Best 21″ and 27″ iMac Prices

There have been so many iMac models since Apple switch to Intel processor back in 2006 that we’ve found it easier to divide Intel iMac deals into two page. This page covers the more recent iMacs, which ship in 21.5″ and 27″ sizes. The other page covers older models, which came in 17″, 20″, and 24″ sizes.

27" iMac

Apple last announced new iMacs in October 2012. The new 21.5″ model arrived in November, the 27″ iMac in December. These were the slimmest, lightest iMacs ever, and also the first iMacs without built-in optical drives. This also marked the first time iMacs had USB 3.0, which has 10x the bandwidth of USB 2.0. And 8 GB of system memory is standard on all versions.

In 2011, Apple moved the entire iMac line to quad-core Intel Core i5 and i7 CPUs. The entire line supports HyperThreading and Turbo Boost. These are the last models to support Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, which is the last version of OS X to include Rosetta and be able to run legacy PowerPC software. Snow Leopard is supported on all Intel-based Macs prior to the 2012 models.

iMacs since the Mid 2007 models can run OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, OS X 10.9 Mavericks, and 10.10 Yosemite, all of which require at least 2 GB of system memory and work much more smoothly with 4-8 GB of RAM.

We separate Core 2 Duo models and Core i3/i5/i7 models into separate sections in our used iMac listings to reduce confusion. In choosing the best deals, we factor in estimated ground shipping costs (21″ iMac shipped to Low End Mac headquarters in Michigan). Unless otherwise noted, there is no surcharge for credit card purchases. Vendors are listed in alphabetical order.

Best Used Core 2 iMac Prices

  • 21.5″ 3.06 GHz, $499, DV Warehouse
  • 27″ 3.06 GHz, $789, DV Warehouse

Best Used Core i iMac Prices

  • 21.5″ 3.06 GHz Core i3, $599, DV Warehouse
  • 21.5″ 2.5 GHz Core i5, $699, DV Warehouse
  • 21.5″ 2.8 GHz Core i7, $1,219 shipped, PowerMax
  • 27″ 2.7 GHz 2-core i5, $979, DV Warehouse
  • 27″ 2.8 GHz 2-core i5, $1,129 shipped, PowerMax
  • 27″ 3.2 GHz 4-core i5, $1,539 shipped, PowerMax
  • 27″ 2.8 GHz 4-core i5, $1,609 shipped, PowerMax
  • 27″ 2.93 GHz 4-core i7, $1,509 shipped, PowerMax
  • 27″ 3.4 GHz 4-core i7, $1,299, DV Warehouse

aluminum iMac

Best New iMac Prices (shipped)

  • 21.5″ 2.7 GHz 4-core i5, $1,294, MacMall
  • 21.5″ 2.9 GHz 4-core i5, $1,494, MacMall
  • 27″ 2.9 GHz 5-core i5, $1,794, MacMall
  • 27″ 3.2 GHz 4-core i5, $1,994, MacMall

Recent Memory Prices (per module)

Mac OS X Prices

Factory refurbished items carry an Apple one year warranty and are eligible for AppleCare. Store refurbished items may vary. Prices may be limited to quantity on hand. Not responsible for typos. Buying through some of these links benefits Low End Mac. Buying at these prices benefits you.

Core 2 iMacs

  • iMac, Late 2009: 21.5″ 3.06 GHz GeForce 9500M, 21.5″ 3.06 GHz Radeon 4670, 27″ 3.06 Radeon 4670, 2.66 GHz quad-core i5 CPU. 16 GB maximum RAM. Glossy display, 16:9 aspect ratio. Built-in iSight, 8x dual-layer SuperDrive. Nvidia GeForce 2400M or Radeon graphics. 802.11n WiFi. OS X 10.6.1 through 10.8.

Core i iMacs

  • iMac, Mid 2010: 21.5″ 3.06/3.2 GHz i3, 21.5″ 3.6 GHz 2-core i5; 27″ 3.2 GHz i3 and 3.6 GHz 2-core i5; 27″ 2.8 GHz 4-core i5 and 2.93 GHz 4-core i7. 16 GB maximum RAM. OS X 10.6.4 and newer.
  • iMac, Mid 2011: 21.5″ 2.5/2.7 GHz 4-core i5, 27″ 2.7/3.1 GHz 4-core i5; 4-core i7 optional. 16 GB maximum RAM for 21.5″, 32 GB for 27″. OS X 10.6.7 and newer.
  • iMac, Late 2012: 21.5″ 2.7/2.9 GHz 4-core i5, 2.9/3.2 GHz 4-core i5. GeForce 640M-675M graphics. 16 GB maximum RAM for 21.5″, 32 GB for 27″. OS X 10.8.2 and newer.
  • iMac, Late 2013: 21.5″ 2.7/2.9 GHz 4-core i5, 3.2/3.4 GHz 4-core i5, Iris Pro 5200 or GeForce GT 7xx graphics.  RAM cannot be upgraded. OS X 10.8.5 and newer.
  • iMac, Mid 2014: 21.5″ 1.4 GHz  2-core i5, HD 5000 graphics. RAM cannot be upgraded. OS X 10.9.3 and newer.
  • iMac 5K/Retina: 27″ 3.5 GHz 4-core i5 or 4.0 GHz 4-core i7, Radeon M290X graphics. 32 GB maximum RAM. OS X 10.10 and newer.

