Should I Buy?: iMac i5 2.7GHz (Late 2013)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by vacafrita, Aug 21, 2015.

  1. vacafrita macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone! I'd like some advice on whether to purchase an iMac Core i5 2.7GHz. This is the Late 2013 model, model number iMac14,1. I believe it's still for sale at the Apple Store.

    I currently have an old Mac Mini (late 2012, Core i5 2.5 GHz, 16 GB memory) and it's starting to get REALLY slow. I'm a lawyer and work from home sometimes, so I'm no "power user"--I'll typically have Firefox with a dozen tabs open, a few PDFs in Preview, several Word documents, and maybe a Pandora station or iTunes playlist going at the same time. Even with this load, the Mini slows to a crawl, with the pinwheel appearing every few minutes.

    On paper, the specs for the iMac don't seem that much better than the Mac Mini, but its Geekbench scores seem to be a decent improvement. More importantly, I may be able to get a great deal: My work has one of these iMacs sitting in the storage closet totally unused, and my boss has no idea what they're worth, so I may be able to buy it off him for a few hundred bucks.

    Should I pull the trigger? Does this iMac still perform pretty well? Or should I just save up my money for a decent top-of-the-line one?

    Thanks so much everyone!
     
  2. Truefan31 macrumors 68040

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    If u can get it for that deal go for it. I have one and love it. I did go with an external boot ssd drive for faster performance.
     
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    To be honest that just sounds like your hard drive is slowly dying. Replace it with an SSD and that mini will be better than new.
     

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