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Apple iMac 21.5 Inch MNE02B/A, 3.4GHz, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB Fusion Drive - £949.99 at Costco
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Apple iMac 21.5 Inch MNE02B/A, 3.4GHz, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB Fusion Drive - £949.99 at Costco

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  • - Preloaded with mac OS Sierra
  • - 21.5" 4K Retina Display
  • - Intel Core i5 Processor, 3.4GHz
  • - 8GB Memory
  • - 1TB fusion drive, with 4GB VRAM graphics
  • - Includes wireless magic keyboard and wireless magic mouse 2
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It’s not worth buying these in 2019. It has a “fusion drive” which is a standard hard drive with a small SSD cache - performance won’t be great with this.
Darren1969917/07/2019 19:17

Sort of dis-agree. If your SSD hungry that only comes at a cost.


Yes, like with everything Apple, it comes at a ridiculous premium.
ezzer7217/07/2019 21:42

I doubt people on here looking at this are looking to set up a 'studio' - …I doubt people on here looking at this are looking to set up a 'studio' - and they are laggy compared to what?These machines perform great for home use, and I stick with my opinion that Fusion drive is almost as quick as full SSD for most tasks.The guy I was originally responding to clearly thought it had something like this inside;[Image]


Paying £950 for a computer in 2019 without an actual SSD in it is an absolute joke.
Edited by: "reubenno" 18th Jul
I use fusion drives at work, from what I can tell they are more in line with a standard hard drive performance than that of a SSD.
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It’s not worth buying these in 2019. It has a “fusion drive” which is a standard hard drive with a small SSD cache - performance won’t be great with this.
Sort of dis-agree. If your SSD hungry that only comes at a cost.
Darren1969917/07/2019 19:17

Sort of dis-agree. If your SSD hungry that only comes at a cost.


Yes, like with everything Apple, it comes at a ridiculous premium.
unless your intending to use cad or extreme apps then there fusion is fine i think
ConorCX17/07/2019 19:14

It’s not worth buying these in 2019. It has a “fusion drive” which is a sta …It’s not worth buying these in 2019. It has a “fusion drive” which is a standard hard drive with a small SSD cache - performance won’t be great with this.


It's not a cache at all - it's 121gb ultra fast bespoke SSD, mated to a 1Tb HDD with very clever use of software, and very much provides SSD performance for most tasks - it's not one of those silly hybrid drives with 8gb.
I use fusion drives at work, from what I can tell they are more in line with a standard hard drive performance than that of a SSD.
thomas1717/07/2019 21:04

I use fusion drives at work, from what I can tell they are more in line …I use fusion drives at work, from what I can tell they are more in line with a standard hard drive performance than that of a SSD.


No, a proper Fusion drive (i.e. an Apple only thing - not one of those tacky hybrid HDDs) is MUCH quicker than that of standard HDDs, and not miles away from SSD performance.
ezzer7217/07/2019 21:25

No, a proper Fusion drive (i.e. an Apple only thing - not one of those …No, a proper Fusion drive (i.e. an Apple only thing - not one of those tacky hybrid HDDs) is MUCH quicker than that of standard HDDs, and not miles away from SSD performance.


I've got several imacs in our studio. The ones with fusion drives are laggy. I can't recommend them I'm afraid.
designer_friend17/07/2019 21:33

I've got several imacs in our studio. The ones with fusion drives are …I've got several imacs in our studio. The ones with fusion drives are laggy. I can't recommend them I'm afraid.


I doubt people on here looking at this are looking to set up a 'studio' - and they are laggy compared to what?

These machines perform great for home use, and I stick with my opinion that Fusion drive is almost as quick as full SSD for most tasks.

The guy I was originally responding to clearly thought it had something like this inside;

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Darren1969917/07/2019 19:27

unless your intending to use cad or extreme apps then there fusion is fine …unless your intending to use cad or extreme apps then there fusion is fine i think


*you're *their
ezzer7217/07/2019 21:42

I doubt people on here looking at this are looking to set up a 'studio' - …I doubt people on here looking at this are looking to set up a 'studio' - and they are laggy compared to what?These machines perform great for home use, and I stick with my opinion that Fusion drive is almost as quick as full SSD for most tasks.The guy I was originally responding to clearly thought it had something like this inside;[Image]


Fair point. Just compared to a standard ssd in the others.
ezzer7217/07/2019 21:42

I doubt people on here looking at this are looking to set up a 'studio' - …I doubt people on here looking at this are looking to set up a 'studio' - and they are laggy compared to what?These machines perform great for home use, and I stick with my opinion that Fusion drive is almost as quick as full SSD for most tasks.The guy I was originally responding to clearly thought it had something like this inside;[Image]


Paying £950 for a computer in 2019 without an actual SSD in it is an absolute joke.
Edited by: "reubenno" 18th Jul
Gosh how long have apple been knocking out this model now? Like 4 years.
Fusion is awful, but after an upgrade to 970 EVO SSD and 16 GB of RAM, it will become an excellent machine.
reubenno18/07/2019 01:12

Paying £950 for a computer in 2019 without an actual SSD in it is an …Paying £950 for a computer in 2019 without an actual SSD in it is an absolute joke.


