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Ordered A 2012 13" Refurbished MBA and I Have Questions

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by gregpod9, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

    #1
    I'm looking to replace my early 2011 13" MBP. A few days ago I ordered a refurbished 13" rMBP and it arrived to my home yesterday. I will be returning it because within 10 minutes of use image retention appeared, it was laggy when scrolling web pages, and when I exit a program the desktop menu disappears and then reappears within a few seconds, also the screen still looks like 1280x800 at best for retina setting, while the scaled resolutions did not look as good as the best for retina mode. I also read somewhere that the Intel HD4000 barely has enough power to drive the retina display.

    Yesterday night I ordered a 2012 Refurbished 13" MBA with the following specs:
    1. i7 2.0 GHz
    2. 8 GB Memory
    3. 256 SSD

    I have a few questions on the MBA.
    1. I have a full version of Windows 7 and my job requires the use of Internet Explorer (for MS active script and a stable version of Java). I would like to know how VMware or Parallels 8 runs like on the MBA or should I used bootcamp?

    2. I prefer more screen space. I know that my MBP has better color, but at the expense of screen space. How good is the 13" MBA screen?

    3. Did anyone ordered a refurbished MBA before and how was your experience with the refurbished MBA?
     
  2. macrumors regular

    #2
    Should work fine

    I just got a refurbished 11" 2012 MBA, 8gb RAM, 256 GB ssd, i7 and I am very pleased with it. I use parallels and it is very fast (much faster than the 4gb MBA I returned). It restores from suspended states in about 2 or 3 seconds. Though refurbished, the computer was like new and I saved $300 or so. It also has the same warranty as a new computer.
     
  3. macrumors newbie

    #3
    I have the computer you ordered, just bought it maybe a month ago. I also opted for the refurbished model and honestly i am extremely happy with it. I am using Parallels and running Pro|E on it and it works flawlessly, it's quite impressive in fact. But yeah i hesitated for a long time and wondered in what condition the refurbs come in...I am thoroughly convinced this was a brand new machine the day i bought it. It is simply flawless.
     
  4. macrumors 6502a

    #4
    The shells are new I believe. You shouldn't be able to tell the difference between a new and refurbished. I just bought a refurb iPad 3rd gen for my fiancé and it was perfect. I had to go through 2 new iPad 3s to find one with no cosmetic damage when I bought myself one at launch last March. I think I'm going to buy my next MacBook refurbished as well. Save a lot of cash that way. As long as you can find the config you want in the refurb store.
     
  5. macrumors G4

    #5
    I had the 11" version of the MacBook Air before I purchased the 13" rMBP. I liked it a lot and would still have it if I hadn't lost it at an airport in December. I installed Windows in Boot Camp, but ran it in Parallels as a virtual machine most of the time. If all you need to do is run Internet Explorer it will be fine. I use Windows primarily for Quicken (the Mac version isn't very good), and occasionally Office 2010.

    The screen is quite nice. I have had a 13" MBA in the past, and the 1440x900 resolution is convenient. The color gamut in the MBP is better than the MBA, and I still find the rMBP to be acceptable in scaled mode, but the Air's display is good for a TFT LCD.
     
  6. macrumors G4

    #6
    No offense, but I've been using my 13" rMBP all night, and have no idea what you are talking about when you say the desktop menu disappears and takes a few seconds to reappear. It's been as snappy as my 2.0GHz i7 MacBook Air ever was.

    Also, the HD 4000 is as powerful as mid-range discrete GPUs were 2-3 years ago. We had 2560x1600 displays back then (the Apple Cinema Display, for starters).
     

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