Is anyone actually getting a good 27" iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Fikeies, Sep 24, 2010.

  1. Fikeies macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2010
    Are there any really good iMac's out there that don't have any of the problems that seem to be frequently reported? I just received my 2nd attempt from Apple to provide me with a worthy machine (1st had the grey bar & yellow tint) and no luck, got the noisy HDD issue, yellowing, and bad backlight bleeding. This is turning into the biggest waste of time and if it wasn't for the fact that I really want this machine I'd bail completely on it.

    Am I just being too picky on these issues that don't compromise performance or should I try again? Is anyone actually getting a good machine?

    Fortunately, I am leaving town for 2 weeks so another return wouldn't be a big deal but I'd hate to think I'd get a worse machine than what I have now.

  2. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    My i7 is, as far as I can tell, perfect. I gave it a few checks when I got it, not noticed anything has changed since so I'm happy.

    The HDD is a seagate, so I expect it to clunk a lot.
  3. Maltkvist macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2010
    Got my first iMac ever today, and I think it's perfect. Haven't noticed any issues with it, and i'm not gonna check intense for it.

    The hdd noise isn't disturbing me, my house actually sounds more. Haha, the radiators and stuff..
  4. dwhynman macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    Maybe I am lucky but my iMac is perfect. In the last 5 years I have bought 3 imacs and 2 mac books and every one has been perfect.
  5. easepease macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2010
    took me 4 tries to get PERFECT, however all previous were "minor" issues, hard disk noise twice and power supply buzz once. All liveable perfect machines but i live so close to a store I just said why not and after 3 almost perfects i now have a perfect.

    Never once seen a screen issue yellow nor dead pixels and everything worked well just those random noises can drain once you notice them. I would not stress about the "issues" apple is really good with returns and service so even if you get a bad one just get a replacement! my 2 cents
  6. Fikeies thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2010
    How do you find out the brand of the HDD?
  7. symbology macrumors regular

    Aug 4, 2010
    IMO, you have better luck getting a good machine in an Apple Store. I had to BTO' shipped to me and they were terrible as far as the displays (yellowing / gray banding). The ones from the Apple Store had pretty good displays, but some other issues.

    I would not mail order an iMac.............
  8. symbology macrumors regular

    Aug 4, 2010
    Go to "About this Mac", and choose "More Info" then look "Serial-ATA"
  9. Fikeies thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2010
    HDD model is: ST31000528AS. Can you tell the manufacturer from that?

    Thank you
  10. Geelduikbootje macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2010
    In the Dutch mountains
    It's my first one. i7 27", 2TB Hitachi HD, 8GB memory.
    No buzzing, no yellow screen, etc.
    I love my iMac.
  11. jinx5000 macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2010
  12. Iamthinking Suspended

    Jul 31, 2010
    Lowered Expectations

    You may have to lower your expectations a bit in order to get an imac you are happy with (or at least can live with).

    For me, after 4 machines, my standards went down considerably (I have an iPhone and iPad and had formed opinions of quality based on those devices, which was not realistic, it seems) :

    Yellow tinge= not jumping out at you, but likely still there if you look hard enough.

    Grey Banding= none

    Hardrive = WD; would likely not be able to handle the seagate

    Power Supply Dog Whistle = Barely audible if nothing else is on (i.e. late at night) Not that audible to me (been playing amplified electric guitars for a few years.)

    Backlight bleed- probably gunna have it, but should not be so bad it looks like a theater spotlight!

    overall, the imac I settled for is, I am hoping, quite usable and will be for some years to come. However, it certainly doesn't earn any admiring/glowing looks from me as the Apple Marketing leads you to believe, or as other Apple products like the iPAd/iPhone do (I still get impressed and have to smile sometimes when I flick my iPad on, and it's over 3 months old).

