Which iMac after nMP?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Martyimac, Apr 11, 2018.

  1. Martyimac macrumors 68000


    Aug 19, 2009
    S. AZ.
    I come here as a previous headless mac user in need of info and advice. My 2013 nMP bit the dust (my fault, dumped a glass of water on it). But I find there isn't any headless macs I want other than maybe a 2012 mini with an SSD.
    Have never felt that the iMac was a good deal what with hard to upgrade and the glossy screen and aio but here I am wanting a new mac and only the iMac seems to offer some decent power. And no I don't need a lot of power I am NO power user.
    So, what do you folks think? I can see spending up to $2K but more than that is iffy.
  2. tomscott1988 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2009
    No insurance on the mac pro? Accidental damage?

    I see you have a 2015 macbook pro have you tried using it in desktop mode instead of investing another 2k for another machine? If your not a power user and have a screen, keyboard and mouse etc might work if only to wait to see what they do with the new iMacs at wwdc18.
  3. Martyimac thread starter macrumors 68000


    Aug 19, 2009
    S. AZ.
    I have and may give that a try, but also wanted some input on iMacs. Thanks.
  4. pam14160 macrumors newbie


    Jan 5, 2016
    Purchased a new 21.5 with an intel i5, retina display, and am very happy with it. The reason for not going with the 27" iMac was I already had a Dell 28" 4k monior that is truly a great monitor.
  5. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    I think the "best compromise" between cost/power/quietness in the current iMac lineup is the "midrange" 3.5ghz model.

    It has the 7600 CPU and better graphics than the base model (which has a 7500 CPU).
    It is reported to run considerably more quietly than does the "high end" i7.

    If cost is a consideration, I'd suggest you spend just $100 more and get the model with the 256gb SSD. Yes, I know that isn't really a "large" configuration for an internal drive these days, but the SSD will always run "at full speed" and if you need more storage, add it via USB3.
    You could spend $300 more for a 512gb SSD.
    I would not buy the 1tb SSD -- waste of good money.

    As much as I like the 2012 Mini (it's my main machine, typing on it now), I would not recommend it -- just too outdated for a "new purchase".

    The only "new" MacBook Pro I would recommend is the 2015-design MBPro 15" model (these are still built and sold "as new units" from Apple). I don't care for the 2017 design, has proven to be very unreliable due to keyboard issues.

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