Buying refurb Macbook Pro: Good Idea?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Theteapartyvip, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. Theteapartyvip macrumors newbie

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    I have been looking into buying a Mac for a couple of years now but I have been waiting for my dell to die. I mainly want a Mac because I make youtube videos and I would much rather use iMovie than Vegas or pinnacle. I want to downsize to a 13” (from a 15”) and attach a dell 21” monitor when I am at home and editing. In researching the Macbook Pro I have found that the base model will probably suit my needs. My question is: Is buying a refurb 2010 model a bad idea for what I want to do? (Australian student, incredibly poor) I specifically had this one in mind: http://store.apple.com/au/product/FC374X/A?mco=MTgwOTc3Mjg

    Programs I need to be able to run
    -Office Student
    -iMovie and possibly later Final cut express
    -Photoshop for gif making (however this is optional)
    -Garageband and later possibly Logic Express

    I don't mind if it isn't superfast, but i don't want 5 minute long lags. Thank you!
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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  3. ThaDoggg macrumors 6502a

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    A refurb 2010 will work great for you. Good choice over used as you get the full warranty.


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  4. Krovem macrumors 6502

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    Yes, refurb will do. When I had my refurb MB I was happy with it. Saved a lot of money with it.
     
  5. DolemiteJackson macrumors member

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    I recommend buying a refurb. It'll be good for what you need and you save a little coin too.
     
  6. Lioncrazz macrumors member

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    I recommend Mac refurbs as well. Got my MB three years ago and it still works flawlessly.
     
  7. skottichan macrumors 6502a

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    I third the motion. My first mac purchase was a refurbished MacBook in 2008, my parents are still using it. Only real difference between new an refurbished is packaging and price.
     
  8. icanboogie macrumors regular

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  9. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

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    I have purchased 7 refurbs over the years for friends and family, all are running perfectly, buy with confidence :cool:
     
  10. Theteapartyvip thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you guys so much

    Thank you for instilling my confidence in refurbs, they are so much cheaper and therefore easier for me to buy, I'm glad they're worth it.
     

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