Reconditioned MAC v. new?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by katiebells, Dec 29, 2008.

  1. katiebells macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2008
    Which to buy: moderate user, some travel, business/home use....

    A. New 2.4 GHZ MacBook, 2 GB, 250 Hard Drive for $1,599
    B. Reconditioned 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, White MacBook, 2 GB, 160 Hard Drive for $949

    Both same size, glossy, widescreen display, 8x SuperDrive, Built-in iSight camera.

    1) Are reconditioned MACs a solid investment?
    2) Has the hardware changed that much to make the discount not worth it? Biggest difference seems to be in the hard drive size.
  2. Desamell Guest

    Aug 24, 2008
    Refurbished from Apple should be a great investment
    Aluminum one has DDR3 RAM which is faster than the plastic one and also i think Aluminum has faster bus speed on processor or cache i don't know if that is right someone correct me
  3. Remiss63 macrumors newbie


    Apr 30, 2008
    MacBook Pro?

    I would suggest considering a refurbished MacBook Pro. Clearly you have to check it out before committing to buy it.
  4. MooneyFlyer macrumors 65816


    Nov 18, 2007
    I purchased A) above for work/home and fairly heavy travel. I'm extremely happy with it.

    My impression of refurb'd stuff is that it's probably even "better than new" in a lot of ways. Something has broken, been fixed, and the machine probably has received more QA attention than it did originally. I'm considering a refurb for an old G4 800MHz.
  5. spacecadet610 macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2006
    I've had great experiences with refurbished Mac. I say go for it.

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