Amazon’s 1-day Apple refurb sale is the perfect way to get an entry-level MacBook on the cheap

  • Published on: June 16, 2017

Update: This deal is expired.

One thing about Apple laptops that never ceases to amaze me is just how long they can last without turning into complete trash. Prior to upgrading to a 2015 MacBook Pro this year, I was using Apple’s mid-2008 MacBook and I got nearly a full 8 years out of it before needing something else. The MacBook still works, and my wife actually uses it as her web browsing, social media machine. So, how is any of this relevant?

Well, today’s 1-day Amazon sale is on certified refurbished versions of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. The available models are late-2011 and 2012 versions, but before you pass them up because of age, let’s talk this through. These MacBooks come loaded up with ports and even have the once-necessary CD drive still. You’ll also find a built-in Ethernet port, SD card slots, and more.

Ok, so they come with ports, but what about the specs? Sure, they may be a little lower than what we are used to seeing today, but the good news here is that they are upgradeable. That means that you can bump the RAM in the MacBook Pros up to 16GB for just $103, and add a 240GB Solid State Drive for just $85, and have a much better machine for under $200 in upgrades. Apple recently announced its latest macOS update, High Sierra, and all of these laptops will be receiving it.

Sounds pretty good, huh? Here are the models available.

These prices are up to $200 lower than Apple sells its refurbished versions of each model for. It is worth noting that you will still get a 90-day warranty on these, but they will ship in a generic brown or white box, and the accessories may also be generic versions.

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Jared DiPane

If it has a battery in it, odds are that I want it. I don't like to pay full price, and you shouldn't either. Let's save together!

  • Published on: June 23, 2017

The 24-inch Dell UltraSharp U2415 is on sale for $212, its lowest price ever

Update: We shared this deal on June 20 when the U2415 dropped to $225. That seemed like a great deal at the time, but then it sold out. Well, now Amazon has the monitor back in stock and at an even lower price, $212.

  • Published on: June 23, 2017

The $60 littleBits Rule Your Room Kit is the perfect introduction to electronic inventions for your little one

Motivated by a desire to see every child find an understanding of electronics and engineering, littleBits’ kits have been designed with young inventors in mind.

  • Published on: June 23, 2017

Ditch the app, the Philips Hue Dimmer Switch is now $20

The Philips Hue Dimmer Switch can dim up to 50 lights at once from anywhere in the house when paired with the Philips Hue Bridge.

  • Published on: June 23, 2017

The Thermapen MK4 is the best instant-read meat thermometer out there, and this price is its lowest ever

Get the best instant-read thermometer you’ll ever use at a price more in keeping with what you’d spend on a thermometer.

  • Published on: June 23, 2017

You’ll never need another remote control when you finally get the $86 Logitech Harmony Companion

This is a true universal remote control, unlike other universal remotes which barely control anything at all, and it’s going for its lowest price ever.

  • Published on: June 23, 2017

Never worry about whether or not you locked the door with the Schlage Camelot Auto-locking Keypad

These keypad entry locks come in a variety of colors, all of which are selling for low prices even if some are slightly more expensive.

  • Published on: June 23, 2017

Protect your electronics from power outages and storm surges with deals on these APC UPS Backups

APC has three different models across three different retailers on sale right now. All of them matching low prices.

  • Published on: June 22, 2017

The Yamaha 76-Key Portable Grand Piano for $140 is a sound deal

With a built-in teaching system and some of the most realistic piano sounds on the market today, this price isn’t worth missing out on.

  • Published on: June 22, 2017

Travel to the Wizarding World with the $200 Lionel Hogwarts Express train set

The Hogwarts Express train set by Lionel inspired by the Harry Potter series features a smoking chimney, lights and a myriad of different sounds to bring it to life.

  • Published on: June 22, 2017

Keep your home secure with the $158 SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit

Update: This deal has expired.

  • Published on: June 22, 2017

Amazon has a select number of digital HD movies on sale for 10 cents each

Update: This deal has expired.

  • Published on: June 22, 2017

Get this great looking surround sound system from Harman Kardon at one of its lowest prices ever

This 5.1-channel surround sound system is going for one of its lowest prices ever.

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