For my dad: Will a base 21.5 16Gb 256Gb SSD become too slow too soon?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by sjn419, Jun 8, 2017.

  1. sjn419, Jun 8, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2017

    sjn419 macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2010
    I want to get my dad this instead of a Dell like he always gets. Was going to get the mini but since it hasn't been refreshed idk if thats a good idea. Can't spend more than 1500. Base comes with 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor. I need something that will perform well for at least 4 years.
  2. redheeler, Jun 8, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2017

    redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    It depends how your dad plans to use it, but for basic everyday usage (web browsing, documents, light photo editing, etc.), I can see that iMac working fine for 4 years.

    Edit: Spending the extra $200 to step up to the iMac with Retina 4K display may be worth it though, especially because of the 4K display and the difference in crispness it offers with text, high-res images, MacOS GUI, etc.
  3. sjn419 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2010
    Oh wow, I didn't realize base wasn't retina :/
  4. colodane macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2012
    Yes, the mid range retina is a big step up. I would recommend it if your budget allows. To answer the question posed in your title: The 256 GB SSD will be blazingly fast "forever". It won't slow down. The more relevant question is will he run out of space. I have a 256 GB SSD in my present iMac and it is wonderful. I still have a total of only 100 GB on it. But make an estimate as to the size of your Dad's library (photos, movies, etc) over the next 5 years and see if it will fit. If so, the 256 GB SSD is an excellent choice.

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