High end 21.5" vs low end 27.5"

Discussion in 'iMac' started by AppleLou, May 9, 2011.

  1. AppleLou macrumors newbie

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    I know the 21.5" scored a little higher on the benchmarks, but if you guys had the choice which one would you choose?

    The 21.5" inc. student discount: £1099.20
    The 27" inc. student discount: £1231.20

    (Yes, they are pretty darn expensive in the UK)

    So that's £132 difference for a 5.5" increase in screen size and a little less gpu performance.

    Just wondering which YOU guys would prefer to have and why.
     
  2. Mobius 1 macrumors 6502

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    more GPU.

    personally, a 21 inch is close enough.
     
  3. hamean macrumors member

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    The reason I bought an imac and not a MBP is for the screen real estate. The 27 allows two FULL side by side pages to be displayed. It seems well worth it to me for the modest increase and price. If space isn't an issue, then I would definitely get the 27. Also, remember the 27 comes with two thunderbolt ports, so if you got a USB3 dongle in a few months and then also an external drive with Thunderbolt connection you'd be able to plug both in without having to worry about chaining.

    they're basically going to perform identically. If you're a heavy gamer, the higher resolution of the base 27 may detract from its value to you, but then again you should get the high 27 in that case.
     
  4. iStudentUK macrumors 65816

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    The extra £132 is not much more considering the extra screen size. The 27" is a beast!

    When I was a student I moved around a lot, packing up my stuff each year and cramming it in my parent's car, so consider that too!

    Does the small GPU hit really matter? It won't be that much.

    Even though I wouldn't need a 27" I'd be tempted at that price.

    Remember, UK HE students get 3 years warranty as standard online, not in store though.See here
     
  5. AppleLou thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Luckily I live at home and not away, so I wont have to move the mac anywhere.

    For the past week I have been debating a macbook pro, but for my university course I draw a lot and the MBP would probably just be a distraction for lectures. Also, I have a DSi for travel.. So no need for one there.

    Yeah I noticed they get the 3 year warranty, is it the same as apple care?

    and I do really fancy the 27".. I saw it and my mouth dropped at how great it looked.

    Good views so far guys, keep them coming!
     
  6. iStudentUK macrumors 65816

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    It is very similar to AppleCare, there is some doubt on whether it is worldwide etc. More details in the thread I linked, it tells you what to expect.
     
  7. AppleLou thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok man, thanks for the info!
     
  8. corvus32 macrumors 6502a

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    Take the difference in price and upgrade the 21.5" with the 2.8GHz i7 option. You can always add a larger external display later through Tbolt.
     
  9. AppleLou thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That just sounds like a complete waste of money to me.

    Sure the addition of the i7 alone probably makes the two models the same price, and adding a GOOD screen later (probably around £220) here would just blow budget.

    Would just go for the top model 27" if I could do that.
     
  10. AppleLou thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oh my..

    Just measured my HDTV in my room and that's 26". The iMac is going to blow it away!

    Now if only I could stream sky tv + xbox 360 through the iMac..
     
  11. corvus32 macrumors 6502a

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    Then why are you even considering the base model 27"? It's the same price.
     
  12. AppleLou thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What?

    The high end 21.5" + the i7 upgrade = the same price as the base 27" and only scores a mere 250 higher than the base 27".

    Adding in the screen would throw it up an extra £220.
     
  13. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    It boils down to how important the larger screen is to your needs. My wife just got a 21.5" mid-level since she didn't need a large screen for what she does. After using a 14" Wintel laptop at home and a 19' monitor at work, the iMac 21.5 was plenty big. Getting the 1TB drive was more important than screen real estate.
     
  14. corvus32 macrumors 6502a

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    A nice external display has value of its own. You can't include its cost with the iMac's cost of ownership. It can be used again with your next Mac.

    Perhaps you have a second display already, or have no need for one or even a 27" screen for that matter? In that case, the extra speed of the i7 in a 21.5" might be worth it depending on what you do.
     

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