Macbook Air -- Refurbished Old with good config or new will average config?

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Macbook Air -- Refurbished Old with good config or new will average config?


I am trying to be in budget and looking for Macbook Air Refurbished from Apple. I am not a heavy editor and don't do PP professionally. But occasionally I work on Lightroom to fix few things.

My question is related to this configuration for $929 (Refurbished)-

13.3-inch MacBook Air 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5

8GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory

256GB PCIe-based SSD

As per few other posts, it can work for my work. My only concern is, it says "Originally released June 2017". Does it mean that it was being used by somebody else and then it was returned to Apply due to some issue and now Apple fixed it and put it on Sale? 3 years of use may be much used or it will be still new looking? Then battery also will be heavily used?

On other side, I can get a new one with below configuration for $999 (New) -

13 inch MacBook Air 1.1GHz Dual-Core Core i3 Processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz

8GB 3733MHz LPDDR4X memory

256GB SSD storage

With all these configs more and less, I can't decide, which would perform better. Can somebody point me in correct direction?


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