Apple iMac 21.5" i5 8GB  (Refurbished ) £299 @ ITZOO
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Apple iMac 21.5" i5 8GB (Refurbished ) £299 @ ITZOO

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Posted 2nd Oct
Another great deal from these guys - no touch screen but will run Windows 10 no problem!
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Ah the dreaded 21,5" imac.

I worked IT in a predominately mac environment, and we had a few of these. I'm so glad i did not have to work on these. They are SLOW, We had one user, just email + internet. but the 10k emails she was storing on the mac slowed the whole thing down.
I'm using the 2011 imac (the metal brick one) at home and that is faster then this generation. It might be good as a digital picture frame.

Oh and the best thing? you cant upgrade ram when it's soldered on.

BUT 299 is not bad. just don't expect anything from it.
no touch on screen, but comes with a scratch on screen instead
Edited by: "lumsdot" 2nd Oct
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and the price is....
Price????
299£
no touch on screen, but comes with a scratch on screen instead
Edited by: "lumsdot" 2nd Oct
Is this 2019 model
Ah the dreaded 21,5" imac.

I worked IT in a predominately mac environment, and we had a few of these. I'm so glad i did not have to work on these. They are SLOW, We had one user, just email + internet. but the 10k emails she was storing on the mac slowed the whole thing down.
I'm using the 2011 imac (the metal brick one) at home and that is faster then this generation. It might be good as a digital picture frame.

Oh and the best thing? you cant upgrade ram when it's soldered on.

BUT 299 is not bad. just don't expect anything from it.
Late 2013 model, updates to Mojave in case anybody is wondering.
Haircut_10002/10/2019 09:09

I can really never tell with some people if they are trolling or just a …I can really never tell with some people if they are trolling or just a bit, you know, dopey.


Well I was serious because it could be a misprice
got one from them for kids last year, great iMac. Still need to replace HDD with SSD.
Rubbertje02/10/2019 09:02

Ah the dreaded 21,5" imac. I worked IT in a predominately mac environment, …Ah the dreaded 21,5" imac. I worked IT in a predominately mac environment, and we had a few of these. I'm so glad i did not have to work on these. They are SLOW, We had one user, just email + internet. but the 10k emails she was storing on the mac slowed the whole thing down.I'm using the 2011 imac (the metal brick one) at home and that is faster then this generation. It might be good as a digital picture frame. Oh and the best thing? you cant upgrade ram when it's soldered on.BUT 299 is not bad. just don't expect anything from it.


The bottleneck is the old spinning hard drive, and although I frequently defend Apple there is no defence whatsoever for them not to have at least updated the entire line with their fusion drives at the minimum.

This is actually quite a nice machine, get an SSD inside and blow out any dust and you should have a very capable computer.
Edited by: "david_robinson94" 2nd Oct
Good price OP, but the scratch on the screen is a deal killer for me. They don't specify how large or where said scratch is.
dusan02/10/2019 09:16

got one from them for kids last year, great iMac. Still need to replace …got one from them for kids last year, great iMac. Still need to replace HDD with SSD.


No need to. Can install High Sierra or Mojave on an exteranl USB3 SSD (grab an el cheapo USB3 case and a 240GB SSD or something along those lines) and have that as boot disk. Run all your programs off it and use the old internal 1TB drive for storage. I ran a 2013 27" imac for a few years and was nippy as hell.
Its the Apple iMac 13,1 not the Apple iMac 14,1 stated on the site.
Edited by: "dijital" 2nd Oct
Not suprised using a spindle drive with that amount of emails! I thought the RAM was only soldered on 2014 mac mini and 2013 MBP models and newer? Hence why the techs always go for the MBP 2012 or Mac Mini 2012 as you can upgrade the nuts off them. I've just got myself a mac mini 2012 i7 2.3 and maxed it out with 16GB RAM and added the obligatory SSD of course. Runs sweet as...
3rd Gen i5 so pretty old - probably around 6-7 years old.
amancalledsloane02/10/2019 09:31

No need to. Can install High Sierra or Mojave on an exteranl USB3 SSD …No need to. Can install High Sierra or Mojave on an exteranl USB3 SSD (grab an el cheapo USB3 case and a 240GB SSD or something along those lines) and have that as boot disk. Run all your programs off it and use the old internal 1TB drive for storage. I ran a 2013 27" imac for a few years and was nippy as hell.


This is exactly what I do with my 2015 iMac. I have an older 2009 iMac that was fairly simple to open up and install an SSD but with the later models you might as just go the external SSD boot route than even think about trying to get inside them.
user1213402/10/2019 09:47

3rd Gen i5 so pretty old - probably around 6-7 years old.



