Just bought the 2011 model, 2012 model is not worth it.

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ohjaypee, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. ohjaypee macrumors newbie

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    Considering in the UK it's £100 more expensive, it doesn't come with an optical drive and the SD card issue, I've took the plunge and bought the 27" baseline 2011 model. I use CDs all the time, and I'm constantly using the SD card out of my DSLR.

    It will be a huge upgrade from my MBP (2009 model).

    Really disappointed with this update, I was hoping for a performance related update rather than an aesthetic one. Loss of optical drive is the deal clincher for me. It's a desktop it SHOULD have that capability...
     
  2. zoffdino macrumors member

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    For the past 30 we all know the best way to build a performance computer is to put everything in a big rectangular box, get the fastest, hittest components and coolr it down with massive fans. If you are looking for pure performance, the iMac 2011 is overpriced for your purposes. The Mac is about performance as much as design. Ever since the first Mac, you know you are paying for part a beautiful computer.
     
  3. Dnix macrumors 6502

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    The optical drive on the iMac was dinky anyway. I always used a full-sized, better external one.

    UK price premium sucks though, £100 is about 160 bucks in the USA. I'm teetering on the edge between a refurb, or waiting for new model. That would probably break the deal for me as well.
     
  4. smoking monkey macrumors 65816

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    You know, you can get an external DVD drive?

    They are super cheap and work perfectly with the imac. The SD card reader problem fair enough.

    But for the price you paid, I'd say you got ripped off. Only 160 bucks cheaper? I'd want it to be at least 350 bucks cheaper.

    But each to their own. I think the new machines are wickedly good and apart from no firewire 800, I'm stoked with them.
     
  5. JoeyCloverfield macrumors regular

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    What's the SD card issue? :confused:
     
  6. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    The slot is on the back now.
     
  7. JoeyCloverfield macrumors regular

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    Oh, I see. I, personally, don't consider that an issue but okay. Thanks! :)
     
  8. ohjaypee thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I paid £1100 for the 27", education discount, with Magic Trackpad + Mouse.

    Essentially as much as the 21.5" new imac would cost me...
     
  9. adit macrumors member

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    Did you get a refurb from the apple store or sourced one from elsewhere? I'm on the fence at the moment and can't decide which one to get either.
     
  10. ohjaypee thread starter macrumors newbie

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    bought from apple store at the trafford centre, manchester.
     
  11. Lynn Belvedere macrumors regular

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    In my opinion, this is the most significant iMac update in forever.

    - USB 3.0 (a massive upgrade)

    - Better, less reflective screen (people have been crying and whining FOREVER for this and we finally got it)

    - New design (a matter of opinion, but I love it.)

    - Twice as much ram in entry level model (can't upgrade 21.5" yourself, but 8GB is plenty)

    - Twice as large HDD in entry level model (option of SSD or fusion HD)

    - Faster processor.

    - Better graphics cards.
     
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    ... I completely agree with you, Lynn ;)

    Also, if an external optical drive goes wrong you just replace it. If the SuperDrive goes wrong in an iMac the whole thing has to go away for repair!

    The new iMac is tasty.
     
  13. adit macrumors member

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    That is an awesome deal. I rang the Trafford centre this morning enquiring if they had any Imacs left and unfortunately there was nothing. I too was looking to get the old one with student discount if possible. Did you get yours on the 25th?

    Enjoy your new computer. :)
     
  14. smoking monkey macrumors 65816

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    Yep. I'm totally with you. I think the screen is going to blow us all away. It may not be retina, but it's going to be gronktastic at the very least!
    I really think this is a huge update and specs wise on the 27s Apple has really given us highly capable machines. Add the fact that the machines should run cooler with the newer cooler CPUs, cooler running GPU series (from what I've read) and no internal DVD drive and we should get a computer that won't need as much servicing... hopefully!
     
  15. element1108 macrumors member

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    True but gen 1 redesigns have their own problems ... Especially if these supply constraints are true. (I tell myself that so I sleep better for the following reason)...

    Lovely machine, I wish I could wait until December, Nov 12th was my deadline and I can't imagine I'd even get a BTO 27 before the new year.

    Got a tricked out 27 2011 discounted. I'll be keeping me eye on these ones if the 2013 "pro x" doesn't command my attention.
     
  16. BlazednSleepy macrumors 6502a

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    The new less reflective screen and the GPU is the biggest plus for me. Everything else is icing on the cake. I don't understand why people are disappointed. Dvd's are a dying format. If you need to use it then just buy a cheap external drive.
     
  17. Dnix macrumors 6502

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    I'm sort of bummed none of these iMacs have standard SSD, by now. Not even the high-end.
     
  18. BlazednSleepy macrumors 6502a

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    SSD's are still too expensive to be a standard feature.
     
  19. Lancer macrumors 68020

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    The biggest advantage of an external DVD is if it fails, get it fixed (I assume it would be covered by the Apple care warranty?) or buy a new one when out of warranty.

    If the internal one dies it's a big cost to fix, not to mention the time you don't have your iMac. Unless I can talk them into giving me one I'm not getting the DVD, will try sharing my G5s one and look at getting BluRay depending on the cost.

    USB3 and Ivy Bridge are the big bonus for the new iMac. Plus the new screen and Fusion HDD.
     
  20. TechZeke macrumors 68020

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    Agreed, just imagine the cost of the 768 SSD BTO, and lets not even begin to forget how much apple charges for upgrades. Minimum $1000+.
     
  21. TrboMac macrumors regular

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    My biggest complaint is from the entry level 21.5"; they went (downgraded) to a 5400rpm drive. That leaves me scratching my head and heading to the refurb store.

    I could live w/ the lack of the OD and maybe even the firewire port, but going to a slower HD is not going to get it for me in a desktop. Unfortunately I can't spend more on a computer at this point, so entry level it would be for me.

    The new look is cool mind you, and kudos to those getting them, but the 2011 model will suit my needs better from an entry level standpoint.
     
  22. falcon362 macrumors member

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    My first reaction to the omission of the optical drive was negative. But now, I realize that better than just having a CD/DVD burner, I will be able to have a Blu-Ray external drive.

    Buffalo makes a USB 3.0 drive that is just $140.00. Only negative is that is in a black case and not silver to match the iMac.
     
  23. BlazednSleepy, Oct 25, 2012
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    768gb SSD is $500 build option for the retina macbook pro so I assume it's the same for the iMac. Well actually now that I think of it, since an SSD is standard on the rMBP they probably take the price of the SSD into account with the price of the rMBP. The 768gb alone for the iMac will probably be super expensive.
     
  24. drambuie macrumors 6502a

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    The $500 is the cost to go from a 512GB SSD to a 768GB SSD. On the iMac you'll be going from a 1TB HDD to a 768GB SSD, so the price will probably be $900 - $1000.
     
  25. mrmarts macrumors 65816

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    just a quick tidbit i read somewhere that the iMac is not that skinny as it claims to be they refer to in my words the slight bulge at the back of the machine apart from this in terms of physical shape its the same except the fact that the machine has become an anorexic supermodel. it also depends what you need if you are going to use it for if you must have a optical disc drive than go for the 2011 or 2012 models which still work great as a matter of fact my 2010 model is working great on 8gb of ram.

    P.S i was going to change my machine next year for the new ports and the airplay feature but it might be earlier depending on if i will fall in love with this new design also using a retina macbook i wonder how the new imac screen will compare seeing the panel is closer to the front.
     

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