The refurbished MacBook Air makes for a great starter laptop. It’s easy to pack and carry around, it has specs that can take care of your average computer needs, its operating system runs smoothly, its interface is easy to use, and its appearance is very appealing to the eyes. There is, however, one thing about it that acts as an instant deal breaker for people who are looking into buying it — the price.

With the prices of brand new models starting at $999, buying the MacBook Air isn’t exactly going to send you to the brink of bankruptcy, but it’s not going to be easy on a lot of people’s pockets either. Luckily, there are ways to get a MacBook Air while holding onto your hard-earned money and one of those is by getting refurbished Macs like the refurbished MacBook Air 2012 models that can now be bought for as low as $500.

Why are refurbished MacBook Air 2012 models cheap?

As the name suggests, refurbished MacBook Air 2012 models are Macs that were originally released in 2012. Since buyers typically favor the latest models over the older ones, especially those with plenty of cash to spare, the prices of older models become increasingly lower as newer models are introduced. Since a couple of newer models have been released following that of the MacBook Air 2012 models, their prices have seen some significant cuts.

Also, since most people prefer buying things brand new, especially those who can afford to do so, refurbished MacBook Air 2012 models which have previously been used to varying degrees, have to be sold for lower prices to stay attractive to potential customers.

Are refurbished MacBook Air 2012 models safe to buy?

As long as you buy them straight from the Apple store or authorized third-party resellers, refurbished MacBook Air 2012 models are safe to buy. Refurbished Macs go through extensive testing and evaluation to ensure that they are working as they should before they are resold, so there’s no reason to worry.

Furthermore, refurbished MacBook Air 2012 models come with product warranties just like brand new models, so you’ve got your back (and your pocket) covered in case something came up. Aside from the standard warranty, there are also extended warranties that can extend your refurbished MacBook Air 2012 model’s coverage from 6 months up to three years, and if, for some reason, you felt unsatisfied with your purchase anytime during the return period, you can return your refurbished MacBook Air 2012 model to your retailer and have it exchanged for a different unit (product warranties and return policies differ per retailer so don’t forget to ask yours before you place your order so you’ll know what to expect).

Are refurbished MacBook Air 2012 models as good as the latest ones?

If we’re going to talk about speed and efficiency, then refurbished MacBook Air 2012 models are going to be at a bit of a disadvantage. Being newer, the latest models can take advantage of recent advancements in technologies that allow them to work faster and more efficiently that were not yet available to MacBook Air 2012 models when they were still in development.

Once those two factors are set aside, though, there’s hardly any difference between the latest MacBook Air and refurbished MacBook Air 2012 models as their most important components like the processors, the graphics cards, the storage space, the memory, and the displays are from the same families — just separated by generations. Other minor components like built-in ports and wireless technology are also essentially the same with the faster data transfer rates that newer MacBook Air models offer the only main difference.

One thing where the refurbished MacBook Air 2012 models are significantly overpowered by the latest MacBook Air models, though, is the battery life. The latest MacBook Air models have estimated battery lives that can last up to 12 hours of wireless connectivity and movie playback compared to the refurbished MacBook Pro 2012 models that have estimated battery lives that can last up to 7 hours of wireless connectivity and movie playback for the 13-inch version and up to 5 hours for the 11-inch version. If battery life is going to be an important factor for you, that is something that you might want to take note of. Other than those, the differences between the latest MacBook Air and refurbished MacBook Air 2012 models shouldn’t be too noticeable.

How much are refurbished MacBook Air 2012 models? 

The price of refurbished MacBook Air 2012 models can vary depending on the specs and the retailer where you are going to buy it from. Refurbished MacBook Air 2012 models that have upgraded processors, larger RAM, and larger storage space command higher prices than refurbished MacBook Air 2012 models that come in the default configuration. There are also some retailers that offer more competitive prices than others so the prices can be very variable. You can generally get a refurbished MacBook Air 2012 model for around $400 to $600, though.

Where can I buy refurbished MacBook Air 2012 models?

Refurbished MacBook Air 2012 models can be bought from the Apple Store as well as major third-party resellers like PowerMax. They usually have well-stocked collections of refurbished MacBook Air models starting from the latest ones up to models from several years back, but they also sometimes run out of stocks following a major sale or a decrease in MacBook Air models that gets sent for refurbishing. Their stocks are regularly updated, though, so make sure you stick around for new batches of refurbs if you were not able to snag the last one on your first try.