I want to buy a 27 inch iMac, but the monitor cannot be re-used... it cannot be hooked up to any KVM (Keyboard / Video / Mouse) switch to be used with a PC too...

Also, 3, 4 years down the road, I know the iMac will become slow and probably need to buy another computer. At that time, what am I going to do with the monitor? Apple is saying they save the "microwatt" between your typing, but what about wasting a good monitor like that?

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The display port on the latest iMac's (actually since late 2009) acts as both an output (for an external display) or an input (to make the imac screen a monitor).

See http://smokingapples.com/asides/new-27-imac-doubles-up-as-external-monitor/

  • +1 Wow, that's news to me! Beats my answer by a mile. :-) Apr 18, 2011 at 4:17
  • actually, by 2 miles =) Apr 21, 2011 at 5:27
  • Sigh, this is apparently not true anymore.
    – user7116
    Jan 15, 2013 at 16:20

Sell it. Used Macs hold their resale value better, in my experience, than used PCs do. (Also, keep the original box & other packaging - that will help the resale value.)

  • that's quite nice a display... I was hoping to be able to re-use it. also, selling it... may fetch you $600? it will be a computer with such a nice display but with the processor that nobody wants to use Apr 18, 2011 at 2:41

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