Help: Which MacBook Pro should I get for school?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by thiagoah, Jul 21, 2014.

  1. thiagoah, Jul 21, 2014
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    thiagoah macrumors member

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    Hello,

    I am heading back to school in August and require a MacBook Pro for school but I am stuck in terms of what to purchase. I am heavily involved with lots of graphic design and photo editing.

    Luckily I have student pricing so I save a few bucks. I am deciding on one of these deals:

    **$1637** 13-inch: 2.4GHz with Retina display
    2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
    Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz
    8GB 1600MHz memory
    256GB PCIe-based flash storage1
    Intel Iris Graphics
    Built-in battery (9 hours)


    $1,411 13-inch: 2.4GHzwith Retina display
    Specifications
    2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
    Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz
    4GB 1600MHz memory
    128GB PCIe-based flash storage1
    Intel Iris Graphics
    Built-in battery (9 hours)


    OR I could go with the following refurbished deals and save a few bucks as well.

    **$1490**Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Dual-core Intel i5 with Retina Display
    13.3-inch (diagonal) Retina display; 2560-by-1600 resolution at 227 pixels per inch
    8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    256GB Flash Storage1
    720p FaceTime HD camera
    Intel Iris Graphics


    $1269 Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro 2.6GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5 with Retina Display
    13.3-inch (diagonal) Retina display; 2560-by-1600 resolution at 227 pixels per inch

    8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    
256GB Flash Storage
    
720p FaceTime HD Camera
    
Intel HD Graphics 4000


    $1099 Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro 2.5GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5 with Retina Display
    13.3-inch (diagonal) Retina display; 2560-by-1600 resolution at 227 pixels per inch
    8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    128GB Flash Storage
    
720p FaceTime HD Camera
    
Intel HD Graphics 4000


    Update**: With tax for the $1319 refurbished model I would be looking at $1490 or $1637 for a new model. A difference of $147 in savings, do you think it's worth it?

    Any help would be appreciated! Thanks again.
     
  2. ohbrilliance macrumors 6502a

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    I suggest you skip anything with 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD. They're just too limiting and don't leave you room to grow.

    The $1319 refurb looks like a good choice, assuming it's the same as the $1637 model. Either of those two will give you reasonable RAM and storage, and give you the benefits of the latest hardware (great battery life, improved graphics).
     
  3. capathy21 macrumors 65816

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    What is your max budget? I see no reason to purchase new when the refurbs will save you some money. If you budget allows, go with the 1319 option. The Iris graphics will be much better than the HD 4000. I have the base model 4/128 and for my needs it's perfect. If you are heavily into graphic design and photo editing, I am not sure it would suffice for your needs. If you can afford it, go ahead and get the 8/256 Iris model.

    If you are very limited on budget. There is a refurb 4/128 in the Apple store for 1099. I would still choose that over the older HD4000 model with 8/128.
     
  4. thiagoah thread starter macrumors member

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    I agree, I think the 4/128 models are just too limited for the work I am involved with.

    I am just wondering if it's worth paying roughly $1500 with taxes for a refurbished model while I can purchase a new one for around $1800?

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    I am looking to spend max $1500. Do you know the difference between the older HD4000 and new Iris? What about the 2.4GHz vs 2.6GHz, is that something significant to consider?
     
  5. MarvinHC macrumors 6502a

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    If you do a lot of photo and graphics work, do you intend to also use an external monitor? Otherwise the 13" might be a bit on the small side.
     
  6. thiagoah thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, I do have an external monitor but I've also gone in store and found that the 13" is sufficient in terms of screen size for the work I do.
     
  7. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    That's the one I'd buy right there.
     
  8. thiagoah thread starter macrumors member

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    I could purchase the refurbished model for $1490 OR the new model for $1637.

    Which would make more sense? Although my max budget is $1500, I feel like not paying an additional $147 to buy a new model would be a mistake.
     
  9. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    They're the same computer with the same warranty. Aside from the packaging, you won't be able to tell that it isn't "new."

    *edit* Use the $147 you save towards the purchase of AppleCare. Or beer. They're both important.
     
  10. capathy21 macrumors 65816

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    You would essentially be paying $147.00 for a shrink wrapped box. Once you open it, it's the same thing.
     
  11. Sifinity macrumors 6502

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    before you buy from where ever you plan to ; check this website out , it has a coupon code which works with adorama to give you free apple care for 3 years and no tax(Unless your in NJ or NY (then find a relative outside of it lol)) ; only in july though , so before your pull the trigger check it out ; http://prices.appleinsider.com/#applecare
     
  12. thiagoah thread starter macrumors member

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    Unfortunately majority of the RMBPs are currently out of stock on Adorama. Not sure when they'll be available :(
     

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