Hopefully the last of these threads, hopefully. For anyone who spends any sum of time around these parts, it doesn't require an innate gift of observation to know that I'm wracked over the purchase of a 15" rMBP from the refurb list. Specifically, the $1,949 configuration, divested of the 750m but endowed with 16GB of RAM. Where I live, it would come to $2,085.43 after tax. Back in February (or March), I was approved for a BarclaysCard to finance the purchase (interest free for 18 months or so) but I've been gun shy ever since. I suppose it would help, as a personal exercise at the least, to lay out the pros and cons of upgrading. Let me begin with the "Cons".
- I have an early-2011 13" to which I've added two SSDs and 8GB of RAM. It is a snappy, responsive machine. Having it for over three years, it also possess sentimental value to me.
- Though I don't doubt I could "swing it," I have a crappy job which does not befit such a fine machine.
- Though I've made some nice upgrades to my current MacBook and it runs great, cosmetically it could use some work. Aside for the to-be-expected scuffs, a few of the keys need to be replaced: the letters are like ghosted out. Moreover, one of the rubber feet on the base of the computer is no longer there (though its absence is never noticed while using the computer).
- Given the foregoing, I fear I may only be able to command $500 for my computer, therefore leaving $1500 to be covered out of pocket if I were to purchase.
- A refresh of sorts may be coming soon.
- It is more of an indulgence than a need at the moment.
- To many, it is customary to upgrade at three years, while one could still recoup a good amount for his current computer and see a profound improvement going from one machine to the next.
- I use a computer for hours everyday, so a steep investment in one is, by all means, worth it. All I'm doing it upgrading now, rather than later, which is inevitable.
- I won $1,100 in a fantasy hockey league back in April, and sold my lesser used telescope for $800 or so around then too. Back in March, I declared winning my hockey league and selling my telescope as conditions for the purchase of this computer. I met both conditions so I wouldn't be betraying an oath I took with myself.
- I am an artist. By trade, I consider myself something of a graphic designer. I worked as one in my past job. I could benefit as much from the Retina display as I could from the larger screen. I feel designing on such a computer would alleviate some of my shortcomings as a designer.
- An external IPS would be a much cheaper (and in essence effective) route, but I mostly use my computer on the go, where I wouldn't have an external monitor at my disposal. Thus, getting the most out of the notebook screen is imperative.
- My 15" rMBP will be in warranty for the first year and I'd have the option of extending it for two more years with AppleCare. Meanwhile, my 13" has been out of warranty for a while and there is nothing I can do about it.
- I'm deeply appreciative of the technology and I've given this purchase much thought.
- ...And last by not least, probably the biggest Pro (or Con):If I bought the rMBP, I would no longer waste time thinking about all this!