This refurbished MacBook Air costs less than many new tablets
and still works well as a no-frills laptop
. It’s an older model (released in 2015), so it doesn’t come with Apple silicon inside. However, it packs 4GB of RAM, an Intel Core i5 1.6GHz processor, a 128GB SSD and a 13.3-inch Retina display.
It shouldn’t be your go-to for rendering 8K videos. But if you’re just running Microsoft Office
or browsing, this computer works fine.
Signs of wear and tear should be superficial, and that’s nothing a high-quality case can’t hide. It weighs only 3 pounds, so you could pack this MacBook and take it on the road with you if you work remotely or travel frequently
. It may collect a few more scrapes that way, but that’s what beater laptops are for.