Tired of Technical Jargon?

David Hardy

Technical jargon can be really off-putting. There are some individuals that thrive on it, fully understand each element and know exactly what they are looking for. Other’s find it a minefield. This can mean that the search for a refurbished Mac is stressful and confusing. Our team are on hand to help with anything that you may need help with. We will work to explain things in a way that makes it easier to understand.

When we are selling a refurbished iMac or refurbished MacBook, we have to offer all technical information about the product. This will offer detail about the item’s processor, memory, graphics package and hard drive.

This information helps some buyers to make direct comparisons when looking at multiple items. Generally people know what some terms mean but with the fast-moving pace of the technical world sometimes get confused with all of the different technologies and packages.

The refurbished market is a great provision for buying a Mac without the full expense of a new machine. The cost of new Apple computers can provide a barrier for some people. They are great products but are undeniably expensive. An iMac or MacBook is an investment and will last a long time.

Care Tips for Your Mac

If you have purchased a refurbished Mac you will want to look after it. There are key tips to make sure you are correctly caring for your purchase. The following information has been put together to make this an easy routine to follow.

Use protective cases as much as possible. There are snap on cases, screen protectors and even keyboard covers. A combination of these will really work to protect your purchase and keep them clean and safe from damage.

Handle with care. MacBooks are durable but can be damaged with poor handling over time. It generally leads to wear and tear over time and will gradually loosen hinges.

Think about your battery. Batteries have come a long way. A battery should last around five years if used correctly. General advice is that you should not let your battery run empty or leave it plugged in constantly. Use of your battery between 30% and 80% is optimal.

There are further things that you can do to protect your investment including servicing the ports and protecting the power adapter. We are on hand to help and support you with any questions you may have. Give our team a 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.

Shop Now with confidence with our 5 star TrustPilot RatingFree Delivery and 12 Month Warranty.

Need Reassurance?

"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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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.

Here are some recommendations from us -  https://cheshiremacs.com/collections/serato

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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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!
Follow this link to see our current compatible Macs - https://cheshiremacs.com/collections/capture-one

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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3 Things You Should Know About Buying a Refurbished Mac

David Hardy

If you are looking at buying a refurbished Mac, it is great advice to do a little homework. There are key points that you should educate yourself about in terms of the process. Making an informed decision will never be a bad thing. In fact, it will leave you feeling excited and confident that you have made the right choice for your needs.

Buying a Refurbished Mac is Cheaper

As many are, if you are looking to save money, a refurbished option is the best way to go. There are determining factors such as age of the device and condition. A newer model will likely have a lesser saving. Whereas older models can be vastly reduced. These details show evidence of how there will always be decisions to be made and a balance to find between what you are looking for and how much you want to spend.

Refurbished Macs are Not Perfect

It would be naïve to believe that a refurbished Mac will be in perfect condition. It is important to remember that a refurbished device has been used. It is therefore unreasonable to assume that a refurbished model will be the same as a new device. This is why we have devised a grading system to offer an open and upfront sales process.

Shorter Warranties are More Likely

Buying a refurbished Mac from a reputable company means that you will receive a warranty period. It is reasonable to assume that these warranties are likely to be shorter than that of a brand-new machine. Some credit card companies automatically offer additional warranty periods. It is therefore a good idea to look into this, should this be something you are wishing to achieve.

A client commented:

“Just received my 27" imac. Wow its like a brand new machine. Thank you Dave for all your help on purchasing it. I would highly recommend CheshireMacs. They were so helpful on the phone and on email, nothing was to much trouble. As other people have said why pay high prices when you can get an almost new machine from them.” – Pete Skinner

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🔥 Black Friday Deals Now Live On All Apple Macs 🔥

David Hardy

Our Black Friday Deals are now live! 

We have deals running as a presale this week which is proving very popular so if you have your eye on anything, now is the time to hit buy! Don't delay as stock is moving very quickly.

Black Friday is popular across the country, in particular when it comes to tech!

There are great deals to be had and because our prices are competitive all year round, with the added Black Friday Discount you really are getting a bargain! 

As always we have our 12 month warranty on all of our MacBooks, iMacs and Mac Mini's to give you extra peace of mind.

Read out Excellent TrustPilot Rating here - https://uk.trustpilot.com/review/cheshiremacs.com

Use the code 10BF at checkout this week only! 


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The Gift of an Apple Mac

David Hardy

The invention of the Apple Mac and other Apple devices completely transformed the way we use our laptops, computers and tablets. The truth of the matter is that they are incredible and offer users a great, high-quality experience. So many often comment on people having multiple devices and how youth are always having a device in their hand. The world has changed and its time to start embracing that!

As we approach Christmas, parents everywhere are starting to look for guidance with a present. While our kids may not quite understand the value of money when asking for the latest tech, it is important that they have what they need.

Why an Apple Mac?

Although there are many different types of phone types out there, it is very likely that your child will have an iPhone. Whether it is the latest model or not, they will be very familiar with how to use it. It is much easier to connect and swap between Apple devices. This is often a large reason why parents select an Apple computer over another make. That and their reputation based around being the best on the market.

At CheshireMacs we have come up with a great system where you can split the cost of a refurbished Mac or iPads over 3 months. You are able to purchase through Klarna. This, put simply, means that you can spread the cost of the item without any interest charges over 3 months.

