Is the $1799 15" Non-retina MBP still worth buying?

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  1. Shift Option K macrumors regular

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    My local Best Buy happens to have lots of leftover stock of Mid 2012 15.4" MBP with the non-retina 900p screen, the Ivy Bridge i7-3615QM, 500GB HD, and 4GB RAM. It was just the $1799 price that caught me because it was cheaper than a rMBP and had the specs I needed, not wanted (these specs are identical to those in a Mac Mini which is the Intel Mac desktop I need and not want except the HD is bigger in the Mini and it lacks an OD). I asked an Apple store representative about buying this MBP he recommended it for me because I'm only a student. However I'm still stuck on whether to buy it or not. Should I wait till I have more money and get an rMBP? or should I get right at this one?
     
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  3. Jack Sun macrumors member

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    Really do you even need to ask? An 18-month-old underpowered underrammed underscreened model that is a measly 10% less than the newest model? And as poster above points out might actually be no discount at all???
     
  4. SVT Amateur macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, that's a horrible price. Definitely pass on that deal.
     
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    I picked up a refurbished retina MBP with 16 GBs of memory for 1829. There are better deals in the refurbished store
     
  6. GoingDark macrumors 6502

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    Definitely not worth it. It's almost 2014, you shouldn't be paying $1799 for a computer that still has a spinning platter hard drive and only 4 GB of ram. Hell, next year's crop of cell phones will probably have 4 GB of ram.
     
  7. JeffiJers macrumors 6502a

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    Op, A local bby had the computer you described for 1300$
     
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    1,800 imo is over priced for that model. If you're paying that much, you might as well bite the bullet and buy a rMBP.
     
  9. Shift Option K thread starter macrumors regular

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    OK... I'm in Canada where things are more expensive. For example, a nMP costs $2999 base in the US, and here it costs $3099. That's why I'm considering this dinosaur of a MBP. Now what? Still worth it? (sorry for that little bit of rage there)
     
  10. B's iPhone macrumors member

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    Still not worth it.
    I'm not in Canada but I'd have to imagine there's better deals to be found, even up there.
     
  11. tubbymac macrumors 65816

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    Hellz no! Just save up for a rMBP or you'll be kicking yourself for throwing your money away. Non-retina MBP has tanked in resale value ever since the new kid came on the block.
     
  12. GoingDark macrumors 6502

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    I'm also in Canada, and less than a month ago you could get an early 2013 refurbished 15" rMBP with 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD for $1599 directly from Apple's website. The refurbished store is pretty bare at the moment but give it less than a month and I guarantee you'll see similar prices for probably an even better-specced or later-model refurb.
     
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    Nope, still not worth it. The nMP being 3% more expensive in Canada is not a good reason.
     
  15. Shift Option K, Dec 30, 2013
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    Shift Option K thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well I did find this kind of MPB on the  Refurb section. $1449.00 for it 100% identical to the one I found in BBy. Now I'm going to spend a little more on a rMBP (however I would want the top config to prevent impossible upgrades). Or maybe wait for that octa-core Intel Atom powered MacPad to come out and buy that instead so I won't have to buy an iPad as well. Also, who wants a 900P screen, 500GB HD, 4GB RAM, Ivy Bridge, and an OD in 2014? Now I just realized how stupid the computer is today.
     
  16. dustbuny macrumors newbie

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    that is crazy over priced! get a use one then upgrade hard drive to a hybrid
     
  17. thundersteele macrumors 68030

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    These are much more reasonable prices. I wouldn't pay more than $1500 for that old machine, $1300 sounds like a fair price.
     

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