Taking the plunge: Upgrading via ChargedPC

Discussion in 'iMac' started by olindacat, May 26, 2011.

  1. olindacat macrumors member

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    http://www.chargedpc.com/

    There was a recent thread about these young guys doing upgrades to the 2011 iMac from home. I for one have an office but am self-employed and yet still work from home daily. I don't think it is a big deal.

    They seem to know what they are doing and have posted, on this site, a free tutorial on how to upgrade your iMac.

    But I don't feel like ripping mine apart. Their site says they have a 'clean room'. One poster sniped at that wondering aloud how that could be done in a private residence. I think there are all kinds of things done in private residences and a clean 'room' doesn't have to look like an Intel commercial to keep the dust out of my monitor.

    If they mess up my machine, I'll have them rip it all out and send it back to Apple.

    If they don't, then I guess all the naysayers can eat crow. I, for one, have no time or skill to be disemboweling my machine. I did it once, and swore I'd never do it again. Just not my cup of tea.

    Stay tuned as I write about my experience with this company. I have a feeling it is going to go well. They have rolled with every punch I could throw at them. I have pried and peeked and prodded. They have kept their cool throughout the process even when I questioned them.

    ChargedPC has had my new iMac in their possession and if they were going to fly the coop I suppose they'd be gone by now. We need a service that is cheap quick, and to the point. I own seven Mac computers and four Mac mobile devices and can assure you there is a gap in the market for some young up-and-comers.
     
  2. iRobby macrumors 6502a

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    :(:(:(:(Well now you own six Mac computers not seven anymore. :(:(:(:(
     
  3. coolspot18, May 26, 2011
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    How does one have a "state of the art cleanroom" in a residential house?
     
  4. olindacat thread starter macrumors member

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  5. iamthedudeman, May 26, 2011
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    I have pried and peeked and prodded.

    State of the Art clean room?? Lol. :rolleyes:

    Do you know what a clean room is and what you need to have one. Clean Rooms cost hundreds of thousands of dollars for small ones and millions for ones that are 'state of the art".

    I don't think that it would fit in this 2000 sq ft. that was built in 1950 house which is the company address.

    http://www.zillow.com/homes/605-jarvis-avenue,-Far-Rockaway-NY_rb/

    Click on the house in question to get more info.


    Hey, as long as they don't get any peanut butter on your brand new imac that is sitting next to the work space from the spare jelly sandwich they have laying around and they do a good job, who cares. :cool:

    You have to be leary about anyone that posts 'state of the art cleanroom' on their company's website and has a address for someones house. A rather small one at that if it is doubling as a business. Where do they put all the imacs that they are working on, in the spare berdroom? :D

    If they have another facility somewhere else why ship to someone's house? Any pics of said "state of the art cleanroom"?

    30 day return policy? Too short. But their warranty and customer service seem to be good by what they 'say'. Will they live up to their promises?

    Good luck with that.;)
     
  6. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    Lol at the previous posters. I'm picturing the setup from National Treasure where they have a sheet hanging up with high tech analysis equipment. But instead they use lemons and a hair dryer.

    Just FYI - OtherWorldComputing does turnkey upgrades. I wouldn't trust your iMac to a garage with a dehumidifier. Trust it to a known company with a great track record.
     
  7. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    And Apple will deny any coverage since it was damaged by the user.
    If you mess up a machine by monkeying around inside, Apple is under no obligation to repair it and they will not repair it.
     
  8. AllStarCelica macrumors newbie

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    Two things......

    Two things....

    1) For a machine that costs as much as a Mac does, I would never trust someone who wasn't an authorized apple repair service. By using someone who is unauthorized, you're voiding the warranty.

    2) I work in the Five Towns area of Long Island and have worked there for 10 years. It is literally five minutes from Far Rockaway (where their business is located). Far Rockaway is a ghettooooooooo. It's really really bad there. Far Rockaway High School was shut down and closed by the Department of Education because of the rampant shootings and drug dealing that went on there. That's how ghetto it is.

    Using this service is just a huge gamble that I personally would never make. But to each their own. I hope it works out for you my friend. Perhaps they are reputable business people.....perhaps they aren't....
     
  9. Codpeace macrumors member

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    It doesn't matter where their business is registered, it matters where the work on the computer is done. There does not need to be ANY relationship between these two locations. My business is registered as my home in Brooklyn, but I work in Manhattan.
     
  10. gobeezer macrumors newbie

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    Unfortunately OWC doesn't offer turnkey upgrades for the 2011 iMac (they said they planned to, but that was three weeks ago and no word since).
     