New iMacs

Amazon.com B&H MacMall PowerMax 21.5″/27″
2014
21.5″ 1.4 GHz 2-core i5, 8/500 $1,084  $1,079
27″ 5K 3.5 GHz 4-core i7, 8/1 TB $2,474  $2,449
Late 2013
21.5″ 2.7 GHz 4-core i5, 8/1 TB $1,279
21.5″ 2.9 GHz 4-core i5, 8/1 TB $1,469 $1,479
21.5″ 3.1 GHz 4-core i7, 8/1 TB
27″ 3.2 GHz 4-core i5, 8/1 TB $1,749.99 $1,749
27″ 3.4 GHz 4-core i5, 8/1 TB $1,959 $1,949
27″ 3.4 GHz 4-core i7, 8/1 TB $2,199
  • a/r = after mail-in rebate
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  • MacMall collects sales tax on orders shipped to CA, IL, MN, TN, and WI.

Used Core 2 iMacs

DV Warehouse

Ground shipping may add $42 or more.

  • 21.5″ 3.06 GHz Core 2, 4/500, $499
  • 27″ 3.06 GHz Core 2, 2/500, $789

Other World Computing

OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard installed (no discs). Free FedEx home delivery.

  • none listed today

PowerMax 21.5″ / 27″

Free ground shipping. OS X 10.6.8 installed.

  • 21.5″ 3.33 GHz Core 2, 8/2 TB, $1,149 shipped
  • 27″ 3.06 GHz Core 2, 2/1 TB, $979 shipped
  • 27″ 3.33 GHz Core 2, 2/1 TB, $1,019 shipped
  • many other configurations listed

Used Core i iMacs

DV Warehouse

Ground shipping may add $42 or more.

  • 21.5″ 3.06 GHz Core i3, 4/500, $599
  • 21.5″ 2.53 GHz 4-core i5, 4/500, $699
  • 21.5″ 2.7 GHz 4-core i5, 4/1 TB, $795
  • 27″ 2.7 GHz 4-core i5, 4/1 TB, $979
  • 27″ 3.4 GHz 4-core i7, 8/1 TB, $1,299

LA Computer Company

Ground shipping may add $36 or more. LA Computer collects sales tax on orders shipped within California. 30 day warranty.

  • none listed today

Other World Computing

OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard installed (no discs). Free FedEx home delivery.

  • 27″ 2.7 GHz quad-core i5 Mid 2011, 16/1 TB, $1,199
  • other configurations listed

PowerMax 21.5″ / 27″

Free ground shipping. OS X 10.6.8 installed.

  • 21.5″ 3.06 GHz Core i3, 4/500, $809 shipped
  • 21.5″ 3.2 GHz Core i3, 4/1 TB, $889 shipped
  • 21.5″ 2.5 GHz Core i5, 4/500, $869 shipped
  • 21.5″ 2.7 GHz Core i5, 4/1 TB, $1,009 shipped
  • 21.5″ 2.9 GHz Core i5, 16/256 SSD, OS X 10.10, $1,159 shipped
  • 21.5″ 2.8 GHz Core i7, 4/1 TB, $1,219 shipped
  • 27″ 3.2 GHz Core i3, 4/1 TB, $1,0199 shipped
  • 27″ 2.8 GHz Core i7, 4/1 TB, $1,129 shipped
  • 27″ 2.7 GHz 4-core i5, 4/2 TB, $1,339 shipped
  • 27″ 2.93 GHz 4-core i7, 8/2 TB, $1,509 shipped
  • 27″ 3.2 GHz 4-core i5, 8/1 TB, $1,609 shipped
  • 27″ 3.4 GHz 4-core i7, 4/1 TB, $1,769 shipped
  • many other configurations listed

Small Dog Electronics 21.5″ / 27″

$4.99 flat rate ground shipping.

  • none listed today

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