Refurbished C2D Macbooks soon? good idea?

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  1. shrhaider macrumors member

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    I just noticed that first black, now white refurbished macbooks are no longer available for sale on the Apple site. I'd like to buy a C2D macbook for my brother and the refurbished ones look like a good deal.

    1. seems like Apple has run out of stock on the CD Macbooks and will be offering C2D now right?

    2. i was wondering if there are any issues with the C2D Macbooks that are different from early issues with the CD Macbooks (I have one). Or any reason I shouldn't buy one that's refurbished because it's likely to be from early in the production process or anything like that. I haven't been on the forums in months so I'm out of the loop.


    thanks much.
     
  2. docal97 macrumors 6502a

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    Hi....

    I had a cd mbp and now a c2d mbp, not a mb. But it does appear that the newer gen model is more reliable and has had less issues than the previous gen. I have certainly noticed this with my own experiences.

    So the C2d mb would be an excellent unit to get, but i am always wary of the refurb models, b/c there is a chance that that unit had some previous issues b4 it was repaired by apple (or returned by another customer w/out any probs, but how would u ever really know this info?)

    So unless the cost is a major factor, i would just spend a few more bucks and get a brand new one. You will know what you are getting at least.....

    Best of Luck......
     
  3. cyberddot macrumors 6502

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    Refurb models are a great choice for anyone that isn't concerned about paying more JUST to get a brand new one. As the name infers, these computers (or other devices) have been refurbished (To make clean, bright, or fresh again; renovate.), and function just as well as a new one does, but has a head start on any minor case blemishes. They come in a plain brown box, not the image covered boxes of the new models, and they come with a full year of coverage AND an option to get Applecare.

    The CD MB's are currently gone from the refurb store, but they've been disappearing and reappearing for weeks now, as have the CD and C2D MBP's. I've been hoping to see C2D MB's for the past month or 2, but haven't seen them yet, so I hope you're right about this being the week for them to start showing up. :)

    There are plenty of threads on C2D performance, and even comparisons to CD models, but the C2D is a Rev B, not a Rev A, so it's pretty safe to assume Apple has made some progress.

    Let the folks who have plenty of cash insist on a virgin-keyboard and trackpad, and then smile knowing that you save $100's(?) of dollars buying one that still has Apple's name behind it. If you find anything wrong with it in the first year, Apple will fix it.

    So, what's the downside? :cool:
     
  4. McGarvels macrumors 6502

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    Refub machines are great, in addition you get nice little presents in there sometimes as well. For instance, I got an upgraded processor and video card in my 20" c2d. I would wait till you see c2d mb's in the refurb store. BUt that's just my opinion
     
  5. MSM Hobbes macrumors 6502

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    FWIW, another vote to wait and acquire a refurb C2D machine.

    I bought a new white MB couple months ago, at same time a refurb 24" C2D iMac - and both are equally wonderful in their own way. As soon as the refurb 20" C2D iMacs [w/ 10.5 :D] are available, there will be one of those here too. ;)
     
  6. TraceyS/FL macrumors 68040

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    I want to know how come my brother doesn't want to buy me a computer??? I'm jealous of you guys that buy for your little brothers (don't forget us sisters though!!!).

    :D

    Not sure on how old you brother is, but the educational prices are pretty similar to the refurbished ones. Just in case you didn't realize that might be an option.

    I would consider buying a refurb - but my Homeschool pricing is too close to not buy new.
     
  7. extraextra macrumors 68000

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    True, but see, the refurbished computer has been through quality control TWICE, and if it was returned for any problems, those problems were fixed. So in theory, the refurbished computers would be less likely to have problems than a brand new computer.
     
  8. Skrilla™ macrumors regular

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    How much do you think these will be?

