2010 refurbished i7 2.93 vs 2011 refurbished i7 3.4

Discussion in 'iMac' started by penduboy, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. penduboy macrumors member

    May 9, 2011
    Hi I am looking at following two refurbished iMacs

    1. 2010 i7 2.93Ghz for $1569
    2. 2011 i7 3.4Ghz for $1869

    Do you think it is worth to spend another 300 to get 2011 model or should I save $300 and simply buy last year model. Choice is hard, please help.

    I will be mainly using this machine for Photoshop, aperture, after effects and few other media applications.

    Also, I heard that refurbished iMacs are as good as new?

    Thanks, Pendu
  2. SundayDuffer macrumors 6502


    Jun 25, 2011
    I was debating on the same thing. And this morning i went with the 2011 version. I want thunderbolt.

    If you decided to go with 2010, check this out...for a few bucks more, you can have it new instead of refurb.
  3. mackage macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2011
    Count on getting a yellow tinted screen if you buy a refurb.
  4. penduboy thread starter macrumors member

    May 9, 2011
    what is the guarantee that you will not get this on new one :) I have returned 2 new one with yellow screen issue and hard drive noise. I thought I will better try my luck with a refurbished.

    Could someone confirm about yellow screen and issues with their 2011 refurbished imacs.
  5. mackage macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2011
    It's common sense. People are returning yellow tinted iMac daily which are turned right around and sold as refurbs. They are NOT being fixed. There is no fix. I have had two refurbs with horribly yellow tinted screens.
  6. penduboy thread starter macrumors member

    May 9, 2011
    Thanks SundayDuffer.

    I think, it make more sense to order a new one from your link, if I go 2010 route.
  7. SundayDuffer macrumors 6502


    Jun 25, 2011
    will let you know as soon as i received mine. I hope i dont get one of those, if i do, i will drive straight to Cupertino and try to resolve it somehow.
  8. penduboy thread starter macrumors member

    May 9, 2011
    If I get yellow screen, I can simply call Apple to arrange pickup. I am taking my chances, we will see. But I can tell you one thing that the first 2010 refurbished I ordered was not yellow screen but had hard drive issues.
  9. iamthedudeman macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2007
    Why are you giving someone false info? You know this as a fact? Their manufacturing process? Just because you got a few bad ones does not mean they are all bad.

    Yeah they just get a returned one and package it back up and sell it again, okay.:rolleyes:

    Refurbs are usually better than new because they get checked over and anything that is broken gets replaced.

    New ones coming off the line get checked in 'batches'. They will check so many out of a batch of 100 or so for example.

    I just got a refurb 2.93 and the screen is perfect, the refurb I just got a 2.93 has the SSD i7 27. My refurb is perfect in every way. No blemishes, dead pixels, stuck pixels nothing. The keys on the keyboard is crisp and the mouse is not loose as in some new ones. It is for all intents and purposes one of the most perfect imacs I have received and I own 16 of them.

    Get the SSD 2.93 i7. It is faster overall then the 2011 3.4 because of the SSD. If not go with the 3.4 if you are not going to go with the SSD.

    And I am not the only one. Do a search on that model refurb to see what I mean. Don't listen to nonsense as in this thread.

    In contrast I also got a 27 2011 model with SSD and the screen is piss yellow.

    And if the current 2011 yellow screen thread isn't enough proof for you I dont know what is.
  10. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    as a buyer of more then 65 refurbs and 30 new macs since 2006. the fff'd machines are less then 4% . I got 3 duds 2 were refurbs and 1 was new.

    Most purchases were mac minis some mac book pros ,mac pros ,iMacs.

    No need to fear new or refurb both have a good return policy. Forums will always be worse then the real numbers.

    Why is that go out and drop 2k on a bad machine. What will many do they will look for net answers so forums attract people with problems.
  11. coolspot18 macrumors 65816

    Aug 16, 2010
    Thunderbolt is useless, but Sandy Bridge is 10 - 20% faster than the 2010 CPU.
  12. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    True, but I like being able to use the 27" as a monitor for any displayport capable system. They took that away with the 2011 model. I'd get the 2010 for that alone (of course I just want to use that beautiful Mac display with my Alienware displayport equipped M17x-R3).

  13. CIMA macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2011
    I just got option #1 two weeks ago. The unit is perfect. The screen has a minor discoloration at the bottom 1/4 of the screen but not enough for me to return it.

    I saw yesterday that May 2011 i7 refurbished are now on sale. I still think the July 2010 i7 is a better buy. Thunderbolt is nice but is too new and expensive and I can't justify it. I simply don't do anything to take advantage of it. FW800 is fast enough for me.
  14. penduboy, Jul 7, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2011

    penduboy thread starter macrumors member

    May 9, 2011
    Thanks everyone for their input and special thanks to the people talking about their personal experiences buying refurbished iMacs. Now I can buy my refurb iMac with confidence. I am leaning towards 2011 3.4 coz of sandy bridge and thunderbolt. I know there is no immediate benefit of having thunderbolt now but down the road in year or two it will make more sense.

    Also since ivy bridge is coming in 2012, 2010 model will feel very old at that time, I guess it is worth the extra 300 bucks.

    Also, do we need to pay for Lion or we will get it free even with refurbished purchase. It will be a free upgrade to new purchases but what about refurbished?

    Thanks again, Pendu
  15. OptyCT macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2008
    I recently ordered the '11 i7 3.4 refurb, and am waiting for it to show up. I also looked at the '10 2.93 and decided the extra $300 was worth it for the upgraded CPU, GPU, and Thunderbolt. In my opinion, the future potential of Thunderbolt could eliminate the biggest problem that everyone has with their aging iMac - upgradeability. Going forward, Thunderbolt peripherals could (should) include external SSD boot drives, external GPU's, etc.
  16. SundayDuffer macrumors 6502


    Jun 25, 2011
    Wow, that is a bold statement. How so if i may ask?
  17. CIMA macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2011
    Is my understanding that all i5, i7 are Sandy Bridge.
  18. penduboy thread starter macrumors member

    May 9, 2011
    2011 i5 and i7 are all Sandy bridge :)
  19. CIMA macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2011
    Yes just like the 2010
  20. AbeFroman77 macrumors 6502

    May 29, 2010
    I don't think the 2010 core i5/i7 is SB. I'm pretty sure they're Lynnfield.
  21. Nanker/Phelge macrumors regular

    Dec 6, 2010
    SB came out in January of 2011
  22. CIMA macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2011
    i see.. thanks for the clarification.
  23. penduboy thread starter macrumors member

    May 9, 2011
    As other people mentioned

    2010 - No SB
    2011 - SB

    Any idea if we are getting Lion free with refurbished iMacs or do we have to pay to upgrade? It is not clear on Apple website, which is saying "all qualifying macs" :confused:
  24. bniu macrumors 6502a

    Mar 21, 2010
    with the 2011 iMac, you can potentially get a 7680x1440 desktop, most you can get with a 2010 iMac is 5120x1440. Imagine how sweet that will be, a 2011 iMac in the middle with TWO cinema displays attached to it, one on each side!
  25. AbeFroman77 macrumors 6502

    May 29, 2010
    One on each side being awesome applies to other things as well.

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