Refurbished iMac 21.5-inch 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo *ONLY £819*  SAVE £150 FROM BUYING NEW ONE FROM APPLE
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Refurbished iMac 21.5-inch 3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo *ONLY £819* SAVE £150 FROM BUYING NEW ONE FROM APPLE

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Found 6th Jan 2010
21.5-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
4GB memory
500GB hard drive
8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics with 256MB memory
Built-in iSight camera

45 Comments

I guess its an ok deal.

Original Poster

thanks yes i think its a good deal on ebay the older models shift at this price.

Just point and laugh. (and beware of a particularly ridiculous adidas fool).

Isn't this pretty low spec, I'm sure I've seen quad core deals for £800.

Not a computer expert so not voted hot or cold.

Not a bad deal. But could get this discount on a new one if you pretend you are a student or have anyone's id.

Original Poster

jalaldevil;7446917

Isn't this pretty low spec, I'm sure I've seen quad core deals for … Isn't this pretty low spec, I'm sure I've seen quad core deals for £800.Not a computer expert so not voted hot or cold.





yes for pc's but to buy that on a mac over £1000 easily.

Nice price, good deal

Great price, if you don't know a student.

typical overpriced low spec mac

I think as Windows 7 is such a massive improvement over Vista, Macs may find it hard going in the next 12 months. Iv used Macs and PCs for years and years and Windows 7 is the best value for money iv ever had on software (£45).

Original Poster

CHEEPSTUFFRULES!;7447402

I think as Windows 7 is such a massive improvement over Vista, Macs may … I think as Windows 7 is such a massive improvement over Vista, Macs may find it hard going in the next 12 months. Iv used Macs and PCs for years and years and Windows 7 is the best value for money iv ever had on software (£45).



think you can bootcamp windows on an intel mac.:thumbsup:

royals;7447200

typical overpriced low spec mac



I second that. They are targetted at two groups of people. 1. Apple fanboys, 2. People that have no idea what kind of hardware they're getting when buying a computer, these people go for the prettiest computer, or they have an idea in their head that a mac is a much cooler brand, almost like Apple Mac's are the designer brand of the computer industry.

Original Poster

lol another mac v pc war begins this deal is only good for people looking to buy a mac like i was and not wanting to spend over 900 quid on a new one and saving people buying one from ebay that u dont know wat its like till u get it also its a apple refurb so you know its all good and you get 12month apple care.

Good deal. They've probably only got 1 in stock though.
Buying an iMac is a big investment, but having had mine for a year now I can say that it is the best computer I have owned. I'd been a Windows man all the time but found a reduced one like this and now can't believe it took me so long to convert. Still like my Dell mini 9 though and don't know whether I can be bothered to hackintosh it.
(I'm going to get slated now!! :-) )

When you spend 819 why not spend another 150 and get a new one ,at one point this were fatly or display models when i spend more then 800 £ on a pc i don't want a refurbish one

CHEEPSTUFFRULES!;7447402

I think as Windows 7 is such a massive improvement over Vista, Macs may … I think as Windows 7 is such a massive improvement over Vista, Macs may find it hard going in the next 12 months. Iv used Macs and PCs for years and years and Windows 7 is the best value for money iv ever had on software (£45).



Yet Windows 7 still has no system wide spelling checker! I class that as way behind the times.

I use both PCs and Macs but at home have switched to exclusive Mac use as have my friends and relatives.
When those I know had PCs I was forever getting calls to sort out problems, since switching to Mac (some for more than 3 years now) I never hear from them!

If you take into account the value added iLife software that comes with a Mac out of the box most have to buy no further software and maybe only need to download open office (or Neo-Office) to have all the software they need. Even an excellent backup program is included in the form of Time Machine so all is not lost in the event of a hardware failure or theft (if a laptop).

All in all I don't think Macs are over priced by a great amount if you want to just get on using a computer rather than having to become a IT specialist!

If price is the most important point to you then buy a Windows 7 based PC, but if you can look a bit beyond the basic price then most will not be disappointed and glad they made the switch to Apple.

fisi22;7448197

When you spend 819 why not spend another 150 and get a new one ,at one … When you spend 819 why not spend another 150 and get a new one ,at one point this were fatly or display models when i spend more then 800 £ on a pc i don't want a refurbish one



Bet you are a Windows user with no system wide spelling checker! See my point above.

