anyone recently buy a 27" iMac i7 refurb?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ThirteenXIII, May 26, 2010.

  1. ThirteenXIII macrumors 6502a

    Mar 8, 2008
    I'm looking at picking up the refurbed machine, as I could get the Back2School promo but would rather save the extra bucks to snag the Refurb model.

    at any rate, what is experience with these as refurbs as they have gotten quite a bit of a uneasy reputation? you completely satisfied with it?

    I have picked up refurbed macbooks & macbook pros, ipod touch, nanos, etc and they were all flawless but never had as many acknowledged issues as the iMac in my finding.

    I'm going to say theyre alright to pick up refurbed, but thought I'd get an opinion from those who first hand got them.

    also, are the refurbs harder to resell say a year or two down the road when perhaps wants to upgraded to the next model?
  2. reberto macrumors 65816


    Jul 20, 2005
    I'll have had my refurb 27' i7 iMac for 2 weeks tomorrow, and it's been perfect. No loud hard drive (Seagate ST31000528ASQ), no fans randomly going to full blast, no yellowing of the screen, everything is flawless. My only complaint is that when I want to boot into Windows 7 is the it hangs at the grey screen before the Apple logo for a longggggg time (~1-2 minutes).
  3. Archmagination macrumors regular

    Dec 15, 2004
    Just bought one.. I will tell you saturday when it is delivered how it is going.

    Pulled the trigger because I thought the i7 wont be very upgradeable for the next year or so. The only thing they could realistically upgrade(besides blueray and I am not interested in that) is the graphics card to the 5xxxx series.

    Unfortunately for Apple there is only really two options in the 5xxxx series that are better than the current card and that can fit within the power/thermal envelope of an imac. Both of the options are a lot more expensive than the 4850 and quite simply I don't thing Apple will put them in the imac.. though they may make one of them a premium upgrade of like $300.

    The only real reason to want a 5xxxx card is for the Direct11 support.. something which would be nice to have, but I a least wont need for another year or so.
  4. JBD007 macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2010
    I have had my i7 27" model since this last Saturday, and so far i could not be happier with my purchase.

    This is my very first mac and im glad i made the cross over.
  5. Stonefly macrumors regular


    Dec 26, 2009
    Nova Scotia

    Have you tried a virtual machine? I am trying it out now with vista and it works really well. You can do a install with a dvd disk (is what I did) or run your bootcamp installation with it. Here is a link to the free trial and all the info.

  6. reberto macrumors 65816


    Jul 20, 2005
    Virtual Machines are horrible for gaming. I've tried everything and nothing is even close to running actual Windows.
  7. cryer macrumors regular

    May 3, 2010
    Did you check for any dead pixels? I've got two.

    Also, can you hear your fan if you put your ear to the Apple logo below the screen while you're only using Safari with some windows/tabs open and Hulu playing in another?
  8. reberto macrumors 65816


    Jul 20, 2005
    That is the first thing I did, my monitor is flawless.

    And yes, I can hear it if I stick my ear right up next to it. Hulu uses Flash, which uses a good amount of CPU power so then fan kinda has to kick on faster. It's a powerful computer in a small case, the fans are gonna make some noise whenever you do something that requires the CPU or GPU
  9. cryer macrumors regular

    May 3, 2010
    What if it was all a bunch of Safari windows without Hulu? Do you still hear anything if you put your ear up to it?

    Have you heard any sort of hungry stomach grumbling sound from the HD (even if it was slight)?

    Also, let's say you found two dead pixels but otherwise your machine is fine. Would you do a replacement or keep it? They are located on the screen here in this pic:
  10. reberto macrumors 65816


    Jul 20, 2005
    I put my ear right up to it and yes I could hear my fans, but that's because my ear was right up to it. You'll hear it no matter what, it's a computer :rolleyes:

    Not once. Only my external makes noises.

    If I did, I'd take it in to get fixed. This computer was too expensive to have any flaws (even though I got it cheaper than usual. Yay refurbs!)
  11. cryer macrumors regular

    May 3, 2010
    I see... I also bought refurb and i have a grumbling iMac with two dead pixels and a very slight yellow at bottom left that i can live with. You don't even have a slight discoloration anywhere? Did you try the grey bar test?

    If yours truly is perfect, then maybe i should go through with that replacement for an entirely different refurb. I could get a perfect one too if you did.

    Also, from all the noisy fan talk on the forum, i assumed the iMac was supposed to be 100% dead silent. Thats why i asked about the fan sound. I guess they aren't supposed to be?

    Ps. I heard all the 1tb drives make some noise but the 2tb don't. Which do you have?
  12. reberto macrumors 65816


    Jul 20, 2005
    It's a computer, it's gonna make SOME noise, but the iMac can not be 100% dead silent. It has 3 fans, an i7 860, an HD4850m, all living in the same super thin case with the ODD, HDD, and PSU, it's gonna produce some heat and there for some minor fan noise at least.

    Mine has the 1TB, it's silent. Not once has it ever made a single noise.
  13. int3rnal macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2008
    My refurb came in a couple of days ago and I had it all but 2 hours before shipping it back. It had dust under the glass and the yellow tinge (obviously not exclusive to refurbs). So I think i'm just going to buy new so I can see it before I take it home. I'll make up the extra cost by taking advantage of the b2school deal and selling the ipod.
  14. cryer macrumors regular

    May 3, 2010
    So as I understand it - constant small fan sound is normal but any noise from the hdd (stomach grumbling) is not? According to this guy, it's normal:

    Do you have istat pro? What are your 3 fan speeds (optical, hdd, cpu) when just using Safari with some windows open and Hulu playing?
  15. Archmagination macrumors regular

    Dec 15, 2004
    I have gotten a perfect i7. Ran the yellow test.. perfect. Ran the grey bar test... perfect. No loud sound from hard drive.. almost no backlight bleed(very slight on the bottom right corner.)

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