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Archive for July 3rd, 2016

by Tom Nelson

This week marked the first time the refurb store has had the new iPad mini 4 in stock. It’s nice to see the new iPad models finally making their way to the store; I expect the iPad Pro won’t be far behind.

I’m concentrating my search this week on mid-level performance Macs, as I consider this configuration to be just the right balance of value and performance. They may not be using the fastest processors, but you’re also not paying an arm and a leg for a few tenths of a GHz more in speed, either.

The same can be said for storage performance; shoving a slow mechanical hard drive into a Mac just to have a lower price point only helps the people in marketing. A fast hard drive (or better yet, a Fusion or SSD) is usually worth the added cost. But paying for a high capacity SSD usually isn’t going to do much for performance versus a smaller SSD, and the cost certainly knocks the value out.

That’s why our deals are for mid-level Mac configurations, where value and performance meet.

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Image courtesy of Apple

Deals of the Week

First up is a 2015 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro with a 2.7 GHz Dual-Core i5, stuffed with 8 GB RAM and a nicely sized 256 GB PCIe flash storage module. This Mac would be a great choice for school or work, where portability and performance are needed, but you’re put off by the higher-priced configurations only adding a bit more oomph.

Next is the ever-popular 27-inch Retina iMac. This week our deal is for a 2015 model, with a 3.2 GHz Quad-Core i5, 8 GB of RAM (you can add more RAM as a DIY project, if you wish), and a 1 TB Fusion drive, giving you storage space as well as SSD speeds. And to top it off, a Radeon R9 M390X graphics system.

This desktop Mac would be a hit with those who want the huge Retina display, and don’t mind saving a bit by using mid-level component. Best of all, you can add RAM and faster storage at a later date, if needed.

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