Buying a refurbished Mac book. Yes or no?

46 Answers from the Community

  • A qualified YES! Here's the dirty little secret of buying reburbished items from Apple- They have the same warranty as new and (here's the biggie) all items are tested. Unlike like new, which essentially come off the manufacturing line and straight into the box and off to retail, refurbished go through testing to see what's wrong, see what's right, then fixed/replaced/new cases and then tested and then off to retail.

    All my Apple products, with the exception of iphones, have been purchased through the refurbished store- MacBook Pro, Mac Book Air, and 3 iPads. Not a problem with any of them.

    • Answered by Barry W from Portsmouth
    • Nov 12, 2014
  • Yes, most certainly. Purchased a 27 iMac without hesitation. No difference between the retail product or the refurb except the fancy packaging.

    • Answered by Alastair B from Bolton
    • Sep 12, 2014
  • YES

    • Answered by Marie C from Birmingham
    • Jul 2, 2014
  • Yes !

    Bought a reburb'd 27in i7 iMac in Aug 09 and have not had a single problem with it. The iMac should have had a WD 1TB HDD. When I checked the spec on arrival, was surprised to find it sported a 2Tb Seagate HDD instead. No idea what extra that would have cost me back on 09, but it was an unexpected bonus - complements of Apple !

    So, now I'm about to replace my late 2008 MBP, have gone for a refurbished Macbook Pro Retina without hesitation. As well as saving $$$, I take the view that these units have initially been quality checked by Apple, then stressed checked by a decerning customer (who might or might not have found specific problems)... then had any issues fixed, reviewed, refurbished, buffed and re-sold by a company who take huge pride in it's brand and quality of its products.

    And you never know what extra goodies you might find :)

    • Answered by Kevin S from Haines City
    • Oct 30, 2014
  • Hello! On the 20th of September, I ordered a refurbished Macbook Pro 13 inch (June 2012 model) and honestly, I was a little nervous. Last night, the 26th, I received my computer. PERFECT condition. Not a scratch, dent, smudge, etc. I turned it on and set it up and it worked perfectly fine! The display is beautiful and it is super fast! Do NOT be worried about buying refurbished, as it is just like new.

    • Answered by Olivia B from Wyoming
    • Sep 27, 2014
  • Buy Refurbished?? Yes!!!
    My Dad bought me a brand new MacBook Pro back in 2007 with all the bells and whistles. It had a faulty case button and power button that sunk into the laptop and kept crashing after taking it in for repairs at the Apple Store three times. Good thing it was under warranty. Fast forward to 2013. I saw all the improvements that were made over the years and OSX is so much more more stable than Windows. So I came on the site and looked for a MacBook Pro that had flash memory and a decent graphics card. When the box arrived at the Apple store, I was so excited. Everything inside was LIKE NEW. No dirt, dust or any sign of use. Powered it up and it's been working near flawless every single day. I say near flawless because I work this laptop to the limits on video editing and the program will crash. Never the laptop though. You won't believe how quickly this powers up with a solid state drive. A GPU with 2GB dedicated ram would have been better but I've been rendering just fine with this 1GB card. This really is a well built machine. I am still very pleased with this Refurbished unit and hope to get an iMac with more power for my Dad soon.

