Buying new rMBP15 (Mid-2014) or Refurbished (Late 2013)?

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  1. ak189 macrumors newbie

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    So my mid-2010 15' MBP finally died on me and it's time to get a replacement.
    I was initially leaning towards the latest 15' rMBP w/ 2.5ghz quad core i7, NVIDIA graphics card, 16GB memory and 1Tb ssd. With my education discount it worked out to $2,749.00
    However when I was looking at the refurbished options I found a late-2013 rMBP w 2.6 ghz quad core i7, NVIDIA graphics card, 16GB memory and a 1Tb ssd. This is essentially the same computer as what I was looking at originally but with a slightly faster CPU. Although my education discount doesn't seem to work with refurbished it's still cheaper at $2,629.00.

    From what I've read on the forum refurbished computers go through strict testing and are essentially brand new computers, so In my mind it looks like a no-brainer with the refurbished being the way to go. But am I missing anything? It seems like the only difference between the two was a slight speed bump across the tiers, but is there any other difference? I'm looking for any reasons why the newest model might be better (or even worse)- power management, faster ssd's etc. Or any reasons why I should go with one over the other.
    Thanks,
    Ak189
     
  2. littlepud macrumors regular

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    Go with refurb 2013 or "new" old stock. The late-2013 and 2014 models are exactly the same except for a 200 MHz CPU speed bump and more RAM for the base models.
     
  3. poematik13 macrumors 6502a

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    refurbished units are as good as new. New battery, new unibody, and it goes through an inspection/repair process. You just dont get the fancy box, it comes in a plain white one.
     
  4. ak189 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks! Apple doesn't sell "new" old stock do they? It's just third party stores like Adorama, Amazon, BandH, etc. right?
     
  5. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Don't think so but refurb is probably as good or better....eligible for Applecare etc
     
  6. theycallmetc macrumors newbie

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    I bought a 2012 refurbished rMBP as soon as they were available. Still going strong, still in love with it. If I'm buying Apple, I'm buying refurbished.
     
  7. campyguy macrumors 68040

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    I bought and am using this exact same refurbished Mac. It's a great Mac, looked exactly the same as my brand new rMBPs. I'd buy it again today...

    If you opt for AppleCare (I did), I've bought from B&H Photo - $90 less than Apple's price.
     
  8. SkimMilk168 macrumors regular

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    Got a refurbished iPad 3 as a gift. My daughter has been using it for the last 2 years and it's still going strong. I'm pretty confident with Apple refurbished. ;)
     
  9. ak189 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the advice guys.
    I ended up ordering the late-2013 with AppleCare from Apple because I had a gift card. I'm very excited and happy with my choice and what's even better it gets here later today-talk about fast shipping.
     

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