Need help guys... planning on buying a new mac..

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by aenri, Jul 1, 2009.

  1. aenri macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2009
    So i went to a local Best Buy because there's no Apple Retail Store where i live. And was planning on buying the new 13.3" MBP $1199.99... and before buying it i just wondered around the store for a little bit and i saw a table with some macbook cases and apple accessories and they had the MBP 15.4" unibody i guess the earliers models from this year... 2gb ddr3 1066mhz memory, 250gb hdd, both vid cards, 2.4ghz processor regular price $1699, at Special price $1299.99..

    So i know the logical decision would be the 15.4" MBP but i would like the new battery life from the new mbp's, maybe later on i would prefer a smaller size computer for portability, im a college student and i will be using it almost everyday all the time at college, plugs are not always accessible in classrooms depending on where i sit .... so guy's what should i do?
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Either one will be fine for you. What can you afford?
  3. Jamesthatcher macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2009
    is the 1199.99 including the educational discount? It should be about 15% for uni students, and i think they said around 5% for college.
    I 'm not sure whether you get a free iPod with a referb, or not.
    I don't know if you get a edu discount on referb models, but that might be worth looking into!

    If you compare the models, the bonus's of the new one, and the referb...

    13 inch
    Pro's from what i can see...
    1; Better battery
    2; Portability
    3; SD card slot ( could be a disadvantage over express depending on what you'll be using it for )
    4; I think it will also be more of a cheaper option if you include the edu discount.
    5; Free iPod

    15 inch
    1; Good deal for what it is!
    2; better hdd
    3; much better graphics cards
    4; slightly faster processor, (doubt the difference is that noticeable)
    5; Extra pixels! 15 inch screen :)

    I suggest you weigh up all the pro's and cons, ( i 've only listed a few ) and see how much you can get off that original price with educational promo's.

    Hope this helps a little
  4. MacAndy74 macrumors 65816

    Mar 19, 2009
    My rule of thumb is. Do you squint looking at the MBP 13-inch? If not, buy it, if so - go for the 15-inch model. :eek:
  5. motulist macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    You can simply buy a second battery for the older MBP. That way you can get the same battery life as on the unibody.
  6. motulist macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    Why would you have to squint? The ppi of the screens should be similar, so the objects on the screen should be the same size physically. It's just that with the smaller screen you can fit less of the same-sized objects on screen at any one time. Or am I misunderstanding something?
  7. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    #7 the 15" a return or open box?

    That's $700 off its original price... I'd get the 15" MBP at that price if its a NIB unit as it has the faster CPU, dual GPU's, express card slot, larger HDD and larger screen...
  8. Jamesthatcher macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2009
    no your right.
    They are exactly the same.. just less space

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