But Does it Run? Pros and Cons of Buying a Refurbished MacBook Air

But Does it Run? Pros and Cons of Buying a Refurbished MacBook Air

Posted by Team Recompute on 10th Dec 2018

Pros and Cons of Buying a Refurbished MacBook Air

Apple products are expensive, so you might come out cheaper if you buy a refurbished one. Here are the pros and cons of buying a refurbished MacBook Pro.

Apple products are a household these days. If you don't own one yourself, then you know someone who does.

They've solidified their reputation by delivering high-quality products that work like a charm. The main downside to Apple is the price tag. It hurts our souls to put down that MacBook Air, but the price hurts even more.

Instead of buying new, why not try going with a refurbished MacBook Air instead?

If you're unconvinced, check out the good and the bad of buying refurbished products.


If you've never bought a refurbished product before, it's normal to be skeptical. But let the strength of these pros wipe that scepticism away.

The Savings

Buying a MacBook Air brand new will leave a gaping hole in your bank account. You'll leave the store conflicted. Happy for your new product, but sad at how much money you spent.

Instead, if you were to buy a MacBook Air refurbished, you'll get the best of both worlds. You'll have your product and your money too.

Refurbishing helps you to save hundreds. So much, you could even buy a whole other product with the savings.

Warranty In Tact

Apple products often come with a warranty, and refurbished ones retain that warranty. Some refurbishing companies offer their own warranty on top of that.

Whether the laptop is for you or for a child in school, that warranty will still save you if something happens with the laptop.

Works Like New

A common misconception is that a refurbished product is an inferior product.

Refurbished computers undergo various tests ensuring that all parts work and function as intended. The systems are factory reset and packaged like new.

You won't have to worry about your MacBook Air not working. The refurbishers will ensure that it's in perfect condition before you take it home with you. It'll run as if you'd bought it new.


As with all things, there are factors with refurbished products that you'll want to keep in mind before purchasing.

Potential For Minor Cosmetic Damages

Superficial scratches aren't always possible to fix, no matter how much the company tries.

These scratches won't hinder the way the laptop works in any way. And it's very possible to refurbish a pristine product. But the potential still exists that those minor scratches may mar the surface of the MacBook Air. Recompute only sell the highest quality units so the chance of a minor cosmetic scratch being a concern is minimal.

Limited Customisation

Customisation isn't always possible with a MacBook Air. What you see is what you get in this case. If you're someone who has the need to fiddle with components, you'll have a harder time with a MacBook Air be it new or used.

Buying a Refurbished MacBook Air Could Be the Right Choice For You

After weighing up both the pros and the cons, it's now up to you to decide. Is the refurbished MacBook Air the right purchase for you?

At the very least, perhaps it doesn't sound as shortsighted as you might have once thought.

Still have some questions? Contact us and we'll get you sorted.