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Apple Macbook (refurb) £509.99

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8y, 6m agoFound 8 years, 6 months ago
Refurbished MacBook 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo - White

13.3-inch glossy widescreen display
1280 x 800 resolution
1GB memory (2x512MB SODIMMs)
80GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard drive
Combo drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW)
Built-in iSight camera


Might be less if the voucher works?

Don't seem half bad..
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#1
You can get a brand new dell with similar specs for ~£200 less.
#2
But this is a mac =], which can run vista , xp or leopard
#3
decent price
shame it doesnt have a super drive

get student discount on top of this price?
#4
joshu
decent price
shame it doesnt have a super drive

get student discount on top of this price?


Not sure about student discount but you can get a refurb with a superdrive for £549.99
see:
http://store.apple.com/Apple/WebObjects/ukstore.woa/wa/RSLID?nplm=FA255
#5
matt3454
You can get a brand new dell with similar specs for ~£200 less.


As said above, this is a Mac, completely different from a PC.
#6
ahh, a tax for the vain
#7
As usual people can't judge this deal for what it is.

Mac vs PC,
360 vs PS3
Amiga vs Atari St (The Amiga WAS better !) lol
#8
Nice deal. Already got one though. heat added
#9
spobby;2134376
Not sure about student discount but you can get a refurb with a superdrive for £549.99
see:
http://store.apple.com/Apple/WebObjects/ukstore.woa/wa/RSLID?nplm=FA255

512MB memory
60GB hard drive
SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
:? i think it is real rip off
#10
rodman
512MB memory
60GB hard drive
SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
:? i think it is real rip off


I know that one is, it was because the person queried the superdrive.
#11
aty
As usual people can't judge this deal for what it is.

Mac vs PC,
360 vs PS3
Amiga vs Atari St (The Amiga WAS better !) lol


Spectrum 48k Versus Commodore 64 started the debate though!
#12
matt3454;2134234
You can get a brand new dell with similar specs for ~£200 less.


Which will have a shoddy keyboard, dim screen, be 50% heavier, have half the battery life.....

Fine if that doesn't matter to you, but most people buying 12"/13" models are doing if for portability. I actually thought about buying one of these to run XP on :-)

Specs are also quite nice on these, with a (good quality) buit in webcam, decent keyboard, bluetooth 2, nice screen etc.
#13
Theres no difference between a pc and a mac in hardware terms, why do you think that a mac can run vista?

The only difference is that the operating system is tailored purely for a certain set of hardware, meaning that the apple os can only run on this hardware.

As far as im concerned apple are ripping you off with this 2nd hand product, if it was a bit less than maybe the fact that you can use OSX would sway me. At the moment though, OSX is not worth £200 for me.
#14
Smokin HOT.
#15
joshu
decent price
shame it doesnt have a super drive

get student discount on top of this price?


Nope you can't. Its a bit silly really as often you may as well buy brand new when you take the discount into account.
#16
I have a macbook and it's excellent for graphic design. Wouldn't go back to a PC. But I don't think they're to everyone's tastes (the one button takes a lot of getting used to, so I'm told!). Plus these white models don't half get dirty! I have to clean mine with an eraser every few weeks!

That said, it's a beautiful machine, has crashed maybe twice in 12 months and the screen/sound/build/interfaces are all absolute top quality. If you're a casual user (or a web designer, remember the macbook doesn't have a hash key on the keyboard!) then I'd opt for a better spec PC. If you're interested in graphic design, music production or video editing, the macbook is an absolute dream to use :)

Edit: I get 6hrs battery life on my macbook too - my fiance gets an hour if he's lucky off his Dell (and it weighs a ton!)
#17
Ok, the person who commented about the size/weight.

Im not sure what the weight of the Dell is in comparison to this Apple Mac.
#18
matt3454
Theres no difference between a pc and a mac in hardware terms, why do you think that a mac can run vista?

The only difference is that the operating system is tailored purely for a certain set of hardware, meaning that the apple os can only run on this hardware.

As far as im concerned apple are ripping you off with this 2nd hand product, if it was a bit less than maybe the fact that you can use OSX would sway me. At the moment though, OSX is not worth £200 for me.


