Considering getting refurbished, worth it?

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  1. david401 macrumors member

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    I need a Macbook Pro with a dedicated gbu for film school. I have last gens 680MX iMac so it doesn't have to be completely over the top, I'd just like something with a dedicated graphics card and right now the only one that has that is the highest end one which is way too much money considering I have this desktop already. I'm considering going refurbished for maybe a retina with the 650 1GB. Is it worth it? Are the computers reliable and do they come with new casing/a new battery? I know last gen's retina's had some screen problems. I'm seeing refurbs that were released in Feb of this year. Was that batch fixed or did they still have the issue? I know this has probably been asked 1000 times but it seems search is disabled.
     
  2. B's iPhone macrumors member

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    Yes, it is worth it if you can't find the same machine for cheaper somewhere else.
    Apple refurbs are basically brand new.
    If that's what you're looking for and the price is right, I wouldn't hesitate.
     
  3. SVT Amateur macrumors 6502

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    Yep. In fact I just bought a refurbished early 2013 base retina model - probably the same exact one you are talking about. I've bought several refurbished models from Apple - and every time they look just like new and come with the same warranty and support.

    The refurbished rMBP I bought had a new battery. Also, I have a 2010 Mac mini server model that I bought back in 2010 and it is still running strong with no issues at all.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Apple refurbished products are considered by most to be a very good deal, as they're pretty much like buying a new Mac, except for the box.
    Click the link in that quote for more details on the refurbishment process.
    • Apple Certified Refurbished Products are available online from the Apple Refurb Store and are not sold in local Apple stores
    • Educational discounts do not apply to refurb products.
    • Refurb products come with the same warranty as new products, and qualify for AppleCare
    • Refurb products have a changed serial number that identifies them as refurbished
    • Refurb products come with whatever OS version and software they originally shipped with as new
    • Refurb products come with the same items in the box as new products, only the box is a plain one, not the new box.
    • A refurb product could have some cosmetic signs of prior use, but rarely do
    • A refurb Mac may have some cycles on the battery, but not a significant enough amount to affect usable life
    • The refurb store inventory changes frequently, sometimes several times a day, and doesn't have any direct relation to upcoming product releases. What's available in the refurb store is determined by what has been returned to Apple.
    • If you're looking for a particular item, refurb.me can alert you when it becomes available.
     
  5. david401 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks guys. I'll probably go the refurbished route then. Seems like a pretty good deal.
     
  6. fskywalker macrumors 65816

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    That is a smart move, you won't regret it
     

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