MacBook Pro for the first time

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by darkryno, Apr 10, 2018.

  1. darkryno macrumors newbie

    darkryno

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    Hello everyone,

    I want to buy a new MacBook Pro for the first time.
    and I really don't know which one to choose. i'd like you guys to help me please.
    Excuse me, but I dnot understand anything about it.

    My budget is: 1,500$ between 2,000$

    My computer uses are:
    General Uses
    Studies
    Photoshop

    Right now, I'm deliberating between two options:
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1293727-REG/apple_mlh42ll_a_15_4_macbook_pro_with.html

    or from Apple this one:

    Touch Bar and Touch ID
    3.1GHz Processor
    256GB Storage

    • 3.1GHz dual-core 7th-generation Intel Core i5 processor
    • Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz
    • 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory
    • 256GB SSD storage1
    • Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650
    • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports
    • Touch Bar and Touch ID
    wich one you recommend?
     
  2. applebro macrumors regular

    applebro

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    I'd get the one from BH.

    1. It has more RAM
    2. It has more storage (my 2012 has 256GB and i'm constantly having to delete things to make room for whatever I need
    3. No taxes in most states with BH

    be sure to get AppleCare
     
  3. prisstratton macrumors 6502a

    prisstratton

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    Without a doubt……go for the one from BHPhoto.

    It has the other one beat completely as far as specs. are concerned.

    Quad Core i7 Processor versus Dual Core i5
    16 GB RAM versus 8 GB RAM
    512 GB SSD versus 256 GB SSD
    Discrete Graphics with 2 GB Video Ram versus Integrated Graphics
    15.4” Screen versus 13” Screen

    If you want a happier computing experience buy as much as you can afford; and, as @applebro stated, make sure you buy AppleCare.

    If you cannot afford to purchase AppleCare at this point you have up to a year to purchase the standard AppleCare, but only 60 days to purchase the AppleCare+ (plus) plan. The AppleCare+ plan includes accidental damage caused by you, along with a service fee.

    AppleCare Info, here:

    https://www.apple.com/ca/support/products/mac.html

    AppleCare+ Info, here:

    https://www.apple.com/shop/product/S6124LL/A/applecare-plus-for-macbook-macbook-air
     
  4. darkryno thread starter macrumors newbie

    darkryno

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    Thank you very much guys. But the problem with buying AppleCare is that I am not living in USA.
    My friend is going for Vacation in USA so he is buying the computer for me. In my country there is no apple store.
    So what you guys suggest?
     
  5. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess

    AustinIllini

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    I think what everyone is suggesting is
    1) Get the BH one
    2) When he gets the box, take it to the Apple Store and immediately get AppleCare.
     
  6. darkryno thread starter macrumors newbie

    darkryno

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    But there is no Apple store in my country. i can ask my friend to go to Apple store in USA but the question is if you still recommend to get AppleCare even if there is no Apple store in my country?
     
  7. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess

    AustinIllini

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    It depends on the device, really. YMMV. I would do a little extra research and consider the situation
     
  8. jerryk macrumors 601

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    Is there some sort of Apple support network in your country like authorized resellers? If so, call them up and see if they will honor AppleCare and how they would handle warranty support for a machine bought in the US.

    Also, do you have any issues with it having a US keyboard?
     
  9. sublunar macrumors 6502a

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    Might be worth waiting for WWDC - we're potentially 6-7 weeks away from 2018 MacBook Pros. The 15" model looks a good deal but the 2016 models have been available for super-cheap prices for months now. They do have well known issues with the keyboards.
     
  10. trevpimp macrumors regular

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    B&H is a great place to get a Mac

    I purchased my 2014 i7 Quad Core 750m Nvidia there and it’s worked perfectly fine these past few years

    If AppleCare is easily obtainable for you then I would say yeah go for it

    I would definetely consider it if you were to purchase a refurbished model
     
  11. Stygma macrumors member

    Stygma

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    I purchased my applecare+ straight from Apple on the internet, I did not have to take it into the store. Not sure if that is available to you or not.
     
  12. macjunk(ie) macrumors 6502a

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    It is still worth getting AppleCare even if there is no Apple presence in your country right now. Two reasons: 1) Apple might come to your country in the form of authorized resellers. 2) Even if they don't and you r laptop breaks down in the interim, you or your friend can get it repaired in the US the next time you go there.

    Don't take a chance with these laptops.
    Apple's reliability track record has taken a beating off late.
    Everything is soldered on this laptop (meaning you cannot replace failed disk or RAM yourself) AND the keyboard might fail on you (search this forum).
     
  13. darkryno thread starter macrumors newbie

    darkryno

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    Thank you very much for helping guys. Bottom line Do you recommend the model of the above computer?
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1293727-REG/apple_mlh42ll_a_15_4_macbook_pro_with.html
     
  14. macjunk(ie) macrumors 6502a

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  15. darkryno thread starter macrumors newbie

    darkryno

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  16. darkryno thread starter macrumors newbie

    darkryno

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    I just got MBP 2017, and as I know the charger of USA is different than the one in Europe and Israel.
    My question is, if to use the original charger with an adapter will damage my macbook or it should be ok?
     

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