15" cMBP (non-retina) Refurb with *glossy* 1680x1050 display?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by inaka, Nov 20, 2013.

  1. inaka macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2010
    Hey all, since Apple discontinued 15" cMBP, I'm looking to the Apple Store to get a refurbished model.

    I checked out refurb.me to setup an alert, but for the life of me, I can't find the model I'm looking for from the refurb.me listings, even if it's out of stock.

    I wanted to purchase the 15" cMBP with the "high-res" glossy 1680x1050 display, but all I can see is the antiglare 1680x1050 display listed to setup an alert. I know this is no longer available new, but usually refurb.me will still have the listing option displayed where you can get an alert. (They have the 17" cMBP listing there too which has been long gone, etc.)

    I have an Apple gift card, so I'd like to use the Apple Refurb store as opposed to eBay, but I can't even setup the alert. Yikes.

    Any help, or am I missing something? Thanks.
  2. Cooks919 macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2013
    I have been checking the refurb store periodically over the last 6 months and I have never seen a refurb hi-res glossy on there. Not sure why, maybe they just don't get returned very often.
  3. inaka thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2010
    Thanks man, good to know.
  4. NewishMacGuy macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2007
    That's the one I'd prefer, but I don't think they were as widely specced as the anti-glare hi-res. In my search for a 2011 uMBP-15 last year, I only saw one and it was ludicrously priced.

    Good luck. Put a 500GB SSD in there an 16GB Ram and you'll have a killer machine for a relatively small amount of scrip.

  5. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

    Mar 4, 2013
    The high-res glossy screen is very tough to fine. I've only seen a handful on eBay over the years and maybe one or two on Apple's refurb store. That's going to be a tall order.
  6. inaka thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2010
    Gotcha. Thanks for the feedback.
    I'll likely have to go with another option. Cheers.
  7. inaka thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2010
    Based on the feedback from this thread, I figured the 15" cMBP (non-retina) Refurb with *glossy* 1680x1050 display was a lost cause via the Apple Refurbished store.

    Just to note for anyone looking, I was able to find this exact config NEW for sale from J&R here:

    (But I had a big Apple Gift card I was using for this purchase, so I had to go with Apple.com)

    So I ended up pulling the trigger on a refurbished base model 15" 2.3GHz i7 cMBP for $1500. Then ordered a 16Gb RAM kit from Crucial, the SSD bracket from OWC for $35, and a Samsung 256GB 840 Pro SSD.

    This machine should last me for years and years since I can upgrade it myself for the most part. Looking forward to it, and thanks for the input in this thread. Much appreciated.
  8. NewishMacGuy macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2007
    Oooh, that's nice. Tempted to buy it instead of a Retina, slap my upgrades in it and resell this Sandy bridge with the replaced parts from that one. If it were $1500, I probably would go that route, but $1800 is steep.


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