Should I buy one?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by username:, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. username: macrumors 6502a

    Dec 16, 2013
    My situation:

    I have enough money
    I have an iPad mini, iPhone 4s, and MBA 2013
    I have an external monitor for the MBA

    Why I think a 27" iMac would be good for me:

    More powerful computer for video and photo editing
    The MBA struggles with iMovie occasionally, so I haven't even installed FCP.
    More RAM and storage (MBA only has 4GB, 128GB SSD)
    Gives me more freedom with the MBA.
    Gives me a base to work from, while the MBA can be purely for mobility, rather than doing two jobs.
    I think the iMac display looks good
    I can use my existing display as a second monitor.
    The current iMacs look amazing
    Thunderbolt 1.0 doesn't bother me

    What's holding me back:

    I think I'm being lazy/fussy in wanting a more powerful and more convenient option than MBA + external monitor
    I have a laptop PC from 2006 which I never use now. I would feel weird having yet another computer in the house.
    There will be a new model coming out this year, possibly new redesign.
    I don't think I can ever go back to using windows, but PC's are way cheaper, and I could possibly use linux or a hackintosh.

    I have no idea what to do. Money is extremely useful stuff. Is it worth throwing so much of it away on a computer?
  2. simon48 macrumors 65816


    Sep 1, 2010
    The age of your computers might not line up right now for this to be the right why to go, but a rMBP + external display is the best of both worlds for many people (myself included).
  3. BESLC macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2010
    Having that big beautiful screen is a big plus, be it for work or play. I have the MBP and iPad,but the iMac is my go to at home . I think the iMac is my favorite of all my Mac might be just me,but I really like the iMac for a number of reasons.
  4. mvmanolov macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2013
    have you considered a maxed out mac mini? those are some pretty powerful little machines... check it out. ( i cannot testify to their use in FCP, but iMovie has no issues on mine - though i am not by any means an advanced user)
  5. username: thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 16, 2013
    I'm thinking the imac would become my go to at home as well.


    I'm waiting and waiting for that mac mini update!
  6. WallToWallMacs macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2014
    If I had to re-buy my setup again the only thing I'd change would be:

    iMac - top CPU and GPU on BTO.
    MacBook Air
    iPhone 5S

    Right now I have a MacBook Pro 13.3" non-retina and to be honest I should have actually gone for the MacBook Air given that my main focus has been mobility where as when I need the heavy lifting I'll go straight to the iMac such as video compression, games, long periods of typing etc. There are benefits of having the iMac but honestly I question the wisdom owning both an iPhone and an iPad mini because it seems to be a device that would be used the least in the line up.
  7. username: thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 16, 2013
    Thanks a lot for your reply! I think I would use the imac similar to you i.e. Editing, long periods of writing, gaming. Here in Aus with education pricing it's ~$2800 for the i7 imac with 1Tb fusion. It's A LOT but starting to think it will be worth it?

    Im actually questioning how much I would use the MBA if I bought an imac rather than the ipad mini, which I use for pretty much all my reading as well as annotating PDFs from uni.

    Another factor is the resale value on apple products seems to be good. Ipad minis on eBay are still going for ~$250, and MBA 2013's ~$1000.
  8. WallToWallMacs macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2014
    I guess it depends as a student whether you're going to use your laptop at university because really the iPad mini sounds great but when you went to use it beyond consuming and start creating even for example writing up notes at uni or surfing the net in bed you may find it easier just to hold onto the MacBook Air.
  9. rankinmikee macrumors newbie


    Jan 14, 2014
    My advice is to spend it on a PC. For the same amount of money you'd have a way more powerful machine. Go for Windows 7 though.
  10. username: thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 16, 2013
    Nooooooooooo way

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