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Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by photochimper, Feb 2, 2008.
Whats the best low cost mac to get? I would want to use it for photo editing.
If you have a display and keyboard lying around then I would suggest getting the high-end Mac mini. If you don't then i would suggest the 2.0GHz iMac, its fast enough, it has a lot of hard drive space and it has a beautiful 20 inch glossy screen that make photos look amazing.
I would second the suggestion above. If you want portability then you can also look at the macBook - remember the refurb shop is your friend if you are looking to save a few bucks.
I second the mini and refurbished mac suggestions. Then go to a place like newegg.com to order 2 gigs of ram.
there is only one low cost mac: mini.
Refurbished white 20" iMac. That's what I just ordered to save money and to get a better quality LCD panel than the current (aluminum) 20" uses.
Heh I would say the old 20" is better quality having used both I prefer the glossy greatly is sharp, crisp, and vibrant, much more so then the old one. Unless you need more exact colors for editing the aluminum screen is amazing.
I have a hard to recommending the Mac Mini to anyone. I think you pay too much for what you get. What kind of Photo Editing Software will you be using? If you're planning on using CS3, an iMac G5 may be a good solution. If not, try a refurbished 17" Intel iMac.
A Mac mini with a display will be fine for you.
Mac Mini, Keyboard, Mouse, & Display < iMac
For the absolute lowest cost, that would be the Mac Mini. If you have an existing display it is the cheapest way to go.
If you have to start purchasing a keyboard, monitor, and mouse, then you are getting closer to the $1,099 macbook. Probably not as much, but pretty close.
You are also getting close to the cost for the Refurb iMac's. Remember that the refurb products come with the same Apple warranty as the new ones. For all practical purposes, they are as good as new.
All of the current machines run Leopard and come with iLife (which includes iPhoto) for basic photo editing.
If you are just getting started, and don't have much cash, the Mini is a good way to go. If you can afford a little more, then get a MacBook, or an iMac (new or refurb).
For what you pay new to Apple, you could get a killer machine in the used market. I would not discount the classified just to see what's out there.
I've never ordered any refurbished product without getting a silent upgrade. Considering they're cheaper, and in brand-new condition- I'd say they're better then new.
My last purchase:
Refurb 17" MBP
I got 4GB Apple Ram, 250GB HDD, Ultra-High Res and a glossy display- Thats about $4000 new.
You know what they say, one you go refurb... you'll never go back
20" refurb white imac. Cheaper and comes with a way better LCD than the 20" aluminum imac.
Cheaper? Yes. Better display? Not in a million years.
You couldnt be more wrong. The white 20" imacs come with an S-IPS display, the same kind used in the 20" ACD. The new aluminum 20" imacs have a TN display, only found in the lowest end budget LCD's and completely not suitable for photo editing. S-IPS blows any TN lcd out of the water in terms of image quality, there are no exceptions since that would defy the laws of science. Ive used both, and the LCD in the white imac is just insanely better.