Unboxing a Refurbished 13′ Macbook Pro

3 12 2015

Ola amigos! So after much research and deliberation (with myself), I’ve decided to go for a refurbished macbook pro, as compared to a brand new one. Most of mac users do recommend going the reburb route as there is not much of a difference in terms of how it runs and how long it will last you.

My initial battle with this decision was that I wasn’t getting a brand new macbook. It sounds like as if they were throwing me hefty bill for a rejected laptop. In reality, refurbished means there was initially a broken part that was found with this particular machine and it was replaced and thoroughly inspected, before releasing it again at a significantly cheaper price. The greatest part about this is you can buy a refurb mac directly from apple, so you KNOW it ain’t dodgy.

I bought mine through the apple store app, which honestly was such a pleasant and easy process, it made me wonder why I haven’t just been using this to buy all my apps products. Idiot proof, hassle free. You can sign in with your apple id that would already have your credit card details on there. How incredibly convenient can it get?


Just like that

I got myself a 13.3 inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display 8GB memory, for $1,298.

A lot of past refurb mac buyers do warn that the macbook would come in a less glamorous box then if you buy a brand new one. So if you’re the type to horde boxes, then maybe this isn’t for you. If you order it before 3pm, they’ll deliver it the next day. You can choose from the time slots given: 9am – 12pm, 12pm – 5pm or 5pm – 9pm. I opted for the earliest time slot and it arrived at about 10am.

There is a tracking page on the app that lets you keep track of where your laptop is traveling to and from. Gotta be honest, I stalked the heck of the package. haha


And before I knew it, here it was!


Not so glamorous. The box is sealed with tape so you’ll need to knife it open.


First thing you see when you open the box. Just in case you have any doubts about the authenticity of your purchase haha


Brand new accessories


My new baby securely tucked in


Wrapped in plastic. Looks absolutely brand new


Sealed so you can be assured it hasn’t been tempered with.



So there you have it. I’m currently typing on this macbook and am absolutely obsessed with it. Setting it up takes a bit of time. I did get a little jammed up at the file vault disk encryption page while setting up.


My first rainbow wheel on this mac!

Took about 15 minutes before it went to my desktop screen, asking me to plug in my charger as it wasn’t done encrypting whatever the fuck it was encrypting. Took another 7 Minutes. So if you don’t see yourself really using this feature, disable it when setting up so you can save some time. Took about another 10 minutes to update my software but after that it was smooth sailing.

So I hope this was helpful to you guys that were wondering how exactly a refurbished macbook looks like. It still as gorgeous as ever. It’s apple after all. 🙂