Is a Refurbished Mac a Good Idea for my child?

David Hardy

Are you considering a refurbished Mac for your child? If you are in this position it is really important that you invest time into identifying the best option for them. It is more than likely that if your child is of an age where you are considering a Mac, that they will already have a phone. A huge percentage of children are so advanced at using Apple devices from such a young age. It is a different world to where we were a decade ago. Therefore, it is more than likely that they can already identify and work their way around a Mac with ease.

A refurbished Mac will offer a huge cost saving. We all worry about our children using expensive devices. As much as we do try to make sure they appreciate the value of the item, accidents do happen. There are comprehensive insurance policies that you can take out to protect this. Any investment into a Mac is worthwhile protecting and a refurbished model is no different. However, the cost saving can be vast when finding the best model.

Online safety is a huge concern for our children. It is something that we have all had to improve our awareness on. All Apple devices are well-equipped to offer assurance to worried parents. Parental controls are easily accessible and there are clear and concise guidelines on how to set this up. There are different levels of protection, and we are always on hand to offered advice in relation to this.

Which Refurbished Mac is best?

There is no one standard answer to this question. To find the best alternative we will first need details on how your child aims to use the device. Listening to this information allows our knowledgeable team to identify which device will work best. Furthermore, we remain on hand to offer an ongoing customer service. Call today on 01625 415088.

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Our overview of the Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch 2019

David Hardy

One of our bestsellers is the 16-inch MacBook pro 2019, it's a brilliant, versatile machine suitable for a variety of uses and with a good sized screen for photo editing and video editing.

Take a look at our video below which highlights a few key points.


We always stock a number of these as they are so popular - take a look here.

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"I’m very pleased with my purchase of a MacBook, the product was as described & dispatched the next day after ordering. It arrived by courier & I was kept informed of expected delivery. From my experience I would recommend this company." - Kim

CheshireMacs are a reputable and trustworthy company. When it comes to quality of repair and our dedication to customer service, we are proud to say that our reputation for excellence precedes us. Our team specialise in the repair and sales of Apple products. We have over 20 years of experience to our name, we know exactly how to exceed our customers’ expectations.

All of our refurbished Macs come with a 12-month hardware warranty. Our refurbished Apple computers are all fully inspected and tested by our skilled technicians. This ensures quality and peace of mind.

Need Advice?

If you would like more advice on which Mac would best suit your needs, please don't hesitate to contact us - we have an online chat on the website, you can call us or email us, or if you're local drop in! We will always go above and beyond to make sure you receive the best possible service.



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Can You Use a MacBook for Gaming?

David Hardy

If you are considering using a MacBook for gaming, then we hope the following information is helpful. Apple MacBooks have a great reputation for their build quality. Furthermore, they are well-suited to many creative packages. Historically, gamers have generally used PCs. Whether these are more-standard models, or custom-built alternatives, they offer an incredible experience for gamers.

In times gone by, Macs had more rigidity in relation to not being able to upgrade their spec. Plus they did tend to be more expensive and some games were incompatible with macOS. Therefore, Apple really could not compete to offer a viable solution for those wanting to use Apple computers.

Fast forward to more recent years and the gaming industry has changed so much. It has come a long way and even the way in which people play games has altered. The popularity of online gaming has played a large role in this transformation. Furthermore, it has opened up an entire world of new players and interactivity.

Generally, the population of Apple users are steadfast in their use of Apple devices. They would ideally prefer to use Apple due to their functionality, usage and interconnectivity. Therefore this has forced the hand a little in persuading game developers to increase availability of games to Apple. A large majority of games are now supported by the Mac.

Would we Advise a MacBook for Gaming?

As with many things, there are certain factors to consider. Modern Macs are incredibly capable when it comes to gaming capabilities. They have carved the way for creative professions and set an industry standard. They also offer the versatility that you have the one device for all your needs. This offers great convenience if this is how you will use your device.

