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Cheap Macs: Refurbished Mac mini from $469; MBA, $849

12 March 2013 1,830 views No Comment

Put one on your desk and surf or fill a closet and render HD video, the Mac mini is small, silent and Apple's only cheap Mac

Put one on your desk and surf or fill a closet and render HD video, the Mac mini is small, silent and Apple’s only cheap Mac. All the more so when you buy Apple Certified Factory Refurbished and there’s a nice selection available right now.

Alternately, if you have to have to new, Amazon has a good Mac mini price (below) and it’s a Prime item, so second-day air is free for members. B&H Photo and J&R are competitive, as well.

• [11] Mac mini 2.3GHz Core i5, $469 (599)
— Eligible for OS X Mountain Lion Up-to-Date Program
— 2GB, 500GB, Thunderbolt, HDMI, HD Graphics 3000
— Eligible for OS X Mountain Lion Up-to-Date Program

• [12] Mac mini 2.5GHz i5, $509 (599)
— 4GB, 500GB, Thunderbolt, HDMI, HD Graphics 4000
— Eligible for OS X Mountain Lion Up-to-Date Program
— For new, see: MacConnection, $594; Amazon Prime, $588.82

[11] Mac mini 2.5GHz i5, $549 (799)
— 4GB, 500GB, Thunderbolt, HDMI, Radeon HD 6630M
— Eligible for OS X Mountain Lion Up-to-Date Program

[12] Mac mini 2.3GHz quad-core i7, $679 (799)
— 4GB, 1TB, Thunderbolt, HDMI, HD Graphics 4000
— Eligible for OS X Mountain Lion Up-to-Date Program
— For new, see: MacConnection, $794; Amazon Prime, $788.85

Mac mini w/ OS X 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, 720p HD camera, HD Graphics 4000
— Eligible for OS X Mountain Lion Up-to-Date Program
— For new, see: Amazon Prime, $939.94

Cheap Macs: Portables

If it’s a MacBook Air on your mind, the refurbished price is unbeatable. For a new unit, Amazon’s MBA price is the best I’ve found.

[12] Mac mini 2.3GHz quad-core i7 w/ OS X Server, $849 (999)
— 4GB, Dual 1TB, Thunderbolt, HDMI, HD Graphics 4000
— Eligible for OS X Mountain Lion Up-to-Date Program

[12] 11-inch MacBook Air 1.7GHz i5, $909 (1199)
— 4GB, 128GB, 720p HD camera, HD Graphics 4000
— Eligible for OS X Mountain Lion Up-to-Date Program
— For new, see: Amazon Prime, $1,099.99; MacConnection, $1,099

[12] 13-inch MacBook Air 1.8GHz i5, $999 (1299)
— 4GB, 128GB SSD, 720p HD camera, HD Graphics 4000
— Eligible for OS X Mountain Lion Up-to-Date Program

[12] 13-inch MacBook Pro 2.5GHz i5, $1,019 (1199)
— 4GB, 500GB, SuperDrive, HD Graphics 4000
— Eligible for OS X Mountain Lion Up-to-Date Program
— For new, see Amazon Prime, $1,112.79; MacConnection, $1,089

[11] 2011 model year, [12] 2012 model year. All listed configurations in stock when published. Availability varies daily.

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