Best Buy Selling New Entry-Level iMac for $830 With EDU Discount

Best Buy is now offering the new entry-level iMac for $979.99, a $120 discount off its standard price of $1099. Combined with the recent educational discount that takes an additional $150 off the price of Apple iMacs and MacBooks, the new iMac model can be purchased by qualifying customers for just $829.99.

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While the $980 sale price is available to all customers until June 28, the extra $150 discount is part of Best Buy's current College Student Deals that run until July 12. You need a valid .edu email address and must sign up at Best Buy's website to be eligible for the extra student discount on all iMac and MacBook models.

The new entry-level 21.5-inch iMac includes a 1.4GHz dual-core Intel i5 processor, a 500GB hard drive, 8GB of memory, and an Intel HD 5000 Graphics chip. The new iMac ships with the same ultra-low voltage Intel processor used in the current MacBook Air and scores similarly on benchmarks.

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17 weeks ago
$830 makes far more sense for those specs.
Rating: 6 Votes
17 weeks ago
Doesn't this model use the same processor as the MacBook Air? That would make the MBA a better deal, right?
Rating: 4 Votes
17 weeks ago

I completely agree. Macworld did a benchmark on the entry level machine. No way that thing should retail anywhere near $1100. Get it with a Fusion drive, there may be value at $1100. Otherwise this would be a poor value proposition at $1100. At $7-800, it makes more sense.

Macworld benchmark:
http://www.macworld.com/article/2366147/lab-tested-new-21-inch-1-4ghz-core-i5-imac-benchmarks.html

I don't see how benchmarks even apply to entry-level product like this when the target consumer is not even going to care or would even notice the difference. This product would most likely be faster than what they had and without the viruses.
Rating: 4 Votes
17 weeks ago

Doesn't this model use the same processor as the MacBook Air? That would make the MBA a better deal, right?


Potentially, but this comes with more storage space (albeit at the cost of a sluggish HDD), a little more RAM than the base MBA and a 21.5" display -- the latter of which the MBA definitely doesn't have :D

Still overpriced for what it is, though.
Rating: 3 Votes
17 weeks ago
MSRP is now the "standard price." And you heard it here first.
Rating: 2 Votes
17 weeks ago
Tempted to buy one of these from best buy for $830.

Then sell it for $1000+ on eBay
Rating: 2 Votes
17 weeks ago

I completely agree. Macworld did a benchmark on the entry level machine. No way that thing should retail anywhere near $1100. Get it with a Fusion drive, there may be value at $1100. Otherwise this would be a poor value proposition at $1100. At $7-800, it makes more sense.

Macworld benchmark:
http://www.macworld.com/article/2366147/lab-tested-new-21-inch-1-4ghz-core-i5-imac-benchmarks.html


I don't see how you figure. If you are buying for performance specs, the 2.7 quad core outperforms the 1.4 dual core with the Fusion Drive option, for $50 less.

In any case I think the significance of this model is being missed by many. From the very first rumor of an entry-level iMac, the clear objective was Apple's effort to hit the lowest possible price with the iMac form factor. You don't have to like it or want it, but this is it, just the same. Not everyone buys computers based on specs, and those who do would likely spend the extra $200, the higher price being more about how long you plan on keeping the computer than on whether it's suitable for most purposes today.
Rating: 1 Votes
17 weeks ago
This will be the top selling iMac.

End of story.
Rating: 1 Votes
17 weeks ago

Well, that's getting close to what the thing should have been priced at in the first place.


Yeah, if it was $800 to begin with definitely. Still with the coupon that's not bad.
Rating: 1 Votes
17 weeks ago
Okay, thanks to lingering .edu address that never got shut off, I went and tried to use this on a new MacBook Air for my wife. Asked if they had any open box refurb. They did. The edu discount didn't apply. Also tried adding the US Post Office "change of address kit" Best Buy 10% coupon - apparently USPS just swapped kits, and the new coupons don't START until July 1.

So no purchase today, I'll have to head back on Tuesday.

True. I'd hit up Monoprice for that (~$10).


And you don't really need a Thunderbolt to HDMI adatper - a Mini DisplayPort adapter works just fine. (Which, IIRC, Monoprice labels them as "Thunderbolt/Mini DisplayPort" nicely, but don't fall for more expensive companies that charge more for a "Thunderbolt" enabled adapter.


Also, to chime in again on the value proposition on the new low-end iMac model.

If $1099 was too much, and the $1299 was a much more reasonable model for the price - that value proposition continues to hold. If the low-end model is a good value at $830, then the quad-core model is an even better value at $1030. (Cheaper than the low-end model's non-edu price.)

Also, Best Buy seems to be messing with people, I checked right now, and each model of iMac has a different discount to it. The $1099 model has *NO* discount right now, while the $1299 has a $100 discount. So right NOW, the quad-core model is a downright STEAL, at only $100 more than the dual-core model.
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