New or refurbished iMac?
August 2, 2012 7:22 AM Subscribe
New iMac or refurbished? Help me weigh my options.
So I currently work on a mid-2007 iMac and love it (though it's now only just fast enough for what I need), but it's not mine and I'll be leaving this office soon. For various reasons, not least because I'd have to buy a large new monitor anyway, I'm looking into buying an iMac when I move.
My needs: I'm a translator, and use specialist database software to store and re-use my translations, which takes quite a bit of processing oomph. I need to be able to run that software, a browser with lots and lots of tabs open, electronic dictionaries, Twitter and all the usual background programs (Spotify etc). I sometimes use video (I occasionally translate subtitles) but only for viewing, not editing in any serious way.
So, options: I can get education pricing on new Macs. And let's assume I want as much computer as possible, as long as the price is reasonable. So my options are as follows:
1) Brand-new 27"iMac, 2.7 or 3.1 GHz quad-core i5, just over £1200 including one-year warranty (from memory - I'm not on my college network at the moment so can't see the education pricing).
2) Refurbished 27" iMac from Apple, May 2011 model, 2.7 GHz quad-core i5, quoted price is £1199 including one-year warranty, but I'm not sure if I can claim an education discount on refurbs.
3) Refurbished 27" iMac, 2010 model, 3 GHz quad-core i3, sold via Argos on Ebay, just over £1000 including one-year warranty.
As this will be my main income-generating machine (I'm self-employed) I don't want to stint, but I still want to spend money wisely. I'm inclined to bite the bullet and go for the brand-new one, to be future-proof, but am interested in what the hive mind thinks....?