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iMac Question
« on: October 18, 2021, 05:41:29 PM »
Looking at a new iMac. The model is about 1200. For an extra 200.00, you get something called Gigabit Ethernet. Is it worth it? This unit is for personal use only, no business.
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Re: iMac Question
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2021, 05:55:52 PM »
Get more memory than you need they are hard to upgrade.  My one runs slow and it is only a few years old.

Old ones you could change the memkry yourself.  New ones have to be unglued.
 

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Re: iMac Question
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2021, 09:13:48 PM »
What MG 42 said. I am finding this out personally on my 2017 model.
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Re: iMac Question
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2021, 09:39:16 PM »
Joining the chorus on maxing the memory as much as possible. I have a mid-2014 Macbook Pro that is still going strong (at least until software eventually makes it obsolete) because I decided to max the RAM at 16GB. I skimped a bit on the hard drive back then to afford it, but it was a worthwhile trade-off.

Whether Gigabit Ethernet is worth it depends on the speed of your internet connection. If you have a slow connection (sub-200 megabit), it's a waste of that much money, but if you have fast service or foresee the upgrade to faster service, non-Gigabit would likely be a performance bottleneck. $200 is a classic "well, that's Apple for you" outrage of a price, though, since a Gigabit card in a standard PC tower can be had for $15. But the iMacs are highly proprietary, and Apple charges through the nose for stuff like that. Unfortunately a part of the Apple ecosystem.

Also depending on your internet service and how many free USB/Thunderbolt ports you have, you could forgo the built-in Ethernet and use a Thunderbolt- or USB-C-to-gigabit adapter. It would not be as fast as the built-in card, but Apple's adapters are $30, which is significantly cheaper, and other brands are likely even cheaper.
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Re: iMac Question
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2021, 11:25:07 PM »
Any necessary reason to do an iMac vs something else?
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Re: iMac Question
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2021, 06:56:54 AM »
Any necessary reason to do an iMac vs something else?
We've always used Macs.
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Re: iMac Question
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2021, 08:11:12 AM »
A USB-C or Thunderbolt adapter for Ethernet would cost you $20, so...doesn't seem cost-effective to get it integrated.
 

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Re: iMac Question
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2021, 09:23:50 AM »
Thinkpad with a linux distro is fantastic
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Re: iMac Question
« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2021, 04:04:54 PM »
Thinkpad with a linux distro is fantastic

Yes it is.

But so are Macs.


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Not really, but they are fantastic.
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