WHich of these imacs is the better value? Thanks

Discussion in 'iMac' started by urbanskywalker, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. urbanskywalker macrumors 6502

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    Which of these imacs is the better value? The first two are refurbs and the last one is a new model. I qualify for education pricing?

    Thanks for your input

    Refurbished iMac 24-inch 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    24-inch glossy widescreen display
    2GB memory
    500GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS with 512MB memory
    Built-in iSight Camera

    $1899 Ca


    Refurbished iMac 24-inch 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    24-inch glossy widescreen display
    2GB memory
    320GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB memory
    Built-in iSight Camera

    $1,399.00 CA

    2.93GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
    640GB Serial ATA Drive
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 256MB
    Apple Mighty Mouse
    Apple Keyboard (English) + User's Guide

    $1999 CA
     
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  3. Mintin8 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes this is the best offer here.

    Go for the 2.8GHz, really nice deal.
     
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  6. NRose8989 macrumors 6502a

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    Yep I vote the 2.8ghz model. (and it's not just because I'm sitting in front of one)

    2 months ago the 2.8 was sitting in the 2.93's spot in the iMac line up. Now at that price, it's a steal.
     
  7. OldMike macrumors 6502

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    I just got my 2.8 ghz refurb this past week - and I couldn't be happier. I was all over the board with what I was going to get - but in the end I just could not turn down this deal. I was actually surprised I didn't miss out on it!
     
  8. Poncho macrumors 6502

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    Yep, no 2.

    Also, the money you save by not buying the new most expensive model you can put in a box under the bed. When, in years to come you need a better MAC it will buy you much more of a mac than the potential to expand to 8GB of RAM will get you, if you follow my reasoning.
     
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  10. urbanskywalker thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for all the input. I feel good about option #2 and will be buying one shortly.
     
  11. baypharm macrumors 65816

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    On the Apple Store website, click on the "clearance" icon at the lower left corner. There you will find the 2.8GHz model NEW on clearance for $1399. If you are a student you can get it for $1299, which makes it a real steal!
     
  12. dborja macrumors 6502a

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    Or you can get the refurb for $1199...
     
  13. NRose8989 macrumors 6502a

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    And the only thing different between a refurb and clearance is a wad of cash missing from you pocket.....
     
  14. dborja macrumors 6502a

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    +1

    I actually prefer refurbs as whatever's broken is fixed, the unit is brought up to "new" condition, goes through even more testing and saves quite a bit of $$$. You don't get the pretty box but you do get the full 1-year warranty and the $100 printer rebate...
     
  15. urbanskywalker thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Just an update on yet another mac help thread. I ordered the refurb most recommended to get. In the end I based cost against speed and I think got a good deal. Currently the imac has just left the mother ship in California and is on the way to Canada...Thanks to those who gave input.

    Refurbished iMac 24-inch 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    24-inch glossy widescreen display
    2GB memory
    320GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB memory
    Built-in iSight Camera
     
  16. dborja macrumors 6502a

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    Congrats and enjoy! I am very happy with mine and expect to keep it for at least 2 to 3 years...
     

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