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Apple's New 21.5-inch iMac is $200 Cheaper

Apple's iMacs have always been expensive machines. While that's still true today, you can now get one for a little less than before. Apple has introduced the cheapest iMac in today's lineup, is a 21.5-inch model with ultrabook class hardware inside. The system comes filled with a low-voltage dual-core Intel Core i5 processor running at 1.4 GHz and boosting up to 2.7 GHz. On-die we've got Intel HD Graphics 5000 and 8 GB of DDR3-1600 memory. Storage comes by way of a 500 GB SATA hard drive, though this can be upgraded to a 1 TB drive for $50, or to a 1 TB Fusion drive or a 256 GB SSD for $250.

Included, of course, is also an Apple Magic mouse along with an Apple wireless keyboard, so while the system will still cost you a pretty penny, at least you know it won't cost you anything more than the price tag.

Interested? The system is available directly through Apple immediately with a starting price tag of $1099 -- $200 less than before, and still a couple hundred too expensive, especially for an entry-level desktop.

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  • dstarr3
    Well, Macs are generally well-built, and it can be argued that the price premium is a result of the software suite that comes with Mac.

    Still wouldn't touch one with a ten-foot pole, though.
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  • Skylarz
    Well guys, it is a 4k res screen lol
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  • N.Broekhuijsen
    Well guys, it is a 4k res screen lol
    Nope, same 1920*1080 display as before.
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  • squirrelboy
    Upgrading from a 500GB to a 1TB HDD costs just as much as buying an extra 1TB HDD...
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  • hitman40
    Upgrading from a 500GB to a 1TB HDD costs just as much as buying an extra 1TB HDD...
    Welcome to the world of pre-built computers online that people who aren't tech smart call "building their own computer"
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  • cloakster
    I don't understand why they would chose a ULV i5 to use instead of the much cheaper, but still faster Intel i3 desktop cpu.

    http://ark.intel.com/compare/76640,75030

    The ULV i5 costs more and they are charging less for it lol.
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  • mrmez
    Welcome to the world of pre-built computers online that people who aren't tech smart call "building their own computer"

    I'm tech smart, but i'd rather be doing wheelies than making sure my components are compatible and then building the system.
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  • amk-aka-Phantom
    I don't understand why they would chose a ULV i5 to use instead of the much cheaper, but still faster Intel i3 desktop cpu.

    http://ark.intel.com/compare/76640,75030

    The ULV i5 costs more and they are charging less for it lol.

    TDP. 65W vs 15W? Cooling the latter is WAY easier.

    I'm tech smart, but i'd rather be doing wheelies than making sure my components are compatible and then building the system.

    *Sigh* You aren't "tech-smart" then. Component compatibility is very easy to figure out nowadays. When in doubt, ask Tom's Hardware forums to verify. Takes a few minutes.
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  • tryingmybest
    For that price i can get a macbook Air ,plus a 200$ monitor and will end up having same desktop hardware plus a notebook. And with pcie ssd too.

    Apple got the pricing wrong this time.
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  • tryingmybest
    13536911 said:
    I don't understand why they would chose a ULV i5 to use instead of the much cheaper, but still faster Intel i3 desktop cpu.

    http://ark.intel.com/compare/76640,75030

    The ULV i5 costs more and they are charging less for it lol.

    TDP. 65W vs 15W? Cooling the latter is WAY easier.

    I'm tech smart, but i'd rather be doing wheelies than making sure my components are compatible and then building the system.

    *Sigh* You aren't "tech-smart" then. Component compatibility is very easy to figure out nowadays. When in doubt, ask Tom's Hardware forums to verify. Takes a few minutes.


    It is not about compatibility as you understand it, it is about everything works perfectly if you find mac logo on it. I have many hardware that stopped working on windows 8 , old hardware but useful and i dont want to buy new ones.

    Guess what, the ones that have mac logo on them still work on mac.

    Things like this. Plus , if you are busy at business, trust me , you will never waste hours learning about which hardware to get. Those hours are worth thousands of dollars. Thats why you need ready to work sure to work solutuions.
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