Outdated 2009 MacBook Pro or 2013 IdeaPad Y500 Gaming laptop

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Uchenna, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    hello and thanks for looking,

    alright so i'm going away to university and i'm expected to find a decent spec'd laptop by the end of August for my graphic design course, the course is 3/4 years and my personal budget is £600/$1,000 so i've spent all day researching on possible laptops but i'm stuck between a used MacBook Pro 2009 modal in perfect condition and a new 2013 IdeaPad Y500 with an i7 processor (compared to the MacBook's Intel Core 2 Duo processor)

    the MacBook Pro is £496, while the IdeaPad Y500 is £550.

    i care about the look and feel of a laptop very much which is why i am considering a 2009 MacBook Pro over the IdeaPad Y500 even though it is also a beautiful looking machine but I think it's safe to say that MacBook Pro's have something about them that other PC's just don't quite have, it's a 'cooler' machine in a way and a more desirable machine - maybe it's the OS, maybe it's the prestige look and feel but i just can't seem to make up my mind!!

    so my question is am i being ridiculous even considering an outdated MacBook Pro with outdated specs or is there a hidden feature that makes Macbook a must-have for more artier/creative people (silly i know) - in other words, why should i choose the MacBook Pro over the IdeaPad Y500 if at all?

    thanks again,
    Uchenna



    IdeaPad Y500 Specs:
    Processor Type Intel Core i7
    Processor Speed 2.4 GHz
    Processor Count 4
    RAM Size 8 GB
    Hard Drive Size 1 TB
    Gfx: Nvidia GeForce GT650
    Operating System Windows 8
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    Does the school have any requirements/minimums to consider? They might if you have to install specific software for the class.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    hello, the school doesn't have any requirements but i imagine i'd have to be able to run Photoshop and After Effects with some ease
     
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    woeiskevin

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    Have you checked what Apple has refurbished? They may have a newer model MacBook Pro around your budget
     
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    keysofanxiety

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    Hi Uchenna,

    If you're going off to University it might be worth checking out Apple's education pricing. Typically for higher education, they come with a free 3-year warranty and you get 20% off if you order online.

    If you're in the UK I'll be more than happy to assist you with direct URLs. 20% really is a hefty saving and I'm hoping it should help you find a Mac closer to your budget.

    Please let me know if I can be of any assistance.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks keysofanxiety, very much appreciated. i knew nothing about Apple's education discount store but the prices are still out of my budget, even with the generous 20% saving there cheapest laptop is still £800 for a 13".

    on the upside, i was able to find an immaculate condition 2010 i5 Macbook Pro for £540 on eBay. it has 4GB RAM but i plan to upgrade the ram to 8GB for a further £40, hopefully this will do for University!

    thanks,
    Uchenna
     
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    Santabean2000

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    Whatever you do, don't buy a 2009 MBP. Old tech. Not worth it just 'for the look'.
     

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