Looking for some advise in regards to upgrading to a current MacBook. I've got a iBook G4 that's six years old and simply won't run Snow Lepord or iTunes 9, even with ram upgrades. Time to buy up.
Going to the Apple Store Refurbished Mac page shows that I can save anywhere from $150 to $300 dollars off the standard list price by purchasing a "recertified" laptop. My only concern is about the reliability of buying a used product. Is the savings worth the risk?
I figured if Apple is selling the product themselves, including a 1 year warranty, then it's a legit source, but also wonder how the product testers can determine or anticipate 100% of the system component's reliability. For example, a given MacBook could test just fine, but that doesn't mean that some random part is going to go kaput a month after I buy it. The counter-argument is that if I buy new, I know that every component in the system is 100% brand new.
What do you guys think? Should I save a few extra bucks going with a refurb or just bite the bullet and buy new?
My budget is $1k to $1.2k. As an aside, can any Mac aficionados take a gander at the link and give an opinion on the best choice for a MacBook off that list? It doesn't need to be too powerful (i.e. run current games) or anything...just good for standard, generic home use.
Thanks for any help!