Buying a used MPB 17"

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by -Axiom-, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. -Axiom- macrumors newbie

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    I met a guy that works for apple that is selling his year and a half old 17" MBP for 1700$. It seems to be in mint condition, it looks new.

    These are the specs for it. Do you guys think its a good deal? I am mainly going to be using this for music production.

    3 GB DDR2 667MHz SDRAM (2 x 1GB) Max is 3GB
    500GB 5400 RPM Hard Drive
    17-inch (diagonal), 1680 x 1050 resolution, TFT widescreen
    • ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256MB of GDDR3 SDRAM and dual-link DVI (Supports up to a 30" HD Display at 2560x1600)
    • 8x SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    • One FireWire 400, one FireWire 800, three USB 2.0 ports, and Express Card/ 34 slot
    • Built-in iSight camera, DVI, VGA (Requires DVI-VGA Adapter)
    • Combined optical digital input/audio line in, combined optical digital output/headphone out, stereo speakers, microphone
    • Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit Ethernet)
    • Built-in 802.11 a, b, g and n Airport Extreme card (2.4GHz and 5GHz spectrum)
    • Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
    • Full-size back-lit illuminated keyboard with ambient light sensor, scrolling trackpad
     
  2. Willis macrumors 68020

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    Sounds like a pretty good deal to me. Make sure you get to see the computer first before handing over any cash
     
  3. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    What's the processor speed. If that's a good deal, I'd think I would sell my current machine, check eBay for the going rates. Remember, that if you bought a newer one (less then a year old) you could get Apple Care.
     
  4. -Axiom- thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Processor is 2.33.
     
  5. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    The 17" unibody from early 2009 is only $1949 it has much better specs and is one hell of a good deal!
     
  6. -Axiom- thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The only possible downside I can see at this point is that it doesn't have an express card (or does it?).

    Would this refurb come with warranty/applecare ect.?
     
  7. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    Yes it has the express card and apples 1 year warrantee and the ability to buy apple care.
     
  8. -Axiom- thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I heard that the newer MBPs are more geared for video/visual production rather than audio. Does this have any truth?
     
  9. macrumorsMaster macrumors 6502

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    THanks for the laugh!

    LOL, you're about to plunk down $1700 and you haven't done any research?
    Too lazy to even click around on apple's site to find the details about the refurb? :p
     
  10. adamfishercox macrumors 6502

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    Have you visited www.apple.com? Believe it or not they have product info on there. :p

    The 13" MacBook Pros really aren't Pro. They don't have digital audio in, and don't have dedicated graphics. They got back Firewire, but that really just puts them back on par with older MacBooks. Don't let Apple fool you.
     
  11. -Axiom- thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I did research. I will admit I can be lazy :eek: but I must have missed the part about the warranty.
     
  12. crazycat macrumors 65816

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    I dont think you should get it, its used you dont know whats wrong with it. I think you should buy the new model and sell it later if you want to upgrade, i am not a big fan of buying used stuff at all.
     
  13. -Axiom- thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I am meeting him at the apple store and I am going to have everything checked out on it.
     
  14. chstr macrumors 6502a

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  15. crazycat macrumors 65816

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    Okay let me tell you a story that i was a witness to. I know this friend on mine who would come to my house, he owned a pc laptop that he would always carry around with him. He would always go to the room upstairs for 1-2 hours and lock the door, nobody thought anything of it. One day another friend used his laptop to download a few stuff, to his surprise the laptops hard drive was full. Thats back when laptops had around 80GB hard drives, so he looked into the C drive to find space for his download. To cut a long story short there was about 100MB worth of space left the rest was porn, and yes the keyboard was a bit sticky.

    I am not saying thats whats going on in your case but i hear of people taking there laptops into the toilets with them and doing strange stuff. I rather spend a few more hundreds and make sure i get a "brand new" laptop.

    My 2c.
     
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  17. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    The 13", but that's more like...let's rebrand the unibody MacBook

    Umm...anyone involved in audio would not care about a digital in port.
     
  18. Batt macrumors 65816

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    I bought that machine year and a half ago brand new for $2100. It's a great machine and will do everything you need it to. It's also better looking than the new black-keyboard machines, IMO.
     

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