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Six refurbished MacBooks perfect for upgrading on a budget

You don’t need to dish out thousands of dollars in order to enjoy the power and style of a MacBook, thanks to these top-notch refurbished models.
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February 8, 2020
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MacBooks tend to be known primarily for two things: unparalleled quality and lofty prices. But it's a myth that you need to break the bank in order to land a top-notch MacBook that can be used for everything from school and office work to gaming and graphic design.

The refurbished MacBooks listed below deliver the same quality and power that you'd expect from Apple's famed line of laptops for a fraction of what you'd pay for a brand-new model. Read on for details.

1. Apple MacBook Pro 13.3" 1TB - Silver (Certified Refurbished) + Hard Case & Cleaning Spray

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MSRP (new): $999 | Refurbished Price: $700 (29 percent off)

Featuring 16GB of RAM, a super-fast Intel Core i5 processor and a whopping 1TB of storage space, this laptop will help you blaze through your to-do list in style. Your order comes with cleaning spray and a specialized hard case for added security, and 802.11abg connectivity means that you'll have access to ultra-fast WiFi networks. This computer even sports a brilliant 1280x800 LED display—making it ideal for streaming movies or gaming.

2. Apple MacBook Air Intel Core i5 1.6GHz 64GB - Silver (Refurbished)

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MSRP (new): $799 | Refurbished Price: $330 (58 percent off)

Enjoy ultra-fast performance in a supremely compact package with this MacBook Air, which sports a 1.6GHz hard drive along with 64GB of onboard storage. 4GB of RAM means that you'll be able to keep multiple apps open and multitask like a pro, and Bluetooth functionality makes it easy to quickly connect to all of your other devices in seconds.

3. Apple MacBook Pro 15" 2.2GHz Intel Core i7 with Retina Display 256GB - Silver (Certified Refurbished)

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MSRP (new): $1,999 | Refurbished Price: $1,199 (40 percent off)

With a 2.2GHz Intel Core i7 processor and a beautiful Retina display, there's virtually nothing this compact laptop can't do. It comes with 256GB of solid state storage (meaning you won't have to rely entirely on the cloud in order to store your files), and a 9-hour battery life makes this computer a perfect option for frequent commuters and jet setters.

4. Macbook Air MMGG2LL/A 1.6GHz 8GB RAM 256GB (Refurbished)

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MSRP (new): $999 | Refurbished Price: $530 (46 percent off)

This ultra-portable MacBook Air gives you a high-performing laptop that can be easily tossed in your bag at a moment's notice. With 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, you'll be able to power through all of your professional and creative tasks with ease, and a 1440x900 native screen resolution allows you to watch all of your favorite movies in their original glory.

5. Apple MacBook Pro 13.3" Intel Core i5 2.5Ghz, 4GB RAM & 500GB Hard Drive (Certified Refurbished)

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MSRP (new): $1199 | Refurbished Price: $700 | Today: $565 (52 percent off)

Perfect for students or professionals who want Apple quality without the price tag, this MacBook Pro sports a blazing-fast 2.5GHz processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive that makes it easy to store even your larger media files. You also get a variety of inputs and outputs—including a USB 3.0, USB-C, and SDXC memory card slot—along with Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity for easy file transfers.

6. Apple MacBook Air 11" 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 128GB - Black (Refurbished)

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MSRP: $700 | Sale Price: $400 (42 percent off)

Take your work with you wherever you go with this ultra-slim and lightweight MacBook Air, which comes loaded with a 128GB hard drive, a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 processor, and a crystal-clear display for streaming movies and looking at photos. The onboard processor even features Turbo Boost technology—meaning you'll be able to harness extra power for pro-level tasks.

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