Different Types of Apple Desktops and All-in-Ones Compared

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Different Types of Apple Desktops and All-in-Ones Compared

Apple desktops and all-in-ones can be a great choice for anyone looking for a desktop computer. Apple is known for the quality of their computers, which are less vulnerable to viruses than PCs and have a long shelf life. Unfortunately, choosing between the different Apple computers can be difficult. Buyers who would like a new computer can choose between the iMac, the Mac Pro, and the Mac Mini, but anyone who would like a used or refurbished computer can choose from a great deal more models.

Buyers can narrow their options by choosing whether they would like a new or used computer, setting a budget, and deciding how much RAM and computing power they need. Another consideration for anyone purchasing a used Apple model is that the older the computer, the less power, RAM, and memory it has. Buyers could benefit from an overview of popular Apple desktops and all-in-ones, including the pros and cons of each model.

Popular Apple Desktops and All-In-Ones

As of 2013, Apple has three models of Macintosh computers in production and these are better in terms of power, memory, and screen resolution than models produced in previous years. New models of Mac computers usually come with a one-year factory warranty, even if they are purchased from somewhere other than the Apple store. As long as the Mac has not been turned on and registered, any new Mac should come with a warranty, which is a benefit for any buyer. For anyone purchasing a used Mac, there are many sites that offer computer warranties.

Mac Pro

The Mac Pro is one of the most sold models of the desktop Macintosh. First released in 2006, the Mac Pro was the successor to the Power Mac G5, and has had different models released in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, and then in mid-2012. The 2012 version of the Mac Pro is available as a low-end single processor and high-end dual processor so buyers can choose which they prefer based on specifications. The Mac Pro is a classic desktop computer, which means that it can be connected to any TV or monitor depending on the buyer's choice. The 2012 Mac Pro is the most expensive of Apple desktops and all-in-ones produced during that year, but also the most powerful.

Mac Mini

The Mac Mini is a smaller version of the Mac Pro in every way. This desktop comes in a small box that is about one eighth of the size of a standard desktop. These Macs are small but powerful, and are cheaper Mac desktop as they were designed to be an affordable alternative for lower budget consumers. Mac Minis can be connected to any TV screen or computer monitor, and can be just as powerful as a lower-end Mac Pro. However, the hard drive is usually much smaller as the maximum for most 2012 Mac Minis is about one terabyte while the maximum for the Mac Pro of the same year is eight terabytes.

iMac

The iMac is an Apple all-in-one, and as of 2013, the only one still produced by Apple. The iMac comes with a 21.5- or 27-inch screen, although this may change with future models. The iMac is priced in the mid-range between the Mac Mini and the Mac Pro, although because it does not require the buyer to purchase a monitor as well, can help buyers save space and money. The iMac was first released in 2006 and has had at least one upgrade released every year since. The 2013 model of the iMac is more powerful than previous versions, but many buyers are happy with even a 2006 version of the iMac. Notably, older versions do not have the same standards of screen resolution as the newest ones as some of the screen technology used in 2012 and 2013 iMac laptops is actually new to the year.

Comparing Apple Models

Anyone who wants to choose between each of the three Apple desktops and all-in-ones should first decide what they want to do with it, how much power they need, and how much memory they need. Choosing a screen size, setting a budget, and deciding what the computer is being used for can each help to choose between models. For example, gamers need more RAM and more hard drive space, while someone studying for college might need less space. Likewise, any professionals who work on their computer might need more computing power than a casual user.

Computing Power

The power of a computer includes the processor, the DDR3 memory or RAM, the graphics chip, and more. Most Apple computers have more than enough power for the average user and often as much as twice or more that of a standard Windows PC. However, buyers should still compare their options to check which one is right for them. The following specifications include 2013 Apple models but do not apply to future Apple computers or older ones that might have been made in another year.

Computer

Mac Pro with single processor

Mac Pro with dual processor

Mac Mini

iMac with 21.5-inch screen

iMac with 27-inch screen

Processor

Quad Core or 6 Core Xeon with 3.2 or 3.3 GHz

Two 6 Core Xeon with 2.4, 2.66, or 3.06 GHz

Dual Core Intel i5 or i7 with 2.6 GHz

Quad Core Intel i5 or i7 with up to 3.1 GHz

Quad Core i5 or i7 with up to 3.4 GHz

RAM or DDR3

Up to 16 Gb

Up to 64 Gb

Up to 16 Gb

Up to 16

Up to 32 Gb

The power of a computer controls how many programs can run at once, how much can be done on the computer, and even what programs can be run. Many larger programs require a minimum of 2 gigabytes of DDR3 random access memory, which means that anyone who wants to run multiple large programs needs much more than 2 gigabytes. For the most part, all Apple computers have plenty of power, but some obviously have more than others. Choosing the power and specifications for a computer should be based on needs, budget, and practicality.

