Is the 2012 15" rMBP ok? Any different to 2013?

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  1. snapper64 macrumors regular

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    I was originally considering waiting for a Haswell 13" rMBP as even the base model 15" is too expensive for me. However, I've just noticed a 2012 refurb is available for £200 less than the current base 15" (even with education discount).

    Are there any issues I should be aware of with this 2012 model?
     
  2. Yell0w macrumors regular

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    I read that the 2013 models have a minor spec bump compared to 2012 models and that's all.
     
  3. snapper64, Sep 11, 2013
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    snapper64 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks, I've ordered it. I don't want to wait for Haswell. Plus even if I did I could only afford the 13", which lacks a GPU and that was something I had wanted for some casual gaming :)

    EDIT: In case anyone else is interested, it's this model http://store.apple.com/uk/product/F...-23ghz-quad-core-intel-i7-with-retina-display for £1319.
     
  4. Yell0w macrumors regular

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    Congrats on your purchase. I'm waiting for my 2008 MBP to die...
     
  5. ldwoody macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for pointing this out, EXTREMELY tempted to pick one up now. Ahhh. Whats the risk factor with refurbs?
     
  6. Yell0w macrumors regular

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    None at all. Actually some people prefer it cause it has went thru another level of inspection. It's just repacked in a brown box? And cost much less than a new device.
     
  7. snapper64 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes. As far as I know that's the only difference, replacement packaging.
     
  8. johnnylarue macrumors 6502a

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    Zero risk factor. Same warranty (1 year + option to buy 2 more). Apple refurbs have a pretty solid reputation.
     
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  10. ldwoody macrumors newbie

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    No chance of any cosmetic issues?
     
  11. snapper64 thread starter macrumors regular

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    There's a disclaimer on the website than minor marks or blemishes may be present, but in general it seems they're as new.

    Remember you still have the 14 day return option if there's an issue you're unhappy with.
     
  12. ldwoody, Sep 11, 2013
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    ldwoody macrumors newbie

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    Great! Thank you :D

    Edit-----

    Ordered, that seemed far too easy to spend such a large amount of money!
     
  13. soulreaver99 macrumors 68020

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    Refurbs are usually more reliable. In some cases they Apple fixed whatever problem the unit initially had and resells it for a lower cost. Had my refurb 27-inch iMac for a year and have ZERO issues and still looks like new :)
     
  14. snapper64 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Lol I know exactly what you mean :D Roll on Friday!
     
  15. ajumbaje macrumors 6502

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    im looking at getting the 2013 refurb one. Maxed out is 2929... still debating. Wondering if that is a good deal or waiting to see what haswell brings. Then again, problems might be fixed in the refurb and I dont want to wait for haswell refurbs
     
  16. johnnylarue macrumors 6502a

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    The main thing keeping me from pulling the trigger on a refurb is potential price drops. If the Haswell MBP is iGPU-only, there's a (slim) chance prices could drop across the whole range--especially considering the improving retina display production yields and SSDs becoming a bit cheaper.

    So hypothetically, the Haswells could wind up costing a bit less than the current line of MBPs, resulting in subsequent price drops in the early-2013 models and refurbs.

    This is all pure speculation--and realistically I don't expect the wait to save me more than $200. But it's only a few weeks. And waiting is guaranteed to save me the disappointment of sinking $2500+ into older tech and missing out on potentially better/newer tech for less money.
     
  17. ldwoody macrumors newbie

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    Turns out it wasn't that easy- just had a call from the fraud squad assuming my card had been stolen!
     
  18. Yell0w macrumors regular

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    Haha better safe than sorry though.
     

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