ExperCom offers the refurbished MacBook Pro i7 Quad 2.6GHz 15.4" Retina Laptop, model no. MC976LL/A, for $1,299 plus $13.50 for shipping. That's $587 under our refurb mention from a year ago, $1,000 off, and the lowest total price we've seen for this model. It features an Intel Core i7 2.7GHz Ivy Bridge quad-core processor, 15.4" 2880x1800 Retina display, 8GB RAM, 512GB SSD, AirPort Extreme (802.11n wireless), Bluetooth 4.0, 720p Facetime camera, HDMI, Thunderbolt, USB 3.0, SDXC card slot, and Mac OS X 10.7. Deal ends May 4.
A 90-day ExperCom warranty applies.
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