Replacing 2011 27" i7 iMac advice

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by JimEddie, Apr 25, 2019.

  1. JimEddie macrumors newbie

    Apr 25, 2019
    I'm thinking about finally replacing my 2011 27" i7 iMac. It's served me well over the years, but I think it's high time I replaced it with a newer model.

    The question I have is do I go for:
    • Refurb 2017 i7 iMac, or
    • New 2019 i5 iMac (the 3.1 GHz model)
    It looks like they're reasonably evenly matched, I guess the main factor will be new model vs discontinued model?
  2. imaccooper macrumors 6502


    May 29, 2014
    North Carolina
    What are your use cases for the iMac? Generally speaking, I am always going to recommend an ssd over a fusion drive whatever you are doing. After that, it starts to matter what you are doing with the computer.

    I have no reservations buying from the Apple refurb store to save a bit of money as long as the appropriate configuration is available, but I always try to get the newest available model if possible. In this case, that might mean waiting a few weeks/months for some 2019s start showing up, but that will be a worthwhile wait for a newer machine.
  3. Gary171 macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2017
    I’m in the same boat with a 2011 iMac.....95% of machine use is email and web based stuff but I feel like I’m missing out on OS upgrades now - and machine is very slow waking up and logging back in. Debating getting an ssd to speed things up, maybe a Mac mini, 21” iMac ... I’m all over the place but mostly just kicking the can down the road. A new machine is definitely a want to have, not a need to have.
  4. prss14 macrumors regular


    Jul 18, 2009
    Recently started booting up externally, Thunderbolt, ssd. I should have done it years ago. Faster than it was when it was new.

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