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[Apple] Apple Refurbished MacBook Air, MacBook Pro Retina, iMac & Mini DEALS THREAD

Apple Refurbished Mac DEALS
[QUOTE]- MacBook Air 11" from $799
- MacBook Air 13" from $899 ($929 newer model recommended)
- MacBook Pro 13" Retina from $1079 ($1239 model recommended)
- MacBook Pro 15" Retina from $1569
- iMac 21.5" from $1019 ($1189 model recommended)
- iMac 27" from $1649
- Mac Minis from $469
- Mac Pro Xeon from $2629[/QUOTE]


FAQ
[QUOTE]How is the quality of refurbished models from Apple?
Apple Refurbished (from Apple directly) are basically returned units (say someone changed their mind or want a different model etc.) or those with small cosmetic issues. It may have a minor scratch that you can't even spot or a small nick (<1mm) but that is at the worst end. Regardless, they are as close to new as you can get since they have not been used, typically brand new batteries and fully tested internal components.

One difference is that you will not get the original box, it'll be in a standard plain white box. They should not have any issues since they are fully tested (and most probably new as well).

Should I get Apple Care on these models?
If you do decide to get one, remember that you have 1 year to decide if you want to get Apple Care (which extends warranty for another 2 years). It's a "nice to have" or "peace of mind" kind of thing incase anything goes wrong so best advice would be to use your new Mac for nearly a year then decide if you want to extend the warranty by buying Apple Care that way, you'll get a chance to know if you want to keep it for the long haul or what you feel is the best decision (both economically and psychologically).
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MacBook Air Refurb Deals

------------------------------- 11" MODELS -----------------------------------

- MacBook Air 11” (2014) - 1.4GHz i5 | 4GB RAM | 128GB SSD ——— $799!!! -- [$200 OFF][LINK]

- MacBook Air 11" (2013) - 1.3GHz i5 | 4GB RAM | 256GB SSD ——— $949 -- [$200 OFF] [LINK]

- MacBook Air 11" (2014) - 1.3GHz i5 | 4GB RAM | 256GB SSD ——— $1019 -- [$180 OFF] [LINK]

- MacBook Air 11" (2014) - 1.3GHz i5 | 4GB RAM | 512GB SSD [ODD CONFIG] ——— $1229 -- [LINK]


------------------------------- 13" MODELS -----------------------------------

- MacBook Air 13" (2013) - 1.3GHz i5 | 4GB RAM | 128GB SSD ——— $899 -- [$200 OFF] [LINK]

- MacBook Air 13" (2014) - 1.4GHz i5 | 4GB RAM | 128GB SSD ——— $929 -- [$170 OFF][LINK]


- MacBook Air 13" (2013) - 1.3GHz i5 | 4GB RAM | 256GB SSD ------- $1039 -- [$210 OFF] [LINK]

- MacBook Air 13" (2014) - 1.7GHz i5 | 4GB RAM | 256GB SSD ------- $1099 [$200 OFF] [LINK]


MacBook Pro Refurb Deals


- MacBook Pro 13" (2012 PREVIOUS GEN) - 2.5GHz i5 | 4GB RAM | 500GB Hard Drive ------- $999 [NOT RECOMMENDED, MacBook Air 13" or MacBook Pro Retina 13" are better choices.] [LINK]


MacBook Pro Retina Refurb Deals

------------------------------- 13" MODELS -----------------------------------
- MacBook Pro Retina 13” (Oct 2013) - 2.4GHz i5 | 4GB RAM | 128GB SSD ------- $1079!!! [$220 OFF] [LINK]

- MacBook Pro Retina 13” (Oct 2013) - 2.4GHz i5 | 8GB RAM | 256GB SSD ------- $1239!! [$250 OFF] [LINK]

- MacBook Pro Retina 13” (Oct 2013) - 2.6GHz i5 | 8GB RAM | 512GB SSD ------- $1489 [LINK]

- MacBook Pro Retina 13” (Oct 2013) - 2.6GHz i5 | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD ------- $1689 [LINK]

------------------------------- 15" MODELS -------------------------------
- MacBook Pro Retina 15" (Oct 2013) - 2.0GHz i7 | 8GB RAM | 256GB SSD ------- $1569 [$330 OFF][LINK]

- MacBook Pro Retina 15” (Oct 2013) - 2.3GHz i7 | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | IRIS Pro + GT 750M dGPU ——— $2069 [$550 OFF] [LINK]


