How to choose your MacBook?

Updated on 28 June 2023

Apple offers a wide range of laptops, but it's not always easy to decide on a particular model. Why not save the planet by buying your cheap refurbished MacBook from Back Market? Follow our detailed guide to make your choice ;-)

A MacBook adapted to your needs above all

In order to choose your refurbished MacBook, it is essential to ask yourself the right questions, the most important of which is: what will you use it for? This phase of reflection is essential if you don't want to make a mistake and regret your purchase. You don’t want a laptop that isn’t powerful enough for what you need, nor one that doesn’t have features that you’d find really useful.

Here are a few things you should know:

  • For a computer that you want to take anywhere and carry around easily, the 15-inch MacBook Pro is the best choice because it is more powerful.

  • Buy the most powerful processor according to your budget.

  • Go for a model with as much RAM as your finances allow.

  • You'll always have the option of expanding your laptop's storage space thanks to the speed of Thunderbolt 3 and external hard drives.

Features to optimise even for a refurbished laptop

Your choice of Mac varies greatly depending on its initial configuration. There are four main categories:

  • Portability - Even an extra 1kg adds up after a day of carry so you might appreciate a lighter laptop. In this case, the smallest 13” MacBooks might be the most considerable options.

  • Processor - This cannot be changed after purchase. Ideally, you should look for models with at least an i7 processor.

  • RAM - This allows you to run multiple applications at the same time. 16GB of RAM is the perfect threshold if you don't want your laptop to be slowed down during multitasking or intense programs. 

  • Storage - Want to save as much media as possible on your laptop? Personal documents, movies, photos and videos from your last family holiday? Go for an internal SSD with at least 256GB.

Simply put, you'll need to choose the best compromise between these four criteria. What do Mac laptops have in common? They offer a high level of user comfort, not to mention a sleek design similar to that of the iPhone. You’ll be happy with your purchase in many cases, but you want to make sure you get the best value for your money.

A refurbished MacBook for the average person

The older generation MacBook Airs are still relevant today. They have the advantage of being the most affordable series, and they’re even cheaper on Back Market. Compact and light, the MacBook Air is particularly suitable for those who are often moving about. It works well for everyday tasks, video calling, note taking and web browsing, among other applications. The latest MacBook Air weighs just 1.25kg and features Touch ID, which lets you unlock the device with your fingerprint. Its Retina display with True Tone technology gives you the impression of reading from paper, quite an optimal viewing experience. 

👉To find out more: What are the differences between a MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro?

A refurbished laptop for the discerning

The MacBook Pro is aimed at professionals, as its name suggests. It is ideal for multimedia use, office work, photo and video editing, internet surfing, and even video games. Its advantages are clear: performance, versatility and speed.

Different versions are available:

  • The MacBook Pro 13.3" Retina: great image quality, perfect for photo or video editing. It's a real powerhouse in a small package.

  • The MacBook Pro 13.3" Touch Bar: it has a touch-sensitive numeric bar instead of the traditional keys. Powerful despite its small size, it offers 8GB of RAM and an Intel i5 processor.

  • The MacBook Pro 15.4" Touch Bar: it has been designed to support the most demanding programs. The larger the size, the better a device tends to perform. It also has a larger trackpad.

  • The MacBook Pro 16" Touch Bar: It's packed with features, including an enhanced Touch Bar, stunning Retina display, AMD Radeon Pro graphics for smooth operation, and 4 Thunderbolt ports.

To recap and buy your future refurbished MacBook on Back Market

In case this has been information overload, we've prepared this nice table to give you an overview of each model’s features. We're like that at Back Market: in addition to preserving the planet and offering you ultra-competitive prices, we make your life easier.

MacBook Air

MacBook Pro Retina

MacBook Air Touch ID

MacBook Pro Touch Bar

Screen Size




13.3" / 15.4" / 16"

Retina Screen




Depending on model

Storage Capacity

128 GB

256 GB

128 - 256 GB

128 - 512 GB


Intel Core i5

Intel Core i7

Intel Core i5

Intel Core i7 / Intel Core i9


8 GB

16 GB

8 GB

8 / 16 GB

Touch ID





Touch Bar





Colours Available



Gold / Silver / Space Gray

Silver / Space Gray

Why buy your refurbished used MacBook from Back Market?

Unlike other online retailers, we offer a 12-month warranty on all of our refurbished products (including the laptops mentioned above!). In case you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase, you can always return your item within 30 days, no questions asked. 

When you buy your refurbished MacBook from Back Market, you can be sure that you're getting a quality laptop that has been pampered and refurbished by a certified professional. The best part: you get a great device at a great price, up to 70% cheaper than a new product :-D We hope to see you in the Back Market community soon!

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Written by BrianMarketing Manager Back Market UK & Ireland

When not talking about the latest eco-friendly tech and reducing our carbon footprint, Brian enjoys the odd game of football, a classic horror (book or film) or just to kick back with a beer or a proper Scottish whisky. Slàinte Mhath!

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