iMac or Macbook Pro? Need to pick 1 and stick with it!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Aaron from KY, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. Aaron from KY macrumors member

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    Location:
    Northern Kentucky
    #1
    This is a very difficult decision for me as I have a habit of buying a Macbook and a few months later selling it, often for fickle reasons. I just got rid of my last 15" because the spacebar worked intermittently, and I had already taken it to the applestore once, had it working again, then it started up again, didn't feel like repeating this since the closest Apple store is 30-45min away by car. It was a February 2011 model.

    Anyway, here's my use case scenario: Basic web browsing, word processing and iPhoto. Occasionally fire up Diablo 3. Nothing major, and the computer is not used for business.
    Looking at:
    http://store.apple.com/us/product/FC309LL/A

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/FD318LL/A/refurbished-macbook-pro-22ghz-quad-core-intel-i7

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/FD103LL/A/refurbished-macbook-pro-23ghz-quad-core-intel-i7 -Most I'd be willing to spend. Not necessarily want to though...

    http://www.smalldog.com/product/81505/macbook-pro-17in-2-53ghz-i5-4gb-500gb-white-box

    http://www.smalldog.com/product/81506/macbook-pro-17in-2-66ghz-i5-4gb-500gb-antiglare-white-box

    http://www.smalldog.com/product/81983/macbook-pro-15in-2-8ghz-i7-4gb-500gb-5400rpm-hi-res-antiglare

    http://www.smalldog.com/product/81507/macbook-pro-17in-2-8ghz-i7-4gb-500gb-antiglare-white-box

    And I'm open to suggestions if there are better deals out there on clearance or refurbished models. No used or eBay please.
    Thank you!
     
  2. wgnoyes macrumors 6502

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    Get on Microcenter's mailing list. (Assuming you have an actual store near you for in-store pickup only.) They have fabulous deals on 15" MBP's about once a month or 6 weeks. (Anti-glare decked out for $1599, or regular 15" for $1399!)
     
  3. Aaron from KY thread starter macrumors member

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    Location:
    Northern Kentucky
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    I am on their mailing list but my local store is 1. farther away than the Apple store and 2. sold out of those models that are on sale.:(
     

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