It does have an actual SSD - albeit it only 120gb.

It then has an additional 1tb HDD, a lot of Windows junk has a similar combo, but macOS has the feature of merging the 2 drives, rather than them being C: and D:
ezzer7218/07/2019 07:11

It does have an actual SSD - albeit it only 120gb.It then has an …It does have an actual SSD - albeit it only 120gb.It then has an additional 1tb HDD, a lot of Windows junk has a similar combo, but macOS has the feature of merging the 2 drives, rather than them being C: and D:


I'm not denying that some Windows PCs are poorly configured either, but you wouldn't find an SSHD hybrid drive in a £950 PC. You'd have at least a 500GB SSD.
reubenno18/07/2019 10:40

I'm not denying that some Windows PCs are poorly configured either, but …I'm not denying that some Windows PCs are poorly configured either, but you wouldn't find an SSHD hybrid drive in a £950 PC. You'd have at least a 500GB SSD.


Is this a wind up?

It doesn't have an SSHD - again, it has a 120gb SSD and a separate 1tb HDD, the two pieces of hardware are then coupled together with software.
ezzer7218/07/2019 10:52

Is this a wind up? It doesn't have an SSHD - again, it has a 120gb SSD …Is this a wind up? It doesn't have an SSHD - again, it has a 120gb SSD and a separate 1tb HDD, the two pieces of hardware are then coupled together with software.


My apologies, but my point still stands. This is a ridiculously small amount of pure SSD storage (without any software trickery) to be offering on such an expensive machine.

Yes the fusion drive has better performance than a standard hard drive, but when you can get a 1tb SSD with better performance than the fusion drive for £90 (at retailer price) there's no excuse not to include it in an almost £1000 computer.
Edited by: "reubenno" 18th Jul
reubenno18/07/2019 11:17

My apologies, but my point still stands. This is a ridiculously small …My apologies, but my point still stands. This is a ridiculously small amount of pure SSD storage (without any software trickery) to be offering on such an expensive machine.Yes the fusion drive has better performance than a standard hard drive, but when you can get a 1tb SSD with better performance than the fusion drive for £90 (at retailer price) there's no excuse not to include it in an almost £1000 computer.


£950 isn't a fortune really, when you consider it's constructed of aluminium, has a 21.5" 4k screen, will retain value very well, and of course runs macOS. Even the supplied keyboard and mouse are brilliant and worth quite a lot of money, not cheap plastic junk that would come with a Windows PC.
ezzer7218/07/2019 11:31

£950 isn't a fortune really, when you consider it's constructed of …£950 isn't a fortune really, when you consider it's constructed of aluminium, has a 21.5" 4k screen, will retain value very well, and of course runs macOS. Even the supplied keyboard and mouse are brilliant and worth quite a lot of money, not cheap plastic junk that would come with a Windows PC.


A 21.5" 4k screen is pointless, you can barely tell the difference between 1080 and 1440 at that size. I don't doubt that MacOS is great for stability, and yes some people like the peripherals (despite the mouse still charging on the bottom). You pay your money and you take your chance, but anyone paying £950 for an 120gb SSD, 8gb of ram and an i5 in 2019 is making a mistake in my opinion. MacOS is great, but it can't magic up an extra 8gb of ram for premiere, or another 4 cores for rendering tasks.
Edited by: "reubenno" 18th Jul
reubenno18/07/2019 11:36

A 21.5" 4k screen is pointless, you can barely tell the difference between …A 21.5" 4k screen is pointless, you can barely tell the difference between 1080 and 1440 at that size. I don't doubt that MacOS is great for stability, and yes some people like the peripherals (despite the mouse still charging on the bottom). You pay your money and you take your chance, but anyone paying £950 for an 120gb SSD, 8gb of ram and an i5 in 2019 is making a mistake in my opinion. MacOS is great, but it can't magic up an extra 8gb of ram for premiere, or another 4 cores for rendering tasks.