    • Answered by Richard K from Honolulu
    • Sep 26, 2014
  • Absolutely YES! Hey, keep a few deals for me to buy, ok, ha. My Macbook Pro that I am typing on is a reburb. It has a 5i chip set, with a 500 gig 5400 rpm sata drive, & 4 gig memory. I have doubled the ram memory to 8 gig, and installed a 7200 rpm sata drive with 1 terabyte. These alterations have more or less kept my Mac up to date in terms of speed of access and I can have more on the drive. All in all you can get a better deal in getting a good Mac computer at a better price with all the warranty etc., as brand new Mac and you can still add the extra extended warranty offered buy Apple. How can you go wrong? In some instances your Mac can be the very latest version because of an open box, return, but it is fully functional, and within time with you money you saved initially you can up grade certain aspects of your mac rather then recycle and purchase another computer due to, you know more demands on you computer, more speed needed, faster cpu etc... Now the best thing to do is to exchange you current disk drive to a higher performance Solid State Drive or SSD, which will be the best improvement you can make no matter what computer you own. Yes, an SSD is a lot more expensive then the usual mechanical hard drive. However, the SSD drive DOES NOT have the one main short coming that a mechanical hard drive has, and that is moving parts that have to maintain a certain spacial continuity which is easily compromised with a little bounce or jarring. These are problems that a SSD drive does not have and will be certainly make your computer more reliable but will save your data or your photos or personal projects will be more safely stored.

    So there it is, with options that will make your investment a greater long (computer) life experience... My best wishes....

    • Answered by Mark H from Salinas
    • Sep 26, 2014
  • I bought a refurbished iMac so I could get more bang for my buck. Glad I did and I would definitely invest in Apple Care no matter what you buy.

    • Answered by Kathryn P from Fort Worth
    • Sep 13, 2014
  • My experience with the purchase of a refurbished 15" Macbook Pro has been great! I've had the computer since November 2012 and I haven't had a single issue since owning it. The price I paid was $200-300 cheaper than purchasing brand new, if I recall correctly.

    • Answered by Priscilla H
    • Oct 28, 2014
  • yes

    • Answered by David A from League City
    • Oct 5, 2014
  • Definitely yes. Am currently still on a white Macbook that I purchased in 2009. 2009! It's starting to slow down, unsurprisingly, and am toying with the idea of getting a new refurb. The refurb experience for me has been really good - no problems whatsoever.

    • Answered by Karina B from Toronto
    • Sep 5, 2014
  • i have a Macbook Pro A1150 from 2006 with snow leopard 10.6.8 and a gig of Ram .Still works like a champ.So you can be assured you will get satisfaction buying a refurbished apple product

    • Answered by Maisha N from Chicago
    • Aug 28, 2014
  • Absolutely yes. I have a refurbished 2008 MBP 15" that has lasted til now, 2014. The monitor just gave out but the
    CPU still works fine. Apple no longer manufactures the parts to fix the problem but I continue to use that same
    MBP with an external monitor and keyboard.

    I just purchased a 13" MBP to replace the laptop mentioned above and will continue to buy Apple Certified Refurbished
    computers. I take the same view as I would a Lexus certified auto. The attention and quality control Apple has exhibited
    so far toward their refurbished computers is very high. I'm a professional video editor and am looking to buy a 15" MBP
    with an i7 processor. I will definitely be buying a refurbished model when the time comes.

    Keep up the high QC on the refurbs, Apple. Don't let me or the Mac community down!

    • Answered by Rod C from Pasadena
    • Aug 27, 2014
  • i bought a refurbished MACBOOK PRO 15-INCH 2.2GHZ many years ago now for my wife, she uses it infrequently now as she has a iPad but apart from replacing the battery ( one of the last models that you can easily swap out the battery yourself) its been great. a refurbished model comes with all the manuals and cables and power adapter needed as if new, the only difference is that the box doesn't have pretty pictures on.I would recommend.

    • Answered by Kevin R
    • Oct 20, 2014
  • Buy a refurbished, you will save money and it comes with apple's 1 year warranty. Apple care protection plan can be purchased too.

    • Answered by Ronson G from Lincolnwood
    • Oct 22, 2014
  • Yes.

    • Answered by Paula P from Montpelier
    • Nov 11, 2014
  • yes

    • Answered by Navado Y from Brentwood
    • Oct 24, 2014
  • Yes

    • Answered by Nathan B from Waco
    • Jul 28, 2014
  • yes

    • Answered by Rene D from Mandeville
    • May 1, 2014
  • yes

    • Answered by Ali A from Ram
    • Nov 21, 2014