In my never ending quest to convert all my family and friends to the mac, I'm looking at the price of the two lower end iMacs. The difference is nearly $400 in price and the difference in hardware is: speakers, 128MB RAM and the ability to play DVD-ROM.<br><br>Is that worth almost $400, or am I missing something? This is for my sis and she already has some good speakers, RAM is dirt cheap, and for about $400 you can buy an external DVD-RW drive.<br><br>What do you think?<br><br>
Loc: New Hampshire
are you talking about the iMac on the apple store? the price diff is only $300, and the extra 128Mb is in slot 1 which leaves slot 2 open for expansion - and you can double it for only $40 - 512Mb, so that's $340 extra over the base line iMac.<br><br>Also, remember that external DVD writer won't be able to use iDVD.<br><br>I guess the extra $340 pays for style, appearance and convenience. And if you don't like the pro speakers you can allows sell them on ebay.<br><br>
At the Apple Store for Education it is $350 (I exaggerated a bit ).<br>If I get the lower end iMac I can get a 512MB chip for the lower slot for $75 from a third party. That means $275 for the speakers and the DVD-ROM ability.<br><br>But, no use of iDVD with an external DVD-RW (lord knows others have heard me rant about that!)<br><br>Hmmmm.... this isn't exactly black and white...<br><br>
Loc: New Hampshire
more useful than an external DVD writer, is a firewire disk, IMHO.<br><br>great for backups (which I use it for) and if you want to make a DVD just carry the movies to another Mac with a superdrive. Afterall, how many times will you make a DVD in a year.<br><br>
The mid range iMac is a DVD-ROM which means you can't use it with iDVD anyway - only VIEWING DVDs. So really, the price difference is a complete waste unless you regularly watch movies on your iMac... I would imagine everyone tries it once, then rarely ever does it again.<br><br>I would go for the low-end iMac and use the extra $$$ for something else, like the FW drive JC mentioned, or an iPod, etc....<br><br>[color:red] Kiss My Banana!</font color=red><br>Visit me here!
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Ooohh yeaaah.... what was I thinking, that's no Superdrive. I agree, even with my powerbook that I take places with me I hardly ever (once?) watch DVDs on it. However, my sister claims she does use it so that her kids can watch their shows on the big TV.<br><br><br><br>
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