Why not to buy the £899 iMac

Here are five reasons not to buy the low-cost iMac, but be sure to read our five reasons why it might actually be the best Mac for your needs.

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Not the cheapest iMac

It's not cheap, it's not the cheapest Mac, and it's not the cheapest ever iMac as you can see from this screen shot of the store in 2008.

You can buy a 11in MacBook Air for the same price that has exactly the same processor and the same graphics card, although it's got half the RAM, and half the storage - but that storage is fast flash storage rather than an old fashioned hard drive.  

You can also read our five reasons why the iMac might actually be the best Mac for your needs

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Next Prev prices of macs in 2008

It's not cheap, it's not the cheapest Mac, and it's not the cheapest ever iMac as you can see from this screen shot of the store in 2008.

You can buy a 11in MacBook Air for the same price that has exactly the same processor and the same graphics card, although it's got half the RAM, and half the storage - but that storage is fast flash storage rather than an old fashioned hard drive.  

You can also read our five reasons why the iMac might actually be the best Mac for your needs

 

iMac vs Mac mini

Even a two-year-old Mac mini turned out to be faster in our tests! We tested the 2.3GHz Quad-Core Mac mini, which costs £649.

It scored higher in our benchmarks than the new iMac.

If you can find a display for £250 it's a still a good deal (although we'd wait for Apple to update the Mac mini).

Note: A new iMac may be set to launch this summer. Read about the 2015 iMac release date here.

 

Price drops all round

The really good news that happened when Apple introduced the new entry-level iMac was that it dropped prices of all the other iMacs in the range, the 21in iMacs are now £100 cheaper, and the 27in models are both £150 cheaper now.

This makes buying last year's entry-level iMac an attractive proposition, it's £1,049 and in our Speedmark tests its score was 54% higher than the new entry-level model.

Read reviews of the rest of the iMac range.

 

No RAM upgrades

Not only will you never be able to upgrade the RAM in this new iMac, there is not even an option to add more RAM when you buy it.

Upgrade options are almost nonexistent, except for the option of including a Fusion Drive.

Read about why you should add a Fusion Drive to the new iMac.

 

Not for games

If you want to play games then this is not the Mac for you.

We tested using Tomb Raider and Batman Arkham City and in both cases game play was poor due to frame rate limitations.

Read about the best games you can play on your Mac here.

Now read our five reasons why the iMac might actually be the best Mac for your needs

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