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[Refurb] Apple 12" MacBook 1.2GHz Dual-Core Intel M5 - Space Grey $897 @ EB Games


Just saw these on the EB Games store while I was browsing their preloved phones, never knew they sold old MacBooks. Seemed like a good deal so I thought I would leave it here! Not sure why they are reduced so much, most likely on clearance or didn't sell as well as they thought.

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  • +10 votes

    This is a four year old model, with very low specs. You could buy a much more capable laptop from Dell, Lenovo, etc for the same price.

    Release year: 2016
    Processor: 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core m5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz) with 4MB L3 cache
    Memory: 8GB of 1866MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
    Storage: 512GB PCIe-based flash storage
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 515

    • +14 votes

      A smart phone at the same price may run faster…

    • +4 votes

      People on Ozbargain would rather get their favourite laptop - The Lenovo E495

      • +3 votes

        Expect heavy discounts on the E495 soon with previous gen AMD CPUs. The new AMD 4000 series mobile CPUs are starting to trickle into the market. Reviews are out today of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14, with the 8 core and 16 thread Ryzen 9 4900HS CPU and it seems to eat Intel's flagship for lunch with a 35w TDP.


      what would recommend at the $1k price?

    • +3 votes

      They (generally) won't run macOS though, which is a major selling point for many people.

    • +4 votes

      The appeal is in being small, light weight and not made of flimsy plastic, they're actually pretty decent for travelling around with.


        I've been keeping an eye out for a macbook 12" deal for that reason, they're a pretty unique system.

        This is not however that deal, still in my opinion overpriced for what it is.


      If these are refurbished by Apple, they should be in very good condition.


      Could you please link to a better priced macbook?


    Not a good dealing given new MacBoook air just release at reduced price.

  • +3 votes

    I'm writing this from a 12" MacBook now. It's a super thin and light computer (the MacBook Airs are still heavier) and works great.
    The biggest issue is the keyboard. It needs replacing.
    They have the super thin keyboards but you get normal dirt and grit under it and your keys can stop functioning - it's a know issue for most of the laptops from that era on.
    I've had one replacement so far and I am nearly ready for a second - return key hasn't been going so great.

    I love Macs, I really love this little 12" MacBook - but I would say don't buy, the keyboard will get stuck real soon.
    Also I think the specs on these are a little on the low side for good longevity.
    I wish they had kept these going but with a better keyboard!

    • +1 vote

      Can you get a keyboard skin for them? I've had one on my MBP for the last 6 years and it's been great, my keyboard is like new :)

    • -1 vote

      I don't know about you, but I never asked for a super thin notebook. I would rather have a bigger battery and a variety of ports, you know, something practical…


      I would say don’t buy. I have one of these and have had the screen replaced, keyboard replaced and weight mechanism for the touch pad replaced. The MacBook only has a small number of parts, so my $1600 laptop has had over $3200 in warranty repairs so far.

      If something goes wrong it will not be worth fixing given this price. Plus this is only an M5 processor which is pretty much a junk part by today’s standards. Probably won’t run the latest OSX version.

  • +1 vote

    Not really a deal. This laptop is ancient by current tech standards.

  • +2 votes

    Having bought 'refurbished' items from EB before, I doubt they would have even cleaned the laptop…

    Not a bargain at that price whatsoever. This is coming from a person that has owned a 12" macbook for over 3 years.


    I have one of these and they are awesome. I don’t think I paid much more when I purchased new (after various discounts and trs).


    Secondhand market is pretty active. Sometimes people have upgraded and want to get rid of theirs. If they get desperate, it's under $250 for <2012 macbook pros. Ebay is better. I don't think people know about adding ssd's, puts the performance close to computers with modern processors. Displays are also better for watching videos etc. Not great gaming machines though.