Buying an Apple iMac, MacBook or iPad really is an investment. Every item sold by us leaves us with a 12-month warranty and free delivery. We are a small-business, and a large part of our professional reputation is based around the high-quality service we offer. To us, your opinion matters, and the purchasing process is important to get it right.

Thinking of giving the gift of an Apple Mac this Christmas? Get in touch and we will endeavour to do our best to find the absolute best solution for your needs. Call today on 01625 415088 or email us on info@cheshiremacs.com.

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Buying a Mac for a Student

David Hardy

If your child is starting high school or university this month then it is not too late to set them up with a MacBook from us. The following information will work towards showing how a MacBook can be considered a really good investment.

Buying a refurbished MacBook from the right company is an exceptional opportunity. It is not necessary to purchase a brand-new MacBook. Why? All of our refurbished Macs come with a 12-month hardware warranty, and nothing leaves our store until it has been checked, checked and checked again. When you buy your refurbished Apple Mac from us, you can do so with 100% confidence.

Buying a Mac for a Student – will it last?

With the above warranty and confidence, the worry of purchasing a refurbished Mac is completely eliminated. You can be rest-assured that it will see them right through their studies and beyond. Children are so used to Apple devices through personal use and use in school, that they are already very familiar with their set-up.

We sell refurbished Macs which perform like new but are much easier on the bank balance. Please note we also accept Klarna which allows you to purchase and spread the cost over 3 months. We really have thought of everything.

Our stock is always updated on our website but if you have a question or a specific product, please do get in touch by calling 01625 415088.

Things To Consider:

Screen size and portability: Apple has two laptop lines including the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. These are available in different screen sizes and weights (newer models do weigh less than older ones). If this is a big consideration for you then it is important to get the model right.

Processor speed and RAM: it is really sound advice to purchase the best processor speed and RAM your budget will allow. A bigger processor will be better for those considering using their MacBook for creative work or larger programmes.

Don’t forget that you can use external storage options. This isn’t for everyone so may not work for you but is worth considering when you are looking at storage.

And lastly, don’t forget to buy a case and screen protector. While a MacBook is beautiful, it can also be fragile. A case and screen protector can work to offer great protection while carrying your MacBook around.

Got questions? Do you qualify for a Student Discount? Get in touch today and our helpful team will be happy to help.

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Making Owning a Mac Affordable

David Hardy

A Mac computer has an incredible reputation for being the best out there. There are many reasons for this, and we are proud of this fact. Whether you are running a busy family home or want to branch out professionally, we will have the perfect solution for you.

If you need help, our staff are able to support you through a checklist of items. This offers you confidence and assurance that your selection is the absolute best alternative for you.

Buying a Refurbished Mac

Do you need a new Mac for photo editing? We have a large range of Macs that will work perfectly with Capture One Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and many other imagery programmes. You also have the assurance that your refurbished Mac will work with any other software that you may use.

What Benefits Can We Offer?

  • We offer refurbished Macs that don’t break the bank
  • We are able to offer free next day delivery
  • CheshireMacs have a 5-star rating on Trustpilot. These are independent reviews of clients who have used our company.
  • Klarna is available to spread the cost of your new purchase
  • We offer excellent customer service, without exception
  • Your purchase is backed by a 12-month warranty
  • We can offer a student discount should this be applicable

Further to this, an element that sets us apart from our competition is our friendly team. We all share a real passion for what we do and building a company that serves our clients well. This may be in the form of helping with a quick question or supporting someone through the purchasing process. No question is a silly question, and we work hard to ensure you are confident in your purchase selection.

Got a question? Need help with buying a new Mac? Call today on 01625 415088.

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Apple Keyboard Shortcuts

David Hardy

This list of Apple keyboard shortcuts has been created to save time. It is incredible how many people use their iMac and MacBooks and do not know these simple shortcuts. We are all constantly reminded that time is money. We all lead busy lives. And we could all do with a quick-reference list of helpful shortcuts that could save us a little time.

What are your Favourite Apple Keyboard Shortcuts?

There are always ones that people use more regularly than others. However, if you regularly use your Mac, then it is really important that you are familiar with the range of shortcuts that are available.

One of our clients commented:

“Found the online chat very helpful, honest and informative which made me decide to go within this company. Glad I did, it arrived very quickly and so far has been excellent. Would recommend them to anyone looking for a Mac for music.”

This review shows our efforts to be helpful and approachable to anyone looking for advice. We have many ways in which you can get in touch with us. Whether you are looking to buy a refurbished Mac, or you are looking for help with servicing or repairs, we are here to help.


Refurbished Apple Macs
Apple Mac Servicing is an incredible process. It is a provision that allows our clients to get the most from their Apple Mac. As with so many other electrical devices, regular care is always good advice. As time goes on you can often feel as though your Mac is losing performance. This is a clear indication that it is in need of a service.


Both our products and services are competitively priced. We will always go the extra mile to help and support our clients through a range of ways that they can get in touch. You can choose to chat online, give us a call or enquire via our website. Don’t delay – get in touch.

Another client commented:

“So far, so good! :) I messaged on both the FB chat and the online chat with some questions about their products and both times they were really helpful. My Mac came really fast and in secure packaging, had to sign for it on arrival. Happy with the Mac, set up easy and all good! Both me and my sister have purchased from Cheshire Macs and really happy! Thank you :)”

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