Are refurbished MacBook Pro's still scratch/mark free?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by theredensign, Oct 30, 2016.

  1. theredensign macrumors member


    Sep 12, 2016
    Hi all,

    Further to a previous topic regarding my choice for my first MacBook, I've decided to try and go for a refurbished MacBook 15 model.

    Having read previous articles about the refurbishment process, people have said that the outer shell is replaced if it is scuffed or damaged in any way. However, when looking at Apple's site, it doesn't seem to indicate this. Am I missing something?

    Finally, is there any risk of the screen being scratched and if so, can I return the MacBook?

    Many thanks,

    Kind regards,
  2. CoastalOR macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2015
    Oregon, USA
    My 2014 refurbished MBP from Apple (bought Dec 2015) was scratch free.
  3. theredensign thread starter macrumors member


    Sep 12, 2016
    Thanks for your reply!

    Am I right to assume then that there were no outward differences between a new product and the refurbished model?

    Many thanks.
  4. 305dade macrumors newbie


    Oct 13, 2016
    I believe they use a new casing, ether way apple refurbish look brand new.
  5. Haaker macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2012
    Philadelphia area
    My refurb 2012 MacBook Air was visually brand new with a single exception - the MagSafe port on the left side had a few minor scratches inside of it. I didn't pay it any mind since I knew it would just get that way after I used it. Screen, keyboard, case - all perfect.
  6. coachingguy macrumors 6502a


    Feb 7, 2003
    The Great White, Albeit Frozen North
    I've bought 5 or 6 Macs and 4 iPods and 1 iPad from the Refurb store and all of them, at least to my eye have been "as brand new".
  7. RUGERMAN macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2010
    You can return it for any reason within 14 days, just like a brand new one. No problem.

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