Mackbook pro refubrished

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Drask, May 4, 2012.

  1. Drask macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2012
    Hello there,

    About 2 motnhs ago I bought an iMac 27" 2011 (not refubrished) It's an amazing computer, now I want to get a laptop, this time a refubrished one so I can save some cash. I found this two that interest me the most:

    Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Quad-core Intel i7
    Originally released October 2011
    15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Hi-Res antiglare widescreen display, 1680-by-1050 resolution

    4GB (2 x 2GB) of 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
    500GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
    8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Intel HD Graphics 3000 and AMD Radeon HD 6750M


    Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.8GHz Intel Core i7
    Originally released April 2010
    15.4-inch LED-backlit antiglare Hi-Res widescreen display (1680 x 1050 pixel)
    4GB (2 x 2GB) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
    500GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
    8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR3 memory

    Both are the same exact price, which one do you think its better? I'd like to plug it to my imac so I can use it as an external monitor, is that possible with the 2010 on? (with the lack of thunderbolt), Graphics seems pretty obvious that the 2011 is better, but how about the processor? the 2010 has a 2.8 vs a 2.2.

    Oh and what do you think of the 17"? is it too big? the resolution is quite amazing and its just about +$60.

    Any thoughts are welcome.
  2. mikeo007 macrumors 65816

    Mar 18, 2010
    The October 2011 model is superior. No point in buying the 2010 if the prices are the same.
  3. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    Note that if you were to use Adobe's Premiere in CS6, for example, it would run faster with the card in the newer machine (assuming it has 1gb memory); that card works with the Mercury graphics acceleration (and with some PS effects I imagine as well).

    The 17" does feel quite big; go heft some and see what you think. You already have a big screen so portability might be a better choice.

    And you can't use the laptop screen as a monitor for the iMac but I believe you could go the other direction. And you could try Screen Recycler to use the laptop as a monitor via software; works pretty well although a bit slow, but fine for documents, etc. And Teleport or the like for sharing the iMac's mouse and keyboard.
  4. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    You really don't understand cpus at all, so I'm glad you posted on here before buying the wrong thing assuming these are being sold at similar price points. The 2.8 is a dual core cpu with a slightly older architecture. It is slower. Ghz don't mean anything when they are taken out of context. Regarding gpus, these are totally different gpu configurations. Google suggests that the AMD version is significantly faster. If gpu power is important to you, and you have a current laptop, I'd just wait for the current year release to get one that isn't so low on vram. Anything below 1GB is starting to feel skimpy for a machine you buy today, assuming you want 2-3 years out of it. I don't mean wait until launch. I mean wait for the bugs to clear up and then check the refurb store. Of course I don't know whether you need one right now or just want one.
  5. Drask thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2012
    Sorry, I was actually talking about making the iMac the external display, would be silly to go the other way around :p.
  6. trikky macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2011

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