Buying advices

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MNR, Dec 8, 2016.

  1. MNR macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2014
    I need your advices. I want to replace my husband MacBook Pro and offer him a new one for Christmass because the screen of his laptop is coming apart.
    He mainly uses his MacBook pro for programming, internet browsing, some picture things, and work sometimes from home with Citrix... so not a heavy use.

    Here is his current configuration
    MacBook Pro 15 inch late 2008
    4 go ram. SSD 256
    2.4 Intel core 2 duo

    He doesn't need the fancy Touch ID bar. So I was thinking perhaps I can still buy the previous model? If yes what should be the best place to score a nice price deal? (In the us)
    Thank you for your advices,
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    2015 15" model will be a great computer for a long time.

    I suggest you get one WITHOUT a "discrete" (added) GPU (graphics processor).
    They seem to run longer with fewer problems.
  3. therealseebs macrumors 65816


    Apr 14, 2010
    Definitely recommend the previous model in that case. The dGPU models (discrete graphics hardware) have more powerful graphics, but are also somewhat error-prone. But seven years is enough that even the non-dGPU models may be faster than what he's got now.

    You can order the previous year model without dGPU from Apple's site directly. Their clearance/refurbished section sometimes has 15" macs at decent prices, otherwise, check other places like B&H and look around to see what they've got. I would definitely say get a machine with 16GB of RAM; in the 2015 models, it's soldered in and can't be upgraded later.
  4. Capt T macrumors 6502a

    Mar 20, 2010
    I recommend you have him be a part of the purchase. He will use it for a long time it seems, so you want to make sure he gets what works for him. I understand the surprise for gifts and all...but for these types of gifts it is best to involve the one receiving the gift.

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