macbook pro 17

Should i return 17 inch macbook pro ?

  • yes

    Votes: 12 25.5%
  • no

    Votes: 35 74.5%

  • Total voters
    47

ant043

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Apr 20, 2008
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Well Guys

My 17 inch macbook pro unibody refurb is arriving tomorrow but i'm strongly thinking of returning it. There is alot of speculation that new intel chips are going to be added and i'd hate to miss a really significant update like that in a month or two months time. So i just wanted to ask what people think i should do. I have a macbook pro at the minute so i'm in no particular rush to buy anything. Should i return the refurb ? Do people think that that the core 2 duo chip will be replaced before christmas ? thanks
 

shambo

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Apr 4, 2009
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Well Guys

My 17 inch macbook pro unibody refurb is arriving tomorrow but i'm strongly thinking of returning it. There is alot of speculation that new intel chips are going to be added and i'd hate to miss a really significant update like that in a month or two months time. So i just wanted to ask what people think i should do. I have a macbook pro at the minute so i'm in no particular rush to buy anything. Should i return the refurb ? Do people think that that the core 2 duo chip will be replaced before christmas ? thanks
yeah dude you ordered it but because you never did your research right or am even unhappy in any slightest way just return it to apple so that we can all foot your bill.

ffs
 

jaredwaynef

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Aug 23, 2009
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Well first off, what are you using this laptop for in the first place?
IMO I don't think everyone will benefit leaps and bounds over an update (if there even is one, a fact I don't find likely to happen until early 2010) in the CPU. Understandably, Quad-core sounds awesome in comparison to Dual Core, yet unless you're doing very intensive rendering (photoshop, Final Cut Pro HD Movies, etc.) I doubt the benefit will be great. Also, I don't think it's ever worth the plunge to be one of the first to buy a new chipset like the new Intel 4 cores. Chances are, as with most updates, there are going to be kinks and problems that they will need to work out in the first generation.
However, seeing you bought a 17" my hope is that you really do need the extra space for CPU intensive programs (which don't include iTunes, Safari, Firefox, etc.).
There are so many threads questioning whether there will be another update for the MBP before Xmas. Personally, I think they might update the processor speed a little, like they did in April (I think?). That's the only thing I see in the pre-2010 updates for MBP's though.
So basically, decide:
A.) Do you need it now?
B.) Will you REALLY benefit greatly with a jump from 2 to 4 cores?
C.) Is it worth the wait and money (considering there will be no refurbs of a new line)?

Hope this helps! And hopefully my grammar is fine.
 

ant043

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Apr 20, 2008
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Ireland
yeah dude you ordered it but because you never did your research right or am even unhappy in any slightest way just return it to apple so that we can all foot your bill.

ffs
Thank you for that valid contribution. Its nice to be nice you know.
 

maflynn

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May 3, 2009
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I don't think we'll see any update to the MBP line in 2009 and to that end. Keep the MBP you ordered. When apple does eventually update the MBP, you can always sell your 17" MBP.

Apple has not updated its imac line for some time and so that being the case, I'd expect to see that get an update before the laptops do.

Just my $.02

Besides, do you want to be on the bleeding of a revision 1 laptop. Who knows what issues that could arise from using the Nahalem processors in the MBP. Let the dust settle and then make an informed decision.
 

Spudracer

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Oct 4, 2009
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Like you I just ordered a new MBP 17. I upgraded the HDD to 7200 RPM and chose the anti-glare screen. However I stuck with the 2.8 GHz processor. From everything I've read, each new generation of processor or boost in clock speed produces only incremental gains of a few percent in real world tasks like photo or movie editing.

Most of the time, you can see much more gain from spending money on the bottleneck of storage. A cheap upgrade to a faster HDD for now and an SSD when prices drop in a year or two will likely be the wiser choice.

And the MacBook Pro 17 just went through a mid 2009 upgrade along with the recent move to the unibody case. I don't see Apple moving away from a very solid and elegant design quickly. They are already out in front of the industry with DDR3 RAM and a superior battery life. The 9600 graphics chip runs hot and I don't know if "bigger" would be better.