£150 saving may be the difference for some between being able to afford a Mac or not. My experience of the refurbished Apples is the units are as good as new and the full warranty backs this up along with the normal return policy if you don't like the one you get.

HotBot;7448248

Yet Windows 7 still has no system wide spelling checker! I class that as … Yet Windows 7 still has no system wide spelling checker! I class that as way behind the times.I use both PCs and Macs but at home have switched to exclusive Mac use as have my friends and relatives.When those I know had PCs I was forever getting calls to sort out problems, since switching to Mac (some for more than 3 years now) I never hear from them!If you take into account the value added iLife software that comes with a Mac out of the box most have to buy no further software and maybe only need to download open office (or Neo-Office) to have all the software they need. Even an excellent backup program is included in the form of Time Machine so all is not lost in the event of a hardware failure or theft (if a laptop).All in all I don't think Macs are over priced by a great amount if you want to just get on using a computer rather than having to become a IT specialist! If price is the most important point to you then buy a Windows 7 based PC, but if you can look a bit beyond the basic price then most will not be disappointed and glad they made the switch to Apple.



a system wide spellchecker is hardly a big deal...
after my experience with the apple iphone and their terrible compatibility with anything non-apple, id never buy a mac or apple product again...hell i cant even connect my iphone to itunes on a windows 7 64bit and apple have done NOTHING in the past 2 months about it and there are 000's with problems
apple also overcharge - just look at itunes....99p for a single...for what justification? oh thats it so i CANT play it on other devices....so i pay more for LESS

To get a similar monitor would be £350 at least, so it's actually not bad pricewise, and they are very nice machines. Too bad about the stupid glass panel.

Chinny_racoon;7448706

To get a similar monitor would be £350 at least, so it's actually not bad … To get a similar monitor would be £350 at least, so it's actually not bad pricewise, and they are very nice machines. Too bad about the stupid glass panel.



Eh? £350 for a 21.5" monitor? I know there are improvements in better monitors over the budget models but £350?

royals;7448529

a system wide spellchecker is hardly a big deal...after my experience … a system wide spellchecker is hardly a big deal...after my experience with the apple iphone and their terrible compatibility with anything non-apple, id never buy a mac or apple product again...hell i cant even connect my iphone to itunes on a windows 7 64bit and apple have done NOTHING in the past 2 months about it and there are 000's with problemsapple also overcharge - just look at itunes....99p for a single...for what justification? oh thats it so i CANT play it on other devices....so i pay more for LESS



im not apple fan boy but there a couple things:

the apple never claims with compatibility with "unendorsed" things..

the windows 7 64bit issue - download to itunes 9.0 maybe (sure not the best but beats not syncing)

good news apple announced last year that the will remove drm from itunes, and i think they may have confirmed it today

you can buy music from other stores and use in itunes rather than pay apples prices, from where i am originally from £1 per son

ticticboom;7447459

think you can bootcamp windows on an intel mac.:thumbsup:



but not windows 7, yet

CHEEPSTUFFRULES!;7448931

Eh? £350 for a 21.5" monitor? I know there are improvements in better … Eh? £350 for a 21.5" monitor? I know there are improvements in better monitors over the budget models but £350?



£350 for a refurbished 21.5" monitor!?

For a 22" IPS monitor at 1680*1050 you are looking at £250-£300. I can't see any 1080p 22/21.5" IPS monitors on sale as of yet, but a 24" at 1080p clocks in at £450+. For a smaller panel with a higher pixel density I'd say the price would be somewhere in between.

"I second that. They are targetted at two groups of people. 1. Apple fanboys, 2. People that have no idea what kind of hardware they're getting when buying a computer, these people go for the prettiest computer, or they have an idea in their head that a mac is a much cooler brand, almost like Apple Mac's are the designer brand of the computer industry."

Well done, the most ridiculous statement of 2010 already.

Bet you have gaps in your teeth.

ROTFL

Yet again this site is being ruined by those who are voting on a like or dislike of a product rather than on the merits of the deal.

