Help with purchase

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Pooki, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. Pooki, Feb 1, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2011

    Pooki macrumors member

    Jan 3, 2011
    Hey guys!

    I'm looking to buy a Macbook Pro, my first ever Apple computer. I need a decent machine for college(I attend IT classes such as programming(C#, Java), webdesign, photoshop) which will last me a couple of years.

    I currently have a Dell Inspiron 1720, which is 2and a half years old (still under warranty). I really want to purchase a news laptop because this one gets random BSOD's (have reformatted it twice already), and is a bit too heavy/big to carry around to school everyday (can't really fit more than 2 books + laptop in my big schoolbag). I don't have a back-up machine to use if this one breaks, and I really need a computer everyday.

    I don't really care about the "wait for SB stuff", because I want to save as much money as I can. I found this, in my opinion, great deal on a MBP. I think I can lend money from my big sis. I hate lending money but I don't know if I can get a much better deal:

    -15" MBP purchased from Apple Store in June 2010 ​
    - i5 2,4Gz processor​
    - regular glossy screen​
    - 8GBs RAM​
    - 256 SSD​
    - QWERTY keyboard​

    Price without AppleCare : €1600 (came down from €2000-€2400)
    Price with AppleCare(still in box): €1850

    Is this a good deal? I think it is, since the basic i5 2.4Ghz kost €1799 here in the AppleStore.

    I have some extra questions:

    1) minimum laptop requirements NOW for the classes I attend are : Intel Core 2, 4GB RAM, 100GB HDD, WiFi, VGA, CD/DVD reader/burner
    Will the i5 be sufficient for 4 years minimum?

    2)I currently use a Belgian AZERTY keyboard, will the switch to the QWERTY be ok? I do program, I've heard QWERTY is easier for that.

    Thanks soooo much!
  2. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    I don't see why not, the machine you selected meets or exceeds all those requirements.

    As long as you're comfortable typing on it, I don't see why it's a problem.

    You sound like a smart shopper. Good luck on your purchase! :)
  3. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    1. Easily. Core 2 Duos can be up to 5 years old so an i5 will be more than fine.
  4. Pooki thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 3, 2011
    Wow you guys are FAST :p

    Thanks so much for reading my message, I know it's too long lol!

    I have been trying to justify the purchase of a MBP for a while. They are more expensive than a Windows laptop.. I'm just SO fed up with windows atm!

    I try to look at it like this:
    Whenever I bought a new cellphone, I was tired of it after 6months, and I looked around at other phones all the time, waiting for mine to break.
    6 months ago I purchased an iPhone from one my best friends(my Samsung phone broke), and I've never looked back since, even my mum is surprised how much I'm attached to that phone..Says something

    It was my most expensive phone ever but I'm SO happy with it!
  5. SwitchHitter macrumors member

    Jan 7, 2003
    Hey Pooki

    Pooki - just as an FYI, when you are going to get money from your Sis so that you can buy the computer. You are not "lending", you are "borrowing".

    When you "lend" money, you are giving (loaning) the money to someone else.

    When you are "borrowing" money, you are getting money FROM someone else.

    Just thought you should know. If you were English or America (or English is your native tongue) I would have been much more nasty ;) But since it seems that French or German is your first language - you get a pass :)

    Good luck in university and make sure that you take some more English ;)
  6. Pooki thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 3, 2011
    Oh snap! You got me there ;) Thanks, I'm always looking for ways to improve my English! I'm Belgian by the way, I speak Dutch!

    So I can probably borrow money from my sis, she doesn't mind! I'm really looking into this laptop because it will save me money in the long run. I was planning on gradually updating my MBP with more RAM and an SSD, so this is sort of all-in-one. I'm really looking for ways so save money lol!

    Will make a decision tomorrow!
  7. Politis macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2010

    Remember, you can get educational discount! I did it in England. Ask your school or apple store how to do it.
  8. xdbuix macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2008
    dont forget online retailers if you are trying to buy a macbook. Amazon + macmall have macbook pros and theyre usually around -$100 retail, plus no tax and free shipping usually!
  9. Pooki thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 3, 2011
    Hey guys, thanks for your replies!

    I don't think I will be purchasing this MacBook Pro, he got it in America , and I think it might have been a he might be trying to make a profit out of this.
    My mum doesn't really like the idea, and I agree, because it's such a huge amount of money.

    I think I will use my student discount and just buy from a store here :) much safer, and imo more responsible!
  10. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    Nothing wrong with a refurb - nice machines, there.

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