Refurb 20inch imac

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  1. Chucksta macrumors member

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    Is it worth getting the following imac for AU$ 1099 from the Apple website? It is a refurbished Mac.

    Refurbished iMac 20-inch 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    20-inch glossy widescreen display
    2GB memory
    320GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M with 256MB memory
    Built-in iSight camera

    How do you know if it comes with Snow Leopard?

    Do you need to get Apple Care with refurb units? Or is the 1 year warranty sufficient?

    thanks

    Chucksta
     
  2. EliteF50 macrumors regular

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    Well, if I were you I'd put another $200/300 on it and get a brand new 21.5" iMac. But if you can't, the refurb is a good machine.
     
  3. Chucksta thread starter macrumors member

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    In Australia the 21.5 inch imac retails for AU$1599.

    Maybe a refurb 24 inch imac (AU$1449) is a better deal than the new 21.5 inch imac:

    Refurbished iMac 24-inch 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    24-inch glossy widescreen display
    4GB memory
    640GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M with 256MB memory
    Built-in iSight camera

    The refurb unit is $150 less and it has a bigger screen (24 inch vs 21.5 inch), more HDD (640gb vs 500gb), and tried and tested technology (no issues with yellow tinge, flickering, etc).

    Meant to be a xmas gift, and the user will only be doing word processing, internet surfing and emails. I'll also put on Windows XP with Boot Camp. I have a 27 inch i5 on order for myself :)

    Are refurb units more likely to break down in the future than new imacs?
     
  4. EliteF50 macrumors regular

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    Well, I think the 24" is a better choice than the 20" you posted. But I'm sure he'll/she'll love whichever iMac you choose to purchase. :)
     
  5. Chucksta thread starter macrumors member

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    I know that refurb imacs come in a brown box and not the white fancy imac box.

    Do the refurb boxes have REFURBISHED stamped on them? Might look a bit lame if its a gift.
     
  6. EliteF50 macrumors regular

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    I'm pretty sure the box is plain white, not brown. And no, it doesn't have a big stamp saying "Refurbished."

    Hell, I'd love to get an iMac for Christmas, refurb or used. :p
     
  7. senseless macrumors 68000

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    Why do so many US commercials feature Australians in them? There's something about that accent that sells products.
     
  8. Patmn macrumors member

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    I'm 99% sure that any of the refurbs sold by Apple right now are running Snow Leopard.
     
  9. fyrefly macrumors 6502a

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    No, probably less likely in fact, as they've been double checked post-purchase and therefore have passed two quality control tests vs. only one with a new unit ;)
     
  10. Chucksta thread starter macrumors member

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    Just received the refurb 24 inch imac (AU$1449). It was sent overnight first class from Sydney. Now that's service. So instead of 3-5 business days it got here the next day! Thank you Apple!

    Refurbished iMac 24-inch 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    24-inch glossy widescreen display
    4GB memory
    640GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M with 256MB memory
    Built-in iSight camera

    The OS is 10.5.6 and I am updating it using the included dvds to Snow Leopard. Looks like I have to install iLife09 as well. No big deal considering the savings.

    No luck getting a better spec refurb than what was ordered. It was however packaged in a plain white box. Not the brown box stamped refurb.

    The screen is huge! 24 inch is plenty. I would seriously question if the 21.5 base is worth it, given that the 24 inch is cheaper as a refurb.
     

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