We all know there are those who are Microsoft fans and those who are Apple fans, occasionally there are those who just get on and use the product of their choice! If only more of the latter frequented this site it would become more useful to us all.

This is a good deal for those who want the particular product and the votes should only be made on that merit. Try to resist voting cold just because you have an axe to grind!

Good price good product

ticticboom;7446940

yes for pc's but to buy that on a mac over £1000 easily.



Macs are PCs.

HotBot;7448248

Yet Windows 7 still has no system wide spelling checker! I class that as … Yet Windows 7 still has no system wide spelling checker! I class that as way behind the times.



It has several, I know ]tinySpell is popular but there are other options (I use wordweb and manually check stuff).

HotBot;7448248

I use both PCs and Macs but at home have switched to exclusive Mac use as … I use both PCs and Macs but at home have switched to exclusive Mac use as have my friends and relatives.When those I know had PCs I was forever getting calls to sort out problems, since switching to Mac (some for more than 3 years now) I never hear from them!



That's not been my experience at all, my parents got one and they've probably had just as many problems as they had with the PC.

Having used this design of iMac I feel it's very much a luxury machine for rich but undemanding users. It's lack of capability from the form over function approach will make it unsuitable for a lot of people who usually spend this much on a PC and most of those that it does suit would get just the same functionality from a £400 machine.

Chinny_racoon;7449991

For a 22" IPS monitor at 1680*1050 you are looking at £250-£300. I can't s … For a 22" IPS monitor at 1680*1050 you are looking at £250-£300. I can't see any 1080p 22/21.5" IPS monitors on sale as of yet, but a 24" at 1080p clocks in at £450+. For a smaller panel with a higher pixel density I'd say the price would be somewhere in between.



I would say £200-250 for a Dell 2209WA (which is actually superior to the iMac as it's got a stand with decent adjustability) or £300 for a 1920x1080 IPS like the NEC EA231WMi, although again you'd be spending at least £50 to get the iMac up to the same quality of stand.

ascen;7449430

but not windows 7, yet



Running 64 bit Windows 7 on my Macbook Pro without any problems, thanks. Didn't even need Bootcamp to install it, but then Bootcamp is nothing but a fancy alternative gui to Disk Utility with a couple of commands to allow an unattended installation of Windows and to mimic a bios for XP installations.

EndlessWaves;7452816

Macs are PCs... Having used this design of iMac I feel it's very much a … Macs are PCs... Having used this design of iMac I feel it's very much a luxury machine for rich but undemanding users. It's lack of capability from the form over function approach will make it unsuitable for a lot of people who usually spend this much on a PC and most of those that it does suit would get just the same functionality from a £400 machine.



It's sort of a PC except that it has dispensed with the bios in favour of EFI, which is only commonly to be found on the moribund Itanium based PCs thus far. As Vista and Windows 7 support EFI booting out of the box, this might be moot point of distinction.
As for the form factor, I totally agree that it is another of Apple's design conceits which adds cost to a basic design, which the average pc user would regard as wasted money. Compared with other all-in-ones from the likes of Gateway and Dell, the iMac is not horrendously priced and comes out well at the bottom of the range, with the price gouging more noticeable at the higher end.
All of the comparisons with midrange small tower set ups are pointless, as this is not comparing like with like.

As for the offer, I have had refurbs from Apple before. They are worth getting if buying for yourself as there is the chance of a freebie (extra ram, larger hard drive etc) if this is a genuine refurb of a custom order. Quite often, the 'refurbs' are nothing more than repackaged open box items.

EndlessWaves;7452816

Macs are PCs.It has several, I know ]tinySpell is popular but there are … Macs are PCs.It has several, I know ]tinySpell is popular but there are other options (I use wordweb and manually check stuff).That's not been my experience at all, my parents got one and they've probably had just as many problems as they had with the PC. Having used this design of iMac I feel it's very much a luxury machine for rich but undemanding users. It's lack of capability from the form over function approach will make it unsuitable for a lot of people who usually spend this much on a PC and most of those that it does suit would get just the same functionality from a £400 machine. I would say £200-250 for a Dell 2209WA (which is actually superior to the iMac as it's got a stand with decent adjustability) or £300 for a 1920x1080 IPS like the NEC EA231WMi, although again you'd be spending at least £50 to get the iMac up to the same quality of stand.



