Review: Thin is in with new 21.5-inch iMacs but user upgrades, SuperDrive are out
Posted 24 January 2013 - 01:00 PM
Posted 24 January 2013 - 01:17 PM
For day-to-day computing needs and the average computer user, a core i5 will be plenty fast for years to come. It blows the computing power of previous systems (be they G5, core duo or core 2 duo) out the water in terms of processing power.
If you have more advanced needs like video conversion, model rendering, etc. where more cores and extra MHz help you finish those tasks faster; then a core i7 is a worthy upgrade.
The slowest components are really the human operator, hard drive and internet.
I just upgraded my new primary system (mini late 2012) with a fast solid state drive and 16GB RAM and couldn't be happier with the faster response times from startup throughout everything. The annoying and sad thing is: it even makes browsing the internet faster. It really does, because Safari up to OS X 10.6.8 has a big memory leak and soon starts paging the slowest component aka hard drive. This has been bugging me for many years and Apple never fixed it. Anyway. If you don't have the option to replace/upgrade the hard drive yourself, then a fusion drive is recommended. It is not just a minor difference in speed, it's a big step forward.
Posted 03 February 2013 - 09:51 PM
No optical drive, so extra expense and unnecessary junk and cables hanging off the back, again hard to reach. Just saying I don't use them is not going to make a big fat lie believable.
Extremely expensive Fusion drive makes no sense. Just use the enormous extra Apple charge for a bigger SSD, or attach an external large HDD or both.
Some internal HDDs are reportedly slower than even the models before! Is this designed to make Fusion drives look good by comparison?
Lack of upgradeability and the extreme cost of the inevitable repairs and upgrades are the clincher.
Nothing of interest here. Pass.