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A MacBook Pro from the re store? Is a refurbished device from 2019 still suitable for everyday use? IMTEST got to the bottom of this question. A common myth is that one dog year is equal to seven human years. The technology is similar to that of the four-legged friends. After just a few years, laptops, tablets and the like often show the first signs of fatigue in the form of sluggish processors and weak batteries.

In order to give used devices a second lease of life, eBay created the Re-Store – a platform on which refurbished technology is sold under the term “refurbished”. The test shows how well this works with the former top notebook from Apple.


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MacBook Pro in the test: As if peeled from the egg

Although there was no trace of the original packaging when it arrived at the editorial office, the MacBook Pro still caused amazement: the case, screen and keyboard are in perfect condition. Means: Even small signs of use are almost in vain. Only a small spot on the lid reveals the stated condition “good”. Otherwise, the case is of Apple-typical high-quality workmanship and pretty to look at. The 15.4-inch retina display also ensures visual values ​​and sharply resolved content.

MacBook Pro: by no means old-fashioned

And the inner workings are also convincing: the drive is not provided by an in-house M processor as in the newer generations, but by a Core i9 chip from Intel. But even with that, the MacBook Pro still showed a very high speed in the test. 32 gigabytes of working memory and 1 terabyte of SSD storage complete the powerful performance package. Accordingly, even exhausting programs don’t bring the model to its knees that quickly.


There are clear differences in terms of efficiency: Newer models with Apple’s M chips are much more economical. The 2019 model consumed 60 watts in the test even with simple applications – subsequent generations don’t even come up to 20. In addition, the battery is no longer quite up to date. In the test, the MacBook Pro lasted just over six hours. A value that is still good, but no comparison to newer variants: Because with the 2022 model, the lights only went out after ten hours and 40 minutes. A full charge, on the other hand, took around two and a half hours – that’s still fast today.

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Why is a refurbished device worthwhile?

In terms of “sustainability”, you not only save on your own coins, but also on the resources that do not have to be used for a new model in the first place. Practical, because the devices that have been revised and carefully checked by eBay work perfectly after the check and also look like new.

A screenshot of the MacBook Pro (2019) sales page from the restore on eBay.
MacBook from the restore with full transparency: The estimated condition of the device is stated on the product website. © IN THE TEST

Anyone who would like to pay more attention to the environment these days or is already on the road in a sustainable manner – or would like to become so – and still wants to get hold of a good MacBook will do everything right with devices from the “refurbished” category.

MacBooks from the Re-Store on eBay

Not only MacBook Pros are sold through the Re-Store on eBay. Also numerous others Apple products like the MacBook Air or that Apple iPhone SE are available through the Re-Store.


It would be a shame to retire this MacBook Pro after just three years. Because even today it is still a powerful calculating machine to work with. On the other hand, you have to accept compromises in terms of efficiency and battery performance.

  • PER
    • Flawless case, still very high working speed, good battery life.
    • None in the original box, a lot of plastic packaging, a little high power consumption.

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