help regarding purchase of an MBP

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ronmtorres, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. ronmtorres macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2009
    hi guys,

    long-time lurker, first time poster here. Anyway, I am pulling the trigger for my first mac ever. In other forums I'm active, I've been an avid fan of telling others to wait for the new MBP to come out (hopefully Jan/Feb) but the waiting has been killing me :( Now, I found a deal wherein I can buy either (1) a brand new uMBP late 2008, 15" 2.4 MHz 2Gb DDR3 ram, or (2) a July 2009 uMBP 15" 2.53 MHz 4Gb ram.

    I will be using it mainly for internet/excel/maybe some gaming. My question is which do i choose? I am considering the older model because of the discrete GPU it has. Here are my concerns regarding the purchase:

    1. Will I feel the .133 MHz speed difference? (I can always upgrade the Ram to 4GB to even the RAM battlefield)
    2. Since the newer model has a "screen with 60% more colors," will I notice the difference? Or will the difference be much?
    3. What should I be looking for when I meet-up with the seller? (Box, documentation, etc.)
    4. How do I ensure that I'll be getting the item as described?
    5. How do I make sure that I'll be getting an apple warranty? He said that the laptops have a one year Apple warranty.

    Sorry for all the questions. I am really a noob. THank you for all your inpputs :)
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    1. No
    2. Probably not
    3. I'd just ask to see the receipt.
    4. Apple Menu -> "About this Mac" -> More Info
    5. Ask him to show you the receipt. You're not going to get the full warranty because unless the seller purchased it yesterday the clock has already been ticking. You'll need to buy Applecare to extend the warranty for 2 more years. Check the status of the machine here:
  3. ronmtorres thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2009
    thank you miles! since this is brand new, i'm hoping the warranty will start upon me opening the box and turning it on for the first time.
  4. FearlessFreep macrumors 6502a

    Jul 15, 2008
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Apple warranties start from the date of original purchase, so inquire as to the original date he purchased the machine.
  5. ronmtorres thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2009
    does this apply even if he's a reseller? i mean it has not been opened and still is sealed/
  6. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    If you buy from a certified Apple Reseller, then yes. If you buy from some random person on eBay...not so much.
  7. ronmtorres thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2009

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