A little disappointed I didn't buy a MBP, but will I be alright?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Ryuukumori, Jul 14, 2009.

  1. Ryuukumori macrumors 6502

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    So as a college student now, a notebook is inevitable. I had limited funds as a grad present and had to go with an HP dv3t 13" notebook. Now looking back, I enjoy using this notebook, but I wish I could have gone with a MBP. I wanted similar specs with this notebook (2.4 ghz, 4 GB RAM, a 500 GB Hard Drive, and a dedicated video card). Just the MBP was priced $400 higher than this. Even that I'm not getting close to these specs. But thinking now, I don't really care. I just wanted to try OSX and feel the new difference in a computer, and look past the price point.

    Now that I'm stuck with a PC for I don't know how long, how long should I wait to upgrade? I will buy a MacBook Pro sometime in the future, but I don't want to make a bad choice and upgrade too early. What should I do? Do typical college students with PCs end up replacing them more often than Mac users? I just wished I got a MacBook Pro instead of this HP, but this notebook isn't all that bad. OSX would be awesome to get used to...
     
  2. jmann macrumors 604

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    I have an idea. Sell the PC for a high price on craigslist, and then buy the MBP. :)
     
  3. Ryuukumori thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It's been used since June 22, 2009. How much can I get outta it?
     
  4. boshii macrumors 68040

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  5. HLdan macrumors 603

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    You could always return your HP or sell it and buy a refurb Macbook Pro from Apple's online store. You can get great savings with a refurb.
     
  6. upinflames900 macrumors 6502a

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    You mean you disagree with those Windows Shopping Ads lol...Glad to hear someone who uses PC want to go after a mac. Too bad you didn't decide to go with MBP earlier, but dont worry you will have another chance.
     
  7. Ryuukumori thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I don't think I can return it for a refund, it's been beyond 21 days (which is still more than Apple... haha). I asked that in a previous thread.

    As far as refurbs, my family is always pro-new. I wouldn't mind a refurb, though. I'll consider it. But I like the iPod, edu discount idea, and I'd be able to justify more of a price for new.
     
  8. Ryuukumori thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yep, I disagree with the ads, purely because they go out and buy from retail stores! I hate buying computers from retail stores, period. lol Gotta go online FTW! Plus those people are biased.
     
  9. jmann macrumors 604

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    That computer is still new! Sell it for as much as you can convince people to buy it for. Put an ad on craigslist with a high price, and see if anyone bites. If not lower the price, and so on... :)
     
  10. Ryuukumori thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Haha, how about $1300? So I'd make $200 more.
     
  11. poematik14 macrumors member

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    Yes, Yes, Yes. I ordered my first mac today, a 15" late 08 MBP unibody 2.4 refurb for 1400.

    Im so pumped for it to come in the mail
     
  12. oregon2 macrumors regular

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    Sounds like you really want a Mac, but have made yourself happy with the PC. Good idea.

    As for getting a Mac in the future, I wouldn't even plan on it. You have bought a computer, so now plan on using it. It should last you quite a long time, and will serve all your needs. A computer is not even a necessity in college, let alone a high end laptop. When you have the money, get one, by all means, but do not get stuck idolizing a Mac. It looks cool and has a few "convenient" features, but there is no significant advantage (but there are disadvantages).
     
  13. oregon2 macrumors regular

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    Seriously??? Every one, EVERY single one of my friends, wants a Mac as their college laptop, but many of them will not get it. The reason: money.

    I'm pretty sure this is the case 90% of the time. Mac's are definitely more desirable, but it is undeniable that you pay a major premium and it is not worth it for most.
     
  14. Ryuukumori thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That makes sense. I'm not jumping the gun at all this week about thinking of putting a price yet on Craigslist, or calling HP for the matter. I still love Windows, for its comfortable feel I have gotten used to. HP has been reliable for me too. OSX would just be something new to try.

