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?


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. :-) – Sherm Pendley Apr 18 '11 at 4:17
  • actually, by 2 miles =) – nonopolarity Apr 21 '11 at 5:27
  • Sigh, this is apparently not true anymore. – user7116 Jan 15 '13 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 – nonopolarity Apr 18 '11 at 2:41

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