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    Quote Originally Posted by neptune123 View Post
    Thanks, S.SubZero. If I want standard connection ports, what's the latest model of iMac that would still include those?
    Define "standard connection port"... If you mean USB, the non-MacBook Pros have those.

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    I'm not really sure I want to get another Mac mini, though. But if they came out with a new model (fat chance), I would certainly consider that.

    Just a mention and I think you'd find the iMacs a better choice purchase for dollar value, don't forget that your current display monitor is probably getting just as old and using old technology that wears out. It's probably also a CFL panel rather than a LED lit panel and no way as clear as it could be that a newer display would be.

    And just another recommendation to consider a genuine Apple refurbished Mac.

    PS: If you have an old printer/scanner, it may not be fully supported or work with a much more recent Mac, that you might want to budget for.




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    Good advice from Patrick. Although an iMac will certainly cost more than a Mini, the suggestion to go with an Apple refurbished Mac is a good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Good advice from Patrick. Although an iMac will certainly cost more than a Mini, the suggestion to go with an Apple refurbished Mac is a good one.


    Thanks Charles, and considering the OP's minimal computing needs, I didn't realize how cheap the mini can be in the US ($500.00 and that's not even a refurbished price) that leaves any iMac in the dust and on the shelf, especially if a new monitor was needed, not even $200.00 should cover that cost well for a 24" display.

    So a fraction of the cost of an iMac, but the $900.00+ price of a 21" iMac may still be worth some consideration price wise, but too small a display for these old eyes of mine.




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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Yes, not a problem. I still have USB 2 hard drives and printers that work well with my 2017 iMac that only has USB 3 ports.
    Thanks, chscag. That's good news.

    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Although an iMac will certainly cost more than a Mini, the suggestion to go with an Apple refurbished Mac is a good one.
    Yes, definitely sounds like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S.SubZero View Post
    Define "standard connection port"... If you mean USB, the non-MacBook Pros have those.
    Yes, I mean USB. Thanks for the info, S.SubZero.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pm-r View Post
    Just a mention and I think you'd find the iMacs a better choice purchase for dollar value, don't forget that your current display monitor is probably getting just as old and using old technology that wears out.
    Actually, Patrick, that happened a year ago. My new one is about 25" and works great.

    It's probably also a CFL panel rather than a LED lit panel and no way as clear as it could be that a newer display would be.
    I just know that it's an HP. My previous one, which I had for 9+ years, was a Samsung. Then last April, it just stopped working.

    And just another recommendation to consider a genuine Apple refurbished Mac.
    Yes, I'm seriously considering that.

    PS: If you have an old printer/scanner, it may not be fully supported or work with a much more recent Mac, that you might want to budget for.
    Thanks for the warning. I have a Brother printer/scanner that I bought in 2015 for only $90. I suspect it's new enough to still work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pm-r View Post
    Thanks Charles, and considering the OP's minimal computing needs, I didn't realize how cheap the mini can be in the US ($500.00 and that's not even a refurbished price) that leaves any iMac in the dust and on the shelf, especially if a new monitor was needed, not even $200.00 should cover that cost well for a 24" display.
    Are the 2014 Mac minis very good?

    So a fraction of the cost of an iMac, but the $900.00+ price of a 21" iMac may still be worth some consideration price wise, but too small a display for these old eyes of mine.
    I actually wouldn't mind going back to a smaller monitor. My new one almost seems a bit too big.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neptune123 View Post
    Are the 2014 Mac minis very good?
    … … …

    I don't know as I don't follow much Mac mini info but maybe do some web-searches for any known flaws or weaknesses.


    PS: I just checked the Apple Canada Store and interestingly all the refurbished minis state:
    Originally released October 2014
    https://www.apple.com/ca/shop/browse...ecialdeals/mac

    I didn't check their other country store sites.

    I also don't know why thy seem to ONLY have so many of that years models available. Hmmm…???





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    Quote Originally Posted by ferrarr View Post
    I love mine. I have the 2.6GHz, 8GB ram, that comes with a 1TB internal drive, which I replaced with the 500GB SSD from my Late 2011 MBP. I purchased it as a refurb, from Apple, in late 2016.
    Thanks for the info. Glad you like yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pm-r View Post
    I don't know as I don't follow much Mac mini info but maybe do some web-searches for any known flaws or weaknesses.
    Thanks—yes, I could do that.


    Originally released October 2014
    The U.S. store has half a dozen Mac minis listed, and they all say that too.

    I also don't know why thy seem to ONLY have so many of that years models available. Hmmm…???
    I thought the U.S. store would have more than they do, but maybe they're hard to come by?

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