    When I have my own career, this is what I plan:
    Notebook- Mac
    Desktop- Custom Build PC

    Easy as that. :)
     
  15. upinflames900 macrumors 6502a

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    Jeez...way to ruin his hopes. Just because you evidently like PCs doesn't mean everyone does.
     
  16. Ryuukumori thread starter macrumors 6502

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    True THAT! It's what I felt, 100% of it.
     
  17. Ryuukumori thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I like both... haha

    Opinions from the entire spectrum are welcome, at least in my eyes... :D
     
  18. upinflames900 macrumors 6502a

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    Are you like trying to evoke negative reactions by throwing in there that macs are not worth it in every comment? They call that a joke, meant for laughing not criticism. I'm not making a profound statement that macs are almighty.
     
  19. Ryuukumori thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have to say though to comment on your comment here, that you both are right. Criticism is harsh, but can always be constructive. It's what I see for the matter.

    Secondly, on the other's opinion of 90% his friends can't afford Macs because of price, it's realistically correct. You pay a premium. I agree, it's what I did.
     
  20. oregon2 macrumors regular

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    Yeah, I've always loved my custom build PC for many reasons, but my brother has been working at the Apple Store for a few years (salesman), and of course he convinced my parents that they should get me a Mac for college. I'm definitely one of the lucky few in that I got what I wanted without having to even consider whether or not it was worth it.

    @upinflames: I wasn't trying to say Mac's are not worth it, I was trying to point out that they are more expensive, and for many (not all), the additional expense cannot be justified. My close friend really wanted a Mac, but he is probably going to go with a comparable PC laptop for a few hundred cheaper (than the refurb models). He is not even poor. His parents have put up $1000 for a college laptop, and he wants a machine at least comparable to a 15" MBP. He could very easily put up the $349 and get the refurb, and he does have the money, but he simply wants to spend that money on other things.
     
  21. Ryuukumori thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, the convincing side is a good strategy. I'm more unlucky cause I have a bro going to college too, and he chose HP, so I had to measure up to him... Oh well, maybe with some independence later, I'll get my own pick. :)
     
  22. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    I think a lot of people have buyers remorse. When I got my Mac Mini, I loved it. After reading these forums, I kept thinking to myself, "Why didn't I get the 2.26GHz Mac Mini," "Why didn't I just get an iMac," and "Why didn't I get a Macbook Pro." Reading the Macrumors forums made feel like I had a slow computer because of many people purchasing faster computers than me. I actually almost returned my Mac Mini but I kept it. Now I still love my Mac Mini and I will never sell it. I'm just happy I got a computer.

    Its up to you if you want to sell your HP. If you absolutely want the Macbook Pro, then by no means get it.
     
  23. oregon2 macrumors regular

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    Yeah, reading forums about people buying stuff all the time acn really make you want to buy more also. It's not really a good thing since most of this stuff is completely non-necessity luxury items. I definitely had the urges to upgrade my PC all the time when I used to post alot on another computer forum, but I fought it and only upgraded one small part :)
     
  24. Ryuukumori thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I've decided to keep my HP until it begins to bog down, then I'm not hesitating whatsoever and getting a Mac notebook! I hope by then USB 3.0 will be common, since that is something I think many people are looking forward to. Plus, SSD drives will become much more cost-effective, and quite possibly standard in the notebook lines 2 years down the road.

    As a self-assuring thought, having a PC for the first few years is a smart move. I can really test how this thing can handle the elements of everyday use in a busy environment. It's like getting driving experience with a cheap car from Craigslist, then with more time behind the wheel, buying a newer car can be safer.
     
  25. tempusfugit macrumors 65816

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    I got a notebook pc back when I started college, and was happy and served well by it. However, I knew about half way through college that I wanted to switch to mac. Wasn't really a big deal, bought one after I graduated and I'm happy.

    get used to seeing tons of people on campus with macs though.
     

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