refurb 24" vs new 21.5"

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by dwd3885, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. dwd3885 macrumors 68020

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    Well I am debating on the two models. The new one is about $150 more. Main thing is screen. I know the new ones are LED, but are they THAT much better than the old screens? And what about the pixels? Seems like the 24" has more pixels and a bigger screen... I thought about 27" but that just seems too big for my desk area, I've only worked on a 20" so either of the options would be a step up for me..

    As far as specs goes, it seems like the 21.5 are better spec in every way over the 24". Maybe I should just get the 21.5 $1399 one?

    To be honest, I really want the quad, but between the extra $500 for it and the graphics and screen, I don't know if it's worth it...Also since it ships in November that isn't good as I would be without a COMPUTER for a month. If I get the refurb or 21.5 I could have it next week.

    thanks
     
  2. rangers12 macrumors member

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    same boat

    I am in the same position- debating between a refurb 24 and a new 21.5. I stopped off at the apple store to take a look at them. the 27 looks beautiful but I have a fairly small desk area so it is probably too big.

    If the specs were the same, would get the 24 refurb without hesitation, even with the 8gb ram limit.

    would love to hear other people weigh in.

    let me know what you decide..:)
     
  3. dwd3885 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Chose the 21.5 model. The led and 16gb ram max were the main reasons. Also it's a bit shorter height wise so it'll fit better. And te har drive is 1tb instead of 640gb. Matters to me with video editing
     
  4. klrobinson999 macrumors 6502

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    well, I'm having the same problem in deciding.

    do I want the newer features of the 21.5" or the screen area of the 24"?
    the deals in the refurb section are astounding right now, and many seem to think they are just leftover stock of the old generation instead of actual "refurb". The 27" is slightly bigger than the 24", and will not fit the hutch area of my desk, so it's not an option.
     
  5. dwd3885 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    dude i got a hutch area and it's the worst right now! Though I think 27" is too big to realistically sit close to the computer anyway. 21.5 seems perfect. I decided to get that one since it has the LED, sd-slot, and 4 RAM slots.
     
  6. dwd3885 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    But the 27" isn't actually taller, it's just wider, so it may work for you.
     
  7. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    In fact, the 27in is .1" shorter than the 24" model.

    24" dimensions: H:20.5" W:22.4" D:8.1" Weight: 25.4lbs

    27" dimensions: H:20.4" W:25.6" D:8.15" Weight: 30.5lbs :eek:

    I guess you could use it to stay in shape or something. Do some curls with it or something. :)
     
  8. klrobinson999 macrumors 6502

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    it's the width area of my hutch that's the problem. The 24" will fit, the 27" will not. Thus, the decision between the 24" screen or the newness of the 21.5". Thanks for responding.

    I suppose I could buy a new desk....:)
     
  9. dwd3885 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    man i would so buy a 27" quad, but with it being $500 more and my family living in a smallish apartment, I can't justify the size without moving my computer into a completely different room. Probably will do that when we get a house, but until then, the 21.5 will have to do.
     
  10. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030

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    I would choose the 21.5" mainly for the LED IPS screen and the improved speakers. The Radeon equipped models have the GT 130 smashed (theoretically) and obviously come with faster processors (but the 3.33 GHz model will probably be needed to beat the old 3.06 GHz extreme model). Add to that a standard wireless keyboard and magic mouse and an SD card slot and you're on to a winner.

    P.S. Remember the 21.5" model only has 2 RAM slots still. Not that many people even need more than 4 GBs or even 8 GBs of RAM anyway.
     
  11. dwd3885 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    no, 21.5 has 4 slots. http://support.apple.com/kb/SP576
     
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  13. MacKiddyWiddy macrumors 6502

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    mate i'd go with the 21.5 they are the newest models [​IMG] the capabilities are vast, they come with bigger hard drives, more space for more ram and a stronger cpu with a better architecture... also the aesthetical properties are nicer and the screen isnt as tall so looks nicer
     
  14. klrobinson999 macrumors 6502

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    how much added height does the stand add? How many inches? I noticed the specs only include the actual unit, not the stand.
     
  15. dwd3885 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    If you notice, it's not 2 x 4GB, but 4x2GB.
     
  16. dwd3885 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    i asked and they said the specs include the entire unit with stand.
     
  17. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030

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    Fair enough, I stand corrected. Odd that they'd not have BTO to 16 GBs though.
     
  18. klrobinson999 macrumors 6502

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    interesting that they include the stand in the 21.5" dimensions, but not the 27" .
     

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