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    Question Refurbished vs. New
    I read elsewhere on this forum that refurbished machines aren't a bad way to go. I'd like to hear some opinions on this. I'm looking at a mid-range MacBook with either the 2.2 or 2.16 GHz Intel. I see that Apple doesn't sell the 2.16 new anymore. How old are the 2.16 models and would it be worth saving the $50 between the two?

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    What is your perception of the difference between a new and a refurb unit?

    I think you should start there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theonegod View Post
    What is your perception of the difference between a new and a refurb unit?

    I think you should start there.
    Hmmm, I don't really know how I feel about it. My only concern would be that Apple doesn't sell me something that they failed to repair to begin with. I don't want to inherit others' problems. What does Apple do to recertify these pre-owned machines? I am assuming they go through it and make sure all is well with it before reselling it.

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    Why not just buy a new one from Amazon or NewEgg? This way you can avoid paying tax and only end up paying like $90 more for a new one.

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    A refurbished machine has to go through more steps of QA then a retail machine does. Also 90% of the time there was nothing wrong with the machine in the first place. Any returned MAC has to go through the process whether there is an actual defect or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theonegod View Post
    A refurbished machine has to go through more steps of QA then a retail machine does. Also 90% of the time there was nothing wrong with the machine in the first place. Any returned MAC has to go through the process whether there is an actual defect or not.
    Really? That is reassuring. Depending on what's available when I order, I'm definitely leaning in this direction. (My wife will be happier!)

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    So how old is the 2.16 GHz? I realize there will be no noticeable difference in speed between in most cases, but I was wondering when and why did Apple replace it with the 2.2 GHz?

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    a refurb model comes with apples one year warranty.

    i believe there is a different chip set between the 2.16 and the 2.2. The 2.16 will support 3 gb of ram while the 2.2 will support 4.

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    I have purchased, and known many people that have purchased refurb Mac products, never had a problem.

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    I've had a refurb MacBook for nearly a year and I haven't had any problems at all. It has a one year warranty and is eligible for AppleCare so you don't have much to lose.
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    I've just bought a refurbished 2.2 macbook 3 weeks ago, I couldn't tell the difference from a brand new one and it's working flawlessly, I'm glad that I bought it.
    A few years ago I bought a refurbished Ipod as well and it's working like the first day. I would say go for it because you save yourself some cash and if something goes wrong you still have the same one year warranty

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    I bought a new mac book 2 weeks ago and to be honest it needs a refurb.
    Out of the box it had a broken key, faulty superdrive, faulty fan and the powerlead gets boiling hot.

    It's in the macshop now being fixed (refurbed)
    Personally I will never buy new again, refurb is the way to go.

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    OK, my (refurbed) iMac 24" Alum/Extreme arrived saturday and I went over it with a fine tooth comb. Spent about an hour just looking at all surfaces before even powering it up. Then I powered it up and of course looked very closely at the screen, looking for problems like dead pixels, etc. After almost two hours of doing this... I finally started playing with it.

    Well, you could've fooled me . If I didn't know better, I would've sworn this was fresh off the line. Many folks here have bought refurbs and the trick is to buy them direct from apple and not macmall or someplace like that. At macmall... all sales on refurbs are final in that you can't return them. Apple's refurbs are gone over by their own in-house techs and believe me, having dealt with Apple years ago on a marketing level... I know they put product satisfaction way above anything else. I've also been told that iMacs are randomly checked on assembly lines but refurbs are individually bench-checked. Maybe that's not true, but it sounds right because you can only run just so many kinds of tests on an assembly line before it gets cost-prohibitive.

    Bottom line... mine appears to be perfect, and my buddy who came over to spend 2 hours showing me some of the ropes yesterday thought I bought new... it actually bothered him that we have identical machines an I saved about $300.00 by not buying at our local apple store!

    The extra money went towards the memory upgrade (installed by me) and the Lacie drive, and yes... I have the same 1-yr warranty he has, and the option to buy apple care until that 365th day from registration.

    Oh... did I mention that it's awesome?
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    My Macbook Pro is refurbished and it came in absolute perfect condition. If I could I would buy all my electronics refurbished. It just seems to make sense that if someone returns a product back to the manufacturer they will get things straightened out before they ship it back out again. I would go for it every time. Just my 2 cents.

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    My MBP was a refurb and you'd never know the difference unless I told you. The only noticeable difference is the box it comes in. I recommend anyone wanting to save a few bucks go refurb.
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