    In the end, the imac is "just a computer box". And as such it is a pretty darn good one. Just not really all that "magical". :)

  13. davids8477 macrumors 6502

    Jan 4, 2008
  14. plymman macrumors member

    May 9, 2010
    I think some people have unrealistic expectations of what to expect. No technology is 100% perfect and computers have mechanical parts so I'm not sure a lot of the complaints are justified. I have a good i7, no noticeable yellowing but I'm sure I'd notice something if I stared at a white background looking for imperfections but this is not a real world test. There is a very minimal but audible fan noise so my Mac is not completely silent but for a powerful CPU like the i7 I would say the lack of noise is impressive, others might complain it's not silent.

    I have a 2tb hitachi drive, when it reads/writes I can hear it seeking but I'd be surprised if you couldn't. It's a mechanical part with metal heads moving across metal platters, with an iMac it's also inches away from your face at ear level. I'm not quite sure what the iMac hard drive complaints are but I would be gobsmacked if anyone has a totally silent drive when it's under stress.

    I'm very happy with my Mac, it exceeds my expectations for performance/noise and quality and I can be very picky. My first iMac had a buzz with the power supply but it was handled very well and quickly by apple and I'd have no hesitation to recommend a 27" to anyone.
  15. mlblacy macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2006
    the REAL Jersey Shore

    Completely set up... and perfect!
    i7, 2tb, 16gb ram (third party) with two external 4tb drives attached...
  16. wessew macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2010
    No issues with mine delivered in August. Very happy in all respects.
  17. Animation macrumors newbie


    Jun 23, 2010
    my 27" iMac is perfect as well, so far as I can tell.
  18. GreatDrok macrumors 6502a


    May 1, 2006
    New Zealand
    i5 Quad 27" with 8GB bought as a refurb saving a bundle and very happy indeed. The screen is amazing and the machine is completely silent.
  19. worldtraveler macrumors newbie

    Aug 21, 2010
    I got my first iMac last week - 27", i7, 2TB, SSD BTO. After months of lurking and fretting over all the yellowing, cracked screens, hard drive noises, random power failures, etc. widely reported here I decided to order one - finally. It arrived and as far as I can tell it is flawless - there is a bit of fan noise but nothing like my PC and is not loud enough to be heard over even low music from iTunes. Very happy with my decision and the purchase of the machine. The only issue is undoing 25 years of PC use and thinking - I did not RTFM and took two days to figure out how to eject a DVD!
  20. Teqnilogik macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2010
    My iMac 27" was perfect until I noticed a stuck pixel. It's only one stuck pixel near the top of the screen that is not noticeable unless I really look for it. Can happen with any LCD display. I still own a Samsung 19" monitor I bought a while ago that has 3 or so dead pixels on the display but, at the time, wasn't enough where they would replace it. At least Apple has good return policies and customer service with these issues. Other than that, my iMac is perfect.

    I think part of the problem with Apple products is Apple holds itself to such a high standard and markets themselves as such that when problems do occur people are put off more since they were expecting perfection and a problem-free machine.
  21. 2 Owls macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2010
    Never actually met anyone with a bad one, and mine is beyond perfect.
  22. NeoMacPhile macrumors newbie

    Sep 24, 2010
    Houston, TX
    I've had absolutely no issues with mine. I bought it from an Apple store. I've had it since June. Very quiet (light, consistent, almost inaudible), clear crisp and true color display. So far the experience has been great, other than my ineptitude.
  23. aliensporebomb macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2005
    Minneapolis, MN, USA, Urth

    Mine is fine - no yellowing, no bleeding, no missing pixels.

    One thing: hard drives make noise. They're mechanical devices. They have tiny motors in them and moving arms for the read/write heads.

    Hard drives can be noisier than usual.

    Whenever I hear on here that people are complaining about hard drives I try and remind them they should have gotten SSD drives since they have no moving parts.
  24. benwizkid macrumors member


    Sep 10, 2010
    Im jealous of you guys... I wish I could afford one
  25. Teqnilogik macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2010
    I agree. Any PC you buy will have hard drive noise. Sorry. Until SSDs get cheaper and get higher capacity, mechanical hard drives will be the norm.

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