Computer Features

Every Mac desktop has similar features, but many are slightly different. Buyers can compare the features that are present to see which ones can be used, or might be required during use. Selecting computer features is one of the most important steps in choosing a Mac so most buyers should pay attention the exact specifications on the computer they buy. Features present in 2013 Apple desktops and all-in-ones include hard drive space, graphics, Bluetooth, Ethernet, and more.

Computer

Mac Pro with single processor

Mac Pro with dual processor

Mac Mini

iMac with 21.5-inch screen

iMac with 27-inch screen

Graphics Card

ATI Radeon HD 5770 or ATI Radeon HD 5870

ATI Radeon HD 5770 or ATI Radeon HD 5870

Intel Graphics 4000

NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M or 650M

NVIDIA GeForce GT 660M or GTX 675MX or GTX 680MX

Hard Drive

Up to 8 Tb

Up to 8 Tb

500 Gb or 1 Tb

1 Tb or 3 Tb

1 Tb

Optical Drive

18x SuperDrive

18X SuperDrive

None

None

None

Display

None

None

None

1920 x 1080 LED Backlit

2560 x 1440 LED Backlit

Internet

Dual Gigabit Ethernet

Dual Gigabit Ethernet

Gigabit Ethernet

Gigabit Ethernet

Gigabit Ethernet

Bluetooth

2.1 plus EDR Wireless

2.1 plus EDR Wireless

4.0 Wireless

4.0 Wireless

4.0 Wireless

Buyers should look at the specifications and then make a decision based on features that they can actually use as well as afford. New Mac desktops and all-in-ones all have these features but, importantly, older models, even of the same Mac model, might not have them. Checking the stats, or the listing if purchasing a used computer online, is always important for anyone purchasing an older computer.

Physical Specifications

The computer itself includes the shell, screen where applicable, body, measurements, and other physical specifications. Macintosh computers can greatly vary in this department, especially because some of them have screens while others do not. The following chart outlines the different physical dimensions of the Apple desktops and all-in-ones produced in 2013.

Computer

Mac Pro with single processor

Mac Pro with dual processor

Mac Mini

iMac with 21.5-inch screen

iMac with 27-inch screen

Camera

None

None

None

Facetime HD

Facetime HD

Shell

Aluminium, removable panel

Aluminium, removable panel

Aluminium

All-in-one aluminium with LED display

All-in-one aluminium with LED display

USB

Five USB 2.0 and Four Firewire 800

Five USB 2.0 and Four Firewire 800

Four USB 3.0 plus One Firewire

Four USB 3.0

Four USB 3.0

Thunderbolt, Mini Display

Two Mini Display and Dual Link DVI

Two Mini Display and Dual Link DVI

One HDMI

Two

Two

Screen

None

None

None

21.5-inch LED

27-inch LED

For the most part, the physical specifications of the computer are the least important for making a purchase decision, but they should still be considered. Anyone who is short on space should consider that the iMac all-in-one is space saving because it does not require two parts, while the MacBook Mini comes in second. Other considerations include durability, exact size, and in the case of the iMac, the screen size.

Old Models of Apple Desktops and All-In-Ones

Anyone who purchases a used Apple desktop or all-in-one should watch out for different specifications, different models, and even computers not listed here. Some of the models available at used computer stores and online include the PowerMac and the eMac. Importantly, neither of these models are produced any more so they are all used or refurbished. Both models were last produced in 2006, which means that their memory, computing power, and resolution are all much lower than the average standards of newer models.

Purchasing Apple Desktops or All-In-Ones on eBay

You can purchase both new and used Apple desktops and all-in-ones on eBay depending on your needs. As an international store with Macs listed from around the world and from the UK, eBay is an excellent location to find a large range of Macs at a great price. Options include new, used, refurbished, and even antique models or Apple desktops and all-in-ones, so you can literally purchase anything you want.

Important considerations when purchasing on eBay include that you read the full item description provided by the seller. Many models are used or even a couple of years old and might have different specifications than the new models. Checking the exact location is especially important because while most options that show up in search are local, you can also search internationally to choose a Mac that is not available in your area. Last but not least, if you have any questions, make sure you ask the seller before making a purchase.

Conclusion

The are several types of Apple desktops and all-in-ones available to be purchased new. For example, as of 2013, there are three models that can be purchased new, Mac Pro, Mac Mini, and iMac. In addition to this, there are two Apple desktop computers that are no longer in production, but that can still be purchased at stores like eBay.Of the Mac computers mentioned above, there are a total of five variations, so buyers can have a range of options to choose from depending on their needs and budget. The Mac Pro is the most powerful and most expensive of 2013 models, the iMac is the most versatile and space saving, and the Mac Mini is the most affordable.

Checking the exact specifications, deciding how much computer power, what features, and how much hard drive space is necessary, and then choosing whether to purchase the Mac new or used are all important decisions to make before a purchase. Buyers can use this information to decide between the different models of Apple desktops and all-in-ones without having to choose purely based on budget. Finally, buyers can decide where they would like to buy their Mac and then make their purchase.

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