iMac to complement Macbook

Discussion in 'iMac' started by crucius, Dec 30, 2015.

  1. crucius macrumors regular

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    Hi everyone!

    I'm a proud owner of a Macbook (12'') that is perfectly fine to do what I want to do with it (i'm a graduate student in social sciences). However, I find it a bit annoying to connect it when I get to the lab and I would be much happier with a dedicated iMac there (instead of having to use the Windows PC installed there). However, I simply can't afford a new iMac. Thus, can you help me choose an iMac with a perfect balance of price and capabilities? I cannot spend more than 1000 dollars and I'm used to working on a 24'' screen.
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    Why not get an external monitor and use that with your MacBook?
     
  3. crucius thread starter macrumors regular

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    Because I don't want to be plugging and unplugging the Mac, and because I would prefer leaving the Macbook at home.
     
  4. desmond2046 macrumors regular

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    Your requirements:
    1. Desktop
    2. OS X instead of Windows
    3. Under $1000
    4. 24" display

    Since you are happy with Macbook, I am assuming you are not a power user.

    Solution:
    Mac mini 2.6GHz $699
    Upgrade to 1TB Fusion Drive (128GB SSD version) $200
    Dell E2414 24" monitor $99

    As a graduate student you should be able to get edu discount. So the out-of-pocket price will be under $1000.
     
  5. crucius thread starter macrumors regular

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    I can get a mid-2010 21.5-inch iMac for 350 dollars, and I guess that would do the trick. I will only run productivity apps and little else.

    At home I have a 24'' 1440p Dell monitor and my Macbook is more than enough for my needs at home.
     

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