MBA: refurb vs new

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by miketheg, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. miketheg macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2011
    I've never had a Mac, let alone a refurbished one. But after 2+ years of drooling over various friends' MBPs and now MBAs, I've decided to buy one for myself. Now I'm just debating what to get. I know that I want the 11-inch MBA. I can get the base model (64 gig HD, 2 gig RAM) for $949 with the education discount. I can get that for a hundred bucks cheaper refurbished, or get a better model for similar to that of a new base model. I've never bought a refurb, so I'm a bit wary of spending that much money on a used computer. What are your experiences with refurbished computers?
  2. Buck987 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2010
    get the $929 refurb...great deal on an awesome portable
  3. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    If you're happy with the specs on the refurb, buy it. You'll find no better deal.

    If you're doing a BTO machine, go with the education discount.

    Remember, refurbished machines ARE NEW. Some have been in the hands of other users, many have not; but they come from the same factory and pass the same tests as the "factory firsts." Anything with the machine that does not meet the "new" specification is reconditioned or replaced. The warranty is even the same.
  4. bluap84 macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2011
    i was unsure about refurb macs too.
    but i bought my iMac 27" refurbed from the apple store...and well i dont know why it was a refurb cant see any signs!

    and i saved myself £280 - so yes def go for refurbed. I have a friend whos a pro photographer and hes never bought a brand new mac...if refurbs are good enough for him, theyre sure good enough for me
  5. Oldpinepoint macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2010
    I was in a cimiliar position as you about a week ago. I've never been a mac owner but i loved the MBP and iMac lines. Based on a lot of recommendations on this forum and my own research i pulled the trigger on 2010 base model 15" MBP. I received it Monday and I can tell you the thing looks brand new. I couldnt find a blemish on the machine. It works perfectly and so far I love it! If the refurbished can save you money and your arent super picky i would totally do it.
  6. gdeputy macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008
    New York
    My advice (that I follow) is that if it's BRAND NEW and you can't find refurb and you have to have it, Buy New. I've done this with my Phones, iPad, Macbook Air. If you can get it Refurbished, DO IT. Did this with my iMac and other than the box it's the exact same as new. I know because I originally bought the base model 1699 iMac and returned it, for the same 1699 I got a Quad Core i5 (over a Dual Core i3) and a 5750 1GB Graphics Card (over a 5670 512 MB).

    Well worth it IMHO.
  7. gri macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2004
    New York City, aka Big Apple
    Bought my MBA (previous generation) last April as I didn't want to wait any longer for an updated MBA (which came 7 months later) but didn't want to spend the full amount as I knew I would update. Guess what, the update didn't satisfy my needs (better processor, not old technology like C2D and loss of the back lit key board) so I am still sticking with it. It is like buying new minus the fancy packaging. Warranty is the same as a new one, can purchase ACPP for the full time. Unless you need BTO or the absolutely latest model as soon as it is out I don't think there is a disadvantage
  8. iLucas, Mar 10, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 4, 2011

    iLucas macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2011
    I agree with this.

    If you aren't to concerned with having the original box, a refurb is a good way to go.
  9. Scepticalscribe, Mar 10, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Jun 4, 2011

    Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    To the OP, refurb is an excellent deal, for you get a machine that has been individually tested and tried, is as new, and comes with the full Mac warranty.

  10. john1620b macrumors member

    Apr 29, 2009
    I'm actually surprised I haven't seen any mention in these threads about people with *bad* experiences with refurbished machines. I'm considering getting one myself, after reading all this praise.

    Does anyone have anything negative to say about refurb machines? Any experience with ones that have failed? What about poorer battery life for laptops?
  11. ceiph macrumors regular

    Nov 7, 2007
    got my refurb 11 inch 1.4 4 64gb macbook air this week or the 929 one. it is flawless you cant tell from the outside that it is anything less than new and when i received it the battery only had 3 cycles on it so even that was new save the money and go refurb
  12. BigRedOne macrumors regular

    Nov 29, 2007
    The iMac I am using right now is a refurbished (no problems, purchased 2009) and my next one will be a refurbished. There are some threads of people getting a bad refurbished computer, be it lap top or desk top. So it does happen, however, there are a lot more threads from people with problems on their brand new computers. The scary part is, that makes sense to me.

    I would recommend refurbished if it satisfies your requirements.
  13. powerslave12r macrumors 6502a

    Sep 19, 2010
    Can someone please point me to a link (or reply here) about benchmarks of refurb vs new?

    I ask because last year I bought a Dell outlet latitude and due to some issues I had it replaced with a brand new one. I had the opportunity to benchmark both of them through and through and it turned out the new one significantly outperformed the refurb.

    Now I understand, Apple is not Dell, but I would appreciate it greatly if someone could point me to some refurb vs new benchmarks. Apologies if it's already mentioned in one of the links in the mega post above, I just can't go through all of those.

  14. Patrick946 macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2009
    There are no benchmarks because they are exactly the same computer. If there are any differences, it would be on a single computer and impossible to reproduce in benchmarks in a meaningful way.
  15. Buck987 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2010
    Agree. Not relevant with apple refurbs
  16. bsolomonny macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2007
    Got about 30% OFF the original price on my 2010 15inch i5 macbook pro. So far i love it. It had 2 battery cycles on it when i got it. Seems apple sometimes offer additional discounts on some refurb models. Not sure why.
  17. Jayrcee macrumors regular


    Feb 10, 2006

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