Time for a regular feature of the Deals column: "What can I get for less than a grand?" You've got a budget and you've got to stick to it. Sure, we all dream of rolling into the Apple Store and dropping the plastic on the counter and loading up, but in the real world, you still have to eat the next day — and you can't eat these Apples. So let's see what you can get and not have to sell off your other possessions to pick up.
Since the new MacBook recently dropped, we figure that most Apple buyers are thinking about things that are shiny and fancy and new. Don't get us wrong; we're still touting the best of the best in the refurb market here, because that's where the deals really get awesome. But this time we're only offering up models from 2014. Anything older than that, while still likely a pretty amazing machine, and the tag of "new" (or even "newish") doesn't quite stick. These are some of the freshest re-boxed Macs on the market, and any one of these will save you loads of cash if you're looking for great deals.
There's just one model Mac Mini out there this week in Refurblandia, and since you have to go all the way up to $1,700 for a current-ish model MacBook Pro, this week is all about the MacBook Air. Perhaps a little something called the new MacBook has some Air owners ready to trade up, because it is seriously a packed market this week. We only selected the best, but there's more deals inside.
They're back! That's right, the beloved Mac minis, but if you've read this column before, then you know you've gotta hustle if you want to get your hands on these. So get moving and get buying because who knows when we'll see these little guys back.
They came, they sold, they're gone. Last week's reappearance of the Mac mini was typical. It shows up, it gets bought out. People just love that little box of magic. Sorry we don't have any to show you this week, but don't go away! There's still a ton of great deals waiting just for you, so let's have a look, shall we?
Oh yeah, now we're cooking. That's right — the Mac Mini is back in the house. If you've lusted after this tidy little powerhouse of awesome then today is your lucky day (though there's only one model up, so the pickings are slim). Needless to say there are loads of other choices in a variety of configurations, so let's get to the deals.
The LaCie d2 hard drive pairs a Thunderbolt 2 connection with a 3.5-inch hard disk that can’t come close to using all of that interface’s 20Gbps bandwidth. However, what makes this Mac storage option especially interesting is the optional 128GB SSD add-on. How does it measure up?
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.