However, if you are solely using your device for gaming then it may be that a custom-built PC alternative is better suited. You will be able to design and upgrade different elements that will support your gaming needs. It is important to remember that although the market for this niche is vast, generally people are looking for multi-functional methods to complete all tasks and therefore would lean to a device that can support that.

Our advice to you is to always check the compatibility of your device to the games you are looking to play. A lot of information is available on the individual game websites. They will offer advice on what hardware is recommended and what is absolutely necessary to play the game. We are on hand to offer valuable information and advice in relation to which refurbished Mac will work best for your needs. Feel free to get in touch by calling 01625 415088.

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Photoshop - Which Macs Are Compatible?

David Hardy
Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard tool for working with digital images of any kind.
Photoshop has a tremendous breadth of uses in various industries ranging from photographers to graphic artists. The program is so flexible, it is is used for both adjusting photographs and creating graphic elements.
We are often asked which Macs are suitable for use with Photoshop.
The minimum recommended specs for Macs are 8GB RAM, OS Big Sur or later (2014 onwards). Graphics Card - GPU with Metal support or
1.5 GB of GPU memory.
The recommended specs for heavy use are macOS Big Sur (version 11), 16 GB RAM or more and a Graphics Card with GPU with Metal support
4 GB of GPU memory for 4k displays and greater.
The storage for both is very much dependent on how many pictures you want to store but you can also get an external hard drive.
This means all of our 14, 15 and 16 inch MacBook Pro's, most of our 27 inch iMacs and the 21 inch iMacs from 2017 with 4K Display are compatible.
🔗 To head to our compatible Macs, click the link
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“Great communication from this company after I made a mistake putting in my delivery address. They called me within a few hours to double check and sorted it out straight away. Super quick postage and item was brand new as described! Thanks” – Josh H

“It has been a pleasure to deal with Dave at Cheshire Macs. His advice, professional knowledge and customer focused manner resulted in me purchasing a refurbished IMac 24". It was described as 'as new' and it was exactly that. In fact the only difference between it, and a brand new one, was about £700. Highly recommended for their honest approach, exemplary service, careful packing and prompt next day delivery. Thank you, I am very impressed.” - Pat

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Logic Pro - Which Macs are compatible?

David Hardy
Logic Pro - Which Mac is compatible?
Logic Pro is a very popular music creation program - powerful creative tools for professional songwriting, beat-making, editing and mixing.
As with Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro is software created by Apple so suits most Macs.
Anything with OS 11.5 (Big Sur 2014) or later will run Logic and we would recommend 8GB of RAM and minimum 256GB Storage.
An iMac or MacBook Pro or Air will work and is really down to personal preference, if you're out and about or travelling to recording studios go for a MacBook or if you have a home studio an iMac would most likely be preferable.
Here's a link to our full range, just remember to select 8GB of RAM minimum -
If you still need help choosing you can contact us on 01625 415088 or message us!

Got a Question?

One of the most common questions we receive is ‘how do I speed up my iMac?’. The answer isn’t always straight forward and simple. However, our technicians have over 20 years’ experience. This allows them to draw on this to find the best solution for our clients.
If your iMac does not have an SSD (solid state drive) then this can often be the answer to speeding up your iMac. We are able to offer fast turnaround on all iMac repairs. Message us or get in touch if you would like a quote for an SSD. This could help provide a solution to an issue you may have been fighting for some time.

Speeding up Your iMac

While you are with us, our helpful and friendly staff are also on hand to help with any other questions you may have. Building a trusted relationship with our clients just comes naturally to us. We aim to provide the one-stop solution for all of your Apple devices.

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Serato - Which Macs are suitable?

David Hardy

Serato is now supporting Ventura!

Another frequently asked question is which Macs are compatible with Serato DJ software.

Up until the last couple of weeks Serato was not compatible with the newest Mac OS Ventura, however this is now resolved.

