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Archive for August 29th, 2016

by Tom Nelson

Mac minis are in good supply, and the Mac refurb store has all of its shelves just about fully stocked. That’s a great thing to see with the close of the summer season and most schools about to open, if they haven’t opened already. There’s plenty to choose from, even this late in the summer.

Last week, I mentioned that we would no longer include a Mac Accessories category in the weekly Apple Steals & Deals because Apple hasn’t provided any meaningful updates to the category since 2013. Instead, I’ll be highlighting great deals on Mac accessories from other sources, starting with next week’s deals. Who knows what deals I’ll find, in a wide-open category that could include everything from external drives to wireless routers to, well, just about anything that can work with a Mac. It’s going to be interesting.

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Image courtesy of Apple

Deals of the Week

This week, I was looking for Macs with above-average performance and a reasonable price tag for those who have been procrastinating on picking a Mac for going back to school.

Up first is a small and lightweight 2015 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a Dual-Core i7 processor and a reasonably sized 256 GB PCIe flash storage system. This Mac would be ideal for toting to and from school or work, while still having enough performance for both general and some advanced usage.

If you need a bit more performance, as well as a larger and versatile display, then how about a 2015 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with a Quad-Core i7 processor, a very nice Retina display, 1 TB of extremely fast PCIe flash-based storage, and not one but two graphics subsystems: an Intel Iris Pro for day-to-day use, and an AMD Radeon R9 M370X system for when your graphics need to be kicked up a notch or two.

The last deal this week is for a nicely configured Mac mini that would work well in a dorm or small office space. Configured with a Dual-Core i7 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and 512 GB PCIe-flash based storage, this mini is only small in size; it has plenty of performance for a small desktop Mac.

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