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mikosk

macrumors regular
Original poster
Sep 20, 2013
191
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In the market for a new laptop, need a Mac that can run two monitors and my Air is not cutting it. Just need a base model 14" MBP for general office work, MS Office, Slack, Zoom, etc. The refurb is $460 less than the new Macbook. Do I really need the performance boost of the new model?
 
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daneoni

macrumors G4
Mar 24, 2006
11,678
1,253
I went refurb. Didn't really see the point of increasing my budget for an incremental upgrade. Don't need HDMI 2.1 or WiFi 6 for now either

But the mantra remains; "Buy the most computer you can, when you can, at the price you can afford"
 

JulesK

macrumors 6502a
Dec 17, 2002
530
94
I went with a 2021 refurb, as Apple had the non-stock configuration I wanted for $700 off this morning. I do not need HDMI 2.1 or WiFi 6E, and I'll use the savings towards a refurb of the 2024 or 2025 models. I have a specific use case for this machine that is beyond what an M1/2 Air can handle, but beyond that, my needs for the foreseeable future are modest. But if there is anything wrong or off with the unit they send, I may just wait a bit more for the new models to be discounted.
 

VanWinkle

macrumors newbie
Nov 6, 2022
13
15
Genuinely no offense at all intended, but what reason you do think (at least insofar as making the thread) you could POSSIBLY need more power than the M1 Pro for general office work?
 
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StuAff

macrumors 6502
Aug 6, 2007
385
256
Portsmouth, UK
In the UK store, the refurb (and quite possibly brand-new) M1 Pro & Max models have just had hefty discounts. Just ordered a 10/16 core M1 Pro 14 inch (16GB/1TB) £500 saving over same spec M2 Pro (again, 10/16 core version). It probably won't last me as long as the MacBook it's replacing (early 2009, bought new...!).
 

Eccentric Arcanist

macrumors newbie
Nov 1, 2019
22
18
I was holding out to see what the M2 Pro had to offer. Ended up getting a refurb M1 Pro 16-inch (10/16, 16GB, 1TB) after seeing the price had dropped to £1999 on the refurb store. I just couldn’t justify £900 more for the equivalent M2 Pro machine.
 

Fishrrman

macrumors Penryn
Feb 20, 2009
28,508
12,640
I realize that not everyone will qualify for it, but...

... I found that by "piggybacking" the Apple veteran's discount "on top of" buying from the Apple online refurbished store, a 2021 MacBook Pro 14" (base configuration) comes out like this:
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I'm wondering if this "double-discount" will work for those who can use "educational discounts", as well...?
 

skardvin

macrumors 6502
Nov 15, 2015
259
284
I realize that not everyone will qualify for it, but...

... I found that by "piggybacking" the Apple veteran's discount "on top of" buying from the Apple online refurbished store, a 2021 MacBook Pro 14" (base configuration) comes out like this:
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I'm wondering if this "double-discount" will work for those who can use "educational discounts", as well...?
Wow! What a great deal! Did you get it?
 

Paul1980

macrumors regular
Nov 15, 2020
115
97
United Kingdom
I ended up going for a discounted 2021 M1 Pro. It works out a lot more money for a little more power that I just won't use. I could get away with the Air but with the discount it was cheaper to get the M1 Pro over a 16gb Air.
 
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