imac 27'' i5 buying advice

Discussion in 'iMac' started by aipoun, Nov 25, 2009.

  1. aipoun macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2008
    Hello guys and girls,

    I would appreciate it if you could give me your advice on this:

    Should I or should I NOT buy a 27'' i5 iMac now? Put otherwise, is it more reasonable to wait for Rev B? If so, how long usually before Rev B is out?

    I am in the market for a new desktop computer and I would like to have it ASAP. Nevertheless, I can still wait if I must since I have a MB to work on for the time being. I have started to have doubts about buying now once I have found out about the problems pestering Rev A 27'' iMacs:
    - cracked screens (only on i7s?
    - flickering screens
    - Flash issues

    What is your opinion? And, what is your experience with your brand new i5?

    Thank you very much!
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    If you mean next update by rev B, you might have to wait till mid-2010. I would buy one now, if it has issues, take it back and get a replacement or your money back
  3. Alan64 macrumors member

    Nov 4, 2009
    Any time there's a new release, there could be problems. I got my iMac i5 about 10 days ago and it's been fine.
  4. solman macrumors member

    Nov 14, 2006
  5. wickedpapercut macrumors member


    Jul 17, 2005
    I, too, was excited about the i5 and the timing coincided perfectly as my old HP has been grinding and clanking and appears about to die. I was ready to make the purchase when I started seeing all of the problems you mentioned.

    Since I need something almost immediately, already have a nice 22" LCD screen, keyboard, and mouse, and didn't really want to take a chance with the iMac, I placed an order for a new Mac mini. It was less than half the price of the i5 iMac and is probably more power than I'll need anyway. I'll use it for six months or so and see what Apple announces in late summer or early fall. If Apple has their summer iPod give-away, that may be the incentive that gets me to purchase a shiny new (and hopefully updated) 27" iMac in August.

    I'm guessing that the new iMac problems are affecting a very small percentage of customers but I opted to hedge for a few months. I'll either sell the mini on ebay or keep it and hook it up to my TV. I'll make that decision in a few months.

    Good luck with your decision.
  6. Mr. Biggles macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2009
    Western New York
    Don't listen to the worry warts.

    Go ahead and buy it. The vast majority have no issues at all. I almost held off from reading the posts here and elsewhere about buying. I went ahead and purchased and got what the majority got. A perfectly functioning iMac i5.
  7. aipoun thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2008
    oh, I was desperately waiting for this post, to be honest...
  8. aipoun thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2008
    the thing is I am buying online (student price) and I don't know how the taking-back part works under such circumstances... I am in Belgium, Europe. And as far as I have understood, if u order online u cannot take it back to an Apple Store...
  9. JonnyBravo macrumors regular

    Sep 1, 2007
    Glendale, CA

    Have had the i7 for over two weeks now. Its in great condition (knock on wood!)...and I guess I'm one of the lucky ones that did not get the cracked screen, hard drive or LCD issues. Been using it every day. The heat coming off the top is expected but no where near where people should worry about.

    Very happy with the purchase. So if you need it now, buy now.

    And as the above posters said, if you have any issues you can get it replaced. The only obstacle will be the timing of the replacement since the quads were released and they're still fulfilling backorders.
  10. aipoun thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2008
  11. gjw4u macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2008
    aipoun, if you need it now, wait until tomorrow and see if Apple gives additional Black Friday rebate. If you wanna wait, wait until Apple releases the next iMac.
  12. bobob macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2008
    I thought Rev B of hardware usually came out in the first 2-3 months. Has an Apple Rev B ever taken 7 months to come out?
  13. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Do you mean like an update with new hardware e.g. new GPUs like in March and October or silent update with e.g. new screen model which has less defects?

    There won't be an updated iMac for at least 4 months IMO
  14. UrFatMom macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2009
    The answer is the same for everyone... Buy now if you need or if you can't wait. Waiting will always be a good thing for computers... Rev B or next version is for sure gonna be better, but when?
  15. bobob macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2008
    Rev B has a very specific meaning to computer hardware consumers. The OP was very explicit in his repeated use of the term "Rev B", and did not refer to the next model "update".

    To follow up on the OP's question - how long on average historically has it taken Apple to issue Rev B hardware on previous hardware?
  16. lexvo macrumors 65816

    Nov 11, 2009
    The Netherlands
    I got my i5 for a few days now and everything works perfect! :)
  17. aipoun thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2008
  18. slicecom macrumors 68020

    Aug 29, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
  19. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    No probs mate. If you want a replacement or refund, Apple will organise a courior to pick up the machine and take it away. But you u cannot take it to an apple store i u bought online.
  20. 3121 macrumors member

    Feb 7, 2007
    if I were you I would buy one now otherwise you'd be waiting a while! if it has problems just get it replaced.
  21. aipoun thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2008
    Thanks everyone for your replies! I will order one at the end of December to get it early in January. I will post back to give you guys my impressions once I have it. Cheers!
  22. aipoun thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2008
    Hey guys,

    I still have not bought it and I am glad I did not judging by the amount of issues that have surfaced since December:
    - cracked screens
    - DOAs
    - flickering screens (now solved apparently)
    - yellow tinge (still unsolved even after 2nd DISPLAY firmware update?)
    - noisy HDD (?)
    - noisy screens and
    - DVD-scratching Superdrives...

    But I feel I cannot postpone the acquisition much longer...

    What do u think? Are the above issues still present on 2010 iMacs? Delivery time is still 3 weeks? Up from 1 week and then 2 weels. What does that mean?

  23. mac-ho macrumors member

    I would just keep waiting and waiting and waiting, and hope you don't get hit by a BUS!!!:D:D:D
  24. RomeoPapaKilo macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2010
    West Sussex, UK
    My i5 27" iMac arrived early-mid January - and I am in love with it! Perfect, fabulous, eye-catching gobsmacking wonderful..... Fast, east to use, looks so good. Running non-stop for 3 weeks as I'm backing everything I have to an external site. (Mozy). Absolutely no problems at all. Envy of everyone who sees it. Forget the minority who complain. Go for it!
  25. TSX macrumors 68030


    Oct 1, 2008
    I say buy one now!! If you don't like it return it, it's that simple.

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