OSX is amazing. I use Windows XP at work and it's just bland and unfriendly in comparison. The attention to detail on the macbook is what makes it worth the money - mine is my main computer, and I paid £900 for it (plus £300 for a graphics tablet) and they threw in Parallels so I can run Vista - I've never even opened Parallels ;)
#19
i only paid £300 for my macbook when they were on here from Toys r us... its great running parallels with xp with 2gb ram!
#20
Don't forget your free printer or £60 rebate when purchasing a printer with you Mac !

http://store.apple.com/Apple/WebObjects/ukstore.woa/wa/RSLID?nnmm=browse&node=home/campaigns/printer_promo&sf=w2YF4JXY4AHCAJCDF
#21
KittyKate
If you're a casual user (or a web designer, remember the macbook doesn't have a hash key on the keyboard!)


alt + 3 for hash # :thumbsup:
#22
I don't think this is an outstanding deal. New ones aren't that much more...

I really want a Macbook, but I don't want a 13" screen, I want a larger one (about 15") which forces you into Macbook Pro terriotry, and those are just far far too expensive (even with academic staff discounts).

If Apple did the normal Macbook with the 15" screen I bet they would sell a lot more of them...
#23
arfster
Which will have a shoddy keyboard, dim screen, be 50% heavier, have half the battery life.....

Fine if that doesn't matter to you, but most people buying 12"/13" models are doing if for portability. I actually thought about buying one of these to run XP on :-)

Specs are also quite nice on these, with a (good quality) buit in webcam, decent keyboard, bluetooth 2, nice screen etc.


Amen brother!!

When you buy a car you dont just say "I can get a faster car than that for less". Instead you look at the whole package.

When will people learn that when it comes to laptops you've gotta look beyond simply what CPU and Ram you are getting for the money. How light is the laptop? What's the battery life like? What is the viewing angle on the screen like? How responsive is the track pad? How sturdy is the case? Is the keyboard good? Does it come with bluetooth or is that extra? How loud are the fans? How long does it take to heat up? How long does it take to charge the battery? The list goes on and on. Far more than a desktop PC you've really gotta pay attention to what you are buying.

That said though..........................

The new Macs will be out in a few weeks, and by new I mean new models entirely not just speed bumps. Why not wait until then before you purchase?
#24
homer_213
As said above, this is a Mac, completely different from a PC.


'Completely different' in this case meaning that it can do all the same things in much the same way. Obviously this makes it completely incomparable.

However, the macbook does seem to have gotton some good reviews and I've heard the keyboard is very good for a laptop keyboard. £500 for such a laptop seems a reasonable price.

EDIT:
belovedmonster
When you buy a car you dont just say "I can get a faster car than that for less". Instead you look at the whole package.

The new Macs will be out in a few weeks, and by new I mean new models entirely not just speed bumps. Why not wait until then before you purchase?


The car metaphor is a good one, if you're just after something to take into town then you want something that's rounded. However, there are people out there who want a car to race with, and then speed is paramount.

Will the new macbooks be at this price though?
#25
there is a reason why mac rhymes with ****
#26
Alot of PC nerds forget when arguing about the price of Macs - YOU GET iLIFE! (for free)

If your not familiar with iLife it's a package of software that comes totally free with new Macs. Software for Video editing, Photo organisation and editing, DVD creation, GarageBand for recording sounds which includes a ton of effects for recording directly into your Mac on multi tracks, and then there's iWeb so you can quickly and easily create and publish websites with such a cool user interface.
This quality easy to use software simply does not exsist for Window$. And the closest things to them will cost MONEY. So when you factor in these applications that actually let you use your computer to do things besides play games, use the net and use M$ Word. Plus the fact of NO VIRUSES FOR MAC. The price suddenly seems pretty reasonable.

http://www.apple.com/ilife/
#27
A few points:

1. Anyone with a bit of technical know-how can get OSX running on a PC.
2. This spec Mac won't run Vista properly.
3. A PC laptop with comparable build quality and higher spec (bigger HDD, DVD writer) would be cheaper.