The system requirements for Serato are 8GB RAM, 15GB available disk space, Intel Core i5 or higher or Apple M1/M2 and OS Big Sur (11) or higher (2014 onwards).

High performance specifications:
For demanding tasks like low latency scratching, live streaming, mixing with three or more decks, or using Serato Video

2018 or later, Intel Core i9 or Apple M1/M2, 16GB RAM or higher, 15GB available disk space, Video Memory 4GB or 14-core GPU or higher.

MacBook Pro 14 and 15 inch models are perfect for this as they are of a portable size and you can get some great systems on them.

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If you still need some help choosing we have an online chat option on our website or you can call or message us here!

What do our clients think?

“The detailed advice was exceptionally helpful as I had no idea what I really needed, I knew what I wanted the laptop for but I didn’t know what would be best and the advice given was so helpful it made the choice easy. Extremely happy with the service.” – Mike Lavin

CheshireMacs are a reputable and trustworthy company. When it comes to quality of repair and our dedication to customer service, we are proud to say that our reputation for excellence precedes us. Our team specialise in the repair and sales of Apple products. We have over 20 years of experience to our name, we know exactly how to exceed our customers’ expectations.

All of our refurbished Macs come with a 12-month hardware warranty. Our refurbished Apple computers are all fully inspected and tested by our skilled technicians. This ensures quality and peace of mind.

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Final Cut Pro - Which Macs can run it?

David Hardy

One question that we are asked daily is which Mac's can run Final Cut Pro?

Because Final Cut Pro is Apple software the good news is the vast majority of Mac's can run it.

What is Final Cut Pro? This is Apple’s professional-level video editing software. It is an incredibly popular software for both professionals and also consumers looking for more power for their video editing projects. It does a really great job of providing a solution for both groups. There are well-publicised pros and cons for both groups. However, it has received great press once users get used to different elements of the software.

Did you know?

Final Cut Pro works exclusively on Mac computers (as it was made by Apple). It is possible that this will change in the future, but right now there are no versions available for Windows or other operating systems.

The minimum system requirements are 4GB of RAM, 1GB of VRAM, 4.5GB of available disk space and macOS 11.5.1 (Big Sur) or later.

We would recommend going for 8GB of RAM minimum and the biggest screen you can accommodate for easier editing purposes but this isn't essential.

Regarding the OS this means any MacBook Air, MacBook Pro or iMac from 2014 onwards will be compatible.

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If you would like more advice on which Mac would best suit your needs, please don't hesitate to contact us - we have an online chat on the website, you can call us or email us, or if you're local drop in! We will always go above and beyond to make sure you receive the best possible service.

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Capture One Pro

David Hardy
Capture One is a professional-grade photo editing software designed for pros and serious enthusiasts.
It offers exceptional RAW image file processing, image cataloging, layers, local adjustments, keystone adjustments, as well as just about all the features one would expect out of a pro image editing app.

The minimum system requirements on a Mac for Capture One are -

Intel Core i3+ (1st generation)
8 GB of RAM
10 GB of free hard disk space
Calibrated monitor with 1280×800, 24-bit resolution at 96dpi
macOS 11, macOS 12, macOS 13 (macOS 13 builds up to 13.0)
Internet connection to run Capture One Live
All releases from Capture One 21 (14.2.0) onwards provide native support for Apple Silicon Macs. Additionally, Hardware Acceleration on Apple Silicon (M1/M2) machines is achieved using Metal – this is now also the case on Intel based Macs, if you are using Capture One 22 (15.3.0) or newer.
If working with high-resolution images and doing calculation-heavy adjustments,
we recommend the following:
Intel CPU with 4+ cores
16+ GB of RAM
Solid State Disk (SSD)
Calibrated monitor with at least 1920×1200, 24-bit resolution at 96dpi
As always, call us if you need any advice, we have a resident, award winning photographer who is an expert in these systems!
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What do our clients think?

