MBP Pricing Question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MacOCD, Aug 22, 2010.

  1. MacOCD macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2009
    I was looking on the Apple website researching the prices for the MBP's and I noticed that the lowest priced 15" model is 200$ cheaper than the middle 15" model(which makes sense) but when you upgrade the hard-drive to the 500gb 5400rpm for 100$ the models seem to be identical. Which means, any one who buys the middle model is spending 100 extra dollars... Unless there is something in that middle model that is not listed that makes it 100$ more. I was wondering if any one knew what this secret 100$ upgrade is, or if Apple is trying to pull a fast one on us.

    Thanks in advance for the response.
  2. advocate macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2004
    The processor in the middle model runs slightly faster.
  3. Ivan P macrumors 68030

    Ivan P

    Jan 17, 2008
    The middle-tier 15" ($1999) has a 2.53GHz i5 processor. The low-end ($1799) has a 2.4GHz. That's where the main difference is.
  4. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    The middle model comes with i5-540M while the base 15" comes with i5-520M. The difference is unnoticeable but it's 133MHz, so basically, if you want to buy MBP with 500GB HD from in-store, that's your only option.
  5. MacOCD thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2009
    Well if I were to buy one, it would be online so I could get the HR screen with the 500gb 7200rpm drive, and the pre-registered applecare :]
  6. makismagoo99 macrumors regular


    Aug 17, 2006
    Buy AppleCare from Amazon. You'll save about $50 or so. As far as I know, there is no advantage to buying AppleCare at the time of your MacBook Pro other than that you'll be registered automagically.
  7. soleilvie macrumors member

    Apr 14, 2010
    If the OP is getting an education discount, Apple is actually cheaper than Amazon. For the regular price though, you are right, Amazon has the better price.
  8. fcortese macrumors demi-god


    Apr 3, 2010
    Big Sky country
    Try ordering over the phone at the apple store- you may pick up some extra discounts from whomever you are talking to. They'll quote you a price, and as it was in my most recent purchase, a savings of a couple of hundred bucks. Better than a refurb or Amazon. It may be just a hit or miss thing, but it was very, very nice in my case.
  9. MacOCD thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2009
    Oh yeah, forgot to mention I would be purchasing with the education discount :)

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