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Refurbished MacBook Air, $749; Retina MBP, $1,269

27 July 2013 851 views No Comment

Generally speaking, refurbished MacBooks offer the best value, but Amazon and others have excellent prices on new-in-box product.

A better back to school deal? Generally speaking, refurbished MacBooks offer the best value, but Amazon and others have excellent prices on new-in-box product. Here’s a quick sample of the new and refurbished MacBooks you can buy right now.

[12] 11.6-inch MacBook Air 1.7GHz i5, $749 (999)
— 4GB, 64GB SSD, 720p HD camera, HD Graphics 4000

•  MacBook Air – 11.6″ Display – 4GB Memory – 256GB Flash Storage, $899 (999)
— New, not used or refurbished
— Best Buy

[11] 11.6-inch MacBook Air 1.8GHz i7, $959
— 4GB, 256GB SSD, Thunderbolt, FaceTime camera, HD Graphics 3000

• Apple MacBook Air MD711LL/A 11.6-Inch Laptop (NEWEST VERSION), $949 (999)
— New, not used or refurbished
— Amazon Prime

[12] 13.3-inch MacBook Air 1.8GHz i5, $1,019 (1499)
— 4GB, 256GB SSD, 720p HD camera, HD Graphics 4000

[12] 11.6-inch MacBook Air 2.0GHz i7, $1,199
— 8GB, 256GB SSD, 720p HD camera, HD Graphics 4000

[12] 13.3-inch MacBook Air 2.0GHz i7, $1,449
— 8GB, 512GB SSD, 720p HD camera, HD Graphics 4000

Before you consider the refurbished MacBook Pro models below, you should know that Amazon is offering a new-in-box 13.3-Inch MacBook Pro MD101LL/A (2.5 GHz i5, 4GB, 500GB, HD Graphics 4000) for just $999 — that’s $200 off Apple’s suggested retail price. That’s a wicked good price and, yes, it’s Prime item, so second-day air is free.

You can roughly the same deal — no Prime, of course — at Best Buy.

Refurbished MacBook Pro

• [12] 13.3-inch MacBook Pro 2.5GHz i5, $1,019 (1199)
— 4GB, 500GB, SuperDrive, HD Graphics 4000

13.3-inch MacBook Pro 2.9GHz i7, $1,269 (1499)
— 8GB, 750GB, SuperDrive, HD Graphics 4000

[12] 13.3-inch MacBook Pro 2.5GHz i5 w/ Retina, $1,269 (1499)
— 8GB, 128GB SSD, 
720p HD Camera, HD Graphics 4000

[12] 15.4-inch MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Quad-core i7, $1,449 (1799)
— 4GB, 500GB, SuperDrive, GeForce GT 650M w/ 512MB

• [12] 15.4-inch MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Quad-core w/ Retina, $1,599 (2099)
— 8GB, 256GB SSD, 720p HD Camera, GeForce GT 650M w/ 1GB

• [11] 17-inch MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Quad-core i7, $1,899 (2499)
— 4GB, 750GB, SuperDrive, HD Graphics 3000 + Radeon HD 6770M

As back to school seasons go, the savings this year seem to be better, much better, actually, than previous years.

All Apple Certified Factory Refurbished MacBooks come with a new battery and new bottom shelf, and shipping is always free.

[11] 2011 model year, [12] 2012 model year

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