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Archive for August 21st, 2016

by Tom Nelson

Stock remains in good supply this week in the Mac refurb store, though I’ve decided to drop the Mac Accessories category from the Steals & Deals weekly posting. Apple hasn’t updated any of the models in this category since 2013. The refurb AirPort Express is a 2012 model with out-of-date Wi-Fi technology. The AirPort Time Capsule is from 2013, and while the Wi-Fi technology is a bit more current, the drive used for the Time Capsule section is highly overpriced, even by Apple standards.

For the time being, I suggest a good USB or Thunderbolt external drive for use as a Time Machine backup device. If you’re looking for a wireless router to use in place of the old Apple AirPort, may I suggest you look at Bradley Mitchell’s “Best 802.11ac Wi-Fi Routers for Home Networks” article.

With that out of the way, on to our deals this week.

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Image courtesy of Apple

Deals of the Week

The first deal this week is for one of the more popular configurations of the 2015 15.4-inch MacBook Pro. This model includes 16 GB of RAM, a speedy 512 GB PCIe-based flash storage system, and dual graphics, with Intel Iris Pro for when you don’t need advanced graphics capabilities and want to save on battery run time, and an AMD Radeon R9 M270X system for when graphics performance is top priority.

This MacBook Pro would easily work for just about any back-to-school need, or for the pro-am photographer or multimedia specialist.

Our second deal is for a 13.3-inch version of the 2015 MacBook Pro. This deal probably better fits most pocketbooks, with 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB PCIe flash storage system. It may be a bit less well equipped than the first MacBook Pro offering, but it still has more than enough performance to be a wonderful back-to-school choice.

Read more on About: Macs.

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