The replacement for my broken 30″ Dell LCD showed up today. After much thought, I decided to go with a maxed out 27″ Apple iMac. This is the fastest iMac you can configure at the Apple website. It’s powered by a 2.93GHz Core i7 processor with four CPU cores plus hyper-threading and turbo boost, a 256GB SSD drive and 4GB of RAM, which I’ll be upgrading to 16GB next week.
As for why I went with the 27″ iMac, there are several reasons. I wanted an Apple display because they are just the most amazing displays I’ve ever seen. I also like the 16:9 format over the 16:10. My old Macbook Pro can’t power a 27″ Apple LED display without a $99 dual link DVI to mini-display port adapter and I didn’t really felt like buying one. I was thinking of upgrading the Macbook Pro to the latest mini-display port version but then figured I already had a Macbook Air for going on the road so there wasn’t any need to get another laptop. So instead of getting a Macbook Pro with 27″ LED display, I went with the 27″ iMac.
The maxed out iMac is not cheap by any means. If you want to configure the same setup, it will cost you $2,799 plus tax. Upgrading to 16GB of RAM would add another $1,000 to the price tag. I ordered 16GB of DDR3 RAM from Amazon.com for $276.96 instead. Apple really rips people off on memory upgrades!
The new iMac is worlds faster than the old Macbook Pro or new Macbook Air. It processed the following unboxing video in only three minutes. The laptops would would have taken up to three times longer.