If you are like me you always look out for a nice bargain. It doesn’t matter if I go to the supermarket or if I shop for a new computer – I first check online where I can get the best deal. More often than not I order on the Internet rather than driving somewhere to get my newest gadget. Although this was much different some years ago today I do my shopping online – quick, easy and mostly for a much better price than I got in a typical brick-and-mortar store. It also happens that I live in a smaller town so I usually have to drive about 30 minutes to the closest electronic store – a bad deal just to learn that my desired product is much more expensive.
My most favorite online shopping center is Amazon. I do not often use Google to find an even better price – that is, of course, possible – but I buy there. My reason is simple. If I buy something like a computer which can easily cost me some thousand Dollars, I prefer to have a great customer service. And if I really stick to Amazon and not the 3rd party retailers I had nothing but the best experience. Lately my not even one-year-old notebook bag had a problem. I asked Amazon to call me, they told me to send it back and once I had it in the post office (yes, I did not have to wait several days for them to check) I got an email that they refunded my money. Sure thing that I got the same bag again from Amazon 😉
It also happens that Apple products are much cheaper on Amazon than in local stores or on Apple itself so here is the list of the bestselling Apple desktop computers in August:
This computer is rated with 5-Stars only on Amazon. It has a 2.5 GHz quad-core Intel i5 processor, a 500 GB Hard Drive, and a 21.5″ LED-backlit display with a 16:9 widescreen ratio. There are faster processors available but the i5 is all you need. It is working like a charm. My Mum has the same processor in her 2010 Macbook Pro and I can’t see any difference to my 2011 Macbook Pro although it has an i7. You can’t go wrong with this iMac.
The Mac Mini comes with a 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with 3MB on-chip shared L3 cache, 2GB of 1333MHz DDR3 memory, 500GB (5400-rpm) hard drive, and Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor with 288MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory. This computer requires a screen, such as Apple’s Thunderbolt Display. Although the Mac Mini is Apple’s small computer it lets you connect all kind of peripherals such as your mouse or keyboard. It does not have an optical device but “borrows” the one from a nearby Mac or PC. You can connect an external though.
Another iMac in the bestselling list! And yes, it deserves to be here – it comes with a bigger screen (27″), a 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 with 6MB on-chip shared L3 cache, 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM, a 1 TB Hard Drive. All iMacs come with the bluetooth keyboard and mouse included. If I could choose, I’d rather take this one because I love my big screen.
And the last iMac in the bestseller list. It is comparable to the former mentioned 27″ iMac but it has a 3.1 GHz Intel iCore 5 processor. Beside that, it is pretty much the same. In my opinion – you can rather spend the money on some nice Mac accessories than a slightly better processor.
A slightly better Mac Mini than the previously mentioned: The MC816LL/A comes with a 2.5 GHz Intel iCore 5 processor, a 500 GB hard drive, and 4 GB SDRam. In this case I’d invest in the better Mac Mini as it comes not just with a slightly better processor but with double as much RAM and this really increases speed and saves money in the long-run.
Whatever you go for – you can’t be that wrong with a Mac computer. It just depends on your needs but for all basics the iMac as well as the Mac Mini are more than enough. Even if you enjoy video editing you will work with high speed on any of the mentioned machines. The only thing you need to consider: the Mac Mini needs not just a screen but also an optical device.
All the Best,
PS: My first Mac Computer was an iMac and I really loved it – I just sold it because I wanted a portable system and I’m very happy with my Macbook Pro and Thunderbolt Display. Go here to check out the best Mac computers