Refurbished Apple MacBook A1342 £280 @ Titanium Computers vi Groupon
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Refurbished Apple MacBook A1342 £280 @ Titanium Computers vi Groupon

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Found 17th Apr 2015
Seems like a decent Groupon deal for someone who wants a Mac but doesn't want to spend £700+ on a new model. Won't let me copy and paste the details on my phone but follow the link for info. Can upgrade to 10.6 Snow Leopard with 4GB RAM FOR £315. I've just read these can be upgraded upto 8GB too if you wanted to do this yourself.

Be interested to hear people's thoughts on this model, spec and of course whether it's a good deal for the price.

•Model - Apple MacBook A1342 Unibody 13.3’’
•Intel Core 2 Duo processor
•2.4GHz
•2GB RAM or option to ugprade to 4GB RAM
•DDR 3 memory
•250 GB HDD
•Smart DVD/RW
•Wi-fi and Bluetooth-enabled
•Webcam
•English US keyboard
•One year warranty
•Option to include Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard disc
- wenttoabetterplace

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That's a lot of money for very, very outdated hardware....Cold from me.

•Model - Apple MacBook A1342 Unibody 13.3’’
•Intel Core 2 Duo processor
•2.4GHz
•2GB RAM or option to ugprade to 4GB RAM
•DDR 3 memory
•250 GB HDD
•Smart DVD/RW
•Wi-fi and Bluetooth-enabled
•Webcam
•English US keyboard
•One year warranty
•Option to include Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard disc

Those specs are how many years old?! Five?

Sorry, but in a day and age where you can get a HP laptop with a modern i5/Intel Iris chip, 1.5TB of storage, 8GB RAM and a myriad of fast ports for £250, you would have to be crazy to go for something like this.
The big selling point of Mac is the multimedia processing capabilities. But this Mac doesn't have the innards to do video or photo editing in a particularly enjoyable way. & it has a tiny hard drive (which will be v.v.difficult to upgrade to an SSD).

I'm not going to vote cold - because I don't know how this falls into Mac pricing. But I'm thinking it is a v.cold deal indeed.
Edited by: "wenttoabetterplace" 17th Apr 2015

Meladt

That's a lot of money for very, very outdated hardware....Cold from me.


I'm inclined to agree. However, if you can upgrade to 8GB ram and SSD, it has potential to be reasonable, the real let down is the processor in comparison to what an i5 could bring you for the same price.

Original Poster

Thanks for the feedback!

Hot, it's Apple

Personally, if I had to get a Macbook for this kind of price, I'd look at a used i5 Macbook Air for £350 and upgrade the RAM to 4GB, e.g:

ebay.co.uk/itm…899

If you put an SSD in this there is no TRIM support

A second hand Core 2 Duo laptop for 280 quid.... not good.

That seems to be around the going reconditioned price, though I haven't checked eBay, and I appreciate the points that it is an old Core 2 Duo spec, that model number identifies as being mid-2010, and I don't know what battery life would be like, but the old white unibody MacBooks were iconic, loved and are missed, so might be of interest to someone to price compare and buy into a bit of nostalgia, even if not comparable to a new 2015 spec £280 new laptop deal.

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GPDawes

If you put an SSD in this there is no TRIM support



There's no native trim support but it's trivial to run the shell command.

Oddly enough I've just pulled the 4gb version of this out the cupboard this morning and installed Yosemite on it. The install was easy and it works OK. It's not fantastic but it's usable (just). I'd hate to run it with 2GB though. I'm using it as a development mule for somebody on the US, to save them having to use my machine. Running the same test suite on the laptop showed it to be 6.5x slower than dev machine. I was quite surprised as the interface didn't feel that much slower. However I wouldn't pay this for the performance of my machine. It's out of date, poorly specced and so cold from me
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