Nothing wrong with the CPU as MacOS is so streamlined compared to the bloated windoze 10 that its more than capable of running what you need apart from 4k etc. Trouble with this deal is the scratch on screen...only point in having this all in one is for the screen so a scratch is a big no no.
any tips on where to get the high sierra image and create a bootable external SSD please
thanks, I will have a look

it's the wife's iMac (late 2012) running el capitan 10.11.2
Out of stock
dusan02/10/2019 09:16

got one from them for kids last year, great iMac. Still need to replace …got one from them for kids last year, great iMac. Still need to replace HDD with SSD.


its not that difficult if you are handy.
You need to buy a kit with a pizza cutter to remove the LCD screen and with replacement sticky tape to re-adhere the screen back in.
e.g. this:
eustore.ifixit.com/en/…BwE
amancalledsloane02/10/2019 09:31

No need to. Can install High Sierra or Mojave on an exteranl USB3 SSD …No need to. Can install High Sierra or Mojave on an exteranl USB3 SSD (grab an el cheapo USB3 case and a 240GB SSD or something along those lines) and have that as boot disk. Run all your programs off it and use the old internal 1TB drive for storage. I ran a 2013 27" imac for a few years and was nippy as hell.


nothing wrong with this approach, but the fusion drives do break (its the samsung 2.5" HDD thats the problem) and that will cause your mac to hang/beachball. IMO Internal replacement of fusion with SSD is preferred - is great and cheap (i did for £80 for 500gb SSD and the replacement kit from ifixit).
Haircut_10002/10/2019 11:19

You can get the installer straight from the Mac OS app …You can get the installer straight from the Mac OS app store.https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/macos-high-sierra/id1246284741?ls=1&mt=12support.apple.com/en-gb/HT201372


You can also use internet restore -
macworld.co.uk/how…68/


Worked a treat when I pulled the 1tb fusion drive and replaced with SSD.
amancalledsloane02/10/2019 09:31

No need to. Can install High Sierra or Mojave on an exteranl USB3 SSD …No need to. Can install High Sierra or Mojave on an exteranl USB3 SSD (grab an el cheapo USB3 case and a 240GB SSD or something along those lines) and have that as boot disk. Run all your programs off it and use the old internal 1TB drive for storage. I ran a 2013 27" imac for a few years and was nippy as hell.


What kind of read and write speeds do you get from this method please? I've got a 5k imac and the 256gb ssd inside is running out of space and is a bit slow. Wondering if it will be any quicker to get an external ssd or if there will be limitations due to the USB 3.0 port?
lumsdot02/10/2019 08:58

no touch on screen, but comes with a scratch on screen instead


Scratch screen rather than touch
fryitup02/10/2019 11:48

its not that difficult if you are handy.You need to buy a kit with a pizza …its not that difficult if you are handy.You need to buy a kit with a pizza cutter to remove the LCD screen and with replacement sticky tape to re-adhere the screen back in.e.g. this:https://eustore.ifixit.com/en/Parts/iMac-Parts/iMac-Intel-27-2012-2017-Adhesive-Strips-Fix-Kit.html?cur=1&utm_source=google&utm_medium=mc&utm_campaign=gshopping&gclid=CjwKCAjwldHsBRAoEiwAd0JybT9uXY6uWtYpHWUMO39_otiCzozs6ZuWb4IOET3MbkdW2oXqkjv5KRoCqCcQAvD_BwE


I got all SSD and the kit to do the job some time ago, but not had time to do it...still learning on how to work with Mac. (an old school windows fan) Kids happy with how it is, so not in rush.
dusan02/10/2019 13:16

I got all SSD and the kit to do the job some time ago, but not had time to …I got all SSD and the kit to do the job some time ago, but not had time to do it...still learning on how to work with Mac. (an old school windows fan) Kids happy with how it is, so not in rush.


There is a good guide at ifixit and also a great youtube here: youtube.com/wat…QiL
yus78602/10/2019 12:13

What kind of read and write speeds do you get from this method please? …What kind of read and write speeds do you get from this method please? I've got a 5k imac and the 256gb ssd inside is running out of space and is a bit slow. Wondering if it will be any quicker to get an external ssd or if there will be limitations due to the USB 3.0 port?


Get a Thunderbolt drive for max speeds. I have one attached to my 2011 iMac as a secondary drive and got another for my sister's 2015 iMac to use as a boot drive. The spinning hard drive in that was glacially slow.
Ssd in this would make it as good as anything you can buy now. Hot !
Rubbertje02/10/2019 09:02

Ah the dreaded 21,5" imac. I worked IT in a predominately mac environment, …Ah the dreaded 21,5" imac. I worked IT in a predominately mac environment, and we had a few of these. I'm so glad i did not have to work on these. They are SLOW, We had one user, just email + internet. but the 10k emails she was storing on the mac slowed the whole thing down.I'm using the 2011 imac (the metal brick one) at home and that is faster then this generation. It might be good as a digital picture frame. Oh and the best thing? you cant upgrade ram when it's soldered on.BUT 299 is not bad. just don't expect anything from it.


I agree. Also very hard to service and swap out that hard disk for an SSD. Apple reengineered it and also got rid of the easy magnets to replace it with foam glue... so about all this iMac does is look good and run like a computer from 6 years ago, which would be fine. If it had an SSD.
dossdes02/10/2019 11:36

Out of stock


There was only ever one in stock, that’s the other problem.
Back in stock!
plewis0002/10/2019 14:40

There was only ever one in stock, that’s the other problem.


That's not actually true sir.
rd3d205/10/2019 15:09

That's not actually true sir.


When they have these ‘bargain’ models that is almost always the case - the normal ‘non-bargain’ section has a small quantity more often. Anyway even if it is back in stock now, there is only 1 available right now. So it is actually true, sir.

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Edited by: "plewis00" 5th Oct
plewis0005/10/2019 15:11

When they have these ‘bargain’ models that is almost always the case - the …When they have these ‘bargain’ models that is almost always the case - the normal ‘non-bargain’ section has a small quantity more often. Anyway even if it is back in stock now, there is only 1 available right now. So it is actually true, sir.[Image]


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