#$350 off Macbook's at Best Buy

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  1. udflyer macrumors 6502

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    $949 for base model (usually $1299)

    $1249 for 512 m5 model (usuall $1599)

    Sooooo tempting.

    I realize we are probably weeks away from a replacement.....
     
  2. dannyar macrumors 6502

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  3. bill-p macrumors 68000

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    We're most likely either:

    1. Weeks away from a "small" upgrade (think <5% in performance and no improvement anywhere else).

    2. Months away from a "reasonable" upgrade (adding new features and potentially >10% performance improvements).

    So in both cases, it makes sense to just buy a MacBook now if you have always wanted/needed one.
     
  4. Dunbar macrumors 6502a

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    On r/apple (reddit) they are saying you can get an extra $100 off by adding Apple Care. If you cancel Apple Care you get your $250 back but still save an additional $100.
     
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  6. 3dflyboy1 macrumors 6502

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    Reddit thread said you don't have to be a student. Even so, an open box with tax is cheaper than the shenanigans for the applecare refund.
     
  7. psymac macrumors 6502

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    At these prices, I'd guess we are a week or less away from updates, and venture at least 10% improvement overall, maybe more graphics wise, and new updated keyboard.
     
  8. dannyar macrumors 6502

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    so marginal updates at best. not worth the 350$ premium.
     
  9. tim0409 macrumors regular

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    Just ordered one for collection next week when I fly from Scotland to the US - great timing! I bought my last 2015 MacBook in a previous BB sale for $999 and will get a decent return on it when I sell it before I head.
     
  10. bill-p macrumors 68000

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    Nope.

    The new Core M chips have already appeared in other Windows laptops and been benchmarked already.

    The main change this generation is basically moving from m5/m7 to i5/i7. All numbers point to <5% improvement across the board because Intel didn't even bother.

    We're not getting Thunderbolt 3 or anything else fanciful either.

    At most, the base model (m3) may get almost 10% improvement since the m3 model of this generation got a boost to be more comparable to m5 of last generation, but that's still no reason to pay $350 premium for it, especially since $350 premium for this generation can afford you twice the storage and the m5 model already.
     
  11. scrumpyjack macrumors member

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    Very good deal if you don't care about having everything bang up to date. I'm more excited to see what's coming next.
     
  12. ARK, Apr 22, 2017
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    Has anyone looked on the site to see store availability? Only 1 m5 512GB silver in my local area for Indianapolis. That may indicate new stock is coming sooner than later right?
     
  13. cobracnvt macrumors member

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    It is really tempting, but I personally would rather get a non-touchbar MacBook pro 13 over a MacBook. They have been on sale in the recent past for $1250.
     
  14. ARK macrumors 6502

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    But isn't that only 256GB?
     
  15. Billburns macrumors 6502

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    Just bought a MacBook Air off eBay...

    Used it for less than a day and warranty doesn't expire til 4/19/2018

    Kinda wanna get this strictly for Retina display how the hell am I gonna get rid of the air now
     
  16. - rob - macrumors regular

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    Are Best Buy discounts the bell weather for updates? Any other retailers?

    Seems like tb mbp going to refurbished and other online discounts says that is also getting an update but further out?
     
  17. Dunbar macrumors 6502a

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    Not necessarily. Best Buy had some big discounts on the 2015 rMB during the holidays 2015. It's more likely that the rMB is about to be updated because it has been exactly one year since the last update. The BB discount is one more reason that an update is likely very soon. What I've heard is that Best Buy has become Apple's defacto "outlet store" where they can sell stuff at a discount without lowering prices online or in their stores.
     
  18. psymac macrumors 6502

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    Back on Sale, but only $300 off rather than $350 as before.
     
  19. gc15 macrumors regular

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    Can you still do the Apple care trick as stated before or is it just 300 dollars off?
    What version would be the best purchase for somebody looking for a portable laptop?

    I have a gaming pc so that can handle anything heavy, and I don't see a point to buy an iPad Pro with keyboard when it costs almost as much as a entry level MacBook.

    I'm finishing grad school and may wanna purchase a little gift for myself and since I have been without a laptop for a year, current 2011 MacBook Pro got water damage, and I figure I might want a portable device for reading pdfs, browsing web, and travel.
     
  20. psymac macrumors 6502

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    The 1.2ghz 512GB SSD version is the best for the money, see Anandtech's review. However, they are going for about $1000 used on Ebay, many with warranty. Also, B&H Photo through another fan site, Apple Insider, will offer deals of $350 off.
     
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  22. psymac macrumors 6502

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    Yes, especially open box.
     
  23. GoldfishRT macrumors 6502

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    So I'm thinking of pulling the trigger tomorrow on that M3 model and I don't really want to open a new thread. Any current owners that can speak to how Counter Strike GO runs on the M3? I don't game much but that is something I'd like to know about...

    I don't need the 512GB and would much rather save the $300 if I could.
     
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    neoelectronaut macrumors 68030

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    Went back and forth during the last hour of the sale trying to decide if I wanted to pick up the 512GB Rose Gold model for the wife but decided on passing. I figure at this point I may as well wait for a 2017 refresh. Adorama was only about $30 more due to them not charging tax so worse case scenario I'll pick up the 2017 model from them when it drops and I'll only be out $30 more.

    Edit: Just noticing that the sale was originally $350 off in April. Probably would have scooped one up without a second guess at that price, so I guess I'm kinda glad I missed out on that one.

    Edit 2: What's the best way to keep track of sales so I don't miss out on the next one?
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    http://www.frys.com/product/8814642?source=google&gclid=CMOAr-zF1dMCFZGHaQodTHAGWA

    Fry's seems to have the 512GB model at $1249 with no tax in my state and free shipping. That seems almost too good to be true...I feel like there's a catch here.
     
  25. psymac macrumors 6502

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    No catch, they've had that sale before, so has Best Buy and B&H Photo. Looks like stock clearance for making way for 2017 model, seems however now a June WWDC release.
     

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