Just Returned refurb Imac I7 27 Inch 5K: Now what?

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  1. timacn macrumors newbie

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    I bought a refurb 27 inch 5k i7 395x 4meg 16gig 2TB before Christmas. It crashed on Sunday. Apple was great about the return, gave me my money back, etc.

    Now what?

    Do I buy a new version of the one I just returned, do I wait on the new IMAC allegedly coming in March, or do I use the return money to buy a Macbook pro?

    I'm leaning toward one of the two IMAC options. I don't know how much a 27 inch 5K will be upgraded in March. Someday I would like to get a Macbook but for my "primary computer" I would like something powerful to hold all my stuff. Anybody know anything reasonably "solid" about what is coming with the imac upgrade?

    Thanks for your help/opinions/insights/etc.
     
  2. g.t. rags macrumors 6502

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    damn that sucks, but at least apple was chill about taking it back

    I basically have that computer at home and love it, as well as a 15inch MacBook Pro from 2015. personally if I could only have one, I would invest in a nice 4k monitor and the MacBook Pro.
     
  3. timacn thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's an option I had not considered, but a good one. I do like the storage in the imac, though.
     
  4. g.t. rags macrumors 6502

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    it can be duplicated extremely easily with an external HD
     
  5. varian55zx macrumors 6502a

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    Can tell you I don't agree with you there at all. Not even a little bit

    The 5K iMac is a wonderful machine.
     
  6. C5.4 macrumors member

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    yes. Even if you don't like the 2016s, There will be a drop in used prices and an increase in refurb availability with <=2015 imacs. As for the MBP, it's very cool to see what USB-C can do, but there are so many compromises to get there. So many dongles, all new devices that support usb-c, new and expensive monitors, etc. No expandability, lacking in the RAM department. I would wait until later in 2017 when usb-c is plentiful and apple fixes the battery issues if you want to try the laptop as your desktop. Today I think the 2015 5k imac is a better buy than any 2016 MBP, but that's just my opinion..

    Anyways, for imac rumors, all I have heard is the same old stuff. Latest chips, maybe better gpu options, probably usb type c. Personally, I am really hoping for SSD standard on all models and better gpu options. If apple is going to kill the mac mini, this is the year apple needs to make a $500-$600 iMac with a 128gb ssd, 1080p screen, 4gb of ram, 1.4 dual core i5. This should also be the year apple puts a real desktop grade gpu in a 5k 27 inch iMac ...but I am just dreaming
     
  7. maflynn Moderator

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    You don't really talk about your needs and requirements so its hard to recommend a MBP or an iMac without knowing your mobility needs or what apps you use.

    The iMac is a more powerful computer so you will get more performance out of that over the MBP, however its not really a portable computer so if you have mobility needs, the MBP is the choice.

    As for getting the iMac now or later. People presume that we'll see something in March, what happens if that date slips too June? If you have a need now, I recommend that you get one now. Here's what I think may occur with the next generation iMac.

    1. It may have a redesigned case (probably thinner in some way)
    2. It will be Kaby Lake based - but Kaby Lake has shown not to be faster then Skylake
    3. It will have a newer faster dGPU (how much faster is anyone's guess)
    4. It will have less ports but those will be USB-C.

    Those are my guesses but if you don't care about much of that, then get an iMac now.
     
  8. g.t. rags macrumors 6502

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    i know, i have them both.

    but i also need portability.
     
  9. komiez macrumors member

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    ordered a new one from apple. You could also wait for Zen which said should come latest this March and make a build?
     
  10. maflynn Moderator

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    If mobility is a requirement, then yeah a MBP makes more sense :)
     
  11. macmee Suspended

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    I have had nothing but problems with the internal display, and have gotten 2 replacements.

    It's a wonderful machine, except I've seen better built displays in the discount section at Walmart :(
     
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    While I can empathize with your plight, I agree with @varian55zx. Its simply been the best computer I've ever owned.
     
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