New Late 2011 2.2 15" MBP vs Refurbished Early 2011

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by YYC, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. YYC macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2011
    Coming back to the world of Apple after a looong absence (I think the last OS I ran was System 7.5) and looking for a 15" Macbook Pro.

    Here's the dillema - I'm trying to decide between a refurbished early 2011 vs a new late 2011 2.2 GHz 15" machine. I do some photo editing and a bit of gaming but nothing too extreme. Since the costs are nearly identical I'm trying to figure out if the larger HD and better video card in the refurb will outweigh the benefits of buying new.

    2.2 GHz
    500 GB HD
    AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 512MB GDDR5
    Cost (assuming $100 off on Black Friday) $1749 Cdn

    2.2 GHz
    750 GB HD
    Intel HD Graphics 3000 and AMD Radeon HD 6750M 1GB
    Cost (assuming no Black Friday discount) $1739 Cdn
  2. warvanov macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2011
    I'd go with the refurb for the benefits you mentioned. Apple refurbs have a good reputation around here. I just got my refurbished 13" MBP a week ago and it arrived in excellent condition.
  3. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2011
    I would go refurb.
    They look new
    they function like new
    they come with warranty
    they are a great deal.
    Get the refurb. Trust me :)
    Also for whatever resason u are not happy with it- you have 14 days to take it back like a new model
  4. Mersailios macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2011
    I'd recommend the refurbished MacBook Pro for the tasks that you are looking to perform because you'll be getting a slightly better value for your dollar.
  5. djpuma macrumors regular

    Jul 13, 2010
    Go for the refurb as everyone else stated.

    Apple refurbs are pretty much brand new and you get the year warranty.
    Plus you get the 1gb video card vs 512.

    I just got one off of ebay (used) and got it for less than apple was charging for the refurb 2.2 without anti glare.

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