Refurbished iMac 24"

These are some older deboxing pictures of my iMac.  If you ask what is it like getting a refurbished product from the Apple Online Store, I would say I was pleasantly surprised.  Why?  The products I got are:

  1. Well packaged.
  2. Clean and they look new, you often wonder if it was mistaken as a refurbished product.
  3. Shipped directly from Apple and always arrive earlier than the projected arrival date.

Refurbished iMac by you.

The packaging of a refurbished product is different from a regular retail product.  Apple does not try to hide that fact.  The iMac also has a totally different serial number to indicate that it is a refurbished product.  On top of saving a bunch, you also get the same product support and warranty as brand new products.  To me that means confidence.

Refurbished iMac by you.

You still get the same slogan in all Apple products regardless if they are refurbished.

Refurbished iMac by you.

The packaging is actually very environmentally friendly.  The usage of styrofoam is very minimal.

Refurbished iMac by you.

The iMac stands nicely assembled inside the box.

Refurbished iMac by you.

My iMac came with the full size wired keyboard.  I love Apple keyboards.  They feel solid, yet very slim.  I actually bought the wireless bluetooth keyboard to use at home to save some desk space, and I took this full-size keyboard to work connecting to a Windows machine, have to use AutoHotkey to map some keys to the regular Windows keyboard layout.

Refurbished iMac by you.

The screen is well protected.  Overall the 24″ iMac is not light.  But considering that it is a monitor and a computer in one case, a metal case that is, it is not a bad weight.

Refurbished iMac by you.

The wrapping totally protects the front and the back of the iMac ensuring that there will be no scratch during transportation.

Refurbished iMac by you.

Once the protection is removed, you can now see the ports on the lower left and the power button on the lower right.  My iMac comes with 3 USB 2.0 ports, 1 firewire 400 and 1 firewire 800 port.  I don’t have any firewire devices and I found I quickly used up all 3 USB ports.  One for a Logitech wireless mouse, one for connecting an external drive for Time Machine backup purposes, and one for a media card reader.  If I want to plug in my iPhone, I would have to swap.  So I ended up getting a USB hub.  It is not ideal as part of the reason for getting an iMac is to reduce the amount of wires and clutter I have.

Refurbished iMac by you.

There you have it.  Hope you have more confidence in considering refurbished Apple products.

8 replies
  1. Saku
    Saku says:

    If I am getting a Mac, I most likely will get an iMac instead of MacBook pro since the price is reasonable.

    How much did you get it for if you don’t mind telling me ? ^^ I assume refurbished product is cheaper

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    • Kam
      Kam says:

      It was C$1399 for my model. It came with a C2D 2.4 GHz CPU, 1GB RAM and 250GB HD. Pretty minimal spec for today’s standard but it was relatively cheap to upgrade to 4GB using after market products. And why not give an iMac a try?

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    • Kam
      Kam says:

      I couldn’t find anything wrong with my iMac… no scratch, no sign of use previously. It could be labeled “Reconditioned” when the previous generation is phased out? When I turned it on, OSX has to do the final initiation and collect my information. To me, the experience is like turning on a brand new iMac.

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