It sounds to me like you would be surprised by the performance of this, the 'numbers' don't add up in direct comparison to Windows systems.
Avoid these. The new fusion drives are only 32GB so are rubbish! The older ones like my iMac 2012 actually function well as they are 128GB (quite a lot in Mac OS) Also note is you use boot camp fusion drives don’t work (you use the HDD only).
ezzer7218/07/2019 07:11

It does have an actual SSD - albeit it only 120gb.It then has an …It does have an actual SSD - albeit it only 120gb.It then has an additional 1tb HDD, a lot of Windows junk has a similar combo, but macOS has the feature of merging the 2 drives, rather than them being C: and D:


Sadly it’s 32GB now which as per my statement so they are rubbish!
ezzer7217/07/2019 20:02

It's not a cache at all - it's 121gb ultra fast bespoke SSD, mated to a …It's not a cache at all - it's 121gb ultra fast bespoke SSD, mated to a 1Tb HDD with very clever use of software, and very much provides SSD performance for most tasks - it's not one of those silly hybrid drives with 8gb.


The 1TB Fusion drive only has 32GB of flash storage. 128GB is only on 2TB and 3TB drives.

*EDIT*
Voted hot btw. It's a good discount from retail price.
Edited by: "kristmace" 18th Jul
Great price.
fantastic machines.
ezzer7217/07/2019 21:42

I doubt people on here looking at this are looking to set up a 'studio' - …I doubt people on here looking at this are looking to set up a 'studio' - and they are laggy compared to what?These machines perform great for home use, and I stick with my opinion that Fusion drive is almost as quick as full SSD for most tasks.The guy I was originally responding to clearly thought it had something like this inside;[Image]


If someone was looking for a machine capable for "home use" why would they spend £950 when a Windows PC could do the same for much less?
Is the hard drive end-user upgradeable? Can I replace this fusion drive with an SSD myself?
From_the_Midlands18/07/2019 12:35

Is the hard drive end-user upgradeable? Can I replace this fusion drive …Is the hard drive end-user upgradeable? Can I replace this fusion drive with an SSD myself?


In a word - No.
Darren1969917/07/2019 19:17

Sort of dis-agree. If your SSD hungry that only comes at a cost.


You get 1TB SSDs for peanuts these days. It was great in the past
Wolfenstain18/07/2019 12:32

If someone was looking for a machine capable for "home use" why would they …If someone was looking for a machine capable for "home use" why would they spend £950 when a Windows PC could do the same for much less?



Can you sugest an all in one for me for much less?
Amazing the prices Apple can get away with. Don't know why people are still falling it, they're con artists.
ezzer7218/07/2019 12:53

Couldn't have put it better myself


You should do.
It's highly offensive claptrap
BargainManV2.1.318/07/2019 13:00

Amazing the prices Apple can get away with. Don't know why people are …Amazing the prices Apple can get away with. Don't know why people are still falling it, they're con artists.


As others have said, you couldn't buy the same quality for less, even if you were prepared to suffer Windows.
ezzer7218/07/2019 13:04

As others have said, you couldn't buy the same quality for less, even if …As others have said, you couldn't buy the same quality for less, even if you were prepared to suffer Windows.


Suffer Windows? I've been a Windows and Linux user all my life and have never suffered one bit. I actually prefer Windows over any other OS including macOS.
Edited by: "BargainManV2.1.3" 18th Jul
BargainManV2.1.318/07/2019 13:05

Suffer Windows? I've been a Windows and Linux user all my life and have …Suffer Windows? I've been a Windows and Linux user all my life and have never suffered one bit. I actually prefer Windows over any other OS including macOS.


You haven't used macOS then.
ezzer7218/07/2019 13:06

You haven't used macOS then.


I have, I had Uni work that required it.
cantonbean18/07/2019 12:19

Sadly it’s 32GB now which as per my statement so they are rubbish!


Correct. I bought this model a few years ago and took it apart to add a larger blade, 32gb ram, swap the i5 for i7-7700 and re-paste the 560. Way cheaper than the Apple up sell but only for those who are used to stripping down these iMacs.

I think only the 27-inch models have 128gb blades in now which still bottleneck.
Biggunspaul18/07/2019 12:50

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Spending £950 on a Windows PC would be a finer option than an iMac with outdated hardware.

Your second comment suggests you're buying a computer based on the externals of it? Couldn't sum up Apple users any more accuratlely to be honest.
Edited by: "Wolfenstain" 18th Jul
steveieboy118/07/2019 12:58

Can you sugest an all in one for me for much less?


I'd suggest avoiding all in ones full stop.
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