White 20' iMac - Still a viable buy?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by bill6410, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. bill6410 macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2008
    I dipped my feet in the mac-water with a refurbed macbook. Went well and now that the kids have taken over my "toy" I am looking for an inexpensive, more permanent solution for them.

    I am looking at the white refurbed imacs on Apple - the 24 (1199?) seems like a good deal. I also have someone that will sell me a 20' C2D with standard parts for $750. (there is a spot on the lcd - he claims it is 1cm and not dead pixels).

    Or, should I just man up and get the new aluminum 20'?

  2. upsguy27 macrumors 65816


    Jun 25, 2007
    Well if it is just for kids then I think you should go with the White iMac.
  3. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    There is nothing wrong with the white 20 inch iMac model.

    It all depends on what you, er. the kids, are going to use it for.

    One nice thing about the white model iMacs, is that they have matte displays instead of glossy displays.

    Just make sure you are getting a fair price and that it is in good condition.
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Graphics-wise (if that's important to you and the kids) the white iMacs fall in between the lowest Alu iMac and the mid-range one. I think the screens are much nicer on the white ones, particularly the 20" models.
  5. bill6410 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2008
    Thanks for the words of wisdom. I will let you know what the kids end up with!!
  6. MacinDoc macrumors 68020


    Mar 22, 2004
    The Great White North
    Don't know if I'd buy an iMac with a 1 cm spot on the screen - that's a lot bigger than a few dead or stuck pixels.

    The white iMac refurbs are great deals, however. I would get one of them for the kids.

    BTW, I find the iMac/MB combo to be great for families with kids.

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