Reliability of MBP 15" refurb?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by hellozz, Sep 23, 2013.

  1. hellozz macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2013
    Just wanted to ask how reliable to hardware of a refurb MBP 15 is. I'm thinking of buying one, but do not want crappy product that ***** in a few months just to save a couple hundred.
  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.
  3. Count Blah macrumors 68040

    Count Blah

    Jan 6, 2004
    US of A
    I have not experienced any noticeable difference between refurb and new MBPs and other Apple products. The misses is using a refurb 2008 unibody MBP that has been dropped in a paved parking lot(needed needle nose pliers surgery to allow the lid to open), and has been nearly submerged in water. It still works like a champ.
  4. itegypt macrumors 6502


    Aug 6, 2011
  5. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601


    Jun 21, 2010
    My last MBP was a refurb. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another. I never had problems with it. If I didn't jump on the retina early, I would have gotten a refurb.

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