It's too bad that Apple TV wasn't revamped and refreshed this week. You'll notice that there are no refurbs on the Apple site anymore. We can only imagine how much they'll be price-cut when that day comes. Meanwhile, this new MacBook is pretty trim and sleek, no? It'll be a while before we see those around these parts, but what can you get for the same money (aside from ports, haha)? Let's have a look.
Today's refurb weekly deals features two pairs. That is, we found one lower end model (or older model) and paired it with a newer or higher end so you can weigh your choices. Sometimes the difference in cost is slight but the under the hood upgrades are well worth it, and in some cases what you're buying is just youth. The choice is yours, and as always, an assortment of goodies for your iOS devices rounds out the bill.
We're all about saving you your hard-earned money so this week's refurbs are all about keeping it low price. That's why nothing in this week's bag o' deals goes any higher than just under $1K. You can get quite a few awesome Macs for under a grand and they'll last you years and years, so consider these deals extra great. And if you had more to spend in your budget, but you were wise enough to come here first, then check out what you can do with some of your other coin.
We're going to keep things fresh and new this time around with Apple hardware only from 2014. If you want newish but don't have quite enough money to get the brand-new machine of your dreams, then these lightly refurbished Macs will give you more power for your dollar. And if you want to spend some of your savings from your Mac on accessories like a phone case or an external hard drive, then we've got you covered there too.
Every so often, our deal-diggers turn away from desktops and laptops to focus on something almost as powerful but far more portable: iPad and iPad mini. If you have a tablet need and not a lot of cash, there are plenty of options this week; we can take you all the way back to the second generation for some serious discounts. Want to load up an iPad with movies for long trips? We've got your ticket. Plus: Cords, cases, styluses, and more in this week's deal-o-rama!
Last week's deals were a bit more high end as we looked at all the 2.X+GHz models that packed a wallop on the processor end of things for discounted prices. This week, we get back to the lower prices and have all our refurb model Macs that you can grab for under a grand. So if you have a Mac yearning but have a budget that's tight, this week's for you!
We're mixing it up a little here by leaving the MacBook Airs out of this week's Deal Roundup. There are still plenty of those models on tap, but we wanted to give a little shout out to the MacBook Pro, the souped up bigger brother to the lighter than air Apple laptops. And so, in honor of our beloved machine that we're currently writing this article on, we present some great Pros. Plus some interesting accessories that make things a bit more fun for you.
Not only did the Mac Mini make it back in our line up last week, but it continues to be here and in a variety of configurations. These little marvels are super popular in the refurb market and we've got plenty more that'll fit the bill for just about any budget. Plus we've got some cases and some Bluetooth accessories that'll go easy on your wallet.
CES is now behind us, but news associated with the show is still rolling in, such as how we'll need to own an Apple TV if we expect to use Siri to interact with HomeKit-compatible devices remotely. Elsewhere, we learn about some smuggling antics in China and Xiaomi's struggles with copycatting, as well as Apple's rankings on Flickr and new support for the Apple Watch in the iOS 8.2 beta.
One of each is our promise this week. Some weeks we hook you up with six deals on MacBook Airs alone, but this week, we wanted to look a little closer and deliver up the very best deal we could find on one of each awesome Apple product, so let's see what's the best of the bunch. And with all your savings, let's see what kind of accessories you can snag up on the cheap as well.