This week's refurbs, specifically in the MacBook Air range, are really a matter of horse trading. Bigger screen or faster flash-storage? Newer model versus nearly the same older, bigger model with only a tiny bump on the price tag? It's all a matter of what you need versus what you want. Also this week: the 2013 Mac Pro!
So while you're all busy checking out iOS 8 and enjoying tap tap tapping your mobile screens, we've got a boatload of discounts for you. While we've enjoyed the latest, newest Airs and the like coming to the refurb store, this week we're returning to our ~$1,000 limit on refurb Macs. Part of what makes refurbs so awesome is their discount pricing, but once you're up over $1,500 anyway, a discount seems less pressing. So without further ado, here's the best sorta kinda under a grand Macs and plenty other much cheaper goodies to boot.
We've told you before about grabbing the Mac minis when we offer them. This week's crop of refurbs is fresh out of the diminutive powerhouse desktops, but fear not, we have plenty of great deals including, like last week, some of the newest model MacBook Airs we've seen yet. But our youngest model of all is an iMac that just hit the market as a new model this very June — and best of all, it's under a grand. So let's get into these tasty deals while they're hot!
As everyone who reads these columns more than once knows that we like to focus on refurbs that aren't too old. Picking a Mac that's 2 years old gets you a decent enough machine, but everyone prefers brand-spanking new. This week, we're excited because there are some MacBook Airs in here from THIS YEAR. That's pretty doggone new, and all our others are less than 1 year old, so these are some pretty sweet refurbs in action.
The MacBook Air has really come into its own with later revisions and price cuts, which is why, despite being an amazing computer, it’s mildly disappointing that the mid-2014 model is a very minor refresh, with just two significant changes. The processors are a mere 0.1GHz faster: now 1.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 CPUs are used throughout the range, replacing the 1.3GHz chips inside the mid-2013 models.
While we all wait with baited breath for what Cupertino will release soon, soon, soon, here's a few deals to distract ourselves. Whether you're in the market for a Mac or for an accessory for your device, there's always plenty of savings around these parts. So let's hook you up with some of these deals right now.
One of the primary objections to refurbs is the age of the hardware, but this week's MacBook Airs are the freshest we've seen in some time. We're talking three models from April of this year, which is about as new as you can get. In honor that youthfulness, all the other models on offer this week are no older than October of last year, under one year old, still babies. That means great savings for you and you still get that new Mac smell.
They're baaaack! That's right, everyone's favorite super-tiny desktop is back in the Apple-certified refurb game and we've got the models to prove it. Meanwhile, if you've got an iPad, you need a case and luckily we've got a few options in that department. And we haven't left the music lovers out in the cold either, so let's take a look inside.
Every so often our Weekly Deals focus on great Macs that don't crack the $1K threshold. While a few of the more powerful machines just tiptoe over that line this week, we've still got plenty of great machines that you can nab at impressive discounts. Plus, we've got an assortment of cases in our biggest, cheapest deal of the week, in colors to satisfy most every taste. So let's have a look, shall we?
There may be spec bumps and price drops on the MacBook Pros just out at the Apple Store, but it's never a bad time to look into Apple-certified refurbs. Clean, reliable, and cheaper than what you'd pay for the very latest processor upgrade, it's a great way to save a ton of cash. And if you're looking for the cheapest Mac around, we think we have you covered in our Really Darn Cheap segment.