Just bought a refurb from Apple

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Howcome, Mar 24, 2011.

  1. Howcome macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2011
    Originally released April 2010
    15.4-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display (1440 x 900 pixel)
    4GB (2 x 2GB) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
    320GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
    8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics processor with 256MB of GDDR3 memory

    Price was $1269. No Applecare. I already have a 750GB hard drive to put into it, so that takes care of the storage. This is replacing my 2009 Macbook which I use for video djing using Serato. Was this a good deal and is this machine a good upgrade from my Macbook? Fingers crossed/
  2. MmmPancakes macrumors 6502


    Jan 18, 2005
    Austin, TX
    Congrats! On such a great machine, I highly recommend buying AppleCare sometime in the next year. The service is impeccable. One mishap, and the price is justified -- sometimes two or three times over.
  3. DrHiggsBoson macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2011
    Sounds like a pretty decent deal to me. I think if it's between the 11" air, the 13" mbp, and the refurb for DJing, I would probably go for the refurb. You can keep it for a year and sell it to upgrade next year!
  4. Howcome thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2011
    I will be buying Applecare, just have to do 1 day of OT at the day job.
  5. Apple 26.2 macrumors 6502a

    Apple 26.2

    Jan 1, 2011
    What up, 212?!
    That's not a bad price. For a 200-300 more, you could've gotten a new 2010, but they're harder to find right now. Enjoy it, I think you did well!
  6. Buck987 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2010
    cool deal..congrats...
  7. Al Coholic macrumors 6502

    Mar 10, 2011
    Under the I-470 Freeway
    Shouldn't these questions be asked before buying it?
  8. iApples macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2011
  9. AppleScruff1 macrumors G3


    Feb 10, 2011
  10. Buck987 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2010
    duel core i5 2.4 i would think
  11. TxdoHawk macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2011
    I bought this one as well...seems to be the best deal on a refurb 15-inch in the Apple online store. Supposed to be picking it up today after Fedex drops it off at their closest location. :D

    I still can't believe the prices Apple is trying to charge for some of those refurb Core 2 Duo 15's...
  12. Ccrew macrumors 68020

    Feb 28, 2011

    Stop making sense!! :)
  13. Howcome thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2011
    You 2 guys do know that I can return it within 14 days, according to the sales rep? The price was the best I could find so I took a chance. Now, do you have any thing of value to add or are you just trolling?
  14. nebulos macrumors 6502a


    Aug 27, 2010
    ideally, yes. but some of the 2010 refurbs simply fly off the shelves. besides, after you buy a computer, you spend the next 14 days deciding if it was the right choice.

    if you're happy with it, i think this comp is a great deal.

    in this range, you could compare with the base 2011 13"; the 13 is a bit faster and more portable, but maybe the screen real estate and the 330M over the integrated graphics is what calls it? ... anyways, for your needs, between these two its prob a matter of preference.
  15. Ccrew macrumors 68020

    Feb 28, 2011

    No, we're just responding to your obvious lack of planning. If you knew you needed a machine, and shopped it correctly, or asked BEFORE you bought you wouldn't seem like such a nOOb that would freely stick Apple with a returned machine since you didn't research FIRST.

    So you can certainly call us captain obvious for our response, but you're then the perfect lemming for buying something before determining if it was the best possible for your needs and pocketbook now asking us to pat you on the back. Then getting clearly butthurt because you didn't like our answer.

    So ya want it? Unless you NEED that 15" screen a 2011 13" i5 will run circles around the machine you bought and do it at a lower price point.
  16. Howcome thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2011
    I do appreciate your last paragraph, it was definitely more useful than the rest of your post. I did mention I was doing video djing so the gpu is very important. With all of the talk of the HD3000's lack of power a dedicated gpu is huge. "Lemming, butthurt" dude you seem very angry and insulting. Thanks to everyone who replied politely, I appreciate it.
  17. Buck987 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2010
    Oh...please....leave the guy alone...it was more of a rhetorical question

    and your wrong about the 13" running circles around his choice at a lower price point..yes the $1499 high end one will but not the base unit...and the 13" has a poor video card....and so-so screen resolution..
  18. xxplosive1984 macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2009
    Dallas, TX
  19. nebulos macrumors 6502a


    Aug 27, 2010
  20. mike2732 macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2011
    Yeah 2011 13" is cheaper and like he said, it runs circles around the 2010 15" CPU wise (major CPU revision).

    2011: Intel Core i5 2.3 with better boosting and etc..
    2010: Intel Core i5 2.4 older revision (less features = less performance)
  21. nebulos, Mar 25, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2011

    nebulos macrumors 6502a


    Aug 27, 2010
    ... the face was in response to the whole post.

    as for the technical discussion, the differences and trade offs have already been pointed out. both machines are fast. will the OP notice the difference? maybe. is it a HUGE difference? arguable.

    2010 i5 15": geekbench ~ 4800, dedicated GPU, 1440x900, $1,269

    2011 i5 13": geekbench ~ 5800, integrated GPU, 1280x800, thunderbolt, $1,199
  22. Miss Terri macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2010
    US East Coast
    Tell me about it! I would really like to buy one of those refurbed Core 2 Duo 15's JUST because I want a standard resolution anti-glare screen, and that's the last one that has it. But they're asking close to $1500 for it, when you can get the 2010's with the i5 for the same or even hundreds less (depending on screen choice). I wish they would price the Core 2 Duo one a bit more "realistically," so that I could buy one.

    Actually, if one is getting the standard resolution 15-er, which I believe the OP did, the ppi are almost the same between the 13" and the 15". The 15" is just more area. (I checked because I want *less* resolution - at least until resolution independence comes along.)

  23. mrwonkers macrumors 6502


    Oct 31, 2004
    Some of the refurb prices are great usually on newer models - older stuff not so much so. If you want a low res matte screen your better of buying a refurb i5 and have the screen swapped by a 3rd party.

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