In the market for a MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mgmusicman94, Sep 4, 2010.

  1. mgmusicman94 macrumors 6502a

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    Hey guys, I'm looking to buy a MacBook Pro. I currently have a MacBook 13 inch (Early 2008), I bought it as a refurb from the Apple Store. I'm wondering if I should buy a 15-inch i5 refurb now for $1,529 or wait until there are refurbs available for the next update of the line. I guess it depends on when the new line is announced because I don't want to wait too long. Any tips?
     
  2. mgmusicman94 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, I was looking at the buyers guide and it said the MBP was around mid cycle. I lied in my first post, I wont buy around now. If I buy one it will early 2011 (I'm 16 so I'm saving up, I'll probably have the money by christmas) so I guess that will be closer to the new one coming out. I'll see then.
     
  3. MonkeyET macrumors 6502

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    I would say take the deal on the refurb. Updated in June, new processors with new video cards and longer battery life. I just purchased a 13" 2.4 GHz MBP and I love it. Kinda wish it was an i3 but it is solely to feel like it had something over my July 2009 purchase of a C2D iMac. Overall it takes what I throw at it. I cannot complain.
     
  4. green86 macrumors 6502

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    If your time frame is early 2011, wait for the next revision. It should be out sometime around then hopefully:rolleyes:.
     
  5. mgmusicman94 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Again, I'm 16 so I dont have a steady income. I rely on getting money for my birthday and christmas and odd jobs. I'll probably make up the $1700 by January and I'll be patient and wait for the next revision before I buy. Anyway, people have been talking about "Sandy Bridge" supposedly coming to MBP next year. What is that?
     
  6. green86 macrumors 6502

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    It's just the platform. This year it was Arrandale that was released. Arrandale was a major change though; Sandy Bridge is an evolutionary step that will bring more refinements.
     
  7. Cosmo M3 macrumors regular

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    wait and save up the money.

    any particular reason why you have to get a MBP?
     
  8. mgmusicman94 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I currently have a 13" white MacBook (2-3 years old) and it's getting slow and the plastic is cracking (I'm on my second top case and bezel and both are cracking, a common problem with the white & black macbooks). I want more power, mine is a 2.4 GHz C2D. And I want a bigger screen.

    Are you suggesting I should get something else? I obviously want another mac so PCs are out of the question.
     
  9. Doc750 macrumors 6502a

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    I got the 17" macbook pro for $1400 from microcenter. Originally it was an open box, but I got them to switch it out for a brand new sealed in the box for me.
     
  10. mgmusicman94 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I've never bought from microcenter. Would you mind showing me how to find an open box one on their website? And in that case, if I can get any 17" right now for $1400 I'll get it.
     
  11. Doc750 macrumors 6502a

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    you have to check their website to see if the store near you has an open box available. I don't think you can order the open box ones online. But check with them.
     
  12. MonkeyET macrumors 6502

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    You must have some nice relatives. I don't remember banking $700 for my birthday, Christmas, and my Senior graduation. Late '90s but not that long ago...I suppose it depends on who you are asking.
     
  13. mgmusicman94 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Got around $300 for my birthday and my parents think that by christmas we might be better off than now because of the economy. So maybe a few hundred then (I'll ask for only money and not many big gifts). A big thing there is odd jobs. My parents pay me to take care of our ~50'x15' deck on the back of our house. And I also do things like slideshows and videos for my church and get paid for that.
     
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    Well both of my parents are successful chemical engineers.
     

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