new cMBP vs refurb


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Apr 28, 2005
Hi all,

I'm looking to get a relatively new Macbook Pro, and I'd like to get some feedback on my options. Combine the rMBP display problems people are reporting with the fact that I don't _really_ _really_ need a rMBP, I'm planning on a cMBP. The main things I'd like are:

* A solid state drive 256gb or greater
* The ability to install an SATA hard drive (say 750gb)
* The ability to upgrade the RAM to 8 or 16gb

So, my question is, what do I lose by purchasing a refurbished unit?

Right now I'm looking at a new cMBP:

2.6GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
15-inch Hi-Res Glossy Widescreen Display (or antiglare?)
8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB
750GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm

I'd get a kit from OtherWorldComputing to put in a 240gb solid state drive as the main drive, and use the 750gb SATA drive as a storage drive in the optical bay.

If I were to go the refurbished route, I'd try something like this:

2.7GHz Quad-core Intel i7
Originally released June 2012
15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Hi-Res antiglare widescreen display, 1680-by-1050 resolution
8GB (2 x 4GB) of 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM
1TB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory
versus a new 15-inch?

For the refurb I'd also get an OWC kit to install the 240gb solid state drive and move the 1tb SATA drive to the optical bay.

Any thoughts?


macrumors regular
Aug 27, 2012
I would go with the refurb. I myself got one and it is flawless. As far as the specs on the refurb I would see if they had the same model you specified but with the 2.6 ghz processor because you most likely won't notice the difference between that and the 2.7. That way you can probably save about $200 too.


macrumors 65816
Jun 6, 2010
Colorado, USA
I'd go with the refurbished models. I've bought all of mine refurbished and they're a much better value in the long run. The money you save also gives you more money left over for upgrades in the long term.


macrumors newbie
Jun 17, 2012
With the specs you've listed I would go for the refurb. Still the latest model so you would have all the bells and whistles you could possibly want. I bought your 'new' spec cMBP in June when they came out (albeit with a 7200rpm drive) and love it, but if the refurb is at a good price go for it.


macrumors 6502
Nov 18, 2011
I bought an open box base 2012 MBP for $1399 at Best Buy. The guy took off $100 from $1499 for the eductional discount as well so that's how it came to $1399. Not bad considering Apple refurbished were higher for base models and upgraded ones. This saved me hundreds of dollars which I can use for more ram and a SSD.


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Apr 28, 2005
Thanks for the responses, all. The open box idea seems interesting.

In the refurb models, has anyone here tried installing a SSD as the main drive in the optical bay, or moved the SATA drive to the optical bay and installed a SSD in the present HD location? OWC seems to be the way to go, but I'm open to other options.

Man, NutsNGum, after seeing your post now I'm thinking about a 17" instead of the 15"...thanks for making my decision even harder. (haha)
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