i5 maybe?
     
  11. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    100% not going to happen.

    And why Monday?

    Apple even is the 27th, a Wednesday.
     
  12. disconap macrumors 68000

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    Sorry, in my sleep deprived state I read "next week" as "monday". REALLY need to get more than 2 hours a night...
     
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  14. disconap macrumors 68000

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    Without knowing what you need it for none of us can really say. If you can afford it and want it, go for it, you won't be disappointed, it's a very high end machine.
     
  15. greg555 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm looking at the 21.5" and 24" iMacs on the Canadian refurb site at $1349.

    The 24" seems more tempting due to the bigger screen and lower pixel density (for these old eyes). But the 21.5" is tempting due to the bigger HD (1TB versus 640GB), more room for RAM expansion, plus the SD slot. A minor downside of the 21.5" is the keyboard (no number pad).

    Either would be great I'm sure.

    Greg
     
  16. Consultant macrumors G5

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    promopointe.com looks fake.
     
  17. JonTok macrumors newbie

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    The 21.5 iMac is completely perfect for me - it sits low on the desk so it actually looks smaller than the old 20 inch and yet the screen for films and photos is perfect. The old 24 inch looks colossal and I don't want colossal. 8 GB RAM? Pah, 4 is enough for me. Each to his own, right?
     

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