buying help macbook pro?

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  1. drummer1, May 13, 2013
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    Well sold my 27 imac and I do the basics and some lite editing. But want to buy 13" or 15" macbook pro retina been looking on refurb apple and cl, ebay found some good deals. Any input or recommdations would be great thanks
     
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    Whatever you can afford. If you can afford the 15", get that.
     
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    What major difference between two besides screen size?
    Also are any 13 retina quad core?
     
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    15" has quad core and discrete GPU. which helps in video editing. No 13" quad cores.
     
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    Hmm well guess ill keep a watch out for good deal guess either or be good.
     
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    Anybody know any good deals on rmbp 15" besides cl or ebay?
     
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    I've always been wary of eBay for something this expensive but CL might serve you well. I would make an appointment to meet the seller at the Genius Bar with the sale contingent on a clean bill of health on the machine. Even if the GB charges you to check it over, it would be worth it in my book.

    In addition to the cosmetic appearance of the laptop, if the seller has all the manuals, packaging and cables, it's an indication that the machine has been gently used. Another big plus is remaining Applecare.
     
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    15" Retina all the way. Pick up a refurbished unit with 16GB of ram. Just get the ram now because you cannot upgrade it later.

    Does it absolutely have to be a Retina? You can pick up a 15" Classic with the 1GB video card and upgrade the ram yourself and be at around the same price as an upgraded 13" Retina. To make it lighter, you could rip out the optical drive and replace the disk drive with a solid state.
     
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    Im watching ebay for deals. Also figured be cheaper to get rmbp vs not cause it already has ssd.
     
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    The 8GB or the 16GB? Because remember you cannot upgrade the ram in a Retina. And even if you're doing light editing, you're going to want the ram for future proof's sake. 2013 is the year of the 8GB standard and when you sell the machine, no one's going to want to be stuck with 8GB when people are mostly using 16GB machines.
     
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    Given that fleBay is extremely biased toward buyers, you would have more protection buying from them than even CL.
     
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    Ok I dont really need retina just figured buy it with what I want and already has ssd. But cheaper to buy a 2011 15 mbp then had ram and ssd.
     
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    Found this what do you think for $1000? Also any video or problems with these 2011 mbp 15"?
    Late 2011md322ll/a MBP under factory Apple warranty until 6/13/2013 and can be upgraded to AppleCare until then.

    Specs:
    CPU: I7-2760QM (2.4GHz Quad Core)
    GPU: AMD 6770M 1GB
    RAM: 16GB Corsair (Factory 4GB kit included)
    HDD: 750GB
    Screen resolution: 1440X900
     
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    That's very, very similar to one I just sold on here. Pretty much identical, including the price.

    It's a good deal.
     

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