Another "Which should I buy?" Thread

Discussion in 'iMac' started by DUDEMANGUY5, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. DUDEMANGUY5 macrumors regular

    Apr 8, 2010
    Hey everyone!

    I am now in the market for an iMac.
    I am a student (looking to save some money) and am eligible to get the back to school promotion!

    I do a little video editing, a bit of the Sims (and SimCity when it comes out for Mac), Photoshop, and web browsing as well as backing up my iPad, iPhone, and iPod.

    Anyway, I want an iMac for the large screen and the powerhouse processor as well as the large amount of storage space so I can just "throw" all of my photos and videos on it whenever I want and not worry about space.
    Right now, I have a 2010 MacBook Pro 13" (250GB) and a 2012 MacBook Air (128GB SSD) and I am running out of space.
    I do own external hard drives but I don't like having to carry them around and using up my USB ports.

    The 2 iMacs that I am considering are:

    The late 2012 27", 3.2 i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB FusionDrive, 675MX 1GB graphics for $2124 (With $100 back to school promotion)


    Refurb Late 2012 27", 3.4 i7, 8GB RAM, 1TB FusionDrive, 680MX 2GB graphics for $2199 (not eligible for back to school promotion)

    I have never bought a refurbished model before and I wanted to know other people's experiences with Apple's Refurb department.

    Also, If you have another recommendation for my needs let me know!
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Apple refurbished products are considered by most to be a very good deal, as they're pretty much like buying a new Mac, except for the box.
    Click the link in that quote for more details on the refurbishment process.
    • Apple Certified Refurbished Products are available online from the Apple Refurb Store and are not sold in local Apple stores
    • Educational discounts do not apply to refurb products.
    • Refurb products come with the same warranty as new products, and qualify for AppleCare
    • Refurb products have a changed serial number that identifies them as refurbished
    • Refurb products come with whatever OS version and software they originally shipped with as new
    • Refurb products come with the same items in the box as new products, only the box is a plain one, not the new box.
    • A refurb product could have some cosmetic signs of prior use, but rarely do
    • A refurb Mac may have some cycles on the battery, but not a significant enough amount to affect usable life
    • The refurb store inventory changes frequently, sometimes several times a day, and doesn't have any direct relation to upcoming product releases. What's available in the refurb store is determined by what has been returned to Apple.
    • If you're looking for a particular item, can alert you when it becomes available.
  3. sonicrobby macrumors 68020


    Apr 24, 2013
    New Orleans
    I personally have not had a refurb mac from Apple, but I have gotten refurb ipads, and it was basically like new. From what i hear the macs are the same. So there should be no problem going the refurb route. Out of the two, I would say go with the refurb. You wont get an itunes gift card, but you will have a better computer for the long haul.
  4. KaraH macrumors 6502

    Nov 12, 2012
    I would go with the refurb. That is a good deal.
  5. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    I say go with the refurbished, that's a really good deal. I've gotten 3 refurbished products now from Apple.
  6. Shane1905 macrumors regular

    May 21, 2012
    Yep, another vote for the Refurb here. Thats a great deal for the spec and will last you a good 5 years.
  7. pingfan59 macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2011
    Another vote for the refurb.

    .2 ghz increase and i7 processor instead of i5
    1gb additional graphics memory

    For $75 is a deal, especially for items that you cannot upgrade yourself later.
  8. CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    I've bought refurbs and were always impressed with the value.

    I'm waiting for the Haswell iMac refresh (for 802.11ac and PCIe SSD) so that will be the first non-refurb Mac I have bought in years.
  9. DUDEMANGUY5 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 8, 2010
    Does anybody know the read/write speeds of the 7200rpm hard drives as well?
    That's another viable option to save money
  10. forty2j macrumors 68030


    Jul 11, 2008
    Once you go SSD, you'll never go back. Spinners just can't even compete.

    I paid $2420 (+tax) for that refurb 680MX model new, except with i5 instead of i7. It's a really good deal.

    Note that nothing you're doing will really take advantage of the 680MX yet. I don't think SimCity will stress it either. But it's good to have around at that price.
  11. CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    Exactly. Even at Apple's ruinous prices for the things, the value is still apparent.

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