High res option or not?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Imaroxstar, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. Imaroxstar macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2011
    I am still trying to figure out which MBP will work best for me.

    I am looking at getting one of the high end early 2011 Refurbs from Apple. They are $1699.

    The only catch is that I have it in my head that I need the higher screen resolution, as I do photo and video editing.

    To get the high res screen, I would have to buy something that would at a min cost me $2039 (refurb early 2011 2.3 with high res screen).

    That is a $340 difference. Yes, I know that the 2.3 processor has the 8mb cache, however, I am not sure how much that matters to me.

    ANy suggestions?
  2. kaydot macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2011
    Assuming you're looking at the 15", there is an $1829 15" early 2011 refurb with Hi Res Screen model. It might not be in stock at the moment (I didn't check), but I have been eyeing that model myself for some time.
  3. Imaroxstar thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2011
    does not appear to be in stock. that would be ideal
  4. jbjones85 macrumors member

    Feb 6, 2011
    If your willing to wait a bit you can find the 2.0 or 2.2 2011's with hi res in the refurb but they are popular so they go quick. I picked mine up I just had to check it every day for a few weeeks to get one. In my opinion the he-res is a must.
  5. Imaroxstar thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2011
    Good info. That is what I will do then. I have been checking all this week, and there is nothing there. I just had it in my mind that did not have that option on there.

    I will probably wait - although, i do need a new computer now... I will try to hold myself back.

    THank you.
  6. ckeck macrumors 6502a


    Jul 29, 2005
    High-res is a must, IMHO. I could never go back. The extra sharpness of the screen plus the extra real estate is so helpful. Would also strongly recommend matte/anti-glare.
  7. MVRL macrumors regular


    Oct 17, 2011
    There's no competition, Hi-Res hands down. You won't ever regret it.
  8. phyrexia macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2010
  9. torid110 macrumors regular

    Jan 22, 2006
    Jersey City, NJ
    There will be one up there next week ;) i'm shipping this one back (early 2011 HR AG screen) once the new one i ordered shows up.
  10. Imaroxstar thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2011
    I will be sure to keep a look out!
  11. oxfordguy macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2008
    Oxford, England
    Definitely go hi-res if you can, preferably anti-glare
  12. entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    What did you buy instead?
  13. torid110 macrumors regular

    Jan 22, 2006
    Jersey City, NJ
    The new high end 15" MBP. The one i'm sending back was delivered the Thursday before the announcement ...
  14. kaydot macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2011
  15. DarwinOSX macrumors 65816

    Nov 3, 2009
    Not everyones eyes are the same. Shocking I know. Hi-Res is too hard for me to see.
    Check B&H Photo. They tend to have various models with Hi-Res screens.
  16. Naimfan Suspended


    Jan 15, 2003
    Exactly right! On the 17", it's fine. On the 15", it makes text,etc., too small for me.
  17. Michal11, Oct 28, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2011

    Michal11 macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2011
    I say no to High-res on 15 inch. Everything is too small then.

    I never understood that MORE screen resolution mania. It is like people think the higher resolution they have the more work they do. But that is not true. It reminds me "My penis is bigger" syndrom little bit :)
  18. Imaroxstar thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2011
    I just ordered the configuration below from Mac Mall. $2328.99 total price.

    Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro quad-core Intel Core i7 2.4GHz, 4GB RAM, 750GB 7200-rpm Hard Drive, Intel HD Graphics 3000 and AMD Radeon HD 6770M, SuperDrive, Thunderbolt port, Aluminum unibody, Hi-Res Antiglare Widescreen Display
  19. Mackilroy macrumors 68040


    Jun 29, 2006
    There is a logical reason for more screen space - if, say, you're working with Photoshop, more pixels means more palettes and more ease of use. Same applies to a number of CAD programs. Or if you're a trader and follow a bunch of different stocks. It's not all about bragging. :)

    Very nice system! Were I to buy an MBP today, that'd be the model I go for.
  20. SmoothJ macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2010
    A bit off topic, but does the apple store carry models with antiglare, or is that always a special order?
  21. yauzers619 macrumors member

    May 22, 2011
    I just called my local Apple Store yesterday about that same question.

    The only Hi-Res anti-glare option that will be stocked at Apple stores will be a 2.5GHZ 15.4" HI-RES. Approximately $2500.
  22. GuitarG20 macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2011
    they usually carry a base config and one w/ everything (maxed out)

    so for 15" that means base, then a hi-res-antiglare, but with the 2.5 GHz CPU (adds more to price).

    They can do simple stuff like RAM and HDD upgrades to the ones they sell in store, while you're there.
  23. Imaroxstar thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2011
    That is exactly why I wanted the hi-res - as I do photo editing and video work. Thank you for the vote of confidence, as i have been contemplating this purchase for months (the refresh made it easier).

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