Apple iMac 24 - still worth buying?

#1
Morning All,

I'm in need of a new desktop and, for the first time, am considering an Apple. My wife's pleased with her new iPad mini and iPhone 4S and it would be good for her to be able to use a larger Apple for those occasions when a small screen doesn't cut the mustard. I need oxygen just to look at the prices for a new iMac, but have found a few older iMac 24" systems going somewhat cheaper.

The question is: is it worth getting an iMac 24 or is it so far behind the times that it makes Uncle Bulgaria look like a cutting-edge geek?

I've also toyed with the idea of getting an older mac mini (with the integrated DVD drive) - again, are they still worth considering?

For way of comparison, I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate on a Dell Inspiron 5521 with 4 GiB RAM and a 2.5 GHz dual-core processor running in to a Dell 23" monitor.
 
#2
I used to have an iMac 24" and loved it.

They're getting on a bit now, but depending on what you want to use it for then an iMac 24 would be more than ideal for general home/work use, I'd definitely recommend one.
 

Guns

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#5
If you are looking to buy from Apple check out their referbs on the online store. Good deals to be had on high spec machines.
 
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#6
Agreed, but Excognito needs to understand that he'll be ceilinged at Snow Leopard, which is three releases ago, if he gets a processor older than a Core 2 Duo. It'll work fine, but won't have the later features. I'm not sure when AirPlay came in, for example.
Fair one, but I thought the point of him going for a iMac 24" was due to the price of the new models being prohibitive.
 
#8
Morning All,

I'm in need of a new desktop and, for the first time, am considering an Apple. My wife's pleased with her new iPad mini and iPhone 4S and it would be good for her to be able to use a larger Apple for those occasions when a small screen doesn't cut the mustard. I need oxygen just to look at the prices for a new iMac, but have found a few older iMac 24" systems going somewhat cheaper.

The question is: is it worth getting an iMac 24 or is it so far behind the times that it makes Uncle Bulgaria look like a cutting-edge geek?

I've also toyed with the idea of getting an older mac mini (with the integrated DVD drive) - again, are they still worth considering?

For way of comparison, I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate on a Dell Inspiron 5521 with 4 GiB RAM and a 2.5 GHz dual-core processor running in to a Dell 23" monitor.
The older mac stuff works fine. My MacPro is celebrating it's 5th birthday soon and is running whatever the last version of OSX is - haven't checked if it runs the current version as it's tucked away until I have somewhere with the space to set it up
 
#9
Look into student discounts. Hint you don't have to be a student, just buying it for your distant cousin. Might make a new one more attractive!
 
#10
64 bit OS isn't essential, especially if the computer is only going to be used for basic home use
Well, that's what it's intended for but experience has taught me to plan for mission creep ... If the Mac's scientific and mathematical applications are as good as claimed by Applers then I might end up playing with it more. :)
 
#11
Fair one, but I thought the point of him going for a iMac 24" was due to the price of the new models being prohibitive.
That is indeed the point, but looking around there doesn't appear to be big difference between the later duo versions and the earlier models. ... In fact, some of the Pros are going for reasonable money, but that is getting beyond mere mission creep into an entirely new theatre of operations!
 

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#12
We bought an iMac 27 last year and it rocks, I'll never buy a PC again, the wife is swapping her work laptop for a Macbook based on our experience with the iMac.

Get one, once you go Mac, you never go back.
 
#13
If you want full compatibility with your missus's iPad & iPhone you will need Mountain Lion to automatically synchronise the iCloud docs, photostream, calendar, reminders, contacts, notes etc. and also use airdrop.
 
#14
You can get the new os for macs by downloading them from pirate bay or paying 30 quid ish from apple. Unlike Microsoft they don't make stealing their software difficult. You can also use bootcamp to have windows on your machine as well if you need it for software or work.
 
#15
You can get the new os for macs by downloading them from pirate bay or paying 30 quid ish from apple. Unlike Microsoft they don't make stealing their software difficult. You can also use bootcamp to have windows on your machine as well if you need it for software or work.
How very chav.
 

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#16
I find that it is best to download your core operating system for your computer via a BitTorrent site. It gives me that extra layer of security I am looking for.

I find the Apple App store difficult to use and the fact they make you pay a whole £13.99 and restrict you to only 5 computers is shocking.
 

A2_Matelot

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#17
I'm typing this on a 24" iMac, bought from the Apple US website, refurbished (years warranty) £570 as opposed to nearer £1300 here. i7, 8Gb Ram, 1Tb drive - whats not to like. Getting it back is the snag.

And...having now been playing with a NAS I've discovered I actually got a 2Tb HDD not a 1Tb disc, their mistake my gain. Woop whoop.
 

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