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5.0 out of 5 stars Why not get a iMac 2011, used?, November 6, 2012
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This review is from: Apple Mac Mini MD387LL/A Desktop (OLD VERSION) (Personal Computers)
If you buy this Mac Mini, you will need to add the Apple wireless keyboard and mouse/touchpad, add another display. Why not buy a used iMac 2011 instead.

The Like New condition of the iMac MC309LL/A on Amazon is at $900+ level only, and it is a Quad-Core 2.5 GHz CPU (similar to the $799 Mini), with Radeon HD 6750M 512MB graphic card (this mini is integrated Intel 4000 card), and it even comes with wireless Apple Keyboard and Mouse, all put together in neat and nice package. I've seen the old 23" Apple cinema display on craigslist for about $400. The monitor on the iMac 2011 is 21.5" and it is a IPS monitor, with great color and viewing angles. The monitor itself I think worth more than $500 even used. The iMac is as much upgradable as Mini. You can upgrade memory, HD or even graphic card I guess.

The only thing better on this mini is the USB 3.0. But if you plan on using thunderbolt accessories in future, it does not matter.

I originally plan to buy this mini as well, but instead, I bought a used iMac 2011 on craigslist in Chicago, for merely $800 (when it was new, a year ago, price was $1200).
BTW, the Quad-Core iMac is super fast. I planned to upgrade with SSD, because I need to edit many RAW photos, each with 20+MB in size. I found the performance is more than sufficient with current 7200 rpm HD. Tried iMovie and Final Cut Pro X, runs fast enough too.

Another alternative (price wise) for Mini is the 2011 version of Macbook Air, used. The 11 inch sells for as low as $750 on Amazon (comes with keyboard, touchpad and monitor :)). The Air is fast for moderate photo and light video work, due to the SSD. Of cause if you want the flexibility of upgrading in future, the Air is out of equation. But I hardly see any value of upgrading in future. It is better to sell it cheap, and buy another used computer.

I think the Mac Mini SHOULD be a good computer, so I keep the rating 5. I have to rate when writing a review.
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Initial post: Nov 8, 2012 7:57:05 PM PST
If you did not buy the product, why are you rating it?

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 8:45:32 AM PST
J. Heizman says:
You didn't need to write a REVIEW, you could've posted this in the discussions forum. This is totally unhelpful as a product REVIEW. FYI, a lot of people buy the Mini to use as an HTPC (myself included), and thus an iMac would be useless.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 1:15:47 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 9, 2012 1:23:12 PM PST
wcyd says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2012 6:32:33 PM PST
R. Ancil says:
Totally unhelpful is your opinion. He makes perfect sense. He doesn't have to own it in order to make a good point. Many people that read these reviews aren't very computer savvy which is why they are looking for a Mac at the best value possible.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 2:19:00 PM PST
Nghi Tran says:
Can a used $200 Mac mini play Blu ray ISOs or Blu ray MKVs smoothly?

Probably not.

Also, buying used electronics is a hit or miss experience. I've gone through many hair-pulling experiences with used electronics that I don't mind paying extra for new products.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 11:02:10 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 12, 2012 11:03:09 PM PST
wcyd says:
What I am saying is that for most people, using this powerful machine to power TV is such a waste. Of cause for a few people, this little box fits their purpose, budget, space and taste just right. If so, congratulations!

Don't get me wrong, this is the cheapest Mac you can get, yet very powerful and upgradable. And it retains its value extremely well. Look at the used Mini of 2011 and 2010, their prices are almost close to new.

My main point is, that for most people who will need to add monitor, keyboard and mouse anyway, it is a much better deal right now to get the 2011 iMac used, in like new condition.

Your bad experience on used electronics maybe unfortunate, but when the one year old iMac 2011 sells at 40% discount, some even comes with warranty, you really need to think twice and re-evaluate the risk/reward. If you value your "peace of mind" very high, maybe it makes sense to buy the Applecare of $150 for that iMac, just to make sure it is still under one year warranty.

I can fully understand why mainstream media's product reviews ignore the used market, because they are more or less "advertisers". They need to attract ad from big company, by stir excitements to attract potential buyer's attention. But we as consumer needs to have rational thinking when we spend hard earned money. I can say 80% of the upgrading recommendation from mainstream media are based on wants instead of needs, hence I ignore them all.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 12:37:39 AM PST
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Posted on Nov 17, 2012 12:58:58 PM PST
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