So I do a lot of Craigslisting. In fact I have a page dedicated to some exploits of my own and my friend that I taught how to flip goods on there.
Yes, we're trolls sometimes - but most of it is generally just how it goes.
Anyways back to the point - Apple gear for some reason retains it's value very well, so I decided to get some gear off Craigslist and flip it. Most of it was iPhone 4s, 5, iPads, and now I graduated to the actual Mac systems.
One of the benefits of flipping these goods is I get to play with the gear before I sell it. I've had every iPad, iPhone, Android, tablet, etc etc that exists. I must say the Mac system works amazingly well. I love how iOS integrates directly into Mac OSX. Somehow I ended up with a Mac Mini 2.3 Mid-2011,a 20" Samsung monitor, and superdrive (newest models have no optical drive). I hated the small screen so a week later I struck an amazing deal on a 27" Thunderbolt display in mint condition. Let's just say it cost less than a 32gb iPad mini new. So far I love the ease of use. Most of the frustration lies in trying to find things in what seems like the non-logical places.
Why is that? It's because after years (two decades for me) of using Microsoft products I have learned that we are trained to use computers the Microsoft way. That's fine and I still like it, however it makes the learning curve on any other OS very steep since all other OS' are logically laid out from any point of view. You don't have to "tweak" it to make it work better/right even though that PC side of me urges me to find a way. The monitor is insanely clear. The contrast ratio after calibration is pretty damn good. Most people hate the glossy screen, but I have a light controlled office so I don't have the problem. I do understand it, and if I had fluorescent lighting in an office it would drive me nuts. Oh, and you can't really use any PC gear with the monitor either - I know ASUS has Thunderbolt ports but people are having one hell of a time getting it to work properly.
The hardware itself is very clean. there are only three cables - the power cable to the mac, the power to the monitor, and the Thunderbolt cable connecting the two. If I can somehow score a late-model Macbook Pro I can eliminate the power cord as the Thunderbolt display has a Magsafe1/2 built into the Thunderbolt cable. I wish it was that easy for my Dell Latitude (which I love). I am left a little wanting on the power of the device. I got a great deal on the Mac Mini, but it's still only a core i5, 4gb ram (for now - we'll see), 500gb hdd and Intel 3000 graphics. The last bit is what really gets it. You can't do much graphically intense, especially with the 2560x1440 resolution of the insane monitor. I tried to play League of Legends the other night an it averaged 30fps standing still and dropped to 10fps when actually battling. It's not a graphically intense game but the high resolution destroyed any chance of playing games with that video card. It was dumb to try, but I wanted to see how it fared. I have to say though, it looked marvelous in terms of image quality. I have a dedicated gaming system as is.
Multitasking is a breeze. I can have multiple browsers open, Photoshop, mail, iMessage all without having to minimize. And using the multitouch mouse makes swapping between them nothing more than the flick of a finger (or two). Next step: I wold really like to get a Mac Pro or MBP fully decked out with retina display. I'll have to sell a few amps/speakers to make that happen. You never know. Would I have purchased any of this at full price? Probably not. The entry fee is far too high but I do like how streamlined it is and how well put together it is. At a discount however, this stuff is amazing and downright sexy.