Agreed.

spraint

Quite often, the 'refurbs' are nothing more than repackaged open box … Quite often, the 'refurbs' are nothing more than repackaged open box items.



Yet they are also quite often faulty goods that someone has rejected and which have been repaired for resale, hence the big saving on a new one.

The deal is cold because it's overpriced, underspec, refurbished and generally not very good value for money or not much bang for the buck as some would say. You're pretty much just paying for the Apple name.

In this day and age, especially given the economy, I simply cannot fathom how companies like Apple still exist.

MadonnaProject;7454228

In this day and age, especially given the economy, I simply cannot fathom … In this day and age, especially given the economy, I simply cannot fathom how companies like Apple still exist.



And yet they do with a more healthy bank balance than many of the PC big boys! They can't just be selling to Apple Fan-boys.

Seems there are a lot of Microsoft drones out there who are ready to hijack any thread that mentions Apple, a real shame as it simply lowers the tone of this site.

EndlessWaves;7452816

Macs are PCs.



Pointless statement as we all know they are just personal computers.

It has several, I know ]tinySpell is popular but there are other options … It has several, I know ]tinySpell is popular but there are other options (I use wordweb and manually check stuff).



Well not really system wide and automatic then! And you have to find, install and support the additional software which may or may not work with all your applications it is not really comparable.

That's not been my experience at all, my parents got one and they've … That's not been my experience at all, my parents got one and they've probably had just as many problems as they had with the PC.



But were these problems in just operating a personal computer of with faults? Since most computer illiterate users would have similar operational difficulties with any OS this is not a valid comment. Did they have issues with viruses, system or software crashes, slow performance over time or hardware failures?

Having used this design of iMac I feel it's very much a luxury machine … Having used this design of iMac I feel it's very much a luxury machine for rich but undemanding users. It's lack of capability from the form over function approach will make it unsuitable for a lot of people who usually spend this much on a PC and most of those that it does suit would get just the same functionality from a £400 machine.



Nonsense, if you buy a similar all-in-one PC such as a Sony VPC11M1E/S you will pay a similar price. There are some cheaper all-in-ones but these will not have the same operational appeal as the Apple due to the integration of the OS and applications.

Let people have their choice free of silly prejudices between MS and Apple, both have their place in the market and we should be thankful for diversity as this is what drives innovation.

Original Poster

am kinda dissapointed how cold this got i thought this deal was a good one thought this site was for savings and not a mac v pc. well i ordered mine yesterday at 12pm and it came at 11am well chuffed and looks as good as new,and as hot bot says sony have an all in one and there around the same price ave always used windows and some people say once u try mac u will never go back to windows. but am sure i will cause am a big fan of windows 7 just fed up of viruses. anyway sorry for those who voted cause they h8 macs doubt i will ever post a deal on one again unless its a free mac for everyone a big mac that is. dam think ave started a mc donalds v burger king debate

Glad to see you got your iMac and as much as Windows 7 is nice I am sure given time to adjust to OS X you will find you turn to your Microsoft comfort zone less and less. I have Windows 7, Vista and XP all as virtual machines on my iMac and find I almost never fire them up any more! (In fact I tend to fire them up just to get the patches and virus definition updates rather than to use them for any real use.)

Don't forget to add a external hard disk for Time Machine use and you are covered for backups (it really is good as I tried it out with a new machine, without a single re-boot I switched on the new machine plugged i the backup and a few clicks (and about 1H) latter I was using the new machine as though nothing had happened.

HotBot;7455422

Well not really system wide and automatic then! And you have to find, … Well not really system wide and automatic then! And you have to find, install and support the additional software which may or may not work with all your applications it is not really comparable.



Most people do not require their computer to automatically check spelling everytime they press a key. If this was one of the priorities for Apple, what does that say about mac users?

If you have other special needs then you might want to look at specialist manufacturers that can accomodate you.

