What to Know Before Buying an iMac: How to Make a Big Investment Without Breaking the Bank

It’s no secret that buying any computer is an investment — but this is especially true for iMacs, Mac Pros and Mac minis. While tried and true and reliable, these bad boys are some of the most expensive desktop models on the market, and not without good reason. As long-lasting as they are functional, Apple products are made for the user who wants as much of a hands-off experience as possible. So if you’re a gamer, developer or someone who likes to tinker with customizable interfaces, these products might not be the best fit for you. On the other hand, if you’re ready to invest in an Apple desktop computer, read on to learn about how to choose the best option for you.

Is an Apple Desktop Right for Me?

Known for its sleek style and aesthetically pleasing visuals, iMacs are the famed go-to choice for designers, creatives and tech-savvy individuals. There are a few things you should consider when buying a desktop Mac.

Their incredible lifespans are just one of the reasons customers choose Apple products time and time again. Threads on Apple.com boast an impressive five-year average, with some users reporting their models still functional after 10 years. The prices for these machines, however, are just as eyebrow-raising:  A Mac Mini which doesn’t include a screen starts at roughly $800, and the most basic models that include screens start at just over $1,000. The coveted iMac Pros starts at $5,000, with the most high-end, elaborate models going all the way up to $14,000.

The reality is, though, that there’s no need to pay full-ticket price, especially if you’re on a budget. Buying a used iMac, Mac Pro or Mac Mini from a seller that renews them (like we do here at RenewedMacs) is an excellent option for getting all of the power of an iMac without the price of buying one of the newest models.

What Types of Mac Desktop Computers Are There?

Mac Mini

Screenless and bite-sized, the Mac mini is Apple’s compact desktop computer that’s perfectly capable of performing the most basic functions such as office work or photo editing. If you’re in the market for this model, you likely already have a monitor or screen that you know and love. Alternatively, you might be looking to run a separate, non-Apple LCD. At the end of the day, if you’re sharing a spot with roommates or live in a space that doesn’t allow for a fully-fledged office space set up, the Mac Mini will come to the rescue and deliver the Apple experience without taking up as much space in your home (or on your credit card statement.)


When it comes to the iMac — which is the most well-known model to date — you’ll get to choose between two options when it comes to size: 21.5-inch and 27-inch. The latter will have some of the most recent updates and bells and whistles. Compared to all of Apple’s options, this will by far be the most affordable computer if you’re looking to create a home-office setup. If you’re somebody who works from home and prefers to have the famed iMac visuals, graphics and classic ecosystem, this model will come through with hefty storage and the 5K display. Although, if you’re an on-the-go digital nomad, we’d recommend sticking to a laptop option that’s portable and can be hooked up to a monitor when you’re working from home. 

iMac Pro

By far the priciest option on the market, the new iMac Pro comes in at right around $5,000. This iMac is intensely powerful and is primarily designed for those who need its extra-intense capabilities for video and photo editing, building 3D models and doing VR or music production. If you’re looking into buying this model – consider it the cream of the crop. TechRadar sums it up nicely: if you’re a professional or creative looking for something to handle the highest workload possible, “the iMac Pro isn’t just one of the best Macs for you; it’s the only Mac to consider. Not only does it have a vibrant 27-inch 5K display with a P3 wide color gamut, but it also boasts the most powerful hardware Apple could get its hands on.”

Why Buying a Renewed iMac Is Best

Once you have your requirements nailed down and are confident in the product you need, it’s time to decide where to buy your new powerhouse computer. Buying a pre-loved Mac desktop is a great option if you’re looking to upgrade without splashing out five figures for a brand-new model. If you choose to go that route, make sure you buy from a reputable seller that has fully wiped and restored the computer to its factory state, like we do here RenewedMacs. That way, you can be sure your new hardware will let you chase your passion - or level up your business - for years to come. 




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