Originally Posted by MsNly
Do school computers really need more than 1GB?
I think it helps. And it's not that expensive, $60 at OWC gets 4GB.
Originally Posted by aaarrrgggh
Great price point, but I always think a 20" monitor is just too big for students. It reminds me of the "Easy" internet cafes you would see in Europe... almost like a factory with the ratio of human space to computer space.
If you were talking about the 24", maybe I would agree, it can seem big to people, but for the 20" I don't see how space is such a problem when the machine is about as wide as the shoulder width on an average adult, comfortable use requires still more elbow room anyway. Personally, as portability isn't an issue, I would take as much screen space as is affordable. For educational use, I just looked up some figures on recommended spacings for ergonomics and comfort, and the bare minimum recommended child-to-child spacing is about 45cm, about the width of the 20" machine.
Originally Posted by Alonso Perez
Personally, if I was an educator I'd be prone to get minis rather than iMacs.
If a screen goes, you swap it; you don't lose the functionality of the whole unit. They are also good for light server duty when required and easier to ship for servicing.
I see the iMac as better for the home and small office market.
Of course an educator would have to run the numbers on his particular situation, but my gut feeling is that the mini can lower your TCO.
Personally, for my own machine, I do prefer a separate screen, but really, how often do screens fail?
I don't know if it's so clear cut on overall TCO. There are extra cables to manage though, monitor power, monitor video, monitor audio, making sure they all stay securely connected, plus probably an extra Kensington lock.