Well , my refurbished 2007 iMac is finally comming to the end of its life after 12 years of service. I am not into all the tech numbers at all. I will be using my computer for web browsing, you tube, a few documents here and there, basic photos and light accounting.
If i get the mini and purchase a basic monitor it will be about the same price as the iMac. So what would you guys recommend? any benefits to one over the other?
Thanks for the feedback.
I've never had a Mac Mini but bought a new iMac after my old one stopped working. The form-factor of the new iMacs is very nice and the mouse and keyboard that are no longer tethered to the monitor are a great feature.
I bought a base model Mini in 2015 and it absolutely sucks. So slow I can barely use it.
Personally I like the iMac form factor, though I would only buy the base 4K, screen is amazing. I have a few older minis here at work still plugging along nicely thanks to an ssd upgrade, the form factor is nowhere near as polished for the obvious reason of not being all in one. The advantage of the base mini is the ssd drive it comes with whereas the base iMac has a traditional slow hard drive. The mini will run circles around the iMac when it comes to restarting and loading apps. iMac has the better cpu, and the integrated graphics seem similar, though the iMac I will assume is faster. If you upgrade to the base 4k iMac you get a much better computer other then the slow hard drive.
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If it helps I know some Prepress shops buy the high end Mini and add a monitor and it serves the purpose for 2 years roughly in a commercial environment. Have you considered a few year old Macbook Pro - I am typing on a 2012 and very happy after my 24 in iMac retired - I have it mirrored to a 24 inch monitor and have swapped to a SSD
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