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[Apple] Apple 2017 iMacs refurb now available

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[Apple] Apple 2017 iMacs refurb now available

Like my MBP 2017 post, these are now available in the 27".

$360 off list for the bottom end iMac 27, available here: https://www.apple.com/ca/shop/product/F ... 5K-display

This is about $210 less than educational pricing, but no beats headphones (which have flooded the market for headphones right now...)

Apple refurb is generally considered as good as new, so I'd probably go this direction.

No corresponding price drop on 2014 and 2015 models however, but the new model is worth the price difference ($130).
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Any thoughts on the 1TB fusion drive? Is it slow?
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1tb fusion drive only has 24gb ssd, should be avoided
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Seriously? So an SSD is a must? Would an external SSD over thunderbolt or USB3.0 be quicker? The SSD upgrade is do damn expensive.
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I would say definitely. It makes a big difference with apps loading and multitasking. I wish I had done the upgrade when buying the imac from Apple, because now it's flipping expensive and it would void your warranty. You can get away with a ssd in an USB 3.0 enclosure but no trim support so the drive would need to do the necessary clean up itself rather than the os through trim commands. Thunderbolt enclosures are expensive as well esp the older thunderbolt 2 which my imac supports, but does support trim. No idea if thunderbolt 3 or USB-c trim is enabled some please correct me on this.
milhaus wrote:
Aug 23rd, 2017 11:28 pm
Seriously? So an SSD is a must? Would an external SSD over thunderbolt or USB3.0 be quicker? The SSD upgrade is do damn expensive.
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SSD is definitely the way to go (less moving parts/lower temps/faster). That said, for those on a tighter budget, the 2TB fusion drive is a good compromise since it has 128GB SSD in it if I'm not mistaken.
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Slap a ssd on a USB enclosure and call it a day.
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plucky duck wrote:
Aug 24th, 2017 12:42 am
Slap a ssd on a USB enclosure and call it a day.
Sounds like a great idea - not as portable but a lot less $$. Anyone here using this setup? Thanks!
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So the model with the faster processor and amd pro 575 video with 1tb fusion would be less desirable than the slower i5 with pro 570 video and 256gb ssd?

Any comments?
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jory29 wrote:
Aug 24th, 2017 12:50 am
Sounds like a great idea - not as portable but a lot less $$. Anyone here using this setup? Thanks!
I do this with my iMac and have had zero issues in two-years. And no it is not portable but then a 27" iMac is not portable to begin with. I have my external stuck to the rear arm using two sided velco. Works well and is almost completely hidden (unless you are looking directly at the back of my iMac).
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SSD in a USB enclosure lol. This is what Apple has done to its consumers.. instead of putting the drive at the rear of the chassis in a spot where a little hatch could be added for upgrades. Sad.
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A 1 TB drive on OSX is asking for issues. The way OSX does indexing and timemachine is not HDD friendly. You need a SSD or else when you fill that 1 TB HDD, you will be crying yourself to sleep asking why you didn't go with a SSD.
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No SSD only 2017 iMac available as refurb.
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golden wrote:
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No SSD only 2017 iMac available as refurb.
It's just out of stock. It was available last night with a 256gb SSD.

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