Decisions decisions decisions, help me.. :)

Discussion in 'iMac' started by djrobsd, Oct 26, 2012.


What solution should I go with?

  1. Get the 27" new iMac

    9 vote(s)
  2. Get the a refurb 27" 2011 iMac from Apple

    4 vote(s)
  3. Get the Thunderbolt display and a new Mac Mini

    2 vote(s)
  4. Other (explain in thread)

    1 vote(s)
  1. djrobsd macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2008
    These threads are so annoying, I know, but I'm having a tough time deciding what the best route to go is now after hearing of the iMac launch. Here's my situation...

    My BF and I just moved in together after dating for a couple years. He has a 2010 21" iMac, but I can't hook my retina macbook pro up to it, since Apple omitted the target display mode feature from the 21" model, and didn't add it until the newer year. We only have room for one desk in our apartment obviously, but I work from home 2 days a week... I need a big monitor to hook my Retina Macbook Pro up to so I can work. He got an iPad a while back, and so He never uses his Imac any more except to keep his 100 gig music library in iTunes, and he's already told me we can get rid of his iMac as long as I give him something to keep his music on.

    So, I'm torn between these options:
    -Sell the iMac and get a Mac Mini for his music, and the Thunderbolt Display for the office. The Mac Mini actually has better specs then his current iMac.

    -Sell the iMac and wait until December for the 27" to be released and buy that. The 27" seems like over kill, but when you factor in the cost of the $599 Mac Mini and the cost of the Thunderbolt display it's kind of a wash. I can get a refurb TB display for like $829 and $599 for the Mac Mini and come out ahead, and not have to wait until December.

    -Sell the 21" iMac and buy a 2011 Refurb 27" iMac. This would allow me to hook my MBP up, and allow us more display room.. And cheaper then getting the new 27" iMac - but would be sacrificing the faster processor, USB3, etc.. However, the older iMac still has an optical drive and I use that a lot. Aesthetics are NOT important as you will NEVER be able to tell it's the new Imac the way my desk is setup at home, it's in a nook so you can't see the sides of the back of the computer anyway.

    All these decisions come with pros and cons, I think I would be happy with them all. The thunderbolt display is nice because it will allow Facetime with the lid closed on my laptop and all the periphreals will work, whereas a new 27" imac in target display mode will not pass through all the connected periphreals of the camera, speakers, and mic. But the Thunderbolt display only has USB2.. Not a biggie because I can just plug my hard drive into the macbook pro's USB3 port, i usually take the drive with me anyway.

    I do kind of wonder though, if I wait for the 27" iMac, would i even want to use my laptop when I'm at home? I would just install all my work programs on my 27" imac and use that at home. But then I would need to come up with some sort of cloud-syncing solution to keep the docs on my laptop synced with my home computer...

    So many decisions, they all have various pros and cons associated with them. The Retina Macbook Pro is already so powerful that I question the need to get another high powered computer, but I really do want the 27 inch monitor when working from home.
  2. #2
    Wait for updated thunderbolt display.

    Until then suffer through using your 15" rMBP on its own :rolleyes:
  3. dndlnx macrumors 6502


    Dec 9, 2010
    If it's between an iMac and Mac Mini + ACD. I think an iMac is a better value, and looks nicer. With the latter you're still getting a mobile processor, in a non-mobile form factor. In other words, what the iMac used to be.
  4. ihuman:D macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2012
    And Intel HD4000 .
  5. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    Mini + Thunderbolt display. And you can hand an external on the Mini to backup your computer (and the media on the mini) as a bonus.
  6. dndlnx macrumors 6502


    Dec 9, 2010
    That too, I have no doubt it could drive 2560x1440 alright. But I wouldn't try anything too fancy. Even the best offered discrete graphics for the Mac Mini, aren't anything to write home about.
  7. djrobsd thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2008
    Oh, so the external hard drive can act like a time capsule to the mini? That's pretty cool, especially now that wi-fi is 5GHZ. LOL

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