iMac and Damn fine HP 32 inch monitor for less than the cost of a 5k

Discussion in 'iMac' started by onecoolazzgeek, Feb 22, 2015.

  1. onecoolazzgeek, Feb 22, 2015
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2015

    onecoolazzgeek macrumors member

    Mar 10, 2010
    So, I was going to buy the 5K iMac after saying my gaming PC and raising about $2000. After lots of searching, I found an open box at Best Buy for $2114. At the same time, I also saw that they had an open box non-retina 27 (with two small dents in the lower left corner of the front) for $1310. Not wanting to pass up a good deal, I looked around for something to make my brain say "It's OK not to go Retina" when I found that another Best Buy in the area had the HP Envy 32 monitor for $479. I had no clue what that monitor was but, after reading reviews and specs, I was sold:

    32 inches
    10000000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio (3000:1 Static)
    1 x DisplayPort 1.2
    2 x HDMI
    1 x MHL
    2 x Front facing 6-watt speakers with beats audio
    Remote control for input/volume control
    Aluminum base to match the iMac
    (Most Importanty) the same 2560x1440 resolution as the iMac

    After buying these two things, and adding 4gb of ram I had laying around the house to make my total 12gb, I've setup my new office and enjoying some lovely multitasking.

    TL;DR: I was going to get a 5K iMac but was pleasantly surprised with cheaper Quad-HD dual monitor setup (which is still cheaper with my open box deal or not).

    Pic of my new digs (Amiibos in tow):
    [​IMG]Desk setup by onecoolazzgeek, on Flickr
  2. Starry macrumors member


    Jul 18, 2011
    My jaw dropped when you said you found a 27" for $1310!!! Wow! Congrats on your new computer! Is it the latest model as well?

    Edit; the cheapest I found within a 50 mile radius was $1600 :O
  3. Astelith macrumors regular

    Oct 10, 2014
    Well done for the money saved and a good system, but you can't compare this system to a retina.
  4. redheeler macrumors 603


    Oct 17, 2014

    Also, the pixels on that 32" are huge :eek:
  5. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    Yeah, can't compare to a retina but still a good system. Congrats!
  6. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    What are the specs on the 27"?

    I like your setup a lot!

    I've been trying to convince myself to get a dual monitor setup but I have no reason or need for it. Just something I want.
  7. johnnyturbouk macrumors 68000


    Feb 9, 2011
    on the yellow [oled] brick road to tech nirvana.
    Really nice set-up OP.

    I am waiting for the 2nd gen RiMac, and will couple this with my dell ultrasharp screen - 27" IPS, cant wait to have dual screen.
    I decided, after much careful deliberation, to pass on the current 5K imac.

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