$500 discount for late-2013 rMBP 15 2.3GHz a good deal?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by johngwheeler, Nov 19, 2014.

  1. johngwheeler macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    I've just seen a refurb late-2013 rMBP 15-inch (16GB, 2.3GHz, 512GB SSD) on the Australian Apple store for A$500 less than the equivalent mid-2014 model.

    Does this sound like a good deal? The current 2.5GHz model costs A$2,999 (inc tax) here, and the entry level model is A$2,499, so for the same price as the entry model, I can get last year's high-end model.

    From what I've read, the *only* significant difference is the CPU in the 2014 models, is 200MHz faster, but the 2013 2.3GHz Haswell is still slightly faster than the 2014 2.2GHz Haswell.

    So for the same money I get 512GB SSD and the dGPU.

    This sounds good to me - have I missed anything?
     
  2. sebseb macrumors 6502

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    Refurbs are always a good deal, since usually 300-400$ are taken off the price of a machine which you can't tell if it's new or used. The only clue you will have that it is refurb is the box!

    So yes I think it's a good deal and you think it will serve your needs, then you should buy it before someone else does!
     
  3. MacInTO macrumors 65816

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    Yes, this is a good deal.

    The 2014 is only a processor bump over 2013. I read it was like 4% faster! lol

    You haven't missed a thing!
     
  4. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    Extremely good deal. Go for it!
     
  5. johngwheeler thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Bought it!

    Done!

    Although emotionally I wanted a "brand new" rMBP model, the economics of saving $500 for almost the same computer won out. I hadn't planned on getting the dGPU because I don't need it, but did want the 512GB SSD, for which I would have paid an extra $300 on the base model, without the dGPU, so it didn't make sense not to just get what was on offer.

    Looking forward to joining the "retina club".

    Anyone know whether the refurbs would have Yosemite installed? Not a big deal either way. I was thinking of waiting for the next patch before using on my main work machine in any case - the reported wi-fi issues concern me.
     

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