High end 13" vs low end 15"

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by NewGuyHere, May 4, 2012.

  1. NewGuyHere macrumors regular

    Mar 29, 2012
    Hey guys, so I currently have a 13" late 2011 mbp base model. My dad said he wanted the laptop, so he said he would get me either the high end 13" or low end 15". I like both, but I want the one that is faster and can still run simple games like minecraft and such. Also, is the hi-res screen option worth it on the 15"?
  2. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey


    get the low end 15 inch above if you add an ssd on your own.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148449 use this code

    CRUSSD54 the ssd is 220 the refurb is 1529 total of 1749 less then the new one.

    the refurb has a 1 year warranty just like the new one.
  3. GuitarG20 macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2011
    get the 15" one. it's way faster and the bigger screen is a plus for me.
  4. NewGuyHere thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 29, 2012
    And will the refurb be clean? I mean like as fast as a new one, no defects externally and internally.
  5. NewGuyHere thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 29, 2012
    And they come just the same as a regular, so basically there is NO difference except price right?
  6. GuitarG20 macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2011
  7. NewGuyHere thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 29, 2012
  8. bozz2006 macrumors 68030


    Aug 24, 2007
    Yeah. Apple refurbs are fantastic. I recommend them without reservation. They look brand new, and are actually inspected more closely than the new ones directly off the factory line..
  9. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    Unless you feel like waiting a few weeks for a refresh. Getting a deal on a refurbished model might make waiting not so tempting though.
  10. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68030


    Jun 10, 2010
    Only difference is that it comes in a plain white box instead of the usual retail packaging that you get with a new model.
  11. shurcooL macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2011
    Apple refurbs have brand new external parts (everything you can see/touch) and brand new battery. The only parts that are "used" are the internals, like the CPU, RAM, mobo, etc. But those things outlast the rest of your laptop by a huge margin, so there is nothing to lose by getting a refurb, except to save money.
  12. Elpimpo macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2010
    Glad to see these positive replies about refurb MBPs, i was on the fence but now more confident
  13. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    It's anecdotal, but I think I read more problem complaints with new ones than refurbs. Many of them seem to simply be returns that were reinspected and packaged more conservatively.
  14. henry72 macrumors 65816


    Jun 18, 2009
    New Zealand
    15-inch + High res screen = awesome :D

    I'd suggest you wait for a month or 2, the new model is coming out very soon :)
  15. KohPhiPhi macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2011
    If gaming is an important factor in your purchasing decision, the 13" (high-end or not) is not really an option due to the integrated GPU. The 15" is your only feasible option.
  16. toothache macrumors member

    Dec 18, 2011
    don't wait
    get 15 MBP

    Waiting is stupid with unknown release dates. If you need it get it now.

    You could be productive during that potential "waiting" period. That is what you are potentially paying for.

    Enjoy, 15 MBP is one of the best laptops that you can get with money.

    (HIGH RES AR is extremely recommended, you will regret)
  17. MagicBoy macrumors 68040


    May 28, 2006
    Manchester, UK
  18. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    Seriously? So every unit gets "gutted" and those parts get put into brand new unibodies?

    I didn't know that.
  19. Beezzy macrumors 6502

    Apr 23, 2011
    15" low end is 2.2 Quad Core i7 with dedicated graphics card.

    13" high end is 2.8 Dual Core i7 with the Intel 3000 built in graphics.

    Yeah go with the 15"
  20. sweetbrat macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Redford, MI
    Yeah, definitely the 15" and do check into a refurb. I've had refurb iMacs and my current MBP is also a refurb. Never had any major problems with any of them. Personally I think the high-res anti-glare screen is totally worth it. My previous (2008) MBP had the glossy screen and while the colors popped, I prefer the anti-glare. The high-res gives you more screen real estate, and for me that comes in very handy.
  21. Robin Chung macrumors member

    Robin Chung

    Apr 6, 2010
    I find 13" too small to do any work on. Also the bigger Macbook has better speakers, just so you know. ;)
  22. NewGuyHere thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 29, 2012
    I am in no rush, and I think I will get the high resolution screen, since you all say it is worth it. But I prefer glossy, It makes the computer sleeker to me. Also, When do you think the new mbp are gonna come out, and will the price be the same? Again, I am not in a rush, and I want to use this computer for the next 7 years through HS and college, and on.
  23. M0esmac macrumors 6502a


    Apr 25, 2012
    For 7 years?

    Obviously, wait then till new comes out now and buy 15".

    What I don't like about 13" MBP... That I haven't bought MBA instead. But yes, for multitasking such as Word / Internet Browser / movie at once on one screen is too small of course. If you do like word processing in two different windows or you do just one thing on the screen then 13" is really enough.

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