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    21.5" iMac vs 27" iMac Choices - thoughts?

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    21.5" iMac vs 27" iMac Choices - thoughts?
    Hello!

    I'm a recent college graduate looking to upgrade from using my 2007 Santa Rosa MBP to a new 2011 iMac. I'm looking to use the new machine for browsing, email, word processing, iPhoto (perhaps Aperture in the future) and Handbrake encodes prior to traveling with the iPad.

    I'm debating between a 21.5" with significant changes to the base hardware and a 27" with only the upper-level graphic chip. What would you do if you were me? Or would one of the base specifications be your choice?

    Thanks for the input!

    21.5" iMac Specifications ($1939 w/Education Pricing)
    2.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
    4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
    1TB Serial ATA Drive + 256GB Solid State Drive
    AMD Radeon HD 6770M 512MB GDDR5

    27" iMac Specifications ($1989 w/Education Pricing)
    3.1GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
    4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
    1TB Serial ATA Drive
    AMD Radeon HD 6970M 2GB GDDR5

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    21.5" iMac vs 27" iMac Choices - thoughts?
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    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, Yosemite
    Take a look at the MacWorld testing results regarding the new iMac line of machines and draw your own conclusion from that. They also include speed benchmarks and graphic computing power. LINK

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    21.5" iMac vs 27" iMac Choices - thoughts?
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    Well, technically for what your doing, the 21.5 should be plenty. I have a 27 and personally, I love the screen size. I also have a apple remote so it doubles as a tv in the bedroom. So if you figure in that, the 27 might be a better buy.
    iMac 2.93 i7 8GB 5750
    2010 Macbook 2.4 intel Core 2 Duo 4GB
    iPhone 4S 16GB & iPhone 4S 32GB
    iPad 16GB

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    21.5" iMac vs 27" iMac Choices - thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Housekat View Post
    Well, technically for what your doing, the 21.5 should be plenty. I have a 27 and personally, I love the screen size. I also have a apple remote so it doubles as a tv in the bedroom. So if you figure in that, the 27 might be a better buy.
    Thanks - I hadn't thought about that. Would be a nice way to watch/listen to a podcast in the morning...

    Thanks!

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    21.5" iMac vs 27" iMac Choices - thoughts?

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    2011 MacBook Air, i5 27" IMac, 2010 21.5" IMac, 2010 Mini, 2011 13" MBP, IPhone 4, Airport Extreme
    Also since the price your lookin at isn't that much different might as well get the bigger screen.

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