What solution for 27" iMac buyers?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Lucagfc, Apr 21, 2010.

  1. Lucagfc macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2008

    After 5 iMac 27" i7 recplacement with the same issue (Yellow Tinge) I've decided tro proceed to a total refund. So now i've about 2000 $ to buy an Apple Computer with comparable performance.

    I do not think there is a good solution:

    I Can buy a 15.4" i5 with and 24" Apple Cinema display but I would have lower performance, smaller screen, lower resolution for about 3000 $ (1000 $ more of iMac!!)

    To have comparable iMac i7 performance should I buy a Mac Pro but how much cost a 27" monitor with the same resolution of the iMac 27" with LED backlit? can anyone help me? thanks!
  2. mocman macrumors regular

    May 8, 2004
    I am in the same boat......going to send my 3rd Imac I5 back. I have the grinding sound and yellow tint on the right side. I am going to get a full refund as I am sick also. I love the imac but maybe should have worked all these bugs out.....:mad:
  3. Kebabselector macrumors 68030


    May 25, 2007
    Birmingham, UK
    Get a refund and buy a new one? Maybe new out of the box will be better?
  4. mdewberry macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2003
    I am in the same boat (even had five i5 replacements..) I have been considering either a mini/24" Apple Cinema Display or a Mac Book Pro/"24 ACD.. I tried to justify spending the extra $1000 on a Mac Pro/24" ACD combo, but just could not spend over $3000 right now..

    Bottom line, here were the options I was considering:

    1) Mini/24" ACD - love the monitor, the mini is very responsive, but when using the full image screen in iPhoto (clicking the box in the bottom left that brings images to full screen), the mini had a small amount of difficulty in presenting each photo as I scrolled through them (kind of a small stuttering, not a smooth transition like on the iMac..) Apple store folks said that is due to a combo of the processor and 9400m video card.. Overall everything else ran fine and quick, but I do a lot in iPhoto and this would be annoying...

    2) Mac Book Pro/24" ACD - as you mentioned above, an expensive solution and as I do not need portability it is an expensive way to go.. I thought hard about the 17" and not get a monitor, but I really want a large display...

    3) Mac Pro/24" ACD - the best option to get the same power as the iMac, but an expensive solution... And honestly for what I do it would be a bit overkill..

    Bottom line is that Apple does not offer a mid-range desktop without a monitor.. You either go Mini or Mac Pro.. I am going to wait until June to see what the summer offers!!! If nothing, than most likely mini/ACD...
  5. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Wait for Mac Pro refresh if you want a Mac Pro

    27" screen is +1000$ so Mac Pro + 27" will be +3000$
  6. jlblodgett macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2008
    I recommend you try another computer manufacturer.

    I seriously doubt you will be satisfied with any apple product, at this point.
  7. mdewberry macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2003
    Can't do, other computer manufacturer = NO Snow Leopard

    Nah... summer should bring something nice.. if they fix the iMac screens or upgrade the mini to the new Nvidia card, that would be good...
  8. jlblodgett macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2008

    I would not expect a summer update to the iMac, as they were updated in October, and the Pro line is due for an update.

    And it is doubtful that the Mini will come with an i7 chip, but I suppose anything is possible.

    The OP could always hackintosh a nice i7 machine, which would allow for Snow Leopard.
  9. Lucagfc thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2008
    The reality is that there no a solution for my situation. It's really sad that a big company like Apple leaves its customers in these situations. Use the computer to study, work and leisure. I do not know really what to do! Mac mini does not have enough power, Cinema Display 24" has a lower resolution.......
  10. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    there is always the 30"cinema display
    its bigger then the iMac display and just get a mini , in 98%of all cases of Mac users (private users ,not business users ) the mini would be sufficient enough
  11. Lucagfc thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2008
    30" Cinema Display it's really old monitor. I tried to buy an iMac 27" Core i7 for high performance and a large monitor size and resolution. The Mac Mini have really lower perforamnce. I've a 13.3" MacBook Pro with 2.26 C2D and i want something better...
  12. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    the mini has a 2.66 core 2 duo ,
    your macbookpro has 2.26mhz core 2 duo so you would have a sped boost there , and because the mini supports 2 displays you could add 2x 24 inch cinema displays if you like
    i mean it should offer enough power for your needs ,
    or is it more that you want more then your best bet is a macpro anyway
    it offers you 2x 2.93 ghz intel xeon quads , 32gb ddr3 ram , 8tb harddrive space and and with the right graphic cards (yes it takes more then one ) it makes a good gaming rig too

    but you should really ask yourself if you really absolutely need a lot more power

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