Half a year into the launch of the first MacBook Pros with Retina displays, Apple is now selling the respective systems as refurbished laptops via its Special Deals section.Of course, you’d have to be on a very fixed income to actually go for a pre-owned MacBook Pro with Retina Display which sells for $1,869, which translates into about €1,417.
Apple says you’re saving $330 / €250 for the following specs: 15.4-inch (diagonal) Retina display; 2880-by-1800 resolution at 220 pixels per inch; 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM; 256GB Flash Storage; 720p FaceTime HD Camera; NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory.
The computer sells for $2,199 brand new in the US. The same MacBook Pro goes for €2.279 in the EU. Our take is that if you can afford the system to begin with, you might as well consider buying it off the shelf. Not that refurbs are anything to sneeze at, but there’s a reason why they’re cheaper.