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New or Refurbished iMac i7?

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  • cjg123 Calculating status...
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    Nov 2, 2010 6:34 PM (in response to Pondini)
    Stonefingers...Thanks for the update on the refurb. The screen quality is a big concern of mine as well, so I'm glad to hear yours didn't have any yellowing.

    I'm sticking with my wired apple aluminum keyboard...I just like the keypad too much. It feels strange when I type on my macbook keyboard, and get frustrated when I have to punch in a lot of numbers for something.
  • Philbert27 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Nov 20, 2010 12:34 PM (in response to Pondini)
    Some folks say they're actually more reliable than a brand new one, since the Apple techs test them extensively, which doesn't happen with the new ones.

    Puzzling indeed...

    Especially with a desktop, since if you live within 50 miles of an AppleStore, they'll send a tech +*to your home+* if necessary.

    Can anybody point to a page that explains exactly how one qualifies for home repair visits? Thanks!
    G5, 1.8GHz -- 512MB RAM
  • cjg123 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 7, 2010 10:55 AM (in response to Ruddy V.)
    I ended up purchasing a refurbished 2.93 i7 iMac. Got it home, turned it on, and immediately noticed a fluttering sound. Left it on for a few hours and the sound was still there. I also noticed that the intensity of the sound changed with the screen brightness. So I hauled it to the Apple store (what a pain) to have them check it out. They said the inverter was bad, and they could either fix it within 3-5 days, return it and get another refurbished one, or return it and buy a brand new one. So I walked out the store with a brand new one and it's been working great ever since. I'm not sure now how I feel about refurbished computers now. Granted this could have happened with a new one, but it just left a bad tasted with me. Next time I will probably just buy a new one.
    27" 2.93 i7 iMac, 12gb ram
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