Having said all that, there are some people that just want a mac, and this deal seems OK.
#28
JoeUK
Alot of PC nerds forget when arguing about the price of Macs - YOU GET iLIFE! (for free)

If your not familiar with iLife it's a package of software that comes totally free with new Macs. Software for Video editing, Photo organisation and editing, DVD creation, GarageBand for recording sounds which includes a ton of effects for recording directly into your Mac on multi tracks, and then there's iWeb so you can quickly and easily create and publish websites with such a cool user interface.
This quality easy to use software simply does not exsist for Window$. And the closest things to them will cost MONEY. So when you factor in these applications that actually let you use your computer to do things besides play games, use the net and use M$ Word. Plus the fact of NO VIRUSES FOR MAC. The price suddenly seems pretty reasonable.

http://www.apple.com/ilife/


Don't confuse PCs with Windows. Linux provides free software for all of the things you mention, all for free. It also provides an office package, which costs MONEY for mac users. It has all the same advantages as OSX when it comes to viruses and spyware. I also can't understand why you're talking about DVD creation software for a laptop that doesn't even include a DVD writer.
#29
statto
A few points:

1. Anyone with a bit of technical know-how can get OSX running on a PC.
2. This spec Mac won't run Vista properly.
3. A PC laptop with comparable build quality and higher spec (bigger HDD, DVD writer) would be cheaper.

Having said all that, there are some people that just want a mac, and this deal seems OK.


1. The whole point of buying an Apple is its ease of use, and the hardware is half of that. Apples are silent, have target disc mode, look great among other things.

2. Vista??? Are you frigging kidding me? If you had a mac why on earth would you use Vista trash.

3. At the end of the day no matter what PC you buy you will probably be running Windows. Macs with OS X are years ahead of PCs and windows, a total stress free delightful experience. If you don't believe just now, just wait a few years when every one else has one, then you'll get one cause you'll feel stupid you left it so long.

By the way if you order a mac through the higher eduction store (from your university library network or VPN to your uni) you get 9% off and a 3 year warranty worth £299!!! Its an amazing deal. I already own a 24" imac and a 15" macbook pro. And an iphone :-)
#30
out of stock
#31
Have you seen the insane prices that really low spec Macs from 5 years ago go for? The second hand value of Macs is huge compared to PCs.

This extra £200 over the price of a Dell which people like to argue about will probably be obtained again when you come to sell it, because unlike a Dell this thing will still be worth £200 in several years time.

Unless the second hand value falls dramatically over the next few years you simply cant lose by spending that extra on a Mac.
#32
If anyone is interested, i'm selling my 2 Month old macbook.

2.2Ghz , 2gig of ram, 120GB hdd, Leopard + All updates and i'll include logic 8.

£550 , fair price i think?

also includes Mini-Dvi to DVI adapter and remote control and Digital Tv Receiver

Need to sell it now as im gonna be a dad and littleone comes first! Just been made redundant :(

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/187105/macbook-2-2ghz-2months-old-2gb-ram-
#33
cRuNcHiE
If anyone is interested, i'm selling my 2 Month old macbook.

2.2Ghz , 2gig of ram, 120GB hdd, Leopard + All updates and i'll include logic 8.

£550 , fair price i think?

also includes Mini-Dvi to DVI adapter and remote control.

Need to sell it now as im gonna be a dad and littleone comes first! Just been made redundant :(


Sounds like a good deal - may have considered it if I hadn't bought the Pro recently.

I use PC's and Mac's and what I have found is that Macs just work. Plug in anything, and generally the system picks it up and starts working seamlessly - unlike the many Pieces of C*** that I have used over the years.

So if you enjoy being creative/productive instead of figuring out why your soundcard/wireless/keyboard/etc... isn't working, your better off with a Mac

Congratulations by the way.
#34
You don't need Apple hardware to run Leopard...
#35
To run it as per the EUL and eligible for software updates, ya kinda do actually.

I'm not saying thats a good thing necessarily but it is not an easy job by any means for any more than .5% of the mac desiring market.
#36
i dont get why people are always dissing macs, theyre not the industry standards for professional audio / visual production for nothing.
#37
zebrum


2. Vista??? Are you frigging kidding me? If you had a mac why on earth would you use Vista trash.



By the way if you order a mac through the higher eduction store (from your university library network or VPN to your uni) you get 9% off and a 3 year warranty worth £299!!! Its an amazing deal. I already own a 24" imac and a 15" macbook pro. And an iphone :-)


Why would anyone one want to buy a MAC to run Windows? I would never do that, because a) HP, DELL would do the job perfectly if not better - importantly within half the price of a MAC. The whole point of going to MAC is to use the Leopard operating system (which is apparently easier to use, however I have found it confusing).

