macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 2, 2019
Please help ! down to these two , I prefer a bigger screen , but if it's generally a better computer.
I will sacrifice the size of the screen !

Here are the specs of the two iMacs

Late 2013 iMac 21.5 , 1.12 tab fusion drive, 8gb ram 3.1 ghz i7
850$ Canadian or 640$ US


Mid 2011 iMac 27' , 256 ssd , 8gb ram , 2.5ghz i5
510$ Canadian or 385$ US

I like the 2013 model, I went and tested it out , it's fast , I'm just worried if I'm using apps the 8gb ram won't be enough and hard to upgrade on this model , where with the 2011 I can easily upgrade that model to 16gb , and this computer is way cheaper then the 2013 I looked at . I havnt seen it yet , but person told me its in excellent condition , the 2013 model was used in a store , the 2011 was used for an editing student , if thst helps

macrumors 6502
Jun 9, 2019
I myself would not go for the 2011 one because of usb2 ports.There are places that would service it if you did have a problem with it.Iwould never use Apple for repair far to exspencive.


macrumors 68000
Apr 27, 2011
The 1tb fusion drives have a SSD that is too small for good performance. Either go with a pure SSD or one with the 2 or 3 tb fusion. I have a problem with the larger screen sizes due to my need for bifocals. I have to tilt my head too much to see the top of the screen.


macrumors P6
Feb 20, 2009
NEITHER of the above.

Look for something 27", 2013 or later (later is preferable).

You want the 27" display AND USB3.