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Apple - 21.5" iMac® - Intel Core i5 (2.3GHz) - 8GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive - Silver-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 1817 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great desktop for apple lovers

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    Jenn
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    When I was a kid my family had a big clunky desktop that we all used (as long as my older sister wasn't on the phone, man dial up internet sucked) but since then I've always used laptops, and thought I would never need a desktop. I got a Macbook Pro a few years ago and it got me through my undergrad, but I found myself getting frustrated with the screen size and the fact that I had to hunch over while typing 30+ page papers didn't help things. I use iMacs at my university for editing and other things, so I was familiar with these machines, and I have to say that buying one was one of the best purchases I've made. The monitor is sleek and crystal clear, the colors are sharp, and the mouse is super responsive. The only problem I had was a little hiccup when I first installed Home Office for Mac and Word crashed the first time I opened it, but I haven't had problems with it or any other program since. I find the mouse and keyboard to be comfortable to use and they both hold a charge for weeks at a time, and I love that I can tilt the monitor to make it more comfortable to look at without having to put anything under it to lift it up. Another great feature is that I have it synced up to my iPhone so I am able to text and answer phone calls right from my desktop, which I find limits the temptation to mess around on my phone instead of getting work done.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The latest iMac

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    BlueHen
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    I bought my first computer, an iMac, in 1997. Since then my family bought only Apple products. Only one of the Apple computers died a "natural death" - old age (my first iMac, 8 y.o.). The Notebooks eventually had water, coffee or beer spilled on the keyboard - all preventable. When considering the replacement of my latest Notebook (8 y.o., another drowning) it made sense to go back to the iMac. I rarely ever took my Notebook off my desk at home. The iMac's larger screen and data storage capacity made the most sense. Best Buy had the computer in stock and waiting for me after I placed my order online. I unpacked the box, plugged the iMac in, powered up, and life went on. It was trivial to upload my applications and data from my back-up external hard drive. Old computer died on a Friday night, the new computer was up and running on Saturday morning. Thank you, Best Buy, for providing the immediate availability of my new iMac at a great price. And as always, the operating system is so intuitive that my adjustments to all the upgrades were seamless. PC's have improved tremendously, but I will always buy a Mac for it's ease of use and durability .... just don't spill any liquid on those Notebook keyboards.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Know What You Need

    Posted
    Domm
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    I just bought this entry level IMac. I did a ton of research. I want to thank Dell for giving me the push to switch from Windows. A bad BIOS update killed my Dell laptop and Dell refused to help because the machine was out of warranty when it was the firmware update that caused the issue. Yes, this is confirmed fact. Let’s talk about this computer. I’m not doing super heavy work. Mostly documents and some photo editing. I don’t need the biggest or baddest, nor do I need the middle tier. I did move the OS over to a 500G solid state drive. The slow 1T, 5400 RPM internal drive will be used for extra storage. Boot times and apps/programs are blazing fast. The trick is knowing the work you want to do and which Mac you need to do that work. This computer meets and exceeds my work flow need. I highly recommend this computer if it will do what you need it to do. Do pick up a solid state drive and have Apple Support walk you through making it your boot and primary drive.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Has a flaw from the factory, have to swap it out!

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    hotrod
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    I've never had a Mac Before or Apple product of any type. I always used machines like HP and most recently an ASUS. I have been using lap tops but decided that maybe a Desktop would work best for me especially at my buy in price. I heard raves about Macs and decided it was time to give it a try after I only got less than 2 years with my $1000 Asus. Overall the switch went better than I expected. The apple seems user friendly and many things I use have short cuts that just take some getting used to. A lot of my questions were answered with a simple internet search. The keyboard seems fine, though some people said it was small. It took longer to unbox it than to be surfing on the web with it. I was amazed as every other new computer I bought always took a day to get up and going. My only real complaint is that right out of the box there is a 2 inch band of pixels that are discolored down the right side of the screen. I called and was told to bring it back and they would swap it out for a new one. I checked the website and they are out of stock, but will have more in, in a couple of days so I'll have to swap it out then. If not for that, I would give it 5 stars. Hopefully the new one is good to go. If so I'll probably stick to Macs in the future.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Long time Windows user switching to Mac

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    rcking91
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    Ok so back story, I have always been a PC guy and have had about 3 HP laptops that I liked very much, never failed me until they started to run slow each time. I was also an Android user as well but when my Samsung S8+ failed me, I ditched it and got an iPhone 8+. Liked it so much I thought since I need a new computer and I'm not going to school anymore I wanted a nice desktop why not give Apple a shot. Come in early access to Black Friday shopping. Found an iMac within my price range and decided to pull the trigger. Glad I did. Just the unpacking of the computer was something of beauty. Everything feels top notch and says quality. From the nice touches of aluminum on the body of the screen, the wireless keyboard and mouse that come already paired to your computer from the box was a nice touch. it is a bit of getting used to having to learn a new OS but you get used to it. A couple of google searches to figure out the same key short cuts on the windows key board helped out. I definitely would say this computer is worth it. Looks aesthetically pleasing and functions perfectly for my needs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very nice, but...

