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Apple iMac 21.5 inch 4K Retina - Intel Core i3 3.6 GHz - 8GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive @ Costco.com $949.99 (MSRP $1299)

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Costco.com has the 21.5 inch iMac 4K Retina Model MRT32LL/A) for $949.99 (Apple MSRP $1299).

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Intel Core i3 3.6 GHz
8GB Memory
1TB Hard Drive
2GB Radeon Pro 555X Graphics
8th Gen Quad-core Intel® Core™ i3 Processor 3.6GHz
21.5 inch 4K Retina Display
802.11 Wireless-AC + Bluetooth 4.2
Wireless Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2


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The only configuration worth getting is the i5 6-core with 1TB fusion drive
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Spinning hard drive lol
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Computer aside - that's an incredible pixel density for a computer display. The screen alone seems quite special. I wonder what the refresh rate is?
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Computer aside - that's an incredible pixel density for a computer display. The screen alone seems quite special. I wonder what the refresh rate is?
I've got the 5K 27" version, and it's fantastic. That said, it's not a gamer display; it's a standard 60hz.
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I've got the 5K 27" version, and it's fantastic. That said, it's not a gamer display; it's a standard 60hz.
Yeah. I saw that. TBH, i haven't seen enough high freq LCD in Person, but I remember 75 looking better on CRT. I am dying to see some 144 displays and see if that's what I want for Productivity - low eye strain. Haven't been able to see anything because of COVID
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Yeah. I saw that. TBH, i haven't seen enough high freq LCD in Person, but I remember 75 looking better on CRT. I am dying to see some 144 displays and see if that's what I want for Productivity - low eye strain. Haven't been able to see anything because of COVID
For gaming, there's an advantage to a higher refresh. For just normal web browsing, _maybe_ there's some minor difference going from 60 to 75, but above that, I don't see a difference. YMMV.

But I see the difference in overall screen quality in the iMac display every single time I look at it. The quality difference, over and above almost everything else out there, is blindingly obvious. I have an LG 34" ultrawide freesync 34x14 and a Viewsonic GSync 27" 25x14, and they aren't even close; the difference in quality is almost comical.
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As consumers we should refuse to buy anything that doesn't come with an SSD, especially a product like this that is darned near impossible for the average person to take apart, upgrade, and put back together. I got in on the crazy $1299 27" iMac Retina deal at BestBuy last year and the Fusion drive sucked so bad I just run it off an external SSD via USB-C.
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As consumers we should refuse to buy anything that doesn't come with an SSD, especially a product like this that is darned near impossible for the average person to take apart, upgrade, and put back together. I got in on the crazy $1299 27" iMac Retina deal at BestBuy last year and the Fusion drive sucked so bad I just run it off an external SSD via USB-C.
I have a 2TB Fusion drive in my 2015 iMac (and NVME SSDs in every other machine). I won't sit here and say the iMac is blazing, but it's certainly vastly, vastly faster than the hard drive-based machines. The 2TB+ drives have 120GB SSDs; what's yours?
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Deal is back at Costco, I have read that new iMac are coming soon

https://www.costco.com/.product.1330041.html
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Would love some opinions on our situation. We own a franchise that requires the use of an iMac (for aesthetic purposes). Until a couple days ago, we were using our late 2009 iMac (specs below), which ended up getting unplugged, and now won't let us bypass upgrading to Catalina. We ended up buying this i3 from Costco out of desperation. Most of the work done on this is web based, so I'm wondering if this will be okay for what we use it for, or if we should spend a little more to get the better specs. We're a fitness studio, so money is pretty tight with the current economy. Thanks in advance.


iMac 21.5-Inch "Core 2 Duo" 3.06 (Late 2009)3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo (E7600)
Intro.October 20, 2009Disc.July 27, 2010
OrderMB950LL/A*ModelA1311 (EMC 2308)
FamilyLate 2009IDiMac10,1
RAM4 GBVRAM256 MB
Storage500 GB, 1 TB HDDOptical8X DL "SuperDrive"
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Computer aside - that's an incredible pixel density for a computer display. The screen alone seems quite special. I wonder what the refresh rate is?
It's a special refresh rate
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The only configuration worth getting is the i5 6-core with 1TB fusion drive
And that's only if you are willing to hang an external SSD off of it. Fusion drive is garbage IMHO.
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Would love some opinions on our situation. We own a franchise that requires the use of an iMac (for aesthetic purposes). Until a couple days ago, we were using our late 2009 iMac (specs below), which ended up getting unplugged, and now won't let us bypass upgrading to Catalina. We ended up buying this i3 from Costco out of desperation. Most of the work done on this is web based, so I'm wondering if this will be okay for what we use it for, or if we should spend a little more to get the better specs. We're a fitness studio, so money is pretty tight with the current economy. Thanks in advance.


iMac 21.5-Inch "Core 2 Duo" 3.06 (Late 2009)3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo (E7600)
Intro.October 20, 2009Disc.July 27, 2010
OrderMB950LL/A*ModelA1311 (EMC 2308)
FamilyLate 2009IDiMac10,1
RAM4 GBVRAM256 MB
Storage500 GB, 1 TB HDDOptical8X DL "SuperDrive"
The 2009 iMac cannot update to Catalina, so you have some other problem going on. Send a screenshot of what it shows and I can help you; since that iMac cannot update to Catalina, the installer shouldn't even run (or should immediately error out) and so that shouldn't cause you any problems whatsoever. If I could work "shouldn't" in there a few more times I would. Smilie

It wouldn't be at all difficult to reinstall the latest OS that 2009 iMac can run, which is likely to be 10.11 El Capitan. You'd simply get another Mac, write the OS install download to USB, and then boot with that USB from the iMac. No need to spend any money at all if you went that route.

That said, the i3 will run rings around the 2009 iMac. And if you wanted to, you could always plug in a USB3 SSD and make it even faster.
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And that's only if you are willing to hang an external SSD off of it. Fusion drive is garbage IMHO.
I'm happy with mine in a 2015 i5-6600 iMac. Works great. What don't you like about it? Which one do you own?
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