2017 or 2016 refurb?

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  1. firecrackerjim macrumors newbie

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    I am currently rocking a 2012 13" air with 8gb & 512SSD, im thinking its time for an upgrade

    I can afford the 2017 Base Touchbar model or get last years refurb with 512GB SSD for about 200 cheaper from the apple refurb store.

    has anyone bought a refurb, are they like new.

    any input would be great
     
  2. underattack macrumors member

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    In my experience, refurbished systems are "like new". They also come with the same warranty coverage as a new system.
     
  3. ignatius345 macrumors 6502a

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    Been buying refurbs from Apple for years and always been happy (except when I've cheaped out and skimped on RAM or storage and regretted it down the road, which is my own fault).
     
  4. smallcoffee macrumors 6502a

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    No issues with returns, consider a 256ssd instead of the 512.
     
  5. firecrackerjim thread starter macrumors newbie

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    any reason why apart from being cheaper?
     
  6. whodean macrumors member

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    Make sure you get the upgraded video card, it makes a huge difference
     
  7. firecrackerjim thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I dont game on a laptop, the intel gfx are nothing special anyway
     
  8. whodean macrumors member

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    I'm referring to the AMD Radeon 460. If you think you will ever run a 4K display it is a crucial requirement. If you'll never use it to drive a display then disregard.
     
  9. firecrackerjim thread starter macrumors newbie

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    sorry im talking about the 13" pros as a replacement for my 13" air
     
  10. whodean macrumors member

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    10-4, I shouldn't have assumed.
     
  11. smallcoffee macrumors 6502a

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    Just cheaper yeah. If budget isn't any issue st all then sure get one do whatever. But I just don't think the extra space is necessary given all the cloud storage options for everything and the ability to re download any software you need.
     
  12. firecrackerjim thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thats true however i was thinking of Boot Camping
     
  13. smallcoffee macrumors 6502a

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    How much space do you currently use? How much do you actually need? Just be honest with your usage and ask yourself what you really need. If you want and can afford it, go for it. I have been using a 256-size drive for 6 years now, and 70gb of that is music.
     
  14. tjleonard macrumors 6502

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    eBay and Craigslist is likely crawling with super cheap 2016’s.
     
  15. Scott G. macrumors member

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    Are there even any Refurbished 2016 MBP’s in the store anymore? I checked the other day and there weren’t any. None in the 13” or 15” models.
     
  16. lambertjohn macrumors 6502

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    You checked the other day, but did you check today? They're out there.
     
  17. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    If you can afford it, get the 13" ntb MBPro with the 256gb drive.
    It has a faster CPU and slightly better graphics than the 2016 models.

    I'd "give up" the extra storage space for both of those improvements.
    But then, I used a 2010 MBPro for 6.5 years, and only "used up" about 40gigs of the original drive!

    If at some point in the future you need more space, I'm going to -guess- that it will be for things like movies, etc. Items that "eat up" drive space, but aren't actually "accessed" very often.
    In that case, get a USB-c SSD (or USB3.1 g2) and keep the "overflow" stuff on that.
    If you want to watch a saved movie, just "copy it over" to the Macbook's hard drive, watch the movie, then delete it...
     
  18. The Mercurian macrumors 65816

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    Option 3 : Wait for the 2017 to be available as refurb!
     
  19. firecrackerjim thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the input guys went with a 2016 tb with 512gb ssd
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    cant be much faster and any 2016 mbp wil crush my 2012 mba shirley?
     
  20. firecrackerjim thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Guys just got my 2016 refurb, cant see the difference between a refurb and retail to be honest.

    really happy thanks
     
  21. CrzyP macrumors regular

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    I'm in the same boat and can't decide. More power and spend more money? Or less power and save some money? If I opt for the 2016, I can get it brand new, no sales tax, and 12-months zero percent interest at AAFES.
     
  22. epca12 macrumors regular

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    Would be good to get he refurb if it has more storage IMO
     
  23. lambertjohn macrumors 6502

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    What exactly do you mean by "crush?" Flatten? And why would you want to do that to a computer??
     
  24. firecrackerjim thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Your dying up there buddy
     

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