Need Help with my upgrade decision

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jjedwards, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. jjedwards macrumors newbie

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    Hi All,

    I am planning on upgrading from my 2007 white MacBook 2.2 GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo 1 GB Ram.

    I got the MacBook as a Christmas present in 2007 and it has been wonderful, no complaints. But it is time to upgrade! It is so slow!

    Anyways, I am not a gamer. I don't edit movies, music, or videos. My full time job is as an investigator and I am an evening division law student. Majority of the time, I have Chrome, Spotify, Evernote, Thunderbird, and sometimes powerpoint and word open all at the same time. So I would like something that will last 6 more years like my current laptop and capable of running multiple apps at one time.

    What are your thoughts? I would like a 15 inch, because I like the bigger screen, but that is a requirement. I am more worried about the longevity (I want my monies worth) and speed.

    Thanks!
     
  2. greenchiliman macrumors 6502

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    If your computer is working fine and you are looking for more speed - have you thought of upgrading your ram and either a hybrid-drive or SSD?
     
  3. jjedwards thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have, but the fact of the manner is that the computer is six years old. Upgrading my RAM to 4 GB when the computer can only process 3 GB doesn't seem worth it. Also, it may buy me some time, but eventually I would have to upgrade. Also, it doesn't work fine. It over heats, freezes, and so on.
     
  4. Raunien macrumors 6502

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    If you are set on 15 inch notebook, and you are on a budget a very good option is the 15 inch 2011 MBP on Apple's website. They are still available for a very competitive price point. One of the best deals IMO
     
  5. CosmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    Another option is to lurk the refurb store on Apple's website. They carry the same warranty and are must cheaper. Any 2011 or 2012 model will do you just fine. Highly recommend the SSD upgrade option as soon as you can drop the money on one, it make the computer super fast. If at all possible, 8GB RAM as a minimum to grow with you for those future years.

    To be honest, any MBP you purchase is going to be worth it. IMHO, the difference between Apple and the other machines is quality. I'm not saying you can't get a lemon from time to time, but a Mac is going to last many, many years (as you already know). The other guys maybe a year or two...to me, that's money down the drain.
     
  6. jjedwards thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What is a 2012 MBP doing in the refurb store? Is it just people returning them?
     
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    You can buy the same models, with the same warranty in the refurbished section. They're quite a bit cheaper too.

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/FD101LL/A/refurbished-macbook-pro-25ghz-dual-core-intel-i5

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/FD103LL/A/refurbished-macbook-pro-23ghz-quad-core-intel-i7

    Don't waste your money on Apple upgrades, they charge too much. You can upgrade the RAM and SSD yourself very easily. It doesn't affect your warranty.
     
  9. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    They've been showing up for months. Apple refurbs are a good value, they're essentially new aside from whatever repair they've received.
     
  10. jjedwards thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Is there a way to find out what the repair was?
     
  11. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    No, but would that matter? Apple performed the repair and offers a full year of AppleCare, just like they do on their new computers. All of the Macs I've owned have been refurbs and I've only had trouble with one of them(I purchased it as an open box model so I don't know what kind of abuse the previous owner had put it through.)
     
  12. jjedwards thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Something to think about. It seems to save a lot of money, even from a new one with a student discount.
     
  13. CosmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    It's really a non-issue.

    IMO, a refurb is better than a brand new computer. Here's why:

    A refurb could've been returned to Apple for a couple reasons: (a) defective, (b) customer satisfaction, (c) other.

    When a computer is returned, Apple will actually bench test the machine to ensure every part is woking as advertised. Conversely, a brand new machine is sent down the assembly line and does not undergo the same bench testing a refurb goes through. Therefore, a brand new computer may have defects not caught at the factory. A refurb gets a top to bottom inspection to ensure it works correctly.

    If any cosmetic blemishes are on the device (dents, scratches, etc.) those parts are replaced with new parts. In other words, you cannot tell the difference between a reburb or a new computer by looking at them.

    Reburbs carry the exact same warranty as a brand new computer, but are much cheaper.

    The downside of purchasing a refurb...packaging. You may or may not receive the original factory box.

    My 2011 iMac (see signature) is a refurb. I haven't had a single issue with it and it arrived to my house in pristine condition.
     
  14. therealseebs macrumors 65816

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    Probably. I get refurbs by preference when I can, and I've had no trouble. Well. I have crashes on mine right now, but they're very specialized and limited to a pretty obvious graphics driver bug.
     
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  16. jbsmithmac macrumors regular

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    I just bought a refurb 2012 cMBP...like everyone else says, "refurbs" are the best deal.

    Aside from the box it looks/feels/smells brand new. In fact mine was manufactured 4 weeks before I got it (not sure if the refurb process changes that date).
     
  17. jjedwards thread starter macrumors newbie

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    OK. I think I am convinced. I appreciate the help. One last question: is Apple Care worth it? I didn't have it on my current laptop and only had to fork over $200 for a new keyboard after a family member spilled on it. But other than that I have had no problems. I tend to think it is a waste of money if you are someone who takes good care of the computer. And Macs are built to last, so I am not really worried about the internals crashing.
     
  18. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    If possible I always buy refurbished Macs. Although you can find better deals on occasion. Over black Friday weekend, Fry's had the low end 13" model for $950. It goes on sale for $999, so if you've got a Fry's nearby you could actually get a new one for slightly less than the refurb(that's not to say that refurbs aren't a good deal).
     
  19. jjedwards thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks! I think I am going to do it.
     
  20. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    You have a full year to decide if you want AppleCare. If you decide you want it on the very last day the warranty is valid, you can call Apple and buy it. Keep in mind that a liquid spill like you mentioned would not be covered as Apple would consider it "abuse" and charge for the repair.
     
  21. CosmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    +1

    After a year, you'll know if you have a solid machine or not. I take care of my computers and am willing to eat the cost of repairs/replacement costs if something happens down the road. Like you said, Macs are built to last.
     
  22. therealseebs macrumors 65816

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    Over the course of the last decade or so, I've consistently gotten longer warranties on hardware. I actually managed to get a full five years on my ThinkPad, which was totally worth it. (Got it in 2001. It is still usable.)

    Most of the time, I probably end up getting no service that's particularly worth much. On the Pismo, I think it paid for itself just in replacement power adapters -- man, that power adapter was a piece of crap. On the other hand, my 2008 MBP, the GeForce 8600 one with the tendency for total logic board failures if you loaded the GPU for very long? One month before the end of the three years, it failed in such a way that they basically replaced the logic board. Free. I've gotten replacement screens through AppleCare, too. Replacements for batteries that suddenly started expanding; I don't think it covers merely low-power batteries, but batteries that start bending the case? Covered.

    My thought is: I am pretty sure that I am overall ahead of the game on AppleCare on laptops. Sure, probably half of them never end up needing anything significant. But the ones that do... Laptops can be really pricey to repair. You can't just get a cheap video card off the shelf and toss it in. So I think that over a large enough number of laptops, it's a pretty decent deal for me. Yeah, obviously it has to cost Apple less to provide than they sell it for. But! The amount they charge me for repairs can be larger than what it costs them to provide those repairs. I think AppleCare's cost is somewhere in that intermediate range.

    I basically never do it for desktop-type systems, although I'm buying a mini for a friend, and including AppleCare on that, because she probably can't afford to repair it if doing so costs money.

    Also, if you know anyone at Apple: They can get AppleCare 15% off, or 25% off if it's one of the variants that is sold in the on-campus retail store. They can also get it for friends. (However, they can't take more money from you than they spend buying it, because that'd be a firing offense, so don't expect them to do it except as a genuine favor to you.)
     

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