The holiday season is right around the corner, which means you’re gonna have to start picking out gifts soon. If you’re shopping for someone special and really want to wow them, we have an idea:
Get them a MacBook Pro.
Is that going too hard? Nope. You can snag a good-as-new 13-inch MacBook Pro refurb with a Touch Bar for $1,349 and get free shipping. And listen: No one said you can’t gift it to yourself.
The PCMag Shop is killin’ it with MacBook Pro deals lately — Apple seems to be trying to clear house, possibly to make room for something new. We covered a similar refurb deal two weeks ago, and though you’re not saving quite as much here, $150 off and free shipping is still great.
This is the 13.3-inch model from mid 2017 in space grey — yes, the one with the Touch Bar. That’s a horizontal retina screen that replaces the top row of keys. It’s used to control brightness and volume, use F-keys, browse the web, talk to Siri, send iMessages, and more, as well as activate Touch ID like on the iPhone. All for under $1,350? That’s a steal.
As for nitty gritty specs, the 2560 x 1600 retina display is heavenly, accompanied by an Integrated Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650 card. Its speedy Intel Core i5 processor has 3.1 GHz and is a straight powerhouse, especially helpful for heavy creative projects like video editing, graphic design, running Adobe, and similar things that older laptops have trouble handling. RAM is 8 GB, SSD storage is 256 GB, and there are four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, and a headphone jack. (For reference, a brand new 13-inch Pro with 256 GB SSD costs around $1,800 — $450 more than the sale price of this 2017 refurbished model.)
Before you ask: No, refurbished is not the same as buying a used one from some random person on Facebook. These refurbs were being held by Apple as warranty replacement devices, so they’re essentially like new. But if you still don’t trust that (or are just generally clumsy and paranoid), there’s an easy 90-day return policy in case things go south. You also have the option to upgrade to an extended two or three-year warranty.
Regularly $1,499, you can save $150 and get free shipping here. Whoever you gift this to is going to love you forever.