I upgraded to a 27-inch iMac. Here are a few tips if you’re thinking of buying one, too.
Before deciding to buy, check the product cycle on the MacRumors Buyer’s Guide. There might be an update about to launch (happens once or twice each year).
If you’re self-employed or will use your iMac for business, ask to meet with someone from Apple’s business team (there’s a team in every store). Business purchases receive a 5% discount, which can easily save you £100. The only requirement for the discount is that it’s your second business purchase from the store, so if you’ve bought something there in the past, search for your email receipt (or ask the store for help). Even if it’s your first Apple purchase, it’s worth opening a free business account for savings on anything you buy in future.
Don’t buy extra RAM from Apple. It’s extortionate. I bought my system with the minimum of 4GB RAM, then purchased another 8GB through Crucial (arrived next day). Installation is simple, takes ten minutes, and doesn’t affect the validity of AppleCare. 8GB cost me £80 from Crucial. Apple would’ve charged in the region of £500.
I was a little tempted to add a 256GB solid state drive to the 1TB hard drive. It’d improve start-up times. But at £600 extra, no thanks. The i7 is already a powerful machine. More than enough for my needs.
Do you have any buying tips to share?