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Old Jul 19, 2013, 09:35 AM   #26
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I am so glad I saw this. I am literally starting school Monday, and I have my iMac for sale on eBay. I was going to take the $750ish NET I'll likely clear and buy a 2012 MBA out of the Apple Refurb store for $799. But for $900 @ Best Buy... I am going for the cMBP instead! Better deal!
Not really.

Shorter battery life, bigger, heavier etc.

You do get a CD slot for all those CDs that people still rip...
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Old Jul 19, 2013, 10:06 AM   #27
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Not really.

Shorter battery life, bigger, heavier etc.

You do get a CD slot for all those CDs that people still rip...
Um... I was going to make compromises for the sake of price before this deal.

Screen:
11" on MBA ($799 Refurb) vs. 13" on cMBP ($899 New Best Buy)

Internal Storage:
128 GB Storage on MBA vs. 500 GB HDD
(Would rather have more storage than faster storage... especially when I need a Bootcamp partition for school)

Battery Life:
5 hours (2012 11" MBA) vs. 7 hours (2012 cMBP)

The superdrive is a nice option to have around even though it doesn't get used much.
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Old Jul 19, 2013, 05:19 PM   #28
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What does "Future Proof" mean? Or what does it mean to you? Can u use it in 5 years? Sure. What about 50 years. I'd say NO. You guys are all fighting over what these phrases mean to you, and it really has nothing to do with computers, your fighting over misunderstanding of semantics. On a side not, why is every one is such a bad mood, I know it's hot out, but this is silly. This article is telling people about a sale to save money on Apple computers. It's kinda funny how much anger came from this article.
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Old Jul 20, 2013, 09:00 AM   #29
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Um... I was going to make compromises for the sake of price before this deal.

Screen:
11" on MBA ($799 Refurb) vs. 13" on cMBP ($899 New Best Buy)

Internal Storage:
128 GB Storage on MBA vs. 500 GB HDD
(Would rather have more storage than faster storage... especially when I need a Bootcamp partition for school)

Battery Life:
5 hours (2012 11" MBA) vs. 7 hours (2012 cMBP)

The superdrive is a nice option to have around even though it doesn't get used much.
You're forgetting a major advantage if the cmbp:
Being able to upgrade ram to 16gb and to a ssd in the future for super cheap=priceless.
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Old Jul 20, 2013, 02:53 PM   #30
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You're forgetting a major advantage if the cmbp:
Being able to upgrade ram to 16gb and to a ssd in the future for super cheap=priceless.
That's the first time I've heard the term "super cheap" used to describe an SSD. Do you mean in 10 years?
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Old Jul 20, 2013, 09:05 PM   #31
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You're forgetting a major advantage if the cmbp:
Being able to upgrade ram to 16gb and to a ssd in the future for super cheap=priceless.
Is that stuff user upgradable? I bit the bullet and picked up my cMBP last night and there is no access doors. I am not about to tear this thing apart.
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Old Jul 20, 2013, 09:14 PM   #32
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You need to remove the bottom panel. and that gives you access to the hard drive and RAM. You can see how simple the process is on YouTube.
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Old Jul 21, 2013, 01:31 PM   #33
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Is that stuff user upgradable? I bit the bullet and picked up my cMBP last night and there is no access doors. I am not about to tear this thing apart.
ifixit.com is a great resource as well. I used it to guide me through all my upgrades.
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Old Jul 22, 2013, 12:24 PM   #34
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Macbook Pro 13' 4GB 500 GB HD

From Apple (with edu discount + $100 gift card) for me here in Utah is: $1,060.58

From Best Buy (with edu discount) $961.64

You would pay $100 less.

The exact price will vary but I say Best Buy is a better deal because you could find a place that has $100 giftcards for like $80 and save some money or find a place online that doesn't charge sales tax.
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Old Jul 22, 2013, 12:31 PM   #35
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Not to mention BB has a 60 day return for reward members. I have my son's .edu coupon on my desk, and might grab one tonight.
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Old Jul 22, 2013, 08:28 PM   #36
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will Apple match BB?

My sister would like to become a One-to-One member, which you cannot get unless you buy your Mac at the Apple Store. So has anyone challenged their local Apple Store on matching the BB deal so that they can also buy the One-to-One?
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Old Jul 23, 2013, 02:09 PM   #37
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Even though we just bought a 13" rMBP, I might buy a cMBP tonight at Best Buy. I have my son's .edu coupon ready to go, but just one question remains: do the latest cMBP's have overheating problems? The display model was pretty warm the few times I used it, but it sits there 24/7 getting abused. There doesn't seem to be any clear answer when searching, so any comment that pushes me over the edge is good enough.
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Old Jul 23, 2013, 03:10 PM   #38
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Even though we just bought a 13" rMBP, I might buy a cMBP tonight at Best Buy. I have my son's .edu coupon ready to go, but just one question remains: do the latest cMBP's have overheating problems? The display model was pretty warm the few times I used it, but it sits there 24/7 getting abused. There doesn't seem to be any clear answer when searching, so any comment that pushes me over the edge is good enough.
My cMBP does get warm with heavy use, but it's definitely cooler than the 2011/2010 models thanks to Intel's 22nm Ivy Bridge.

If it was to be my only MBP, I would get a friend's .edu address, get the $100 coupon, get the MBP for $899. Buy a Samsung 840 256gb for $175, 16gb of DDR3 ram for $110, a opti-bay clone for $10. For your $1200 + tax or so, you would kick-butt MBP with 256gb SSD, 500gb HDD in the optical bay, and 16gb of RAM. That would be future proof for some time!
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Old Jul 25, 2013, 12:07 PM   #39
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Not bad...but can't beat the 15". MBP retina I snagged off eBay for $1200 without a scratch and 10 months left on the original warranty!
I've seen a refurbished one on Amazon for $839, it's only a 13.3inch but still a good deal!
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