New Mac Mini vs. Refurb iMac 2011

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by thesickcat, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. thesickcat macrumors newbie

    Apr 24, 2013
    Just wanted to get some input.

    I currently am still using my PowerBook G4 from 2006 and it is starting to really show its age.

    I'm a grad music student and I need to upgrade very soon before this beast finally hits the dirt.

    My budget is right around $1000 and I need a computer that can handle the uses of every day life for me - running Sibelius (music notation software), and some light picture editing with PS. So really not too much heavy use...

    So here's the deal: I didn't see a refurbished iMac in my price range (I need one with a Superdrive) and I purchased a New Mac Mini with 8GB RAM plus a Superdrive, keyboard... (I picked up a good monitor from Best Buy, but that is also returnable)

    I chatted with a rep over at Apple and they said that I can return the Mac Mini with accessories within 15 days of when I pick it up - I haven't picked it up from "site to store" yet. Ergo if I buy the REFURB iMac and also ship "site to store" I can walk in and pick up the iMac while I "return" the Mac Mini and receive a full refund.

    What's the better option?

    NEW Mac Mini
    2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
    8GB memory
    500GB hard drive1
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
    OS X Mountain Lion


    REFURB iMac 2011
    21.5-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
    4GB memory
    500GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics with 512MB memory

    Built-in FaceTime HD camera

    Thanks for the insight.

    Which is better the New Mac Mini or the Refurb iMac 2011?
  2. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    I'd say the iMac is the better deal -- the Superdrive is built-in and it will have better hard drive and CPU performance (not that it would be particularly important).

    If the 4GB of ram is a problem (it probably won't be) you can easily and inexpensively upgrade.

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