Should I get a 21" Imac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by redryder, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. redryder macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2010
    I currently have a unibody macbook (2008 model). I run aperture 3 on it, and it can get a bit sluggish. I have also been thinking of getting an external monitor for the macbook.

    Instead of getting an external monitor, I could get the 21" imac and just leave the macbook for outdoor use. Would I get a major speed boost? I'd rather not get the 21" imac if the speed boost is not significant, as I could save up and get the i7 Imac later next year.

    I mainly use the macbook for photo and video editing and word processing.

    On my current budget, I have two options -

    1) Get a $200 22" IPS monitor (1680x1050), and stick with the macbook until the next gen imacs are released. By end 2011 I could afford the top-of-the-line Imac.

    2) Get a 21" imac now, and no upgrades for at least 4-5 yrs.
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    The base iMac has the same graphic card (9400M) as the MB, so you won't get better performance, unless you upgrade the GPU (which costs another 300USD).
  3. IndustrialSpace macrumors 6502a

    Dec 31, 2009
    Can't you borrow a few hundred bucks and get the i7 now?

    Or perhaps go refurbished.

    You won't be happy with a 21.5 C2D in a couple of years.
  4. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    I agree. 27" i5 is only 1699$ from refurb store, that's only 500$ more and you get twice as fast CPU, dozens of times better GPU and enormous 27" screen.

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