    If I see a C2D 2.0GHz w/ SuperDrive for $900, I won't think twice :D
     
  9. shrhaider thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm also really curious as to what the price is gonna be. Someone in another thread suggested they would probably be the same price the MBCDs were before the C2D was released. The prices according to the post were

    $ 999 - basic white
    $1099 - midlevel white
    $1199 - black

    which is about $100 more than they are now. there are a couple refurbs available right now for $899 and $999 (white), both with superdrives (60gb and 80gb hds).
     
  10. tundotcom macrumors member

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    [​IMG]

    I saw these this morning. I was wanting a C2D refurb but it's a little over my budget so I finally placed my order on a white 2.0GHz Core Duo MacBook refurb. My first mac ever, I'm very excited. :)
     
  11. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    Guess I will wait till SR Macs are out before i cop a C2D Macbook refurb :)
     
  12. butaro macrumors regular

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    just bought the white C2D! 100$ cheaper than edu price woohooo

    what do you mean a little over your budget?? c2d was only 50$ more than cd! 64 bit!! 1 gig ram! bigger hd!!
     
  13. tundotcom macrumors member

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    It's $200 more than the white 2.0GHz core duo :( I was considering the 1.83 C2D but I really want a superdrive.
     
  14. Skrilla™ macrumors regular

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    for $1100 I might as well get it from Amazon.

    Total after tax is 1189, Amazon would be 1225 AR, only $36 difference, plus you get the nice box ;) .
     
  15. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    The virgin feeling!
     
  16. L3X macrumors 6502a

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    edu discount

    can you get an edu discount with the refurbs?
     
  17. MSM Hobbes macrumors 6502

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    No. But,,, good try. :D
     
  18. interlaced macrumors 6502a

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    Unfortunately no. It's either the Edu discount or the Refurb price.
     
  19. L3X macrumors 6502a

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    thanks. hmm...i will have to do some comparison shopping then...

    the MBP i'm looking at is definitely cheaper getting a refurb
     
  20. butaro macrumors regular

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    Sorry i wasnt looking, the CD black one is only 50$ difference :p

    edit: also when i ordered it this morning it said 5-8 days before it ships, with 2-5 days delivery, i just got an email saying it shipped with tracking information and i get it in 3 business days (monday)... CRAZY!!! i was ready to hold my excitement for the estimated date (feb2-5th) but this is sooner i cant control myself lol
     
  21. vanzskater272 macrumors regular

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    I just ordered a refurbished white 2.0ghz c2d macbook form apple. I cant wait for it to get here. It is gonna be my first apple laptop. is there anything important that I should know?
     
  22. MSM Hobbes macrumors 6502

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    Congrats :)

    Up the RAM to 2GB, if not already.
    Read/study the guides here.
    Read/study the MB and other helpful threads here.
    Acquire Pouge's "OS X Missing Manual" book, but,,, with the understanding that it is slightly outdated - various apps for example have changed.
    Keep a log in a paper notebook of all significant items that you d/l, change, when, etc.
    Many recommend that not to use the admin account, create user account(s).
    Turn on your firewall if not on a router.
    Buy a carrying case that doesn't look like a computer carrying case - decrease potential for theft.
    Keep all s/w up-to-date.
    Have fun! :D
     
  23. tundotcom macrumors member

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    I got a tracking number too, but it says estimated ship date is the 25th (Thursday). :(
     
  24. topher-j macrumors newbie

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    If you order a refurbished MB/MPB, is there any way to upgrade it through the store? Say for example, I wanted to order a MPB 2.16 GHz C2D, but the one listed in the refurb store has only 1GB of memory, and I want to upgrade to 2GB.

    If this isn't possible, how would you upgrade the memory after you ordered it?
     
  25. vanzskater272 macrumors regular

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    I dont think it lets you upgrade a refurbshied mb I was trying to find an option like that but i couldnt find it. And upgrading ram is easy. Instructions on upgrading the ram for the macbook
    http://guides.macrumors.com/Upgrading_MacBook_RAM
    And here is how to do it for macbook pro
    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=303491
     

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