13 inch Macbook Pro 2.53 for $1000 or wait

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by dubels, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. dubels macrumors 6502

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    I am currently deciding if I really need to upgrade to the new Macbook Pro or not. My current computer is a Core Duo 2.0 ghz Macbook with 2gb of ram. The most intensive program that I use is Photoshop, so I am not too sure if I really need to spend the money right now because my current MB isn't exactly slow but it still is starting to show its age. Currently I am visiting family in Canada and was offered a open box Macbook Pro 2.53 for $1000, and I am really considering it.

    Why I am considering the upgrade:
    Current Macbook Problems:
    *Bluetooth problems where the bluetooth all the sudden becomes unavailable
    *It is about time for a new MB battery even though it is at 94% health the battery only last 2.5 hours (Has 420 Cycles)
    *When shutting down the computer it does not shut down but rather it restarts, the only way I can shut it down is by pulling the battery before it hits the restart cycle
    *Screen flickering has disappeared about a year ago but it might come back
    *White keyboard is impossible to clean (I have a black MB keyboard I have yet to install)
    *Run's hot when running streaming video from the internet
    *No longer covered under apple care, and I am looking to apply to law school for next year so a new computer covered under apple care would be nice.
    *Cannot even get 4gb of ram, maxed out at 2gb of ram really does suck
    Superficial reasons:
    *The new MBP to me looks so nice
    *I do want a LED screen but I have been hearing problems with glare and reflections

    Why I am holding back:
    *Do I really need a new macbook to surf the web, organizing & editing photos, write papers?
    *How much can I realistically get for a Rev A. Core Duo Macbook?
    *A new OEM battery is only $70 on ebay
    *Currently out of the country (in Canada) and traveling with two laptops will be troublesome (Still have to travel to NYC for a wedding before returning to SF, Cali)
    *The SD slot is nice but is carrying a USB reader that hard while traveling?
    *I still have the black keyboard I can install on my current macbook
    *I have a 500gb hdd in my current macbook that I need to transfer to the new MBP if I do get it.

    If there is anything that I have overlooked that the new MBP offers or even if you have any general comments please post it up. Thanks.
     
  2. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    $1000 for an open box 2.53 is a heck of a deal.

    But if you can coax a little more use out of your current system, try to keep your current system and wait. God knows new processors will probably be out in a year, and new features.
     
  3. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Open box? Is it from a retailer?

    I would proceed with caution.
     
  4. dubels thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The person got it the day I got to Toronto, Sept. 8th. I went with them to get it but they are finding the switch to OSX a little hard so they went out and bought a brand new Windows machine. The person knows I want one and is holding on to it instead of returning it, and is also offering me this deal. I think offering me around 40% off instead of paying the 15% restocking fee is a very generous offer. So I doubt there is much wrong with the machine besides the person not wanting to switch over to OSX.

    Thanks for the responses Cylde2801, and alphaod.
     
  5. boston44 macrumors 6502

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    It's a great deal, if you can, buy it. I paid more than that for my 2.26 even after the free iPod, and I love the machine.. I only write papers, surf the web, and check email with mine but it's still my favorite computer to date, having tried Dell, Gateway, and HP.
     
  6. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    As you feel you can trust the seller, it sounds like an excellent deal. It seems as though you need one now, or will need a change in the fairly near future, so go for it, and make sure you get full enjoyment out of it. Above all, don't torture yourself with thoughts of upgrades; that's life, they happen and that's technology. Instead, enjoy what you have - hopefully, will have - for it is an excellent computer.

    Cheers and good luck
     

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