I was looking for an inexpensive Mac for my son's room, he's 8. I was tracking an iMac G4 on eBay that ultimately ended at $330. One morning I checked Apple's refurb site and saw that they had 17" white iMac's for $699. For an extra $300 approximately I would get a 1 year warrantee, a modern Intel Core 2 Duo processor, double the hard drive space, and the complete package-the eBay iMac was missing the power cord, keyboard, and mouse. So I thought about it for an hour or so and that went back to check if any were available, of course they were gone. So I checked the next morning and there were none. I checked a 3rd morning and they were back. I quickly ordered one as I did not want to miss out again. When I ordered it estimated my ship date as 5 days from the purchase date and then another 3-5 days for delivery. All told I was supposed to get it about 10 days to 2 weeks after it was ordered. It ended up being shipped the same day I ordered it and Fedex was estimating a 10/16 delivery date. Well it showed up on my doorstep today, a full 3 days ahead of Fedex's estimate and almost 7-10 days ahead of Apple's original estimate. So the shipping was outstanding, how is the machine? Perfect. I cannot believe the condition it is in. When they refurbish a machine they must replace every imperfect piece with a new one. It looks absolutely brand new and the keyboard and mouse are obviously not refurbished, they are completely brand new. I am posting this from the new machine and I could not be happier, Apple refurb is an outstanding deal! I might even order a refurb mac pro now that I have seen what a bargain this is. On a side note the LCD quality is really awesome on this white iMac, wow just wow.