MBP: Did I make a wise choice

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by manofmany, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. manofmany macrumors newbie

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    I owned a MA610LL when it was first released. I ended up selling it 6 months later and getting a nice fast PC and 21" widescreen which I am still using today. I've turned it into a dual booting amd rig running Windows Vista/7/OSX :D

    Even though I have OSX on here, I really miss my old MBP. My laptop is getting pretty old and too slow for more liking, so I've been hunting on eBay for a good deal.

    Late last night I came across one I like and I sniped it and won it at a cost of $810, it is a MA609LL. The specs are

    15.4" Matte
    2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor
    3 GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM
    120GB 5400-rpm hard drive
    ATI x1600 Radeon Video Card

    Comes with all retail attachments and the retail box. Also comes with 2 magsafe power adapters. Applecare plan is good until 1/25/2010.

    For $810, did I get a good deal?
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    That looks pretty good. If you still have it when the AppleCare expires, swap in a good sized 7200RPM drive and it will feel like a new machine.
     
  3. manofmany thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That was one of the downsides of the purchase. I would really like a larger speedier hard drive, but I can certainly deal with that until January. Applecare transfers with the computer and is not bound to the original purchaser, correct? The guy said the battery only lasts about an hour so I may have to pickup a new one.
     
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Correct. If you have less than 300 cycles on the battery, Apple may give you a new one if you ask nicely.
     
  5. manofmany thread starter macrumors newbie

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    There are 189 cycles on the battery and it lasts just under an hour after being fully charged. Is it worth the 30 minute drive to the apple store to see about getting a new battery? Applecare is effective until 2010
     
  6. manofmany thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just got off the phone with apple and they are sending me a brand new battery tomorrow even though it's been longer than a year. 189 cycles and it's only holding a 54% charge so the lady granted an exception.

    Awesome! She said I could go to the apple store to get it replaced or have one sent. I chose to have it sent and just place a temp hold on my credit card.
     
  7. iknowyourider macrumors 6502a

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    Sounds like you got a good deal. I got the charger replaced for my 12" PB and they held my card with no problems. The RMA is so easy, it comes in the box.

    The hdd is user replaceable (does not void warranty) in my Macbook. Is it not, in the MBP? I put a 500 gb (5400 of course) in my MB and it is 6X faster (the way I understand it) than the original 160.
     
  8. manofmany thread starter macrumors newbie

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    As far as I know it's not suppose to be user replaceable but I may be wrong. I would love nothing more than to replace my current drive.
     
  9. iMacmatician macrumors 601

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    I don't think it's user-replaceable in the MacBook Pro.
     
  10. synth3tik macrumors 68040

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    Apple care is linked via SN not owner so no problem there. Also a HD is an end-user serviceable part. You have no reason to wait for Apple care to run out before you upgrade the HD.
     
  11. manofmany thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Even in the macbook pro? I've worked on many laptops before but I'm not sure I like the idea of taking a MBP apart lol!

    EDIT: Actually it looks fairly simple, but I've seen conflicting info on whether or not it would void the applecare.
     
  12. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Outstanding!

    For his particular model of MacBook Pro, it is not user serviceable according to Apple: MacBook Pro 15-inch and 17-inch (Intel Core 2 Duo) User's Guide

    Of course, this does not stop him from being careful when he swaps drives so that Apple doesn't know he's done it. The odd thing about the User Guide is that it mentions memory as the only User Serviceable part but, as we have just seen, the battery is also user serviceable. :rolleyes:
     
  13. iknowyourider macrumors 6502a

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    OK, how about this idea? Get you a nice drive of choice for $99><. Take it to apple store and ask them to install it. The first time I upgraded mine from 160 to 250, I called apple to confirm that it was OK for me to do it. The guy said, don't do it, just take it in and have a genius do it. When I insisted that I could do it, he had his supervisor confirm that it was OK for me to do it. But my point is, he first told me to take my new drive to the genius bar.
     
  14. Wicked1 macrumors 68040

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    Battery Cycles

    How can you determine the amount of Cycles on your battery without really knowing how much you charged it and recharged it, does Apple have a utility that tells you this information?


    Wicked1
     
  15. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    :apple:->About this Mac->More Info->Hardware->Power

    Some People just use coconutBattery.
     
  16. manofmany thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What he said. Apple had me go into System Profiler and then file and Send To Apple, which prompted them sending me a new battery :D
     
  17. kellen macrumors 68020

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    I would say you got a great deal, especially with 2 magsafes and a new battery. Extra ram is nice as well.

    Applecare seals the deal.

    Just change the HD out yourself, apple won't do it if I recall correctly. Its not bad to do at all, just removing screws. Hardest part is putting the top case on again and being afraid to push the top down enough to snap it in.

    Nice buy.
     
  18. opera57 macrumors 6502

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    Excellent deal You can never beat OSX running on a real mac! [​IMG]
     
  19. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    Does the ati card have 128 or 256 megs of ram? www.mac2sell.net is a good pricing resource, though many think they're a bit on the low side. If your machine matches their quoted price, you can at least bet you didn't get screwed.

    I just got a 15" 2.33 with the 256 meg ati card for $1100, and it was out of applecare. It is in flawless condition, and came with the box, discs, a lot of extra software, and a really nice carrying bag. I'm happy with mine for the price. I only risked it because of the ati card; there was no way I was going to gamble on the nvidia 8600 on a machine with no applecare.

    Congrats on your purchase.
     
  20. manofmany thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's got the 128MB of ram. According the that site, the value is $1,110

    The seller just sent me a $15.50 refund on shipping because it wasn't insured like it was suppose to be. So for the final price of $840 shipped I got

    A pristine 15" 2.16ghz Matte Macbook Pro
    3GB Ram
    120GB HD
    ATI Radeon x1600 128mb ram
    Superdrive

    All the original packaging, 2 85w magsafe adapters, remote, couple adapters, new 10.5.6 still in the box family pack, and applecare until 2010. I also got Apple to send me a brand new battery for it. I got VERY lucky getting this kind of deal on a MBP in new condition. I am very very happy.

    Only thing is, I want to upgrade the hard drive to a 320gb 7200rpm drive asap, just don't want to void the remaining applecare.
     
  21. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    You either have a 3rd party apple authorized repair shop put in a drive for you, and use an apple drive so it will be covered under applecare since it's not a user serviceable part in our model, or wait til 2/1/10.

    You got a great deal I'm so happy with mine.
     
  22. manofmany thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah I'll probably wait it out until the end of the month and maybe I can get a great deal on a drive come December. I love these things. I think I would have rather had a 17" but this deal was far too good to pass up. I'm not disappointed. Hopefully I can get back into web development and design now.
     
  23. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    Snow Leopard should work fine on the ati cards, right?
     
  24. zero85ZEN macrumors regular

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    Excellent purchase. You may want to ask Apple about the drive upgrade...I asked at my local Apple Store and was told that I could do it myself and not void my remaining Apple Care...BUT the drive would not be covered (obviously) and any problems that I might cause would not be covered. I worked in IT for 5 years (systems tech/admin) and have opened up a lot of laptops so I'm confident with doing it myself. There are a lot of step-by-step instructions on the web for how to do it yourself.

    And if I ever need to send mine in for warranty work it will go in with the original drive back inside. :)
     

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