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Apple refurbs: go pro for less

updated 11:05 am EST, Thu February 25, 2010

Disocunts on Mac Pro and MacBook Pro models

Today, Apple's online store has a wide selection of refurbished Mac Pro configurations starting as low as $2149 for the 2.66GHz model with 3GB of RAM and a 640GB hard drive. Next on the list is the 2.93GHz Mac Pro with 3GB of RAM and a 640GB hard drive for $2549. Save $500 on this next Mac Pro that offers dual 2.26GHz processors 6GB of RAM and a 640GB hard drive, now $2799. The next 8-Core Mac Pro model features faster processing speeds, boasting two 3.2GHz processors, 2GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive for $3299.

Take the power of Pro with you anywhere with any one of the refurbished MacBook Pro models that start as low as $1949 for the 2.66GHz, 17-inch MBP with 4GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive. Other 17-inch MBP configurations include the 2.8GHz model with 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive for $2099, as well as a 2.93GHz model with 4GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive for $100 more, $2199.

by MacNN Staff





  1. bjojade

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Just say no to refurbs!

    If you've ever had the pleasure to work with a refurb machine that's got intermittent problems, you'll stay FAR away from them in the future.

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Someone got burned...

    Don't forget, refurbs are also eligible for the 3-year applecare warranty. If you really think it's a problem, bjojade, tells us your experience. Did you buy the extended warranty? Was it a notebook, or desktop machine?

    Personally, I've been watching Mac Pro prices for a year now, and wouldn't mind going the refurb route, if I can snag one of these through a special discounted version of the store accessible to members of certain groups ($50 yearly fee). Machines that only sit on a desk, and are easy to repair like a tower, I would think would be the safest refurb you could buy.

  1. jamck1977

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I Purchased a Refurbed iMac 2 Years Ago

    It was a converter computer for my wife. We haven't had any problems (unless you consider the fact that no one will use the PC any more - not even my 5 year old - a problem).

  1. bjojade

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Applecare doesn't help

    AppleCare is great to get the problems solved, but when your machine is in for service multiple times with random problems, the money you saved is quickly eaten away in downtime.

    Our technicians have worked on countless refurb machines in the shop. A refurb machine typically takes twice as long to troubleshoot and repair. The failure rate of refurb machines is typically higher than brand new systems as well.

    If saving a few bucks today is worth the risk of that happening, then go for it. From a business decision though, computer downtime is extremely expensive and should be considered a factor in your purchase.

  1. OtisWild

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Meh, gimme a i7 860-based xMac for $999 please!

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