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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Top Rated Comments

peglegjack Avatar
99 months ago
$830 makes far more sense for those specs.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
osofast240sx Avatar
99 months 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.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Dj64Mk7 Avatar
99 months ago
Doesn't this model use the same processor as the MacBook Air? That would make the MBA a better deal, right?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
keysofanxiety Avatar
99 months 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.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mattsasa Avatar
99 months ago
Tempted to buy one of these from best buy for $830.

Then sell it for $1000+ on eBay
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
IJ Reilly Avatar
99 months ago
MSRP is now the "standard price." And you heard it here first.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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