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Which iMac® Computer is Best for Students? A Back to School Buying Guide

Apple, Inc.®, well known for their revolutionary electronic devices such as the iPhone® device and iPad® tablet, have supplied students with the technology they've needed to succeed for years. Apple, Inc. continues to lead the education market after a push this past spring to reinforce its commitment to providing students with the best technology options available on the market. However, brand new Mac® computers are typically very expensive options for students. This being the case, many parents look at certified pre-owned Apple computers to offer the students in their lives the device they need and want, at a price they can afford. Take a look at our breakdown of recent iMac computer models that won't break your bank this upcoming school year.

  • 5-inch iMac Computer

    This desktop computer is the smallest iMac computer available. New models of the 21.5-inch iMac computer feature between 8-16GB of memory, 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, two Thunderbolt® ports and Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 graphics card. A brand new 21.5-inch iMac computer retails for $1,099, which though considerably less than its iMac siblings, is still way more than a certified pre-owned iMac computer. The 21.5-inch model also has varied upgrades that offer a 4K Retina Display, 3.0 or even 3.4GHz Processor, up to 32GB of memory, as well as a 1TB Fusion Drive for $500 more bringing up the cost to $1,499. A certified pre-owned 21.5-inch Mac computer from Experimac makes a perfect tool, at significant savings, for the average student.
  • 27-inch iMac Computer

    A certified pre-owned 27-inch Mac computer is a great choice for any student who works with graphic arts, film, sound engineering, or any form of digital art, but is probably more than what an average student needs. This computer is available in three configurations, all of which include a Retina 5K Display. The "basic" model features a 3.4GHz Intel Core Processor, 1TB Fusion Drive, Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz, Radeon Pro with 4GB of video memory, and a pair of ThunderBolt 3® ports. The two upgraded models feature up to a 3.8GHz Processor, fast Turbo Boosts, a 2TB Fusion Drive, and up to 64GB of memory and Radeon Pro with up to 8GB of video memory. The prices for the 27-inch iMac computer start at $1,799 and go up to $2,299. Certified pre-owned 27-inch iMac computer models at Experimac that are pre-5K are a great value, and still have an amazing display. Stop by to see for yourself what is available for your tech-savvy student at a much more reasonable price.
  • iMac Pro® Computer

    The brand-new iMac Pro computer is designed for professional use and contains state of the art processors, advanced storage options, and incredible graphics. It can come with up to 18 core processors, Hyper-Threading, Radeon Pro Vega 56 or 64 graphics, a Turbo Boost of up to 4.5GHz and up to 42MB cache. Needless to say, this computer has it all and a brand new one is priced at $4,999. This computer is more than an average student will need so when it comes to a computer for a student, we recommend investing in a simpler iMac computer model. Older iMac Pro computer models feature the same level of quality minus a few bells and whistles, making certified pre-owned iMac Pro computer models from Experimac a steal at their affordable prices.

There are other certified pre-owned iMac computer models you can check out in person at your local Experimac store as well as other Apple® devices your student might need including various iPhone® device models, iPad® tablets, and MacBook® laptops. Want to know more about certified pre-owned iMac computers? Stop by your local Experimac store today. Our team is ready to help you pick out a computer that meets the needs of the student in your life at a price you can afford. Experimac is also proud to offer financing services.