    Posted
    Mike
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    No issues with the service at BB, they were great. I bought this iMac over the internet and it was ready when I arrived at the store to pick up, 5 stars. The iMac was a gift to my mother, The iMac, beautiful, screen is fantastic, no pixel issues, etc. Just a word of caution, and the reason for 4 stars, and this is my fault, spend the extra $200 for the 16GB memory upgrade. The computer is a bit slow with the old school 1TB HDD, that extra 8GB of ram for $200, I believe would make a world of difference in regards to speed. I think that upgrade would make up for some of the hard drive lag I am experiencing. Now, don't get me wrong, this is a fine computer, but if you plan on photo editing or running some of the Adobe programs, that extra bit of RAM will make a world of difference if you are on a budget and cannot afford the SSD model. For email and web browsing, just buy it, you will be very happy. Just my .02

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    What can I say? It’s a Mac. Enough said!

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    M1A2G3A
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    I have been a loyal Apple Mac fan for almost 30 years. This specific iMac is extremely well built and incredibly reliable. This unit replace a 10 year old iMac that I finally had to trade in since Apple no longer offered software upgrades. It was still working well and I donated it to a local Senior center. My wish is that it carry out the remaing years of its useful life allowing Seniors to connect with distant family members and friends via email and face time! You just can’t kill a Mac computer. Yes they are expensive but if you consider having to replace a windows PC every 3-4 years vs every 10 years with a Mac the ROI is the best in the consumer computer industry. The speed of this machine combined with the amazing screen is second to none. Transferring the data from my old Mac to the new one was seamless. If you are looking for a great value and a computer that just works, buy this or any Mac computer. You won’t be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Mac is as good as ever

    Posted
    Anthony
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    Bought this at the store open box. It was missing the cable to charge to the bluetooth mouse and keyboard. No big deal right? No. I called the "store" but some central call center picked up and took 3 separate calls to others at store and higher managers to resolve a simple item missing from their open box computer. Definitely not up to the Apple Store standard. Yeah I got the same deal as refurbished from Apple.com but BB service was sub par. $1000 computer was unusable because they didn't put the proper components back in the box. They should have sent me another one but I had to go back to the store to get the cable. As for the Mac, I hate the mini keyboard without the number pad. Desktops need the full keyboard. But other than power, no cables. Very clean and easy installation.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Incredible value and investment

    Posted
    Macuser22
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    I’ve owned macbooks macbook pros and iMacs. I have to say the iMacs are in my opinion, absolutely the best Value of any apple product. My last imac lasted 8 years and had no issues. The value of apple products do not depreciate like other computers. These devices are investments, if you can afford it make the purchase you will have a solid computer, stunning design, tons of compliments and when your ready to upgrade you more than likely will get money back if you try to sell it. These new iMacs are as thin as can be and they got rid of all battery enabled keyboards and mice which is a great! Everything is charged via lightning cable. Best buy had a great black friday deal on this computer and shipping was quick. You can’t go wrong!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Always asking for my signon. Always.

    Posted
    InexpensiveBackup
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    I tried to go to 10.14.4 because the hype on it said it resolves stability issues. No matter what I tried it would not perform the gen. The stability issue involves the software and iTunes. When I am playing music the system randomly decides I need to login again, often in the middle of a song. Of course I have to restart everything. I would talk to Apple about this problem but they would tell me to get current on the software. I switched everything to automatically gen a new system. I was a software support analyst for 20 years and I NEVER let the software decide when to gen anything, but I don't know what else to do. I have been an Apple-mac-iPad user since 2011 and someone convinced me it was time to upgrade. A very big mistake. I liked the old system.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great computer

    Posted
    Smash
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    I always enjoyed our older I MAC and once it broke I did not hesitate to buy another one. This one is even better so far then the older model with better features for storing and finding your photos. My only real complaint is it does not have a CD drive like the old one did. I guess some people do not use them anymore and apparently you can purchase a separate one to go along with it so I have heard but I used mine quite a bit to burn photos on to CDs and to load my music CDs into the computer to have there as well so I was pretty irritated to see the lack of the feature.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Basic Desktop

