I5 and I7 refurbished units

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by adavis, Mar 13, 2011.

  1. adavis, Mar 13, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2011

    adavis macrumors newbie

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    Feb 26, 2011
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    I am looking to join the mac side. I am debating between between the high res anti glare mbp's. I dont edit high res videos or do magazine ready photo editing or graphic design. but I do a lot of rdp/log me in in to review labs/pdf's and scans from my office. I think the screen is the most important feature, I will never come near to exceding the processor power.

    I am looking at:

    Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.53GHz Intel Core i5

    Originally released April 2010
    15.4-inch LED-backlit antiglare Hi-Res widescreen display (1680 x 1050 pixel)
    4GB (2 x 2GB) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
    500GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
    8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics processor with 256MB of GDDR3 memory
    $1,569.00

    vs.

    Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Intel Core i7

    Originally released April 2010
    15.4-inch LED-backlit antiglare Hi-Res widescreen display (1680 x 1050 pixel)
    4GB (2 x 2GB) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
    500GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
    8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR3 memory
    $1,729.00

    To upgrade the new low end 15" mbp--$1,834 but I understand the graphics on the 2010 model are "better"
    the new high end mbp would cost $2,134 with upgraded screen. I dont see the advantage spending an extra 400 for power i wont need.


    I'm not a gamer but I play some WOW with my son. would the extra 256 ov vram improve performance on a 23" widescreen dell monitor.


    Also, can someone explain why everyone is comparing performance of the mac running windows in bootcamp and not native mac. Am I wrong in assuming the games from the big manufacturers don't run as well under mac as under bootcamp? I will be buying my first mac soon and I want to make the best informed decision.

    To be honest there is an element of sticker shock looking at simularly configured pc laptops. But the ID in me wants to replace a 17" heavy dell studio 1737.
     
  2. hondzik2002 macrumors newbie

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    Mar 10, 2011
    Location:
    Chicago
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    Look at Amazon.com. You can buy a brand new 2010 MBP for similar amount of money you want to spend on the refurbished units.
     

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