Roughly $1060 vs $1407 (tax included). One is Apple Refurb, other is brand new. Both have 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, and 2560x1600p resolution screens. Primary use is video editing, I don't mind closing out my browser and mail app in order to improve performance and/or increase available RAM for Premiere Pro. I saved (and still plan to) about $50-$100 monthly, and I'll be using my savings to buy this laptop. This was the original goal of saving money, to get a nice laptop . It took me about 18-20 months to get this sum, and if you work out the math: $1060/18=$58.89 $1407/18=$78.17 So if I go for the more expensive option, I would wish to put about $60 savings monthly every month to recoup the amount spent. Closer to $80 for the higher end model. If the 15 inch model was a little cheaper ($1600ish), especially since it has 16GB RAM, I would of went with it, even if it cleared out my savings completely. Thanks for all the suggestions! Additional Details/Planned Use: I'll be editing 4k footage, but I downscale in Premiere Pro to 1080p, and usually once the video is completed I upload it or put it on a flash drive for client(s), and then I delete the video off the computer. So 128GB storage is not a issue at all. As average video length is 10 minutes or less, and it's only 4-12GB each video. This is a second job type of thing , only makes around $100 monthly, so I don't make enough for myself to warrant the purchase of a Mac Pro or anything like that.