How should i get a MBP?

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  1. Mexbearpig macrumors 65816

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    Ok so I wanted to buy a Mabook pro soon. I am only willing to pay $1,300. I wanted to get a 15' model. In the refurb store they are going for $1299. Hence my budget. Im am in high school right now. Im not sure if that will get me the education discount or whatever. But if i cant, my family is good friends with a teacher that we can purchase it on behalf of her and get the discount.
    So what should I do?
    -Should I just buy it as a refurb?
    -Or should i look on craigslist for a cheaper one?

    Which one should i do?
     
  2. jmann macrumors 604

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    Is the edu price better than the refurb price? I would go the cheaper route especially as a starving student. The refurbs come with the same warranty a new one does. :)
     
  3. Quad 2.5 G5 =) macrumors 6502

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    If you can stand a smaller screen, get a refurbished 2.4 unibody MacBook 13", they are $999. Which mbp are you considering (2.4,2.53)? You could get a 2.33Ghz 17" MBP for the amount you are talking about. I wouldn't go to craigslist first, try eBay. If you have the room, get a PowerMac or an Intel iMac, then get an Apple netbook, the 1.5Ghz PowerBook 12".
     
  4. Mexbearpig thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I am only looking at the macbook pros. Dont need a desktop. And both of my familys laptop have a 17" screen so I will probably die with 13". Hopefully by the end of the week I will go to best buy and compare the screen sizes.
    And i was looking at the low end 15"

    With the education discount, it is $100 off. Refurb is $300 off. Im just about to delete the option from my original post. I cant get the ipod so i cant stand to pay 1500 when i can pay 1300 for almost the exact same thing.
     
  5. Quad 2.5 G5 =) macrumors 6502

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    I get where you are coming from, I am in high school, and I had a set budget. The 2.4 15" MBP is a good machine, and you will like it. When you say you don't need a desktop, does that mean you can't get one or you just don't want it? I got a Quad processor PowerMac for a really really good deal, and I love it.
     
  6. Mexbearpig thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Sorry but not interested. I want the portability. And at that i dont want anytype of desktop. I am fixed on the current model MBP ONLY.
     
  7. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    I'd buy something either new or from Apple, just better peace of mind, don't have to worry about getting ripped off.
     
  8. Mexbearpig thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeah. I think ill just get the refurb to save some cash.
     
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    I agree. Rerurbs are great because they are like new and if you have problems with it, it's easiest if you've bough it from Apple
     
  10. Mexbearpig thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ok. Thats what I will do. And also, i am looking at a 15" Refurb. Although it says it has a 2.4GHz. But when I look at the low end 15" it has a 2.53GHz. Am I missing something here?
     
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    It's previous gen model.
     
  12. Mexbearpig thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ohhhh. Beside the .13ghz is there anything different between the older model and the new one?
     
  13. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Old one has:

    + Express Slot instead of SD card slot
    + 9600GT + 9400M

    - 0.13GHz slower CPU (unnoticeable)
    - Worse battery (but user changeable)
    - Can only take 4GB of RAM (6GB unofficially)

    It's great deal
     
  14. Mexbearpig thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Hmmm. The SD card slot would be nice but I think I can last. Have no idea what the bold part means. And I dont plan on traveling a lot with it so the battery part will be just fine. And I dont plan on maxing out the RAM. So I think it will still be a good deal.
     
  15. Hellhammer Moderator

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    You can get ExpressSlot SD card reader.

    Last gen model has two GPUs, intergraded 9400M (found in current model) + dedicated 9600GT with 256MB of GDDR3 memory. It is useful in games and with Snow Leopard's OpenCL, it may speed your system.
     
  16. Mexbearpig thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I dont need the sd slot. I have a desktop with ports for that. And im not SUPER tech savy so..Computer go fast? Good.

    OH! And do you think that they will go out of stock soon?
     
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    Refurbs are always limited so I recommend you to order one as fast as possible.
     

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