Buying a reconditioned Mac

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Hi computer buffs

I'm a PC person - mainly because my work requires me to use Word, and it seemed less faff just to use Windows, so most of my stuff is Windows based.

However now I want to use software that is only produced for the mac. I probably won't bother using the mac for anything else, so it doesn't need to be high spec. It needs to run El Capitan (10.11), Sierra (10.12) or High Sierra (10.13)

I was wondering about buying a reconditioned one, or a second hand one. I dislike ebay and don't want to buy from them.

If I buy just the computer, as opposed to buying a laptop, can I just plug it in to the same monitors I use with my PC? Would I need a different keyboarrd?

I'm not really a computer person, I just bash the keys, so any advice welcome.

Ta
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cisamcgu

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I know very little about Mac's, but they will work with any monitor.
 

Tin Pot

Guru
I’ve used Apple at home for twelve years or so. I bought two recondition laptops from them, no problems with either.

You’ll be fine.
 
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Bimbleur extraordinaire
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Hmm, what's a mac mini - bascially a small desktop? Looks like that might be the cheapest thing to go for, if I can find one.
 
Hmm, what's a mac mini - bascially a small desktop? Looks like that might be the cheapest thing to go for, if I can find one.
I think that right.

The prices at the refurb store are consistent, but stock changes regularly. Keep checking for what you want, and when you see it, snap it up.
 
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Bimbleur extraordinaire
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Ah, I think Windows laptops don't easily connect to external monitors either. But a mac mini (seems cheapest option) is just a box, so it looks like you are both correct!
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I have been catapulted into macland with very little knowledge other than the iPad I now use. Some of the MacBooks do not have usb connections and there seems to be a variety of obscure charging connections a well as chargers. One MacBook I cannot get into as it is password protected by a password I do not have but there seems to be a variety of ports with no obvious use. While you should not have password problems look at the connections to external items. ( before anyone asks no they have not been stolen but the previous owner died without divulging passwords )
 
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