Keeping it real (fake) 27" iMac

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  1. HiFiGuy528 macrumors 68000

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    Just bought a new HP 2709m monitor for my late 2009 2.53ghz, 4gb RAM, 320HD Mac Mini. I got the wireless keyboard & new Magic Mouse. Overall I am very happy with my setup because I saved over $700+. I know it's not an iMac, but I am very happy with it. Picture quality is very good for the price.

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  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    I must agree that looks very nice, glad you are happy. Mousepad seems a tad bit small.
     
  3. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    looks like a cool setup. As long as you're happy, then that's all there is too it.
     
  4. i7QuadCoreMania macrumors 6502

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    lol, I can see a bigger surround the rectangle is only the print on the pad I believe.:D
     
  5. HiFiGuy528 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I know a mouse pad is silly but I don't want to scratch up the nice aluminum bottom. :D

    the monitor is 16:9 with 1080p so it fills up the screen when watching Hulu HD.
     
  6. fruitpunch.ben macrumors 6502a

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    If you don't mind me asking, whats the approximate price you paid for the HP 27" moniter?
    Cheers.

    Ben

    PS: nice setup.
    I'm a sucker for the quad core i7 otherwise I'd be tempted to go your route, $700 is a fair amount of money! Enough for another computer for the wife! But i want the i7. sorry wife :(
     
  7. 53x12 macrumors 68000

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    Why can't you share the i7 with the wife? Whats hers is yours, and whats yours is hers, right? ;)
     
  8. fruitpunch.ben macrumors 6502a

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    don't say stuff like that, she could be watching :eek:

    lol. course i'm gonna share it :eek:
     
  9. HiFiGuy528 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Paid $349 on Amazon with free ship.
     
  10. fruitpunch.ben macrumors 6502a

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    not bad!
    I never understand why anyone would pay $849 for a 24" 1080p moniter from apple with deals like that around?
    Whats the big thing with those?
     
  11. HiFiGuy528 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    More pics. Look at the nice Hulu HD video. Sorry for the poor iPhone pics. Can you tell I am real real happy?

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  12. Jason Beck macrumors 68000

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    Interesting!! I will be wanting a monitor for my Macbook Pro soon, and I really
    like yours! That is a way good price too. Nice. I will be needing a bigger monitor for Photoshop reasons. 1280x800 just won't cut it in design school.
    LOL
     
  13. HiFiGuy528 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Here are the specs in case you guy like that stuff.

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  14. ClassicII macrumors 6502

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    Nice work! Think of all the things you can buy with the $700 bones you saved :)
     
  15. Jason Beck macrumors 68000

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    I agree. I LOVE the Apple monitors... just don't love the price. My only luxury is my Macbook at the moment (thank Jeebus my college gave me it), I couldn't imagine slapping down the dinero for a big Apple monitor. Would be worth it though.. but the HP looks to be a great alternative. I will probably be getting one soon. 3ms, 1080p.. nice. Bet Modern Warfare looks crisp on it!
     
  16. Meever macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, why pay extra if you don't need the resolution/dedicated graphics/faster CPU.

    What did you decide to do for speakers?
     
  17. negatv1 macrumors 6502

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    It looks like a nice setup, although I think that the resolution would be far too low for such a big screen. I had a Hanspree 27inch @1920x1200 and it was a bit too low res for my tastes.
     
  18. Hrududu macrumors 68020

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    Wow, 1920x1200 spead over a 27" screen just sounds bad. I'm using an acrylic Apple Cinema 23" which is 7 years old and running that same resolution.
     
  19. hitekalex macrumors 68000

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    Actually, that HP screen resolution is just 1920x1080 - completely pathetic for 27" screen.. My 24" Apple LED has higher resolution - 1920x1200.

    27" iMac screen is 2560 x 1440, so it has almost twice the pixel space of the HP screen. There should be no comparison between the 27" HP setup and 27" iMac.. As they say - you get what you pay for.
     
  20. lasuther macrumors 6502a

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    Looks nice. But this is where I think the base 21.5" iMac really looks good which is the same 1920x1080 res as your HP monitor. Getting that Mac Mini 2.53GHz, 320GB HD is $937 + $350 for the monitor. The iMac 3.06Ghz, 500GB HD is $1199 and has a better ISP monitor with SD card slot, video camera, speakers. The iMac is such a good value I don't think the Mini can compare at all. You didn't saved $700, you spent almost $100 more than the iMac.

    But you do get the 27" monitor which is amazing for watching Hulu and bigger is nice for watching Hulu. I spent all weekend doing that on my 27" and I know how awesome these 16:9 screens can be. Resolution isn't as important when Hulu is streaming 480p.
     
  21. HiFiGuy528 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    My main purpose was to watch TV and browse the web. If I did any video or photo work I would not get this. Since even Blu-Ray is only 1080p there is no reason to pay more for higher resolution.

    Yes I could have got a 21" iMac but that's too small for my needs coming from a 22" Dell 16:10 monitor. A 27" iMac will cost me $1781 out the door (with my Apple discount). I save a lot by going this route and I can sell the monitor when I want to go BigGeR :D and still have the Mini for something else, can't do that with an iMac.

    Hey at $349 for the monitor it's almost disposable. :)

    I got a pair of Edirol pro-studio monitors. Not sure if you can see it in the pics. They ROCK!, for $80 shipped. :)
     
  22. hitekalex macrumors 68000

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    That's all good, but I wouldn't call it "savings".. as if somehow you got a similar system as 27" iMac for much lower price. Your setup (particularly screen / video aspects of it) is substantially lower end as compared to 27" iMac.

    If your HP 2709m + Mini system serves your needs - great, but in the end you got what you paid for. ;)
     
  23. pb1300 macrumors 6502a

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    You got that all wrong...whats hers is hers, and whats yours is hers too :mad:
     
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