Which iMac Should I Go For?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Locker, Sep 25, 2007.

  1. Locker macrumors 6502

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    For my 18th Birthday I'll be purchasing a brand new iMac. Up until yesterday I had my mind set on what I was getting, the 20" 2.4Ghz iMac with an upgraded HDD to 500GB and AppleCare. With my student discount, this would cost me £1063.38.

    However, yesterday I walked into a Comet store and saw a 24" iMac on display, I was amazed at the size difference and am now thinking of investing in a 24" model. I guess once you've seen bigger, everything else seems small. I did initially think of going all-out and buying the top-end model (24" 2.8ghz). However, this would set me back £1,483.38, slightly too much.

    As a compromise, I'm now thinking that a 24" 2.4Ghz model with an upgraded HDD to 500GB would be a decent solution. That'd cost £1,251.38.

    I just have a few questions still in my mind though, as I want to make sure I don't regret my decision:
    • Is there much difference between the 2.4Ghz and 2.8Ghz processors?
    • I've read somewhere that you can't return your iMac if you've made a customised purchase, is this true?
    • Are 20" screens less susceptible to colour in-balance and dead pixels?
    Any other general recommendations would be much appreciated :)
     
  2. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    1. no not much actual difference between the 2.4ghz and 2.8ghz.. only the numbers!!! everything else is the same.
    2. yea i think u can return it within 20days if you dislike it.
    3. each lcd screen technically will all last the same time/work the same. i wouldnt worry about that, not matter what you are going to love it.

    personally, i would go the 24', because its just amazingly big. the extra screen size allows for 2 safari windows, or a word doc and something else you are writing about. it just saves time switching.

    either way you are going to be superhappy man.
     
  3. Locker thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Say I got the custom one then, with AppleCare, and I had a problem with it. I'm guessing that they would surely still replace it?
     
  4. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    yup im about 99% sure that no matter what it is you can still return it under their policy. :)
     
  5. gormond macrumors regular

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    1) 17% faster clock speed for 14% more cost
    2) Not sure about US law but in the UK we have distance selling regulations that allow us to return anything within 10 days for a full refund.
    3) The 20" screen use a inferior TN panel that laptops use, where as the 24" use a high quality H-IPS which gives better color reproduction and a better viewing angle.
     
  6. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    ...but will by no means indicate a worser screen in terms of longevity and stability. just looks


    i think....
     
  7. gormond macrumors regular

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    Good point, in terms of longevity and stability it would be interesting to know if a TN or H-IPS panel is better or are they much the same.
     
  8. Locker thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So will this be a noticeable and worthwhile performance increase? I'm probably going to be encoding quite a few videos for my website, into various formats, the same with audio. I’ll also be producing a podcast and am a bit of a multi-tasker (my taskbar in XP is always crowded). I use Photoshop and Dreamweaver which are performance hogs on my current setup - is the 0.4Ghz increase really worth the £150 price tag?
     
  9. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    in 2-3 years time it will be a noticeable increase. it would hold value longer and run newer versions of programs faster /whatnot.
     
  10. gormond macrumors regular

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    imo yes, its little extra cash in the overall scheme of things, I will be ordering the very same one next month.

    On another note I hear Leopard wont run on a 800Mhz G4 and you need a 867Mhz G4, bet there are some people who wish they got the faster chip at the time :)
     

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