“Communication was excellent, with prompt responses even if my queries were random due to a bad experience with another company.
Mac book air arrived promptly even with delays due to Christmas and strikes etc. Great laptop, ideal for my daughter for uni. Have recommended the company since to friends.” – Angela Booth

This testimonial offers great reward as it outlines so many of the elements that our friendly team work hard to offer. Is this hard work for us? No. In fact it comes very naturally. We are a small company, but we have a big vision of being the best at what we do. Get in touch with any questions and we will be happy to talk you through everything.


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Computer Specifications Explained

David Hardy

Some computer specifications can feel like another language. Some people talk about jargon but sometimes you can be left feeling like you are the only one that doesn’t understand. Rest assured that when you are dealing with CheshireMacs that we will offer you clear information and advice. We are not here to blind you with science, but instead to support you through the purchasing of buying a refurbished iMac or refurbished MacBook.

To fully understand a Mac’s incredible capabilities, it is helpful to understand a computer’s specification. What do we mean by this? We mean the different components that make up the individual device. The main ones to consider are processor, memory and storage.

Computer Specifications Made (More) Simple

Processor (CPU)

Your Mac’s processor is an integrated electronic circuit that orchestrates all the tasks that you run on your Mac. It is made up of hardware that works together to deliver information. This allows your Mac to complete the tasks you request when you open an application or make changes to a file. The processors will affect how fast your projects run and will minimise crashing and delays.

When you are looking to compare processors, benchmark scores are useful as they reflect real world performance. We provide information about processor on each of our devices we sell. If you would like advice on which processor would be best for you, give us a call on 01625 415088. By considering your usage, we will be able to guide you to find the best alternative.

Memory (RAM)

A Mac’s memory can easily be explained as a temporary storage area. It holds data that the Central Processing Unit (CPU) needs. Before a program can run, the program is loaded from storage into the memory. This allows the CPU direct access to the computer program.

The more memory you choose, the more apps or tasks you can run simultaneously and with better performance.


Storage is where you save files permanently. How much storage you need is a question you will have to ask yourself. There are other options available if you find you do need more storage. If you do need more, you can consider external storage and cloud storage such as iCloud, Dropbox or Google Drive.

Don’t allow yourself to be confused or not understand something about your Mac purchase. We are here to help and more than happy to break everything down into simple and understandable terms. Call our helpful staff today on 01625 415088.

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CheshireMacs; What our Customer’s Think

David Hardy

At CheshireMacs, we work hard to offer the best quality refurbished Apple computers. Our refurbished Apple Mac computers go through a really rigorous process from start to finish to ensure that every refurbished product will perform just as buying from new. The great thing about this is that it saves you money as well as giving you peace of mind.

Reviews of CheshireMacs:

“Fantastic company. received laptop within 24 hours of placing order. very competitive price. it was described as grade A but was actually like brand new. absolutely delighted with whole experience. did phone them with a couple of questions and the customer service was really excellent. cannot recommend highly enough.” Terence Cook

“Spot on service with no hassle’s, iMac received next working day well packed and working smoothly. Can highly recommend this company.” Malcolm Jackson

“The ordering process on line was very easy to follow and I found the staff at Wilmslow always very helpful.” Mary Fernaly

“Staff really helpful..was able to view the computer in the showroom and get helpful advice.” Janet Bailey

“Quick delivery and helpful staff when contacted. Very much liked that it was easy to contact the company direct.” Duncan Bourne

“Great purchase of a new Apple MacBook pro. Lynsey and Dave went out of their way to make this purchase work, gave me a great price. 10/10 for cheshire macs - Extremely happy with my new Mac. Happy to recommend Cheshire Macs.” Joel Chant

These are just some of our most recent reviews on Trustpilot. This is an independent review platform that’s open to everyone. Clients are able to share their experiences to help others make better choices. Rich insights help businesses like ours to improve the experiences they offer.

When you buy your refurbished Apple Mac from us, you can do so with 100% confidence. Get in touch today on 01625 415088.

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