    Posted
    Poohkado
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    The 2009 second hand Apple desktop we have been using finally died. We only needed a basic duty desktop for household and light business use. My husband uses it everyday even though he is not too tech savvy. He loves it and so do I! You have all the equivalent Microsoft office programs you need and it's fast and easy for those with minimal computer experience. BUT for those who are tech experienced, it has all the bells and whistles without the extra cost! It's awesome! I did have to buy the after market number key pad for me to make it complete. Otherwise it has everything you really need!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    average

    Posted
    Roadrider
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    I was surprised, for an Apple product, its kind of slow. I had it less then 2 weeks and had to contact Apple support, the computer kept freezing when using iMovie and the chess game, it still freezes with the chess game. I've tried several times to upgrade to High Sierra without success, the download keeps failing for some reason. apple support wasn't any help at all. "Genna" recommended running it in safe mode...I can't believe she said that and kinda blew me off. I'm somewhat disappointed in Apple. I guess a rot†en apple is still better then PC.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another Great iMac

    Posted
    Shopper2
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    I purchased this iMac for my wife because I have enjoyed mine for so many years. Setup was seamless. The display was visually awesome. The speed was also very good. The overall look of the iMac has always been stunning. I purchased a track pad to replace the mouse and it works very well. The only negative would be the key board. She would prefer a slight slant to be more comfortable on the wrists. The USB charging of the both the keyboard and the track pad is a great improvement over battery operated. Since the iMac no longer comes with a CD drive, I will purchase an external drive when needed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great photo editor for beginners!

    Posted
    AmandaA
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    I was needing a new computer with a lot of storage space and something with some kind of photo editing. This has a handful. Nothing fancy but enough to help. This computer is almost identical to iPhone. You can down load apps to computer. There aren’t as much app options though. Set up is different as well. The way you exit out of things is on right hand side instead of left like a windows computer. All photos from phone automatically load to iMac once everything’s set up. Other then me not knowing much about computers I really love this one! Great quality and fun to play with. Would def recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Computer but..

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    Frankred
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    Mac makes a great computer but now here’s why you read reviews. 1- Yes, the 7th generation processor is faster than the 2015 IMAC. 2- Apple left out the DVD drive and other stuff to make it thinner, WHY? It’s a desktop not a laptop. 3. You can not upgrade it yourself. Apple overcharges you to upgrade. 4.The worst thing is that Apple is so ahead of the times, that there is only USB and Thunderbolt.... you need to pay for an adapter for anything else. STILL and great operating system and product but now I have adapters and a DVD drive around because Apple wanted to make it thinner.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    NO Windows Just A Big Screen

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    NanaPat
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    This is my first MAC and while it's totally different than a Windows PC " I am loving it " my MAC and I are still in the 'getting to know you' engagement period, but we're moving right along to living happily ever after. . Anything I don't understand or can't figure out I just read, read and read, although I must say Apple customer service is top of the line & will spend as much time answering questions as needed.. I needed something new to learn and master and this was it, but once you start with an Apple product you will never go back... This was also a good deal for the money..

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great quality!

    Posted
    Frankie1234
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    We got this Mac “open box” and everything was perfect! Even the scratches they said it had, was very very very faint and small. And it was like 2 small ones. HOWEVER it got 4 stars for 2 reasons. One it’s a little harder to set up than your phone and MacBook. Second because the person who returned it had added her iCloud and it took forever to be able to delete it through tech support and allow for me to put mine. Until now there are still some things that come up with the old users name. I wish Best Buy would check these things so that the person returning these items can delete everything like brand new.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth Paying the "Apple Tax"

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    Mark4
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    After a string of frustrating to aggravating PC desk top and laptop experiences, I decided to finally find out what all the Mac devotees were raving about. Sure, it meant paying the so-called "Apple Tax", but what a difference! Since they were designed for each other, the software and hardware work hand-in-glove. Set up and connection to my network were less several steps than I was use to with a PC. This machine is plenty fast for my home office and web-surfing purposes and, of course, connecting any of my existing or future Apple devices to it is and will be a piece of cake.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Students: Read this Review

    Posted
    Jeremy
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    I love this Mac but there are some things I’ve had to adapt to. I’m a graduate student, and have experienced frustration with Blackboard and Grammarly. It does not allow you to submit your assignments while using the Safari browser, you have to log in to Blacboard through Chrome or Firefox, so keep that in mind students. The other issue is with Grammarly. There is no Microsoft add-on for Mac, so you have to repeatedly cut, copy and paste your writing into the Grammarly application and back into Word. It was a pain at first but have adapted after a couple of months.

    I would recommend this to a friend