  11. Codpeace macrumors member

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    Again, your objections are rooted in naivete. They might well be leasing space in a clean room, anywhere in the USA (or the world, for that matter, subject to restrictions on technology crossing borders and tax/tariff issues), to do the work.

    There need be no relationship between the business' registered address, which is only required by the state for service of process needs and tax matters, and the place where business is actually conducted -- in this case, computer upgrades.
     
  12. Old Muley macrumors 6502a

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    They offer a 1TB SSD for $3,400. For that, plus the cost of an iMac I don't know if I'd take the risk of sending it here...
     

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  13. iamthedudeman macrumors 65816

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    ". Far Rockaway is a ghettooooooooo. It's really really bad there. "

    That is where the iMacs get sent to. No other business or address is mentioned on their site. If there is a off site address it should be mentioned there.
     
  14. Codpeace macrumors member

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    Are you sure about that? Do we know this from someone who has been provided with a shipping address? I looked around on their website, and I didn't see a shipping address like there is at OWC w/r/t their turnkey service. I wouldn't send my brand new computer to a random house out in lesser Queens, either... Don't have a problem with the business being registered there is my point.
     
  15. iamthedudeman, May 27, 2011
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    I don't think so. I own and operate a "real" business. I own and operate a marketing firm and have contracts with Intel.

    The place where the computers are sent is a house! Regardless if they get sent somewhere else which they dont. If they did it should state so on there website. A big detail to leave out don't you think?

    If they did do as you say the return times would be weeks, not 48 hrs. And secondly who or what service transports the iMacs to and from the Residence?


    I am not being naive, I just know better.
     
  16. iamthedudeman macrumors 65816

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    You didn't look that hard then.
    http://www.chargedpc.com/pages/How-It-Works.html

    It tells you to ship your iMac to that exact address.
     
  17. Codpeace macrumors member

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    True, I didn't, and it was the other day. I wouldn't ship my new computer there. But this doesn't necessarily mean that the work is performed at this address. ChargedPC is, I'm sure, aware of this thread (and the other recent one). S/he could, and probably should, weigh in on what's up.
     
  18. Hairlesswookiee macrumors member

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    I'm going to follow this thread closely until he gets his computer back and we get a final verdict. I understand why people are hesitant about this newer company offering computer upgrades, but I'm also understanding enough to know that every company starts from somewhere.
     
  19. Codpeace, May 27, 2011
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    BTW, what I said wasn't meant as a flame or insult, and I didn't call you naive.
     
  20. Codpeace macrumors member

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    Right. Aren't we forever celebrating how HP started in Packard's garage?
     
  21. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Look people, they don't have a "state of the art clean room". That's just marketing talk on their site. It's just a small home-based business. But don't take my word for it, they said it themselves:
    I don't have anything against startup or home-based businesses. I wish any entrepreneur success. That doesn't mean I'm going to entrust my Mac to them. It's a choice. If you want to take the risk, I'm sure they'll be happy to get your business. It is a risk. Even if they're completely honest in their dealings, they aren't as well-equipped, knowledgeable, secure and reliable as some more well-established companies. While it may not be a scam, I will personally pass on doing business with them.
     
  22. iamthedudeman macrumors 65816

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    Wow! That's the house? Or business?

    Well if they do a good job and you are happy with their work and they support their work after the fact, go for it. Just don't bullish** by stating 'state of the art cleanroom'. Drop the act of a large operation. No one cares. All anyone cares about is the job is done right and you do what you say, that is what matters. Some of the best companies on the planet were started in a Garage. I think we know one quite well.:)


    That in itself would make me Leary. Good marketing will enhance a business, bad marketing can destroy it. Get rid of the " state of the art cleanroom" and replace it with ' will handle with upmost care in a safe clean dust free environment' which you can do in your house. And guarantee the work and iMacs returned better than new. That is all anyone cares about.
     
  23. Codpeace macrumors member

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    Well put (especially the part about good, i.e. honest, marketing) and I agree.
     
  24. iamthedudeman macrumors 65816

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    I will just cut and paste this from a earlier post.

    The place where the computers are sent is a house! Regardless if they get sent somewhere else which they dont. If they did it should state so on there website. A big detail to leave out don't you think?

    To give him/her/ them the benefit of the doubt it just might be a marketing mistake by the person who did the website for them. So let's not crucify them.

    They certainly don't have a cleanroom. They might not even know or be aware that is on their site. Longshot but possible.
     

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