buying Refurbished MacBook pro

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mills, May 23, 2006.

  1. mills macrumors newbie

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    with all the complaints and returns of hot and whinning MBP's is buying a refurbished one just asking for trouble?
     
  2. jaisai01 macrumors member

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    from what i have read here on the forums, apple inspects all of the returned MBP and make sure all the issues are fixed b4 they sell as refurb. so they "should" be fixed. they are still covered under the same warranty so even if you do encounter a prob, they should/will take care of it.
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  4. raikkonen macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, I was wondering about that as well. Do you think the refurb 15" is a better buy than a Black macbook? Its just $100 more expensive, but then it doesnt seem to be a lot of difference between the two 'books
     
  5. amin macrumors 6502a

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    Many of us are drawn to the MacBook because it is new, but I think the refurb MBP is a better buy. The ExpressCard slot, illuminated keyboard, thinner profile, and larger screen make it a better value in my opinion. Despite this, I'd rather have a MB, just as a change of pace from my 15" PB.
     
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    i second that :)
     
  7. tristan macrumors 6502a

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    What are you expecting, a notebook held together with duct tape and chewing gum? Refurb means that while it might have had a manufacturing defect, they went through it and fixed everything they could find until its in perfect working order. It might even have a brand new logic board.

    Frankly, I would say you're less likely to find bugs than in a new Mac. Refurbs are Apple's special deals for exceptional people like us who are just as deserving but would still like a good value. My last two 'books were refurbs and my next one will be too.
     
  8. Mob macrumors newbie

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    where do you buy refurbished mbp?
    are they online at apple.com

    Is there only special times when a MBP is up for grabs
     
  9. tristan macrumors 6502a

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    Apple has the best prices but you'll probably have to pay sales tax. You can also look at Smalldog and Powermax. Or better yet, check out www.lowendmac.com and the deals section, they do the comparison shopping for you.
     
  10. mills thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The apple site has a 15.4 listed at 1.83GHz. I thought they were supposed to be 2.0GHz.

    Whats up with that?

    [Apple Certified Refurbished MacBook Pro
    Refurbished MacBook Pro - 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo
    15.4-inch TFT display with 1440x900 resolution
    1.83GHz Intel Core Duo with 2MB shared L2 Cache
    667MHz frontside bus
    512MB (single SO-DIMM) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM
    80GB 5400rpm Serial ATA hard drive]
     
  11. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The MacBook Pro was originally supposed to be at 1.66/1.83 GHz. Apple then bumped them to 1.83/2.0 GHz before they shipped. And TODAY we have 2.0/2.16 GHz on the 15.4" models. The refubished model is the old low end 1.83 GHz one.
     
  12. WarHamster40k macrumors newbie

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    The first generation of Macbook Pros had a 1.83GHz processor. When the MacBook (non-pro) came out, the 1.83GHZ were relegated to those computers, where the current generation of Macbook Pros had their lowest processor bumped to 2.0GHz.
     
  13. mills thread starter macrumors newbie

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    gotcha. Think the difference is that noticeable?
     
  14. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Yeah if you're willing to shave off seconds.
     
  15. mills thread starter macrumors newbie

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    hmmm. maybe theyll start selling the refurbished 2.0's soon :/
     
  16. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    They already do.
     
  17. mills thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yea, i guess i meant with 512MB of ram instead of 1GB. since that would be a little cheaper.

    to bad I cant use my student discount on refurbished.
     
  18. timswim78 macrumors 6502a

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    While your student discount will not make the MBP less expensive, it will make AppleCare less expensive. Log into the refurbished section through the student store to see the savings.
     

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