Refurbished or new?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by mbhforum, Apr 30, 2017.

  1. mbhforum macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010

    My current 2011 Mac Mini is showing it's age as despite upgrading to 16GB of memory, it's extremely slow at times while my wife and I are both logged in. The CPU and Memory are fine, but the lack of SSD is most likely not helping matters. I am considering purchasing this refurbished late 2014 iMac from GroupOn since I have a $150 credit. After the credit and no tax, it comes out to $1555 which seems like a pretty good deal for a refurbished 27" 5k retina Mac with a one year warranty. I am trying to compare this model to the newer ones, and I am only finding some minor differences such as DD3 MHz is faster (1867 vs 1600) and the processor is Skylake vs Haswell. I think the 5K retina is also nicer, but I am not going to be watching movies on this much, so I am not sure what value that will provide. Can anyone comment on the real differences in 3 year model differences? I am just shocked such little innovation has happened on these and it seems silly to buy new for 2k, when I can get a practically similar model for $500 cheaper.
  2. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 68000


    Oct 19, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    If that company could happen to have an i7 4GHz model coming up I would hold out for one of that model, with a larger gfx card of 2/4GB and a 2/3TB Fusion Drive. This will make it more 'future proofed'.
  3. Glockworkorange macrumors 65816


    Feb 10, 2015
    Chicago, Illinois
    I have this exact machine. That's a pretty good deal. The 1 TB fusion drive has a 128 GB SSD.

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