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Archive for July 31st, 2016

by Tom Nelson

Most of the Mac models remain well stocked; the exception is the Mac mini, which is once again out of stock, at least for the time being. This still leaves plenty of other Mac models from which to choose this week’s deals.

But before we move on to the deals, a word about how I make the choices. The first thing I look for is value, which is one reason you rarely see Macs dressed up with every possible option. The other important criteria are that RAM and storage are adequate for the types of tasks the Macs will likely be put through. For RAM, I generally like to see a minimum of 8 GB; this is especially important on Mac models that don’t allow you to upgrade the RAM.

As for storage, I try to avoid Macs equipped with slow 5400 RPM hard drives, as these will always be a bottleneck in performance, not to mention day-to-day use. Fusion drives and solid-state flash drives are preferred, as they will help a Mac’s performance in routine activities. One of the things I don’t like is waiting for a routine task to be performed, so storage selection is important to me.

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Image courtesy of Apple

Deals of the Week

Up first is a 2015 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro with 16 GB of RAM and a fast 256 GB PCIe-based flash storage system. This Mac should work for anyone who needs to run a large number of apps at the same time, or one or two critical apps that can make use of the Mac’s fast storage or ample RAM.

Next up is a desktop Mac, for those who like to work from a comfortable spot, with a nicely worn chair and a desk that can accommodate a 27-inch 2015 Retina iMac. Equipped with 8 GB of RAM, this one just meets my minimum requirements. But the 27-inch iMac is one of the few Macs that still support user installable RAM, so you can upgrade this Mac at any time, and for considerably less than what Apple would have charged for the additional RAM up front. For storage, this iMac uses a 2 TB Fusion drive, which provides a nice amount of storage space.

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