A few questions - before buying...

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Spike88, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. Spike88 macrumors 6502a

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    Within the next 5 days, I'm going to buy:

    21.5" Display - Due to limited desk / over head hutch opening size.
    3.20GHz Intel Core i3
    4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
    1TB Serial ATA Drive
    ATI Radeon HD 5670 512MB GDDR3 SDRAM
    8x double-layer SuperDrive
    Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (English) & User's Guide
    Magic Mouse + Magic Trackpad
    iWork preinstalled

    Was told for "general home computing" the i5 CPU isn't really financially worth it. I read the i3 chip will do just fine - for average home usage demands. And, money saved on the i3 (instead of the i5) can be used on external Hard Disk (for Time Machine backups) instead.


    With above in mind, here's my questions:

    A - Is it better to buy at my local Apple Store or from Online Apple Store? I can do either - since I work at home. And, apple store is "down the road" as well.

    B - My wife wants the larger size keyboard (with numberic pad on its right side). Thus, we'll be ordering the larger sized "wired" keyboard instead. Anyone have the larger size Apple keyboard? How do you like it? Or, should I buy a 3rd party larger size "wired" keyboard - that's certified to work on the Apple brand instead?

    C - To me, its Magic (wireless) TrackPad looks like a great idea. Especially since its wireless and can be moved around. Is this "touch pad" better then a mouse? Would one use it more then a mouse?

    Thanks for your thoughts / experience....

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  2. Dwhite78 macrumors regular

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    The wired aluminum keyboard is an engeineering marvel. I love this keyboard!
    I hate when i have to use clunky creaky plastic keyboards.
     
  3. 314631 macrumors 6502a

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    I use the full sized wired keyboard on my iMac. It's decent but I would be lying if I said it's the best keyboard I have ever owned. Certainly Microsoft makes better keyboards IMO and logitech aren't far behind them either.

    I gave the Apple wireless one to my girlfriend I can't stand it.
     

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