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Discussion in 'iMac' started by Macaroooon, Mar 9, 2017.

  1. Macaroooon macrumors 6502

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    My mother is looking to replace her 2008 iMac with a newer second hand one.

    She uses it for general browsing, iPhoto and streaming things. Nothing particularly draining but she'd like a Mac that would ideally last her another 5+ years.

    We are wandering which iMac's from 2011 onwards are the best to look at? Or, are there any particular models to avoid?

    All opinions appreciated!
     
  2. anonymous161 macrumors 6502

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    I have a 2012 21", 2.7ghz with 8GB, which I've had for 4 years and love. If you don't need an internal Superdrive, I would recommend it because the screen is quite a bit nicer than the previous model. Prices seem pretty good and you might be able to score one with a Fusion drive.
     
  3. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 6502a

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    Agree with above but do not get the slow old standard internal hard drive as Apple hobbled this 21.5" model by installing a laptop 2.5" 5400rpm drive. You will find models with SSDs installed, or maybe even flash storage. If you are in the U.S. keep in mind OWC Mac specialists who sell pre-checked iMacs wih free mainland shipping.
     
  4. Macaroooon thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks guys.

    Just to be clear, does the 2012 one not have a optical drive? What is a super drive?
     
  5. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 6502a

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    A superdrive is the optical drive by a flasher name and Apple decided 2012 was the end of the optical drive error. You can always hook up an cheap exterior. I use a Samsung that cost less than $30, but have not had it out of the box for a couple of years as everything now is USB thumb drive optioned it seems.

    The day of th DVD has long gone.
     
  6. Macaroooon thread starter macrumors 6502

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  7. jerwin macrumors 65816

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    USB 3.0 was introduced with the Late 2012 iMacs... Useful for back ing up, if nothing else-- and a lot cheaper than thunderbolt.

    Is she interested in Retina? 21 inch or 27 inch?

    Retina's great for web browsing.
     
  8. redheeler macrumors 603

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    The prior-generation late 2014 27" Retina, either with an internal SSD or one attached externally, should last 5+ years. The reason I recommend this over the late 2013 is because the screen quality is quite an upgrade, and it's a good idea to get at a time when everything is slowly shifting to Retina/4K/5K (more future-proof). I also find the crisper text / graphics to be a bit easier on the eyes, and much better for working in iPhoto/Photos.
     
  9. Macaroooon thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Retina an 27" would be great but it really depends on price. Anything from 2007/8 is an uprgrade!

    Thank you all so far.

    Feel free to link me to anything you might be selling as well, we want to find a good deal but also a reputable seller.

    My mum isn't fussed on having the newest technology and because our 2007/8 iMac has lasted so long we are happy to buy second hand provided we go through eBay or PayPal sellers as it protects buyer and seller!
     
  10. jerwin macrumors 65816

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    Is there a particular reason why you need to replace your 2008 iMac? A newer iMac is likely to be an across the board (and long overdue) upgrade, but it might give us some idea on what your Mom expects.

    And what are the specs on this old iMac?
     
  11. Macaroooon thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes of course,

    This old iMac is running El Capitan, it is an early 2008 2.7GHZ with 3GB of ram.

    She's looking for something faster mainly, for watching youtube/ player and general browsing. Also to store her photographs on.
     
  12. jerwin macrumors 65816

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    4k imac, then? Perhaps with a USB DVD drive?

    It's not underpowered for web browsing. Photos look great on it. The screen size isn't diminished from what she has now.

    If she is isn't attached to the larger screen, there are also macbooks.
     
  13. Macaroooon thread starter macrumors 6502

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    She definitely wants an iMac rather than a laptop. 4K iMac could be great, which models from which years should I look at?
     
  14. jerwin macrumors 65816

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    4k imac is a current model (it's the top configuration). Not inexpensive.

    by default it comes with a conventional hard drive.



    On the lower end of the spectrum, among 21.5 inch imacs, the 1.6 GHz machines are "half the speed for 90 percent of the price"
     

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