Is a refurbished 2010 MacBook Pro still a good buy?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Aaron from KY, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

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    Pretty much what the topic said. Small Dog electronics company in New England has several models of 2010 MacBook Pro in stock. There's a 17" at $1349, a 15" at $1399, and two more 17" at $1449 and $1499. They're Apple refurbished units with warranty. Except for the cheapest one they're all BTO upgraded models with the anti-glare and CPU upgrades.

    Are these decent values or should I keep watching apple.com for 2011s? I mostly do Internet research, play Diablo 3 and iPhoto stuff.
    Any opinions appreciated thank you!
     
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    Those are fair prices. And really, you won't hate those machines, but in terms of how much money you put in by buying them, you're getting a comparable bang for buck as you would from a non-retina 13" MacBook Pro of current, which also costs a comparable amount.
     
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    That's kinda what I was thinking. I'm probably going to upgrade whatever I buy to 8GB RAM and a SSD, so it would probably be comparable to the retina by then.
     
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    those prices are very expensive for 2010 models...

    if you look on ebay and find a reputable seller and win one at auction that still has applecare you can find way better deal.....
     
  5. Aaron from KY, Nov 9, 2012
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    Are they really that expensive for Apple refurbished models with the 1 year warranty? Plus searching for the part numbers on Apple's own site reveal they're about $30 more than Apple last had them listed for a month or 2 ago, I mean a used one with Applecare may be less expensive, but these aren't used and shouldn't have any wear and tear. Plus they geekbench close to the new 13in models but have a higher resolution, larger screen.
     
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    Tanto

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    It comes down to the price, IMO.

    I have a 2010 MBP as well and with the SSD upgrade I'm running Starcraft 2 no problem on Medium graphics and everything else is a breeze. I was considering getting a new laptop before I decided to breathe new life into my existing one - and it was worth it.
     
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    Wound up buying a refurbished 2010 i7 15" from Newegg for $1199, plus 8GB of RAM for $38. Got a 256GB Samsung 830 SSD from B&H for $169.95. NOthing has arrived yet due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, but I expect it to knock my socks off and last a few years at least.:):apple:
     

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