The MacBook is one of the most sought-after laptops in the market. Its software, protection against viruses, malware, and spyware, astounding battery life, connectivity to other devices, such as iPhone, iPad, and Apple watch in Malaysia, and clean and stylish looks made this Apple laptop stand out amongst its competitors.
The only drawback is its staggeringly high upfront cost. It is why some people opt for a second-hand MacBook.
But is it worth it to buy a used Apple laptop?
1. ADVANTAGE: Cheap
Compared to a brand new MacBook, a second-hand MacBook is cheaper. However, if you compare it with brand new regular laptops, the price disparities are not that far.
2. DISADVANTAGE: Outdated specs
Apple upgrades its laptop specs almost annually. For example, newer MacBooks have more ports than older ones. So if you are sticking with a second-hand MacBook just so you can save money and buy a Samsung TV, it will leave you with outdated specs.
3. ADVANTAGE: Works efficiently
Despite years of work, the Apple laptop still runs smoothly, even with several apps running in the background. It responds quickly and almost works the same as brand new.
4. DISADVANTAGE: Lack of choices
Even used MacBooks sell pretty quickly in the market. It leaves you no option but to choose between limited options, unlike buying a brand new one where you can choose which model, design, or colour you want.
5. ADVANTAGE: Eco-friendly
E-waste is on the rise in this day and age of technology. If you want to reduce e-waste, you can opt for a second-hand MacBook.
6. DISADVANTAGE: Prone to scam
There is a higher chance that you can get scammed by a used MacBook seller than buying bedroom furniture set online.
Buy from legitimate refurbishing centres if you want to avoid fraud. Much better if you know or you are friends with the MacBook seller.
But nothing beats the quality of a brand new MacBook. They are cheaper in the long run since they can last many years and still work efficiently.
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