Buying a MBP today - help me decide

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by VeraStrange, Jun 13, 2013.

  1. VeraStrange macrumors newbie

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    Looking to replace my 2008 MBP. It's barely holding on and I plan to buy today before it goes *poof* on me. I'm not a huge technical person; specs and such are meaningless to me. I tend to hold onto computers for 4 years.

    My usage:
    • I typically work remotely from home where my computer is almost always at my desk & plugged into a monitor.
    • Standard business usage with occasional bursts of graphics (Usually Fireworks. RIP. Damn you Adobe.)
    • I watch a lot of video. I occasionally edit video, but not enough to make it a significant part of the decision process. The power to do so easily would be nice, though.
    • Some gaming. If I cared more about this I'd get a gaming rig and not a mac.
    • I'm one of those annoying people that never closes anything. It is not unusual to see several day old windows running, including a couple different browser windows each with a bunch of tabs. (though I'm slowly getting better about the browser thing)
    I've mostly decided on an rMBP because I want a 15 inch screen. Plus the retina screen is sexy & I work in a field where impressions can mean more than intelligence & talent. I'm a bit worried because I tend to use an external monitor in a dual monitor setup and this seems to have caused problems for some - is it really an issue or more of an occasional thing/fluke? Should I be safe and go with a cMBP? I haven't even looked at the inside of my MBP in the 5 years I've had it, so the upgradability of it is not a selling point for me. But if it works better with an external monitor, that is the way I'll go: the daily work on a dual screen setup is far more important to me than the occasional impressionable client visit.

    Budget: I'd like to stick around $2000 or, of course, less.

    Here's what I'm looking at (all 15in rMBP):

    B&H:
    2.4GHz
    8GB
    256GB Flash Storage
    $1999 no tax = $1999

    Refurb:
    2.3GHz - Originally released June 2012
    8GB
    256GB Flash Storage
    $1599 + tax = $1711

    2.6GHz - Originally released June 2012
    16GB
    256GB Flash Storage
    $1949 + tax = $2086


    So, it comes down to this...

    New vs Refurb: I'm not afraid of refurbs (especially from Apple) but was the upgrade in February significant? Did this stop some of the lag/screen issues? If so, then I'll get the new 2.4.

    8GB vs 16GB RAM: 8 seems more than enough right now (heck, I'm used to 2GB). But the 16GB comes on a 2.6GHz machine. I can't imagine that I'd regularly notice that difference now, but in 4 years?

    If newer is not better and 16GB/2.6 isn't worth it, even in the long run, than I can save almost $300 and get the 2.3. Thoughts?
     
  2. iPlodder macrumors member

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    Save the $300 and go for this one :-

    Compared to your existing MBP it'll fly. The flash storage is such a performance increase on it's own over the old spinney hard drive, let alone the other performance bumps in the CPU and the extra memory (I'm assuming your current MBP has 2/4GB), so it should last you another 5 years.
     
  3. VeraStrange thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks!

    Any thoughts on the screen issues & lag? Am I just making myself paranoid by reading all the threads around here?
     
  4. iPlodder macrumors member

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    I don't think there is any doubt there are issues with the screen lagging and tearing, but if you're looking to buy a rMBP today you're going to run the risk of getting one with the issue. Hopefully if you're going for a refurb it's been throughly checked by an Apple engineer as part of the process, so if anything getting a refurb should reduce the risk. If it's a thermal-paste issue (lack of) on the GPU as some have found then it'll need a repair by Apple which your 90 day support cover should include.
     
  5. VeraStrange thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Good point. For as helpful as research is, there comes a time when you've just gotta let go.
     
  6. collinmac macrumors member

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    FWIW I bought a rMBP Mid-2012 refurb and it came with a samsung screen.

    I have not experienced any lag or burn in whatsoever.
     
  7. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    There's nothing about the 2013 models that would improve lag, all the improvements there have come from software updates that apply just as well to the 2012 models.

    A 2013 model may be a bit less likely to see the image retention since I think they started using some slightly different panels at one point, but I think it's possible to see that on either model.

    Apple knows about the image retention issue and has a test for it, so they will fix it if you if yours develops that problem.

    A refurbished model may actually be less likely to have image retention since they've been more thoroughly inspected and quality tested than a new unit.
     
  8. VeraStrange thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Good to come back and see this.

    I went with the 2.3 refurb. It was just too good of a deal... I'll be second guessing the decision until Tuesday when it gets here and I fall in love. New Mac! Yay!

    (is it Tuesday yet?)
     
  9. Mr. RPG macrumors 6502a

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    http://store.apple.com/us/product/F...-23ghz-quad-core-intel-i7-with-retina-display

    This one? I'm still thinking about getting this one.. Ergh.. but it is still pretty expensive.
     
  10. VeraStrange thread starter macrumors newbie

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  11. Seniordan macrumors regular

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    I also ordered one and my scheduled delivery date is Tuesday. Tuesday can't come soon enough!
     
  12. Mr. RPG macrumors 6502a

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    But, but what if the NEW rMBP are announced in July? Then I'll cry. :(
     
  13. iPlodder macrumors member

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    Let us know how you get on. Roll on Tuesday!
     

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