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Need help with purchasing IMAC

 
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Hello Friends ,

I need your help and guidance for IMac purchase . I have personal Macbook Pro , but have windows laptop for my office work .

I want to use Imac for Macbook as well as external monitor for Windows Laptop.

I have checked in different forums and found out as thunderbolt doesn't work with current Windows laptop .

I am thinking of purchasing old Imac , preferably 2009/2010 Imac , which was last Imac without Thunderbolt but had displayport which can be used as external display for both Macbook and Windows laptop.

So my question is are old Imac as good as current Imac , taking out the equation of Retina display , as I will be doing development work with no graphics or animation .
I can purchase external RAM to upgrade. I found 2010 Imac (http://www.macofalltrades.com/iMac-27-inch-2-93GHz-QCi7-Mid-2010-p/im-27-293-m10a.htm) which seems a good deal.

Also if someone knows a workaround for displaying PC/Windows on new Imacs ( post 2010 with thunderbolt display) , I can purchase new Imac instead of 2010 Imac.

Any suggestion/help is greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
Mark
 
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Hi,

marcus waugh wrote:I want to use Imac for Macbook as well as external monitor for Windows Laptop.

Not sure I fully understand your goal, but Imac itself is a computer, so I don't see a point to use it as an external display for your Macbook Pro as IMac i'd guess should me more powerfull in terms of performance. Maybe you have in mind Thunderbold display monitor (simple monitor), which is different from IMac.

marcus waugh wrote:I have checked in different forums and found out as thunderbolt doesn't work with current Windows laptop.

That sounds very unlikely to me too, I wouldn't like to believe it is true. There are adaptors hdmi to thunderbold and other way round if needed. But I haven't tried that.
 
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Liutauras Vilda wrote:Hi,

marcus waugh wrote:I want to use Imac for Macbook as well as external monitor for Windows Laptop.

Not sure I fully understand your goal, but Imac itself is a computer, so I don't see a point to use it as an external display for your Macbook Pro as IMac i'd guess should me more powerfull in terms of performance. Maybe you have in mind Thunderbold display monitor (simple monitor), which is different from IMac.

marcus waugh wrote:I have checked in different forums and found out as thunderbolt doesn't work with current Windows laptop.

That sounds very unlikely to me too, I wouldn't like to believe it is true. There are adaptors hdmi to thunderbold and other way round if needed. But I haven't tried that.



Sorry , for missing the point. I want a Imac as primary use of desktop to be used at home, which can be used by my family and kid.
It's just that I want to make secondary use of IMac as display for both Windows Laptop which I use at office as well as Macbook Pro.
I don't want to invest money for separate monitor for PC.

Also, Thunderbolt technology doesn't support most of the laptops as they don't have thunderbolt port
http://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/181277/connect-a-thunderbolt-display-to-windows-8-desktop
 
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Hm.. I see your point now. This is what I managed to find only (<- link). Doesn't sound good promising. Lets wait, might someone else had similar goal and will be able to advice you with something.
 
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