A month and a half into the new year, President’s Day is a good time to take stock. If you would like to improve your productivity or try something new in the coming months, you might want to consider upgrading your hardware. For those who want to upgrade on a budget, consider these affordable refurbished laptops and accessories, some of which are even on sale.
With a powerful processor and 4GB of RAM, the MacBook Pro 13.3” still makes a great everyday workhorse. It has a high-quality display, 500GB of storage, and excellent connectivity, packaged inside a sleek aluminum frame. Originally $1,199 new, certified refurbs are now only $565.
This stunning IPS monitor has a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels, making it well suited to design and photo editing. The display can also charge your MacBook, and it has a built-in HD camera for FaceTime. Certified refurbs are currently $499.
Although the MacBook Air 11” measures just 0.7 inches thick, it has a 5th-gen Intel i5 processor and Intel HD Graphics 6000. You get nine hours of battery on a full charge, and 128GB of solid-state storage. Worth $700 new, sleek black refurbs are now $399.99.
Apple’s iconic all-in-one combines a crisp IPS display and dual-core processing for fast multi-tasking. Gamers will love the ATI Radeon HD 6750M graphics, and the built-in drive provides 250GB of storage. Originally $1,199 new, this certified refurb is now price dropped to $349.
Ideal for small workspaces, the Mac Mini measures just 7.7 inches square. Inside that sleek frame is an Intel Core i5 processor that clocks 3.5GHz with Turbo Boost, and a spacious 500GB hard drive. Order a refurb now for $399 to save 50 percent compared to a new model.
The original MacBook Air is one of the slimmest laptops ever made. This model has an Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost, plus wireless connectivity and a handsome 1366×768 display. Worth $799 new, certified refurbs are now just $329.99.
Perfect for browsing the web and streaming content, this iMac has a dual-core processor and 4GB of RAM. You get loads of storage for media, and a Thunderbolt port for rapid file transfers. Originally $649 new, the certified refurbs are now $569.
With a resolution of 2880 x 1800, the MacBook Pro 15” was made for creative pros. It also has a quad-core Intel Core i7, Intel Iris Pro Graphics, and a 99.5W/h Li-Poly battery that lasts for nine hours. Order a refurb now for $999.97.
Packing a 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 processor, this Mac Mini is an upgraded model. The machine still measures only 7.7 inches wide, but it has the ideal specs for browsing the web and watching movies. Originally $600 new, certified refurbs are now $499.
If you’re looking for a simple desktop for checking emails and reading the news, grab this classic Mac Mini. It has a dual-core 2.4GHz processor, and a useful DVD drive for playing movies and burning discs. Worth $479, certified refurbs are now $349.
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