2010 13" MBP or prev. Gen Refurb 15" MBP

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  1. txnoob macrumors 6502

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    I'm ready to order my MBP, but I've caught a snag between these two.

    The Refurb is as below for 1299.99, vs. stock 13" currently for sale at 1099 after education discount.

    15.4-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
    2.4Ghz C2D
    2GB memory
    250GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Built-in iSight camera
    Illuminated keyboard
    nVidia 9400 + 9600GT

    I'm losing 2GB of ram so aftermarket that's about $100.

    1099 vs. 1399 for bigger screen and slightly better graphics. How would you play this out?
     
  2. _bnkr612 macrumors 6502a

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    Comes down to convenience/portability and if you need/have money left over to buy things like an external hard drive, more ram, etc.

    15" always feels better, but I am a designer and I need more screen real estate when on the road.

    JP
     
  3. elpmas macrumors 68000

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    I'd go with the 13" :D
    I think the only real difference is the screen size...I would get the 13" and buy a SSD ^_^
     
  4. Dr. Scientist macrumors member

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    I was planning on getting the 15" refurb you're talking about, but I called Apple and they said it only had the 5-hour battery. Not sure if that kills the deal for you, though.
     
  5. SonicBoom1981 macrumors regular

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    Oh dear, I thought refurbs would come with new batteries!!!
     
  6. Dr. Scientist macrumors member

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    You can call again to make sure, dude. But if it really does come with a 7-hour battery, get it QUICK. I was following the $1349 model a couple days ago and they sold out and just came back. They might go again for a while.

    Please update us if the battery turns out to be 7-hours.
     
  7. SonicBoom1981 macrumors regular

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    I'm not the OP, and I'm not after a refurb. I'm about to order a 15" i5 matte one.

    I don't know why, I just assumed that every refurb would come with a new battery as standard, or at least one that's tested and still lasts the equivalent of a new one.
     
  8. txnoob thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Screen is honestly the biggest hinge, but at $300 I'm not sure. I'll have to go instore again and compare actual resolution. I have a 15.4 Win7 machine, and the resolution is hardly bearable at 1366x768. The 13" MBP displays 1200x800, but since it's smaller, I believe that's actually better resolution than my current setup.
     
  9. Dr. Scientist macrumors member

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    My bad. Congrats on your potential order.

    Ah, sorry. The refurbs all come with new parts, I just mean that some of the refurbs come with the last generation 7-hour batteries, and that the MBP that the OP is looking at is two generations old, and thus has the 5-hour battery. The battery itself would be 'new', but has an outdated capacity.
     
  10. SonicBoom1981 macrumors regular

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    I didn't realise the battery life on that one was as low as that.

    Yeah, I can't wait for my new laptop. I've never had one before, and always had an iMac (2001 and 2005) so due for a new computer! My parents have a recent iMac and a recent MBP, and I'm always wanting to use the MPB when I come up and visit. I'm typing on the iMac now, but it's just not as appealing as the MBP!! :)
     
  11. runebinder macrumors 6502a

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    If you're not fussed with the smaller screen go for the 13". The 13" is 2 generation ahead, better battery, can upgrade the RAM in the future to 8GB which you can't do with the late 2008 15" and better battery life.

    I had a refurb 2.4GHz 15" and the best I ever got out of the battery was about 3 hours. Also the 320M is supposed to be a decent IGP, so less of a gulf between it and the 9600M, compared to the 9400 and 9600.
     
  12. txnoob thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Is it true that the regular Macbook current gen. unnoficially supports 8GB of Ram?
     
  13. js81 macrumors 65816

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    That refurb 15" MBP is the 2008 model with the removable battery. No comparison, get the new 13". I love mine. The 320M video card is TREMENDOUSLY better than the old 9400M, and yes, 10 hours of battery life is possible (though about 8 is more realistic, IMHO).

    And to answer your other question, yes the current MB with unofficially support 8GB.
     
  14. txnoob thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Now the proud owner of a 13" MBP. Thanks to all who made me aware of the generational differences in the refurb. I'm quite happy with this sexy machine.
     

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