For all those reasons, I figured this was as good a time as any and I'm not feeling any buyers remorse. Now if Apple were to drop prices by $500.........I'd be wallowing in self pity.
 

ant043

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Apr 20, 2008
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Does anyone have any idea when apple will implement usb 3.0 into their laptops ?
 

tofagerl

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Get the refurb, and if they announce the new computer tomorrow, you sell the refurb for 100 or 200 less than you paid, and get the new one if you think it's worth it.
 

dquack

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Feb 5, 2008
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Don't chase the latest and greatest technology or else you will be broke quick. Something bigger and better is always out after you buy your baby, but just be happy with what you got. I have the 3.06 17" UMBP and am totally happy with it. No need to buy another new one for another 2-3 years.
 

clyde2801

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If you've already got a macbook pro that's working for you, I'm wondering why you would need a second machine in the first place. A mini-dv to dvi connector and a good external monitor would be a heck of a lot more cost effective than any second laptop.

I'd cancel the order on the 2nd mbp and keep on truckin' with the one you've already got.
 

maflynn

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Does anyone have any idea when apple will implement usb 3.0 into their laptops ?
Of course not, they don't provide any information regarding future computer designs or details. Maybe it will be included along with the clarksfield/arrandale chipset, maybe it won't.

Trying to figure out apple's plans is like nailing jello to a tree.
 

SysAdmNj

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Oct 2, 2009
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I have a macbook pro at the minute so i'm in no particular rush to buy anything.
This reason right here, and the fact you mention usb 3.0 and faster processor is enough reason to wait. I'd return it imho. Other upgrades Apple should consider is the new bluetooth update or possibly light peak replacing all, and of course a blu-ray burner. I believe the new macbook pro might come out in the spring the latest. If you can hold off till then, do so. I know I am.
 

Gen

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Jul 15, 2008
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Keep it. You can wait forever for a new product. And, I don't think there have been any rumors regarding the MBP line-up; only rumor was for the plastic macbook.
 

Rampant.A.I.

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Sep 25, 2009
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yeah dude you ordered it but because you never did your research right or am even unhappy in any slightest way just return it to apple so that we can all foot your bill.

ffs

If they offer a return policy, what exactly do you think it is there for?

Do you think it could be to cover consumers who think their purchase is not right for them?

What bill, exactly, do you think you are footing?

The return shipping Apple probably pays for, considering they pay shipping for all of their warranty work? The refurbished model he bought, which will eventually be resold to someone else if he returns it anyway?



Back to the OP's question, depends how long you've had your current computer. If it's a significant upgrade for you, it might outweigh the likely 4 month + wait.

My Powerbook G4 was a Revision D, and I bought it mere months before the Revision E was unveiled, and just a few months after that the new MacBook Pro's came out. That always drove me nuts, but that's the way it is with technology. It should give you many years of great use either way.
 

mrsir2009

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Sep 17, 2009
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Keep the one you ordered. For all we know there might not be a new one coming out in 2 months time! If it does come out later down the line and you REALLY want it you can always sell your 17"...
 

ant043

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Apr 20, 2008
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Thank you for all the replies. They are very much appreciated. I received the 17 inch antiglare model today but i just noticed that there is a slight gap between the screen and body when the macbook is closed. It's like the screen is very slightly bent. Just wondering if this is normal or a defect ? Thanks again.
 

shambo

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Apr 4, 2009
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Thank you for all the replies. They are very much appreciated. I received the 17 inch antiglare model today but i just noticed that there is a slight gap between the screen and body when the macbook is closed. It's like the screen is very slightly bent. Just wondering if this is normal or a defect ? Thanks again.
Just return it again and allow us all to foot the bill... again. :rolleyes:
 

tofagerl

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May 16, 2006
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Just return it again and allow us all to foot the bill... again. :rolleyes:
You're a bit like my 21 year old sister. Everything in the world always affects JUST HER in some way. It kind of gets on my nerve...
 

pprior

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There has been no news of significance in the last few days.

Therefore you have nothing new to make you question your purchase now vs. the day you pressed the "complete order" button.

As such, keep the dang thing and be happy. Current technology is working well, there will always be something newer, get over it.