MBA 2013 vs Refurbished MBP w/retina

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by shonor6, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. shonor6 macrumors member

    Oct 16, 2011
    Hello. I currently own a 2012 MBA which I love. I have an opportunity to sell it for almost the price that I bought it, and was thinking to buy the updated model. However, a thought came to my head - would I be better off with a refurbished 2012 MBP w/Retina display?

    I only browse with tons of tabs and watch movies on it. 95% of the time I'm connected to the charger (apart from 'juice running' every few days when the laptop remains on the desk). The specs on both of the are core i5's (MBP - slightly stronger), 8 GB ram and 128GB SSD.

    Anyway, what are the disadvantages of a refurbished laptop, if there are such? Do they replace for one, the battery? Or will it be slightly more worn? What about fans?


    I've noticed that my MBA has a black clipping issue, in the left test image, everything under 4 is pitch black, which is annoying at times. That's probably the only thing I don't like about the laptop. Is this a known problem with the MPA's? What about the Retina MBP's?

  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    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, can alert you when it becomes available.

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