Who would buy a 17" basic iMac?

dingdongbubble

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For $200 you get twice the RAM which brings it to a respectable level, you get a DVD super drive and you get a graphic card which is MUCH better. So who normally DOES buy the low end 17"?
 

ktbubster

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... my boss who is 92 and still writing and working out, but can' t quite fit computer usage into his brain full of biochemistry and heart research. LOL. We don't need a dvd burner or much else other then using photoshop rarely and MS word all the time. That's who :) Convincing him to switch the office over to may half way (we have all of two comps) was one of the greatest things ever. The lowend iMac was the perfect cheap way to go. Now if only we could replace the 6 year old dell piece of crap tower that bluescreens once a week for an imac too.....:rolleyes:
 

dingdongbubble

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You said there are a few people who buy that kind of a MAc so why does Apple make them? Like a making a complete Mac just for a small segemnt?

But the 17" are most prolly going away with the new iMacs.
 

teflon

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The low end 17 inch iMacs are perfect for the education market. Schools have limited budgets, and when you're buying 100+ computers at once, $200 saving per computer can add up nicely. Also, switchers (a bit like the mac mini market), basic computer users or the older generation who just want to use the internet to see their grandkids' pictures, its perfect.
It may be a niche market, but remember Apple itself produces for a niche market :p.
 

emptyCup

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For $200 you get twice the RAM which brings it to a respectable level, you get a DVD super drive and you get a graphic card which is MUCH better. So who normally DOES buy the low end 17"?
Schools and businesses that don't want these features but do want the savings that add up rapidly when you buy in bulk. People who were considering the mini but can be up-sold to the basic iMac for an extra $200.
 

elppa

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Obviously not many as Apple are discontinuing the model (if rumours are to be believed).
 

gnasher729

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For $200 you get twice the RAM which brings it to a respectable level, you get a DVD super drive and you get a graphic card which is MUCH better. So who normally DOES buy the low end 17"?
Anyone who doesn't need these things. Plus people who upgrade RAM and hard disk themselves, and to me, RAM and hard disk space are the most important thing. I think you need a DVD writer, but you need only _one_. So for a second Mac, it is not needed.
 

sushi

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The low end 17 inch iMacs are perfect for the education market.
As well as the typical office environment.

Most typical business type offices don't even need a CD burner, wireless, bluetooth, iSight, or speakers.

What they do need, is to be able to run Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), browse the web and e-mail. Just basic application use. This is where the low end iMac is wonderful.
 

bigandy

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As well as the typical office environment.

Most typical business type offices don't even need a CD burner, wireless, bluetooth, iSight, or speakers.

What they do need, is to be able to run Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), browse the web and e-mail. Just basic application use. This is where the low end iMac is wonderful.
I agree completely with this - Apple have few enough business orientated products as it is, and the lowest iMac suits the requirements of most.

The mini doesn't work well as a business pitch, because it's just such bad value compared.
 

dingdongbubble

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That does make sense but we are looking at the market situation right now. What about when the Mac Mini was new and there were Core Duo iMacs. At that time the Mac Mini was an option with great value. So what was Apple's intention with the 17" iMac?