—————— [NOT RECOMMENDED, See Post #389] —————
- MacBook Pro Retina 15" (Mid 2012) - 2.3GHz i7 | 8GB RAM | 256GB SSD ------- $1559 [LINK]

- MacBook Pro Retina 15" (Early 2013) - 2.4GHz i7 | 8GB RAM | 256GB SSD ------- $1579 [LINK]



iMac Refurb Deals

------------------------------- 21.5" MODELS -----------------------------------
- iMac 21.5” (June 2014) - 1.4GHz i5 | 8GB RAM | 500GB Hard Drive | HD5000 Graphics ------- $1019 [$180 OFF] [LINK]

- iMac 21.5” (Sept 2013) - 2.7GHz i5 | 8GB RAM | 1TB Hard Drive | Iris Pro Graphics ------- $1189 [$210 OFF] [LINK]

- iMac 21.5" (2013) - 2.9GHz i5 | 8GB RAM | 1TB Hard Drive | NVIDIA GT 750M ------- $1399 [$250 OFF] [LINK] (NOTE PRICE HAS INCREASED FROM MAY 2014 at $1319)

------------------------------- 27" MODELS -----------------------------------
- iMac 27" (Sept 2013) - 3.2GHz i5 | 8GB RAM | 1TB Hard Drive | NVIDIA GT 755M 1GB------- $1649 [$350 OFF] [LINK]

- iMac 27” with 5K Retina Display - 3.5GHz i5 | 8GB RAM | 1TB Fusion Drive | R9 M290X 2GB Graphics ------- $2339 [$410 OFF] [LINK]

- iMac 27" (Sept 2013) - 3.5GHz i7 | 16GB RAM | 1TB Fusion Drive | NVIDIA GT 775M 2GB ------- $2409 [LINK]



Mac Mini Refurb Deals

------------------------------- 2012 MODELS -----------------------------------
- Mac Mini (2012) - 2.5GHz i5 | 4GB RAM | 500GB Hard Drive ------- $469 [$130 OFF] [LINK]

- Mac Mini (2012) - 2.3GHz i7 QUAD | 4GB RAM | 1TB Hard Drive ------- $639 [$160 OFF] [LINK]


Mac Pro Refurb Deals

------------------------------- 2013 MODELS -----------------------------------
- Mac Pro (2013) - 3.7GHz Quad Core | 12GB RAM | 256GB SSD | D300s 2GB ------- $2629 [$670 OFF] [LINK]

- Mac Pro (2013) - 3.5GHz Hex Core | 12GB RAM | 512GB SSD | D300s 2GB ------- $3299 [LINK]
OR
- Mac Pro (2013) - 3.7GHz Quad Core | 16GB RAM | 512GB SSD | D500s 3GB ------- $3299 [LINK]



Mac Accessories
------------------------------- AirPort, Displays & Other Accessories -----------------------------------
- Apple Airport Express (2012) - Airport Utility | OS X Server Compatible ------- $75 [LINK]

- Apple Airport Extreme Base Station (2011) - 2.4GHz/5GHz Dual Band | Airport Utility | OS X Server Compatible ------- $89 [OOS] [LINK]

- Apple Airport Extreme (2013 New Design) - Wireless AC GigWiFi | Airport Utility | OS X Server Compatible ------- $169 [LINK]

- Apple 27" LED Cinema Display (2010) - MiniDisplayPort | 2560x1440 | Gloss IPS Panel ------- $799 [LINK]


Note: If the model is not listed above, it probably isn't an appealing deal.
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i am curious, but why does it seem to me that there are more refurbished Macs than any other brand of laptop?
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Glancealot wrote: i am curious, but why does it seem to me that there are more refurbished Macs than any other brand of laptop?
Probably because Apple does a lot of straight full-hardware swaps. Bum hard drive? Here's your new Macbook. Spacebar squeaks? Here's your new Macbook. Once they get fixed, prettied up, and reinspected, off they go to the refurb shop.

PCs on the other hand, lots of manufacturers and retailers will swap out only the broken part and give you the computer back, which is why you see so many refurbished hard drives all over the place.
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formicae wrote: Probably because Apple does a lot of straight full-hardware swaps. Bum hard drive? Here's your new Macbook. Spacebar squeaks? Here's your new Macbook. Once they get fixed, prettied up, and reinspected, off they go to the refurb shop.

