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july 2011 refurb or new - suggestions?

 
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 6:36 pm    Post subject: july 2011 refurb or new - suggestions? Reply with quote

Hi,

My Mini2.1 is going to my daughter. I want to replace it.

I can get a July 2011 refurb for $549 (http://store.apple.com/us/product/FC816LL/A/refurbished-mac-mini-25ghz-dual-core-intel-core-i5)

I can get a new Mini from Apple for $599 (http://store.apple.com/us/mac/family/mac-mini).

Are the refurbished and the new the same model?

If not, and the new is a more recent model, is it worth the additional $50?

I have bought refurbished machines before and that is not an issue.

Thank you for any insights.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Without question the new mini is worth $50 more.

USB 3 ports alone make the $50 upgrade worthwhile.
1600MHz RAM more affordable and you can upgrade to 16GB instead of 8GB. 3 years down the road, that may make a difference to you.

The refurb part isn't the issue. The issue is a 2011 refurb for $50 less than the new model is a rip off. Either wait for a 2012 base model refurb or wait for the new model to come out soon. It shouldn't be long before the entire Apple product line gets the updates to Haswell processors.

If you can't wait buy a new 2012 model for $599


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Bill. That information is very helpful.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ebolean wrote:
Thanks Bill. That information is very helpful.


You're welcome.

BTW, I'm a Sales Manager at an Apple Reseller store. We deal with trade-in computers as well. I set the pricing on 150+ Apple products on our trade-in matrix. I always use the refurb store to help price products. I'm very comfortable with identifying bargains Wink Pass on this one. Keep an eye out for the 2012 base model refurbs.

If you want to be notified when a 2012 mini shows up on the refurb store.
http://refurb-tracker.com
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 4:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Even though Apple didn't sell the 2011 with a 16GB (2x8GB) RAM upgrade option it can take a 16GB (2x8GB) upgrade.

I would go for the current model over the mid-2011 refurb though.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mdgm wrote:
Even though Apple didn't sell the 2011 with a 16GB (2x8GB) RAM upgrade option it can take a 16GB (2x8GB) upgrade.

I would go for the current model over the mid-2011 refurb though.



Yup. That being said.
8GB 1333MHz chips typically cost more than 8 GB 1600MHz memory modules. Down the road they'll likely even cost more than the 1600MHz chips due to the limited quantity in which they are produced (particularly if they are made and tested specifically for Apple computers). ie. Kingston Mac specific RAM.

There is a 2012 refurb on the store right now for $509, much better deal.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only reason to get the 2011 model is if you want to have it push out to three displays. The 2012 Mac mini does two.
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