Bought a refurb macbook pro- few questions

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  1. MacDaddy11 macrumors member

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    Hey this is my first post in this forum

    I have decided to buy a refurb macbook pro 2010-
    (2.4 ghz intel core 2 duo, 4gb ram, nvidia 320m, 250 gb serial ata)

    I just have a couple of questions
    - if you bought a refurb, how did you like it? any problems (cosmetic especially)
    - The new macbook 2010s have a serial ata, the old ones say they have an hdd, what is the difference?
    - Also, i am very ocd about my electronics, like VERY ocd. The smallest cosmetic problems bother me.
    Are the hinges loose? and does anyone with a mbp face any big cosmetic problems? i got the pro over the normal white macbook as i know the plastic scratches uncontrollably

    Thanks:)
    IM getting my macbook between july 22-29
    i hope ill enjoy it...and this forum:)
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    Serial-ATA or S-ATA is the name of an interface for high capacity storage devices and optical drives. HDD is short for Hard Disk Drive and is a mass storage device. Modern HDDs use S-ATA as interface to communicate with the computer. Before S-ATA there was P-ATA (IDE) used for communicating.

    So while S-ATA and HDD are not the same, they are intertwined.



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  3. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    Enjoy. It's one speedy computer. I got mine new however, but you shouldn't see any differences from a new one - at all.
    A serial ATA (or SATA) is a type of interface used to connect a device such as a hard drive. So there is no difference. I think the Macbook Pro's have been using SATA hard drives forever now, while the Macbook Air uses a PATA hard drive. Don't worry about that.

    The cosmetics of the computer varies on each laptop. At least on mine, it's all good, and the screen isn't loose.

    BTW, you'll love the backlight keyboard! :D
     
  4. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    The Serial ATA (SATA) is just the interface for the hard drive (HD or HDD), so there is no difference. I have had no problems with my computer, although it is still possible to scratch the aluminum. Also, the hinge is not loose, and it is not so tight you have to hold the computer down to open it like some HP notebooks.
     
  5. gehrbox macrumors 65816

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    Bought a refurbed MacBook a few years ago. It was perfect. Ata is the interface used to connect the hard drive (HDD) to the logic board.

    The hinges are tight, but will loosen a little with a couple of years frequent use, nothing major though.

    You might want to invest in a decorative skin to keep scratches to a minimum over time. They self stick and easily peel off again if you want to change them. They leave no residue either. Check out Gelaskins.com.
     
  6. MacDaddy11 thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks for the quick reply
    on the side note i posted this thread also in the macbook pro desktop forum by accident
    and have no clue how to delete it :S

    did you say your hinge loosened over time
     
  7. djasterix macrumors 6502a

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    Refurbs macs are great, they usually came in mint condition
     
  8. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    Nope, hinge still works like the day I got it. If you use a case, it will feel a bit looser with the case on, but is back to normal if you take it off.
     
  9. SidBala macrumors 6502a

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    I bought a 17 inch MBP from craigslist!

    Yeah I've got guts!

    Anyway, mine has been working perfectly so far. Absolutely no cosmetic damage when I first bought it. the hinge was slightly misaligned, I took it in for repair when it was 14 months old, and the apple guys still fixed it for free!

    Refurb is basically new, but cheaper. Don't worry over it. SATA is an interface for connecting to your HDD. If you MBP is from 2010, its using SATA for sure. The older interface, PATA is almost completely obsolete now.

    The hinge looseness can be fixed very easily by apple. They will do it for free.
     
  10. MacDaddy11 thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks guys
    i was quite worried as i dont enoy most of my products cause of my damn ocd lol
    so thanks
    hope all goes well

    also
    gehrbox, a skin does seem to be a good idea
    but most cover the apple logo which i wouldnt like
     
  11. elvisidal macrumors member

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    last year I ordered a 2.8 17" MBP from the refurb store and was suprised by a 3.06ghz 7200 HD instead.Perfect cosmetic condition just without the box candy.
    Would have done it again this year but used a student discount instead
     
  12. MacDaddy11 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks guys but i posted this in the macbook pro laptop forum
    i accidentaly posted it here as i am getting the macbook pro laptop not desktop
    how can i delete it :S
     
  13. MacDaddy11 thread starter macrumors member

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    Really? they fix the hinges for free
    i thought to fix the hinges you would need to open the whole laptop
    and it would be a long process
     
  14. Eric-PTEK macrumors 6502

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    I assume from your specs your buying a 13.

    I'd personally have no problem getting a refurb'd unit but you can get it brand new cheaper at MicroCenter for $999.

    I believe those MB Pro's are 1049 from Apple refurbed, or 999 brand new in a box from MC.

    Here is a link http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0334909

    Says they are out of stock because its in store only. The store in Madison Heights MI has 93 in stock when I bought mine a few days ago.
     
  15. MacDaddy11 thread starter macrumors member

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    actually it was 1099..and with tax it came up to 1248
    but i live in canada that is why
    yeah lol there is no way i could have went to there store
    and yes it is 13 inch
     
  16. Mac-key macrumors 6502a

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    I got mine refurbed about a year ago - showed up in flawless condition and has worked like a champ every since. When I do decide to upgrade, I'll do it through the refurb store again
     
  17. Identity Fraud macrumors 6502

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    The 2010 MBP I got from the refurbished store is amazing. I'd never know it was a refurbished machine. I almost didnt do it since I got burnt on a bad HP laptop last year from ubid.com but I chaulked it up to just being a poor model and not the fact it was refurbished.
     
  18. MacDaddy11 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thats great! Sounds like everyone with a refurb has had a great experience
     
  19. iphone1105 macrumors 68020

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    Apple refurbs, purchased from Apples refurb site are always in tip top shape and just awesome products, the only company I buy refurbed stuff from just because I've never had a refurb unit break down from Apple ever, and thats about 2 Macbooks and 2 iPod Classics and 1 iPod Touch
     
  20. djasterix macrumors 6502a

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    Mac refurbs are great, sometimes better than new as you can be surprised with more ram or a better HDD. And most important they came with the same 1-year warranty and you can buy applecare for them...
     
  21. Mac7 macrumors 6502a

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    I would definitely buy refurb if not for the BTS or Microcenter deals-
     
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    I was going to wait for a refurb 15" i5, but got this great deal from MacMall, so I bought a brand new...
     
  23. mms13 macrumors 6502

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    I bought a refurbished Macbook Pro 13' about 2 weeks ago and it arrived in brand new mint condition. There is no way to distinguish between a refurb and a new one. I couldn't be happier with my purchase (saved me $300!)
     
  24. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

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    if you bought a refurb, how did you like it?

    My iMac is a refurb and it looked brand new!!!
     
  25. ScubaCinci macrumors 65816

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    Refurbed models from Apple are usually better than "new". The reason is that new models go through the normal manufacturing and quality control process. Not every single unit receives every single quality test to the fullest extent. It's just not feasible and cost-effective due to the volume or parts manufactured. Refurbed models have to pass the most rigorous quality inspections available. I just purchased my second refurbed MBP (the first is going with my son to college) and I have also purchased a refurbed Canon 50D DSLR for the same reasons above.
     

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