The reality is - most computers today are Windows based. If your going out to work, your going to be dealing with Windows. I am a university student and i've had an Apple Mac Mini for about a week before I gave up on it. Why? Commands are different, the software is different, i've got to learn everything the 'apple way' and I simply do not have the time to do so... mainly because university life is hectic going... you've got to get the reports done and new ones off to a start and the last thing you want is to find the settings located elsewhere.

I think your three responses are unfair and biased... not suprising from someone who owns three Apple products and I quote "I already own a 24" imac and a 15" macbook pro. And an iphone"
#38
S c 0 TT y
Why would anyone one want to buy a MAC to run Windows? I would never do that, because a) HP, DELL would do the job perfectly if not better - importantly within half the price of a MAC. The whole point of going to MAC is to use the Leopard operating system (which is apparently easier to use, however I have found it confusing).

The reality is - most computers today are Windows based. If your going out to work, your going to be dealing with Windows. I am a university student and i've had an Apple Mac Mini for about a week before I gave up on it. Why? Commands are different, the software is different, i've got to learn everything the 'apple way' and I simply do not have the time to do so... mainly because university life is hectic going... you've got to get the reports done and new ones off to a start and the last thing you want is to find the settings located elsewhere.

I think your three responses are unfair and biased... not suprising from someone who owns three Apple products and I quote "I already own a 24" imac and a 15" macbook pro. And an iphone"


I don't think I am biased because I used Windows since version 3.1. And I still use Windows today for development, inside VMWare Fusion though. I know both operating systems inside out. Yes settings are in a different place on a Mac and there is a little learning curve, but to be honest most of the time is taken up by unlearning the really bad design of Windows. If you just try things as you would expect them to work, you'll find things "just work", every thing is in the right place, even try dragging things from place to place and it all works perfectly. E.g. drag a picture from a web page into an email and it automatically makes the attachment. Highlight some text and drag it to the desktop and it makes a text file with the contents. Move a file while it is open, no problem. Delete a file while it is open, no problem. Move a file while it is downloading, no problem!! Everything is just so smooth and straight forward compared to Windows. Honestly since I switched to a macbook pro 2 years ago its become a delight to use computers.

I appreciate most companies you may end up working for are heavily invested in Windows at present, but I don't think that is any reason not to use a Mac at home. Might make your work more frustrating though ;-)
#39
zebrum
1. The whole point of buying an Apple is its ease of use, and the hardware is half of that. Apples are silent, have target disc mode, look great among other things.

2. Vista??? Are you frigging kidding me? If you had a mac why on earth would you use Vista trash.

3. At the end of the day no matter what PC you buy you will probably be running Windows. Macs with OS X are years ahead of PCs and windows, a total stress free delightful experience. If you don't believe just now, just wait a few years when every one else has one, then you'll get one cause you'll feel stupid you left it so long.

By the way if you order a mac through the higher eduction store (from your university library network or VPN to your uni) you get 9% off and a 3 year warranty worth £299!!! Its an amazing deal. I already own a 24" imac and a 15" macbook pro. And an iphone :-)


1. My laptop is perfectly easy to use, runs almost silently, looks great, and cost me £330 eight months ago, despite having a faster processor, bigger hard drive, more RAM, and a DVD writer.

2. I wouldn't dream of running Vista on my PC. My post was because an earlier poster had said you could run Windows on a mac, but not the other way around. He was wrong.

3. Not at all. I run Linux, which is loads better than Windows. In spite of this, I'm realistic enough to realise that Linux will never achieve the kind of popularity that Microsoft enjoy, but I don't really care, as it doesn't affect me. OSX and macs won't have much of an impact either. I don't think I'll "feel stupid" at any point.

The sooner people realise that there isn't one format or OS which is better for everybody the sooner stupid arguments like these will end. Windows is best for some people, and the same can be said for OSX and Linux.
#40
m3ch
To run it as per the EUL and eligible for software updates, ya kinda do actually.

I'm not saying thats a good thing necessarily but it is not an easy job by any means for any more than .5% of the mac desiring market.


That's my biggest issue with Apple. The EULA is disgusting, and worse than anything Micro$oft has come up with.

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