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21.5 inch, iMac--$1299, regular $1399, 2 remaining!!

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Dec 24, 2014
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[Future Shop] 21.5 inch, iMac--$1299, regular $1399, 2 remaining!!

I've been hunting for a mid-range iMac, and since these hardly ever go on sale, $100 off is the best I've seen (esp. considering our crappy dollar).

So I bought one--the site says there's only 2 remaining, but just migrate to parent Best Buy; they usually sync their prices.

Specs:
Apple iMac 21.5" 4th Gen Intel Core i5 2.7GHz Computer (ME086LL/A) - English
Model Number: ME086LL/A
WebID: 10218580
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Excellent price even cheaper then the education price
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Dec 24, 2014
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arberb wrote: Excellent price even cheaper then the education price
Oh yes, the education pricing is really nothing to write home about.

Feel free to 'thank' me for this post...I feel like I need some good PR as RFD doesn't usually like what I post lol..
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corygates wrote: Oh yes, the education pricing is really nothing to write home about.

Feel free to 'thank' me for this post...I feel like I need some good PR as RFD doesn't usually like what I post lol..
Neither is 100$ off
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core i5 cpu - 8gb ram - 1tb hdd - 1920x1080 21.5" lcd ... $1299 is a bit steep imo (I know its a good price for this machine, but..)

just build a hackintosh tower.... and if you want it for looks, build it into the wall so you just have a panel showing... get yourself a high res screen or larger 27", and of better quality at that.

obv not for everyone, but that seems much better value to me
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only problem with this config is that if you're used to SSDs on a previous desk/laptop, this iMac will feel slow booting up and opening certain apps with its SATA hard drive
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RobertL059 wrote: Neither is 100$ off
Um, perhaps you're unaware that Macs are notorious for being expensive, and not doing blowout deals. Why? Because they last for years, unlike PCs. So yes, $100 off is the best you're gonna get.
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the resolution isnt that great, and i'm guessing this is just the regular dual core i5?

much better off getting a 2012 mac mini i7 quad core for $639 and using the extra money to boost the ram and get a ssd and a 27" 2560x1440p monitor.
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corygates wrote: Um, perhaps you're unaware that Macs are notorious for being expensive, and not doing blowout deals. Why? Because they last for years, unlike PCs. So yes, $100 off is the best you're gonna get.
iMacs have poor cooling performance and throttle CPU. They also aren't built better, maybe look at warranty rates for them
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corygates wrote: Um, perhaps you're unaware that Macs are notorious for being expensive, and not doing blowout deals. Why? Because they last for years, unlike PCs. So yes, $100 off is the best you're gonna get.
Maybe this is why most people on rfd don't like your posts... because you post lies.
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nicolascon wrote: Maybe this is why most people on rfd don't like your posts... because you post lies.
lolol, for real.

there is no possible way any imac can "last longer" then a pc.

you can upgrade / fix any desktop component from a pc build, imac? not so much...

not to mention new OS's have seemed to cripple the old mac software (Yosemite did a number to old MBPros) ... meanwhile I just threw W8.1 on my amd Athlon x2 3200 cpu pc with a 60gb hdd and 2gb ram and it runs fine.
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Financials wrote: lolol, for real.

there is no possible way any imac can "last longer" then a pc.

you can upgrade / fix any desktop component from a pc build, imac? not so much...

not to mention new OS's have seemed to cripple the old mac software (Yosemite did a number to old MBPros) ... meanwhile I just threw W8.1 on my amd Athlon x2 3200 cpu pc with a 60gb hdd and 2gb ram and it runs fine.
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The best moment to buy a new Apple product is with Staples 10% off customer appreciation day. It happens 2-3 times a year.
Refurbished are a really good way to save money for something with quality as good as new.

As for this iMac, I'll go with a Macbook pro retina instead which has the same spec but with a 128GB PCie SSD (700 mb/s read) + it is portable as well. 1080p 21.5 inch monitor cost peanut and it can be connected with HMDI without the need for any adapter. But there's no mouse nor keyboard...
I use mine on a 30 inch 1600p monitor with a mini-display to dvi cable that cost $10.
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No respect for people that have to ask for thanks.
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Gin Martini wrote: The best moment to buy a new Apple product is with Staples 10% off customer appreciation day. It happens 2-3 times a year.
Refurbished are a really good way to save money for something with quality as good as new.

As for this iMac, I'll go with a Macbook pro retina instead which has the same spec but with a 128GB PCie SSD (700 mb/s read) + it is portable as well. 1080p 21.5 inch monitor cost peanut and it can be connected with HMDI without the need for any adapter. But there's no mouse nor keyboard...
I use mine on a 30 inch 1600p monitor with a mini-display to dvi cable that cost $10.
yeah, if you need a mac go mbp w/ monitor like this suggestion ... the 5k imacs (while overpriced) make sense... these? nah.
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Gin Martini wrote: The best moment to buy a new Apple product is with Staples 10% off customer appreciation day. It happens 2-3 times a year.
Refurbished are a really good way to save money for something with quality as good as new.

As for this iMac, I'll go with a Macbook pro retina instead which has the same spec but with a 128GB PCie SSD (700 mb/s read) + it is portable as well. 1080p 21.5 inch monitor cost peanut and it can be connected with HMDI without the need for any adapter. But there's no mouse nor keyboard...
I use mine on a 30 inch 1600p monitor with a mini-display to dvi cable that cost $10.
iMac and Macbook Pro is completely different product. What if some people like a bigger screen for video viewing?

that's like saying Instead of buying a iPhone, why don't you buy a iPad?
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Jimboski wrote: Who?
Referring to OP I assume.
corygates wrote: Oh yes, the education pricing is really nothing to write home about.

Feel free to 'thank' me for this post...I feel like I need some good PR as RFD doesn't usually like what I post lol..

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