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

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Shift Option K, Dec 28, 2013.

  1. Shift Option K macrumors regular

    Shift Option K

    Nov 26, 2013
    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?
  2. PeterKG macrumors 6502

    May 2, 2003
  3. Jack Sun macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2013
    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

    Dec 22, 2006
    Yeah, that's a horrible price. Definitely pass on that deal.
  5. jkcerda Suspended


    Jun 10, 2013
    Criminal Mexi Midget
    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

    Nov 2, 2013
    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

    Sep 12, 2012
    Op, A local bby had the computer you described for 1300$
  8. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    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

    Shift Option K

    Nov 26, 2013
    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

    B's iPhone

    Jul 9, 2008
    Where it's cold
    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


    Nov 6, 2008
    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

    Nov 2, 2013
    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.
  13. Laco macrumors 6502

    Apr 23, 2008
  14. Jack Sun macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2013
    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
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2013

    Shift Option K thread starter macrumors regular

    Shift Option K

    Nov 26, 2013
    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

    Dec 30, 2013
    that is crazy over priced! get a use one then upgrade hard drive to a hybrid
  17. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
    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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