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Refurbished Apple: Mac mini, $469; MacBook Air, $849

2 January 2013 1,597 views 2 Comments

Apple delivers value, but many folks are still priced out of Mac ownership. That's where refurbished Apple gear enters the picture…

Apple delivers value, but many folks are still priced out of Mac ownership. That’s where refurbished Apple gear enters the picture — same hardware, same warranty, same best-in-class operating system often for a hundred and more off the original suggested retail price.

Easily the lowest cost Mac available right now is the 2011 Mac mini for just $469, which comes with free shipping and a free copy of OS X Mountain Lion (available separately) — a sweet little computer that’s perfect for home, dorm or man cave.

• [11] Mac mini 2.3GHz i5, $469 (599)
— 2GB, 500GB, Thunderbolt, HDMI, HD Graphics 3000

[12] Mac mini 2.5GHz i5, $509 (599)
— 4GB, 500GB, Thunderbolt, HDMI, HD Graphics 4000

[12] Mac mini 2.3GHz quad-core i7, $679 (799)
— 4GB, 1TB, Thunderbolt, HDMI, HD Graphics 4000

[11] Mac mini w/ Lion Server 2.0GHz quad-core i7, $759 (999)
— 4GB, Dual 500GB, Thunderbolt, HDMI, HD Graphics 3000
— Eligible for OS X Mountain Lion Up-to-Date Program

[12] 11-inch MacBook Air 1.7GHz i5, $849 (999)
— 4GB, 64GB SSD, HD Graphics 4000
— Eligible for OS X Mountain Lion Up-to-Date Program

 • [12] 11-inch MacBook Air 1.7GHz i5, $929 (1099)
— 4GB, 128GB SSD, HD Graphics 4000
— Eligible for OS X Mountain Lion Up-to-Date Program

Though Santa didn’t bring any refurbished Macs to the Fairer Platform ranch in 2012, we did pick up a pair of refurbished iPad 3s — I recommend, buy and use refurbished Apple gear.

[12] 2012 model year, [11] 2011 model year. Configurations shown in stock when published.

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