MBP 17" refurb quality

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ShrubbySoup, May 24, 2012.

  1. ShrubbySoup macrumors regular


    Mar 1, 2012
    Hi guys, have any of you had a refurb mac? I was wondering what the quality of them was like as the 17" is so cheap compared to the new. Also is refurb worth it?
    Thanks Connor
  2. junebug1 macrumors regular


    Jan 24, 2007
    NE Ohio
    I've purchased a 17" MBP from Apple as a refurb now twice and both times they have been legitimately indistinguishable from a brand new machine other than the fact that they don't ship with the regular box. There have been absolutely no signs of wear and I never ran into issues with either machine. Both were kept around 15-18 months and used every single day.

    Keep in mind that Apple does retest and verify every refurb prior to reselling them so if there was any issues major or minor it wouldn't be sold. I personally highly recommend going the refurb route as the savings on most configurations are incredible.
  3. maswriter macrumors member


    Mar 10, 2012
    I've had my refurb 15" MBP for over two months now, and I love it. The quality of mine also is indistinguishable from a new unit. It even had that "new laptop smell." I had my refurbished unit sent to my local Apple Store, and they went through the same complimentary initial setup as a new product. So, if you don't mind waiting for delivery, refurbished is a great option for saving money.
  4. IngerMan macrumors 65816


    Feb 21, 2011
    Ditto. My 15" is a refurb and I had a white Macbook as well. It is a great cost saving opportunity. I believe it is guaranteed to look like new cosmetically.
  5. goRoostr macrumors member

    May 17, 2012
    Philadelphia Suburbs
    Yep, Apple refurbs are better than most companies. I have never been able to tell the difference between new and refurb, like others said minus the box.
  6. trikky macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2011
    Yeah...you definitely need a new computer, 'cos your search button doesn't work. :eek: Lots of discussion about refurb MBPs already in these forums, including a couple of posts from me talking about how you get a great computer for an even better price. :D

    Buying a refub from Apple = no worries at all. Unless you don't like saving money, that is.

    In my own case, I even got 8GB RAM instead of the normal 4GB in my Feb 2011 17".

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