Has anyone bought a refurbished Macbook Pro ?
Looking to start doing some video editing, using Final Cut Pro, so looking to get a Macbook.
I’d get a desktop if I had the space to set one up at home, plus I might be using it on location for downloading files from the camera.
I could get an education discount, but it still works out pricey. Although, I’ve been told it might be worth it for Apple aftercare.
Wondering what sort of spec people are running for doing video editing, and If anyone has ever got one re-furbished ?
ThanksPosted 4 years agoxiphonMember
You do pay a premium (“Apple Tax”), but the build quality is exceptionally high. Yes, they are lightning fast, but you’re buying it to last “several years”.
In the black Friday sales I bought mrs xiphon a MBA 13″ – and she knows it has to last her at least 4-5 years (if not longer).Posted 4 years agoIAMember
If you can get the edu discount, are you eligible for the HE Contract deal too? I.e. are you on a .ac.uk network?
Decent discount and 3yr applecare as standard. Apple care stays with the machine, not the person, so if you do move it on within the 3yrs you’ll get better resale value too. Plus trying to sell on a machine that still has valid warranty is obviously a lot easier.
Also, the “apple tax” only really applies in that you “have” to buy a high quality machine whereas with a pc you can pay less for less quality, which might be a tradeoff you’re willing to make.Posted 4 years agoThurman MermanMember
Bought a refurbished MacBook from a company down in Bournemouth which came highly recommended from someone in the laptop trade. They deal through eBay. Can’t remember he name.
Think it was a year old but it was immaculate and came with all the souped-up latest OS and memory stuff.
It’s been faultless for 18months so far. Also recommended them to a colleague who bought one and was equally impressed.Posted 4 years agoMrSmithMember
I edit in FCP-x and more importantly I use the free davinci resolve grading software.Posted 4 years ago
You need a four core processor to run resolve, grading in FCP is a bit crude so resolve covers that and is a much better tool.
The smart money would be on a refurb of the outgoing (or even previous version) retina 15in. I paid £1500ex vat for a 2.6 16gb 500gb model a couple of months ago, they had the 2.7 model for a bit more but the speed bump would be negligible. The outgoing 2.7 is now a similar price in the refurb store. The outgoing models have the 2 video cards in them even at base model bit the new ones base model has the intel graphics on the base model, I don’t know how this plays with FCP/resolve/speed grade/premiere etc so I would look into that.
I wouldn’t use a 2 core 13in if you are doing a lot of editing.
Definitely go for 16gb ram and at least 500gb. At a later date I would look at an external thunderbolt drive possibly ssd or raid if you have a lot of media to move around. I only work on short 3min projects so just keep the current project on the machine. I don’t bother with proxies as the rMBP is so fast
Pic the spec you want and use one of the websites that mail you when they become in stock, I wanted a 16gb ram model that didn’t hang around long but picked one up this way.
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