Discounted rMBP13 2014 vs full price 2015

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by urilawrence, Mar 11, 2015.

  1. urilawrence macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2015
    Do you guys think that the new rMBP pro is worth spending extra money over getting a 2014 at a discount of $200 or a refurbished at $400 off. From what I can tell, the only material feature that is different is the ability to use a 4K monitor. I don't mind spending the extra cash if there was enough of a difference. Such as a new model. But, it almost seems they are just a slight bump that i would probably not even realize.
  2. 0983275, Mar 11, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2015

    0983275 Suspended

    Mar 15, 2013
    There's also force touch trackpad.

    2013/2014 rMBP is still fast, but the newer rMBP is faster and will last slightly longer on a full charge.

    It depends on what kind of stuff you'll be doing.

    If I were looking for a new laptop, I'd go with the latest rMBP.
  3. David58117 macrumors 65816

    Jan 24, 2013
    I went with the 13" 2014 256GB version new for $1350 from Best Buy.

    The CPU upgrade isn't really much of a difference, and the trackpad I'm not really interested in.

    The only plus for me is the extra hour of battery life...

    But the 13" is already an all day battery, and going from 9 to 10 hours will not be the difference that allows me to leave the charger at home. If it was like going from Ivy Bridge to Haswell - then heck yeah I'd go for the new one! That was going from 5 hours on the Macbook Air 11 (what I had at the time) to over 9 hours (what my wife bought).

    But an hour? That is not worth an extra $150...
  4. jabbok macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2009
    It really depends what you need the notebook for? I bought a refurbished maxed out rmbp 13" I saved about $600.00 plus got a free upgrade from an i5 to the i7 cpu, if I bought the new rMbp with the same specs I have now it would be over 3200.00 not worth it for me.

    The new one would be nice to have but I couldn't justify the extra cost.
  5. urilawrence thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2015
    Thanks for the reply. The truth is, I dont need it for anything special. I would buy the Air if it had the retina screen. For $1120 you can get the refurbished 2014, 8GB/256 GB i5. Those are the specs I would buy new.
  6. cschmelz macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2007
    I did exactly the same thing. $1149 for a refurb MBP with retina, 8gb ram and a big 256gb SSD is a heck of a deal!

    Mine arrives Friday!
  7. AbyssImpact macrumors 6502a

    Aug 6, 2010
    You forgot to add in over $100 for tax.
  8. symple84 macrumors member

    Apr 11, 2009
    Check out the article about the new speeds of the SSD.....pretty impressive. This was also updated in the 13 mbp
  9. jbachandouris macrumors 601


    Aug 18, 2009
    Upstate NY
    I am having the same dilemma. I purchased a 13" cMBP last June(?), but once I go from my iPad Air 2's display to the non-retina...:(

    I don't own a 4K monitor, but I am interested in the faster memory, double speed SSD, and the new touchpad. Question is: is it worth the extra money? Not sure either.

    Looking for a 13", 8GB, 256GB SSD (want a 512GB, but the price is too much).
  10. madflava54 macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2011
    That doesn't seem like much of savings. Granted I have an education discount but I got it with 16gb of ram, $14 for 2 day shipping and it was $1470 after tax. I'm not sure if your $1350 includes tax or an education discount or the 10% mover's coupon.
  11. chaoscarrot macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2015
    I was making this same decision. I ultimately went with a 2015, the lowest configuration though (128gb, I put all my files on onedrive where I have 200gb of storage, I don't need much space). I got the education discount as well, it came out to ~1312.

    I went with this one because:

    The trackpad, CPU, SSD and 4K Monitor support are very future-proof and will help with resale value down the line (my last MBP was 2010 and I'm hoping to get around the same use out of this one).

    I've heard that Apple's refurb program is quite nice, but that they don't replace batteries and at times there are cosmetic problems with the computers. Granted, you could just return it if it isn't to your liking.

    All in all you can't really go wrong either way - I just thought that the future-proofness was worth the extra $.
  12. symple84 macrumors member

    Apr 11, 2009
    I am in the same boat.....

    Buy a 15" rMBP base model or the new 13" rMPB (256gb both models). At Best Buy, with the 10% off movers coupon, the difference in price is $200. But I fear that they will update the 15" this summer and there goes any potential future resale value....
  13. chaoscarrot macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2015
    Yeah honestly if I were going for the 15 I would hold off, unless you literally have no laptop and need one right now.
  14. Agent-P macrumors 68030


    Dec 5, 2009
    The Tri-State Area
    Agreed. I'd wait on the 15" MBP to see if Intel can get the appropriate chips out for it in the not too distant future.
  15. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    If you are into Mavericks, rMbp mid 2014 is the last model that can do it.
  16. dreamsINdigital macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2006
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but MacBook Pros have supported 4K displays via HDMI since the late 2013 model.
  17. thunng8 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2006
    You are partially wrong 13" model only supports 4k at 30hz. There is a hack to run at 52hz though. 2015 model can run at 60hz
  18. dreamsINdigital macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2006
  19. Sanlitun macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2014
    Isn't the 2015 model slightly thinner than the 2014?

    I feel there are many reasons to pay the extra for the new model and I may get one this weekend if they have them in stock here.
  20. thunng8 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2006
    Error in specs is my guess. Broadwell supports 4k at 60hz


    No difference in thickness
  21. Sanlitun macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2014
    I went to an Apple store here in Vancouver and they didn't have the new 13" so I went for the 2014 13" with the 256 SSD which is pretty much the same price as the 128 2015 13" at $1599.

    But I woke up today to find a nearby dealer has the 2014 15" marked down to $1999 from $2499. So it looks like I will be going that way and doing a return and then picking up the 15".

    The 13" I used is a great machine but I did feel somewhat cramped with it and I felt there was a bit of an issue with the screen gamma being too low. I'm eager to try out the 15" now..
  22. LaloG macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2013
    I just ordered a 2014 13" 8/256 from the refurb store for $1240 with tax. I did check out the new ones at the Apple store and didn't feel the upgrades were worth the extra $250 but to each their own.
  23. Kendo macrumors 68020

    Apr 4, 2011
    The other thing to consider is that the graphics card in the 2014 MBP is the same GPU as the 2013 MBP. They didn't change it during last year's refresh, they only upped the CPU speed. So by not getting the 2015 model, you are effectively buying a 2 year old GPU.
  24. BMW535i macrumors member

    Dec 19, 2013
    I just picked up the 2015 rMBP i5 128GB at Best Buy using the 10% mover's coupon and the $50 education savings. Pre-tax total $1124.99. Post tax $1229.05 with our insanely high sales tax. I was thinking about getting the MacBook in April but being an MBA student I figured the new MacBook Pro would be a better fit for me.
  25. nobodyjustwalks macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2013
    This! I agree also that the only plus for me, were I in the market for a 13", would be the extra hour of battery life. Yes, the SSD is faster, but mines fast enough for what I do.

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