Macbook pro purchase advice

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by rchip, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. rchip macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2011
    Hey guys! As soon as the macbook air was refreshed, I went and bought a 13 inch model. Unfortunately I went through 4 machines and they all had faults so I got a refund from the Apple store in the end as I was tired of exchanging : (

    I've been thinking about a macbook pro, really the only things I will be doing are Pages, Keynote, numbers, aperture 3 and browsing/streaming. I've been considering pulling the trigger on this refurb mac

    Seeing as I'm new to macs (the air was my first mac) I was wondering if this would be good for my needs?

    at £650 it's a good price for me so I wont be so worried about taking it around university, my only concern is would the machine struggle to stream hd video?

    Please let me know what you think anyway, I would appreciate your help!

  2. Tiki35 macrumors 6502

    Oct 25, 2009
    Nanoose Bay, BC, Canada
    I have the same machine and it would serve your needs well. Very inexpensive to upgrade to 8GB of RAM and you can easily swap the hard drive for an SSD later if you like also.
  3. randomrazr macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2011
    u exchanged ur thing 4 times? what were wrong with them?
  4. wegster macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2006
    That's a core 2 duo machine, not an i5 or i7, so it will be a fair bit slower than current pro models. It's about as fast CPU-wise as a 2010 13" fastest Air, about half as fast as the current gen fastest Air or entry level current 13" Pro, ~1/3rd cpu power of the current entry level quad core MBP 15".
    This is the model you're looking at:

    I believe it's also integrated graphics, but will take up to 8GB of RAM.
    Overall, I'd personally pass on that, and look at a newer generation i5/i7 13" or 15"
  5. maril1111 macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2010
    I don't think it would struggle with any of your needs and hd video streaming would be fine too,however i am wondering if you would not need the screen size and have a bit more money in your budget to look at the 13MBP.

    As for University security you could use:



    or a kingston lock:
  6. rchip thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2011
    3 of them had buzzing speakers : ( ... one of them had working speakers but an unaccetable grey gradient at the bottom of the screen!

    Thanks for the pointers there, okay so it seems that this will be fine for my needs but I may as well go with the new macbook pro.

    That would be £859 with education discount, would you say that probably makes more sense than the £650 refurb?
  7. h00ligan macrumors 68030

    Apr 10, 2003
    A hot desert
    Neither of those are faults. FWIW. You'll find something to hate about the mbp too.
  8. wegster macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2006
    That's the big question - for the $ (well ok, £ :) ) being asked, I'd pick up the base current MBP refurb, or one year back (but still dual core i-series cpu).. as others mentioned, I do think that system would suffice, but for a few $ more, you'll see a pretty good jump in performance.
  9. randomrazr macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2011
    and the fourth one?
  10. rchip thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2011
    Sorry I didn't write that very clearly, three of the four macbook airs had the speaker issue, one of the four had a screen issue :(

    I'm not sure if I should try an air again or just get a pro to avoid these headaches about quality!
  11. njean777 macrumors 6502

    Oct 17, 2009

    Just get a pro, If you really didn't like the speakers on the air then don't buy another one. TBH you should probably just get a pro from the apple store, and open it before you leave to save the gas.
  12. mofunk macrumors 68020


    Aug 26, 2009

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