refurb or new?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by n0id, Mar 13, 2008.

  1. n0id macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2008
    I want to buy a new black-macbook soon, but after looking at the new ones and refurbed, i was wondering if its worth the extra money to go new:

    (note: no matter which one i get, i am immediately getting 4gb of memory)

    the refurbs i have seen are this:

    1gb memory

    The new ones of course are:


    Does anyone feel $450 is worth the extra drive space and .2ghz increase in speed? I was also afraid that the newer ones get better battery life, and was told its close to 45min more....

    help? :)
  2. phobic99 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2008
    Personally I don't think it's worth it considering you can get 4GB ram for about $80. That puts the refurb at about $1130 before tax. I really want a black macbook myself but the black ones are hardly ever in stock at the refurb store. :(
  3. n0id thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2008
    So theres really no difference between the 2.2ghz chip it uses and the 2.4? I guess im just confused on when they did the upgrade to 2.4 and if they changed the chip to run cooler/less power.

    If anyone else has suggestions please chime in!
  4. heatmiser macrumors 68020

    Dec 6, 2007
  5. phobic99 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2008
    Oh there's a difference in the tech used in the 2.4 vs the 2.2 but personally I don't think it's worth an additional $400+.

    This link explains it fairly well. 2.4Ghz is Rev E. while 2.2Ghz is Rev D.
  6. n0id thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2008
    that website is perfect!!! That has everything i wanted to know, thank you so much.
  7. Batt macrumors 65816


    Dec 17, 2007
    Syracuse, NY
    You're considering a refurb . . . and considering spending $1499 new . . . how about a refurbed MacBook Pro at $1449? It's a great deal.
  8. sponge macrumors newbie


    Mar 9, 2008

    Remember the new MB use the 45 NM Processors i would personally say it was worth it for the lower power consumption and the cooler temps but up to you.
  9. brn2ski00 macrumors 68020


    Aug 16, 2007
    Personally I have had good luck with my refurbed iPods. They have all arrived looking brand new. I say go for it... use the extra scrills for more RAM :D
  10. trip1ex macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2008
    The refurb gives you the better bang for the buck and the new one gives you the newest tech.

    Either way you win.
  11. peterjc01 macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2007
    if I were you I would try ebay for a macbook. I purchased the

    2.2 ghz Black Macbook
    160 HD
    1 gig ram
    gma 3100 video card

    brand new for 1100 cash. Have a friend who can get them a bit less.

    I just have a thing about buying refurb or used....thats just me though. Just keep looking around.
  12. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    I just got the refurb blackbook 2.2 for $1050. Yes, there are small differences between the new and the old, but they are really slight. When you consider that the refurb is a bit more than 2/3 the cost of the new one, it's a really easy decision, IMO. Plus, my refurb came with an extra gig of RAM for free. :)
  13. ref26 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 13, 2008
    I was in the same dilemma as you, and when I decided I wanted the refurb the apple store was out. I ended up buying a brand new 2.2 online for only 1200 and no tax, so not much more than the refurb. The place I bought from is out now, but I found ones for 1189 with no tax outside of NY and free shipping at Good luck!
  14. phobic99 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2008
    That price is great but like the saying goes, if it's too good to be true, then it probably is. I looked up at reseller raitings and well... yeah...

    See for yourself.
  15. ref26 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 13, 2008
    Wow that is pretty bad, I didn't even check. I ordered mine from B&H Photo and Video for $1200 total and it shipped quickly and as described (sold out now though), so there are new 2.2ghz to be found for that price, which is why it seemed legit.
  16. Westsider 4 Mac macrumors regular

    Westsider 4 Mac

    Apr 12, 2007
    On the West Side
    New vs. Refurb

    the warranty is equal for both. definitely a great deal on the refurbs. I have done both and it has worked out well for me.
  17. vultureboy70 macrumors member

    Dec 20, 2006
    San Francisco
    Same boat as you, I went with the refurb Blackbook

    Hi, Same boat as you, I went with refurb Blackbook from Apple. 2.2 Ghz, 160 HD, 1GB ram.

    I've had it for 2 weeks now, mine looks brand new, just a couple really minor knicks out of the box. Sometimes you get free extras like ram or larger harddrive, but I didn't get any, and it doesn't seem to happen too often. And you're getting max ram later anyway. I bought Kingston 4GB ram from newegg for $107 total (newegg actually just dropped the price $5 after I bought it on Monday 3/10, oh well).

    Also check out: . I wish I had checked there first for some deals, as I was interested in VMWare Fusion and Windows XP bundled, oh well again.

    Anyhoo, slightly longer battery life, slightly faster processor, and definitely the 2GB ram all weren't a big deal for me. Saving $450 is! I'll use that money to buy the latest Mac consumer notebook in 3 to 4 years, refurb of course.:D

    Also like someone else said here, the MacBook Pro refurbs are also very attractively priced. I almost went for one of those, but ultimately just didn't need all those fancy features.

    Any way you go, you will be happy. I just like saving money.:)
  18. diamond3 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2005
    updated apple Refurb store

    Here is what I'm looking at:

    a new macbook (white 2.4) $1199 with Edu discount OR
    a refurb mb black 2.2 for $1049 OR
    a refurb mbp 2.2 $1449 OR
    a refurb mbp 2.16 $1299

    oh the choices, I'm mostly interested on what you all have to say about the mbp 2.16??? 1299 seems like a good deal and judging by CL prices, i could sell it when the new mbp come out for a slight loss if that.

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