PCs on the other hand, lots of manufacturers and retailers will swap out only the broken part and give you the computer back, which is why you see so many refurbished hard drives all over the place.
ok, thanks.
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The retina is a nice machine, I just sold my 15" and bought the new air instead. I prefer the battery life increase over the extra power (although going back from a retina screen takes some serious getting used to). Only thing I wish the air has is a second thunderbolt port or HDMI
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Wow, I looked at the spec more carefully: Apple sells a laptop for $1250 and the best GPU that they can put in it is an Intel HD Graphics 4000 (which is integrated and comes with the CPU).

So my question is, why don't they just swap the i5 out for an AMD APU(A10-4600 or Richland), and bam, now it appeals to gamers too. if they really want to keep the i5, they could stick a cheap dedicated GPU in there.

am I missing something here?
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Not picking up another 15" rMBP is really tough (gave mine to my wife)
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Does anyone know why the 13.3" i7 MacBook Air has better specs than one I can buy today (2ghz processor compared to 1.7ghz today)?

I am new to Mac world, and I was looking at buying new but these seem like good deals!
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Haswell processor is newer and does more, including last an ungodly long time on a battery charge.
Mr Sparkle wrote: Does anyone know why the 13.3" i7 MacBook Air has better specs than one I can buy today (2ghz processor compared to 1.7ghz today)?

I am new to Mac world, and I was looking at buying new but these seem like good deals!
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Mr Sparkle wrote: Does anyone know why the 13.3" i7 MacBook Air has better specs than one I can buy today (2ghz processor compared to 1.7ghz today)?

I am new to Mac world, and I was looking at buying new but these seem like good deals!
The latest models have the 4th gen Haswell processors, which has a higher performance per clock cycle, so 1.7Ghz is similar to the older 3rd gen 2.0Ghz, in some cases even slightly worse, but the new macbook airs have nearly double the battery life, so it's worth it.
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Glancealot wrote: Wow, I looked at the spec more carefully: Apple sells a laptop for $1250 and the best GPU that they can put in it is an Intel HD Graphics 4000 (which is integrated and comes with the CPU).

So my question is, why don't they just swap the i5 out for an AMD APU(A10-4600 or Richland), and bam, now it appeals to gamers too. if they really want to keep the i5, they could stick a cheap dedicated GPU in there.

am I missing something here?
Yeah, for the price premium, they should at least make the laptop at the level of a gaming laptop (better graphics)... People are better off buying a touch screen ultrabook for less and just hackintosh it (why isn't apple releasing touchscreen macs??). Although retina displays are rare for Ultrabooks, for me retina displays are useless as the laptop screen is small and the only advantage it gives is for pics or videos, for ordinary text and web surfing, the text would be unreadable. I have a laptop that has 1920x1080 resolution and I find it hard to read stuffs so I change the resolution to around 1200x900 for it to be usable.
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Bought a rMBP 15 2 weeks ago for same price. I lucked out though and got 16gb ram instead of 8gb for $1599. Very impressed with the quality of the refurb, no scratches or any signs of use. Battery cycles on mine was 1.

OSX runs great and I also installed win7 through bootcamp quite easily and it has been performing well in win7 as well. There are definitely pros and cons with this laptop but it is miles ahead of the Samsung Chronos 7 I bought and returned for essentially the same price.
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I got a LG display (rev 1) on my 15" rMBP and haven't noticed any burn in issues yet and the screen is flawless (no uniformity issues). I have done the 20 minute burn in test and have been using it for the past month without any issues. If you get an LG display (as opposed to a Samsung), I wouldn't rule it completely out as I think Apple might have finally addressed the issue. I will update in a month or so if anything does happen to prop up on it.
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khulit wrote: Yeah, for the price premium, they should at least make the laptop at the level of a gaming laptop (better graphics)... People are better off buying a touch screen ultrabook for less and just hackintosh it (why isn't apple releasing touchscreen macs??). Although retina displays are rare for Ultrabooks, for me retina displays are useless as the laptop screen is small and the only advantage it gives is for pics or videos, for ordinary text and web surfing, the text would be unreadable. I have a laptop that has 1920x1080 resolution and I find it hard to read stuffs so I change the resolution to around 1200x900 for it to be usable.
I'm sure gamers are not the target audience for Apple and this is why they've never spent time developing gaming machines. I only play the odd game here and there and my iMac or MBP's have always played them decently. I do have a PC desktop which I use when I'm more serious about my gaming. The retina display on these laptops aren't solely for putting more text on the screen. It also makes the text sharper and photos look amazing.
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TomRFD wrote: I'm sure gamers are not the target audience for Apple
this is how I look at it,

target audience + gamers > target audience.
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