HotBot;7455422

Nonsense, if you buy a similar all-in-one PC such as a Sony VPC11M1E/S … Nonsense, if you buy a similar all-in-one PC such as a Sony VPC11M1E/S you will pay a similar price. There are some cheaper all-in-ones but these will not have the same operational appeal as the Apple due to the integration of the OS and applications.



It is widely known that a Mac is significantly more expensive than the same spec PC with Windows. This deal is proof of that, the machine is low spec for a refurbished £800+ machine.

ticticboom

am kinda dissapointed how cold this got i thought this deal was a good … am kinda dissapointed how cold this got i thought this deal was a good one thought this site was for savings and not a mac v pc. well i ordered mine yesterday at 12pm and it came at 11am well chuffed and looks as good as new,and as hot bot says sony have an all in one and there around the same price ave always used windows and some people say once u try mac u will never go back to windows. but am sure i will cause am a big fan of windows 7 just fed up of viruses. anyway sorry for those who voted cause they h8 macs doubt i will ever post a deal on one again unless its a free mac for everyone a big mac that is. dam think ave started a mc donalds v burger king debate



If someone is regularly getting viruses then I'm afraid the problem is the user not the computer. I have had this Windows laptop for about three years, one before this one about two years, never had a virus on either.

It's not about mac vs pc, it's about value for money at the end of the day. I don't care if it's mac, pc, green, red or orange, I will vote it hot is it's good value for money.

Original Poster

HotBot;7459445

Glad to see you got your iMac and as much as Windows 7 is nice I am sure … Glad to see you got your iMac and as much as Windows 7 is nice I am sure given time to adjust to OS X you will find you turn to your Microsoft comfort zone less and less. I have Windows 7, Vista and XP all as virtual machines on my iMac and find I almost never fire them up any more! (In fact I tend to fire them up just to get the patches and virus definition updates rather than to use them for any real use.)Don't forget to add a external hard disk for Time Machine use and you are covered for backups (it really is good as I tried it out with a new machine, without a single re-boot I switched on the new machine plugged i the backup and a few clicks (and about 1H) latter I was using the new machine as though nothing had happened.



thanks very much hotbot for ur help and advice looking forward to getting started, wish there were more people on here like yourself this was a good price if someone can get the same mac at a better price please show me go on ebay and u cold voters will realize this is an good price plus you know were its coming from apple themselfs not a knockoff nigel on ebay lol.

Original Poster

It is widely known that a Mac is significantly more expensive than the same spec PC with Windows. This deal is proof of that, the machine is low spec for a refurbished £800+ machine.

''go in the mac store and seer these machines for themself and you will want one thats what made me want one''


If someone is regularly getting viruses then I'm afraid the problem is the user not the computer. I have had this Windows laptop for about three years, one before this one about two years, never had a virus on either.

'' well not everyone as as clever as you then i dont get viruses as i can remove them but as we all knows most viruses are made for windows and not for mac''

It's not about mac vs pc, it's about value for money at the end of the day. I don't care if it's mac, pc, green, red or orange, I will vote it hot is it's good value for money.[/QUOTE]

''a mac is good value for money IF YOUR LOOKING FOR A MAC ! if your not why vote cold?

ticticboom;7459699

'' well not everyone as as clever as you then i dont get viruses as i can … '' well not everyone as as clever as you then i dont get viruses as i can remove them but as we all knows most viruses are made for windows and not for mac''



You don't even need to be remotely clever to avoid viruses. It's common sense, all you have to do is some research and find out what the best anti-virus software is, best browser etc and keep everything updated. You know, the most common source of viruses are porn sites.

ticticboom;7459699

''a mac is good value for money IF YOUR LOOKING FOR A MAC ! if your not … ''a mac is good value for money IF YOUR LOOKING FOR A MAC ! if your not why vote cold?



What? Just because someone is looking for a mac does not make it good value for money at all. That's hilarious. I have noticed that this is a frequent misconception on HUKD which is just because you've found something cheaper than anywhere else does not make it good value for money nor a hot deal.

I am actually in the market for a Mac for doing iPhone app development on.

Original Poster

I am actually in the market for a Mac for doing iPhone app development on.[/QUOTE]

ok well all macs are expensive and when you find a ''great'' price on one please showcase it on this site so we all can make savings well that what i thought the site was for.
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