When it comes to buying a new computer, you need to weigh all the arguments, the pros and cons of each model. Which one to choose from the variety on the market?
Choosing Your MacBook
Let's say you've decided on a brand. You need Apple. Desktop or laptop? If you need mobility and portability, the answer is, of course, only one — a laptop. However, it should be noted that Apple MacBooks are not inferior to desktop computers of many other brands and even bypass them in terms of technical characteristics. And all this at the same time in a lightweight and convenient form-factor.
The next argument is the price. Buying cheap electronics is always a little scary, because low price often means quality trade-offs, bad condition or outdated tech. However, you can get more confidence with Apple. If you properly match your requirements with device specifications, even an inexpensive MacBook will serve you faithfully for quite a long time.
It's all about certain characteristics, which have an influence on the price. Let's look into them and find out what the price depends on, what you can save on, and which MacBooks are the most inexpensive.
The Cheapest MacBook Pro
You can find some great inexpensive options right here on our website in MacBook Pro Category. These devices have 13.3” displays and Intel Core i5 CPUs. Bottom price for a Bronze Grade Refurbished MacBook Pro device can get as low as just £229. Amazing, huh? With this amount of money you get 8 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD drive. Or you can go for a Silver or Gold Grade MacBook Pro only increasing your budget by £100 or £200.
Let’s stop here for a bit and find out more about grades of refurbished electronics.
Gold units are our highest standard of refurbished products. They will show very minor wear and tear or small hairline scratches but will have no dents or screen damage. Gold units are as close to new as possible and some struggle to tell them from new.
Silver units have slightly more wear and tear than Gold but are in good condition. They are fully tested and functional but might have small hairline scratches, worn corners and possible small indentations. They won’t have any significant damage or cracks are fully complete, working and in good condition.
Bronze units are subject to more noticeable wear and tear. They are fully tested and functional but might have minor dents and damage with some screen marks or blemishes. There won’t be any screen cracks.
You can find more information on that topic in Grading Info section on our website.
So where did we stop? Let’s move on.
What if you want a MacBook Pro with a bigger display? Check out this selection of 15" & 16" MacBook Pros. You can find something like a 15.4” MacBook Pro with Intel Core i7 CPU starting from just £299. Low-end specs device has 4 GB of RAM and a 500 GB HDD, Bronze Grade Refurbished. Another option would be a Silver Grade MacBook Pro 15.4” with 8 GB RAM and 750 GB HDD starting from just £359.
The Cheapest MacBook Air
The cheapest MacBook Air is one with an 11” display and Intel Core i5. The price starts from £299 for a Bronze Grade Refurbished device. With this amount of money you get 4 GB of RAM and 256 GB of HDD storage. Or you can pick a similar Silver Grade 11.6” Refurbished MacBook Air with Intel Core i5 starting from £339.
Increase the display size and check out the 13.3” MacBook Air. Price tag is not much bigger. It’s also powered by Intel Core i5 CPU and comes with the same 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of flash storage. Not enough storage for you? Add £80 and upgrade to a 256 GB flash storage version.
What conclusions can we draw? The price depends on display size, processor generation, memory and storage capacity, and surely grade. You can save money on all of these characteristics as long as it fits your requirements and use case.
If you’re not planning on storing video-editing projects, or big catalogues of RAW photos from a DSLR camera on your computer, then you can just go for a MacBook with less storage space. If you only need a computer to surf the Internet, you won't need an advanced processor either. And if you’re not aiming to use your MacBook as a home theatre, then a small display won't be a big problem for you.
Start small and then come back for an upgrade! :)