money but no plan...MBP 13" 2011 refurb??

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by JPFFCA, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. JPFFCA macrumors newbie

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    I need a computer replacement...and have been saving so long that I can basically buy whatever. I am not in love with the 15" MBPr, but I am the kind of guy who likes to stay "current" with new design changes, etc.--in other words if this is the way apple is heading I would rather follow now than feel "outdated" by all the new designs in 2-3 years. I bought a Powerbook G4 (way back when) the last year before the design change and I'm still sour about it--lol. My question is if I do not go "all out" and buy the MBPr (which I have no real need for)...would it make more sense to buy a refurbished 13" MBP 2011 (some are as cheap as $799 in education store) or just pay the relatively inexpensive $1200 for the new 13"? I understand that USB 3.0 and the IVY Bridge are nice updates, but for what I need it for (a computer to maybe just get by with for awhile) do you see a big difference? If they had the mbpr in the 13" I would have already purchased...
     
  2. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    How about a 2012 13" Air? You get Ivy Bridge, USB 3, and SSD, a higher screen res than the 13" MBP, and it's lighter and more portable.
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Refurbs are not available in the Education Store. They're only available on Apple's refurb store, and don't qualify for Education discounts.

    Apple refurbished products are considered by most to be a very good deal, as they're pretty much like buying a new Mac, except for the box.
    • Apple Certified Refurbished Products are only available from the Apple Refurb Store and are not sold by any 3rd party or local Apple stores
    • Educational discounts do not apply to refurb products.
    • Refurb products come with the same warranty as new products, and qualify for AppleCare
    • Refurb products have a changed serial number that identifies them as refurbished
    • Refurb products come with whatever OS version and software they originally shipped with as new
    • Refurb products come with the same items in the box as new products, only the box is a plain one, not the new box.
    • A refurb product could have some cosmetic signs of prior use, but rarely do
    • A refurb Mac may have some cycles on the battery, but not a significant enough amount to affect usable life
    • The refurb store inventory changes frequently, sometimes several times a day, and doesn't have any direct relation to upcoming product releases. What's available in the refurb store is determined by what has been returned to Apple.
    • If you're looking for a particular item, refurb.me can alert you when it becomes available.
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    Personally, I'd get the Ivy Bridge 13" MBP over the Sandy Bridge flavor that's in the refurb section. you're not getting a huge savings and so you'll get a computer that's a little more current that should last you that much longer.
     

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