New MBP vs. Refurb MBP

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  1. sonia1234321 macrumors regular

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    So, this one's a bit different from the New MB vs. Refurb MBP

    The difference in price is about 1000$; Are the new features really worth it? Is the video card really that much better?

    How long will the refurbed MBP will be stable for (Snow Leopard, etc.)

    What do you guys think?

    If I could save the money... I'd most likely buy a DSLR.

    Thanks
     
  2. ajvizzgamer101 macrumors 65816

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    If the difference of the price is 1000 dollars then I would get the refurbished laptop.
     
  3. martinmartin macrumors 6502

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    unless you really are into the aesthetics (and not value), the new computers arent really worth the extra money (compared to a refurb)...
     
  4. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

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    I would wait for other people to get them and see what they think.
     
  5. sonia1234321 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ah, thanks for the quick response!

    I have decided to get the 2.5 GHz refurb MBP with 512 dedicated VRAM.

    Gonna order it tommorow! :D
     
  6. dougnewman macrumors 6502

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    I agree with your decision.

    But is the difference really $1000? The old high-end 15" MBP is very similar in specs to the new low-end one. The price difference is less than $1000, though I still don't think it's justified.

    Refurbs of discontinued models are typically good deals and this is no exception.
     
  7. sonia1234321 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, I'm Canadian; So the price is a bit higher ;)

    BUT WHO CARES I HAVE A TOP OF THE LINE (refurbed) 15" MBP! WEWT! :D
     
  8. Batt macrumors 65816

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    Good choice, and a better (IMO) keyboard.
     
  9. Slovak macrumors regular

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    Made the same decision yesterday. Already shipped, should be here Friday.
     
  10. ptjh macrumors regular

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    Refurbished Apple's in the Uk have terrible prices. The difference betweren the New MB pro and the refurb old MB pro is £270 and you miss out on the new graphics update, 2GB of ram and the 120GB hard drive - the only thing you gain realy is an extra FW port on a shared bus - not worth it!
     
  11. mrtrilby macrumors member

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    I spoke to an Apple Store in the UK today, and they tell me that their current stock of Macbook Pros have to go back to Apple tomorrow. Does anyone want to hazard a guess, or better relate it to previous product updates, what will happen to those Macbook Pros?

    Will they appear on the refurb store over the next few weeks at discounted prices?

    I've arranged to go along tomorrow morning first thing before they take them away so I can compare a matte screen with glossy. But I don't want to end up buying a full priced matte model from the store if I can save a decent amount on a refurb.
     
  12. dwd3885 macrumors 68020

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    what you need to do is get the refurb 2.4 ghz macbook pro. You're saving a ton of money by going with that one. The new ones are really nice and awesome, but won't be all that much faster than the old mbps. the difference is really in the look...and if you like the easier to replace hard drive
     
  13. ladytonya macrumors 6502a

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    They're already on the apple store listed under "Special Deals" under the "Clearance" section, below the refurbs. This is what they show on the pros:

    MacBook Pro 15-inch 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (previous generation)
    15.4-inch widescreen display
    2GB memory
    200GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 256MB of GDDR3 memory
    Built-in iSight Camera
    Price: $1,599.00
    Estimated Ship:
    Within 24 hours
    Free Shipping


    MacBook Pro 15-inch 2.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (previous generation)
    15.4-inch widescreen display
    2GB memory
    250GB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 512MB of GDDR3 memory
    Built-in iSight Camera
    Price: $1,799.00
    Estimated Ship:
    Within 24 hours
    Free Shipping

    If I remember correctly, the $1,799 one was $2,499 two days ago. That's the one I was going to order before the new ones were announced. Now I'm undecided.
     
  14. eidrunner247 macrumors 6502

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    They are even cheaper if you go with refurb.
     
  15. kyrow123 macrumors member

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    I recently bought my MBP and am very satisfied with the purchase (in the sig). I was a little anxious about it since the new MBP's were coming out, but after playing with one at the Apple store, my good thoughts about the older model have are only enhanced. I do not think you will be sorry with a refurb. ;)
     
  16. dougnewman macrumors 6502

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    It's a big discount but effectively it's comparable to the new $1,999 MBP. So the price difference is not that huge.
     
  17. LeoFio macrumors regular

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    The kicker though is that it doesn't specify if you will get a glossy or matte display. Is it a lottery?
     
  18. Slovak macrumors regular

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    If the refurb store is any indication, the ones that do not specify the screen type will be matte. The glossy ones have that identified in the specs.
     
  19. THX1139 macrumors 68000

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    Based on the amount of people who are disappointed in the new MBPs, I think there is going to be a run on used and refurbished versions. That's what I'm thinking of doing to hold me over until the next one comes out. Maybe when Apple sees refurbished MBPs flying off the shelf they will release they dropped the ball on this one and do another refresh in January. I'd like to see them at least add an option for matte screen.
     
  20. LeoFio macrumors regular

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    If they get rid of the black bezel and add a matte screen, I can get past the black chiclet keyboard. I'm not going to get my hopes up on it though; apple still hasn't given us a wireless full-sized keyboard yet.
     
  21. dougnewman macrumors 6502

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    It should be matte, the glossy display was considered a build-to-order option.
     
  22. sonia1234321 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah, I ordered the matte. The other MBP at the same price specified "glossy", so I'm assuming is matte.

    1-3 business days; I'M SO EXCITED! (this is my first mac) :D:apple::D
     
  23. nilk macrumors 6502a

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    I just ordered a refurbished MBP 2.4GHz for $1349. I thought that was a pretty sweet deal. The clearance one (not refurbished) at $1599 is not bad, either, especially if you're unhappy with the new models. I wasn't too thrilled with the glossy-only displays of the new model; that was a deal-breaker for me. The previous generation also has the advantage of having a DVI port and a FW400, both of which I'm going to be using, so I'm glad I won't have to fiddle with adapters all the time.

    Though my main machine is still going to be my Mac Pro, this is replacing an old Thinkpad T23. The T23 still rocks, and I'll miss the TrackPoint when I'm on the MBP (I really don't like touchpads), and I'm not completely crazy about some of Apple's design decisions, but having a portable with OS X running on it will be useful for me.

    If I was buying a notebook as my main machine, I'd get a 17" MBP with high-resolution display. The display is worth the extra bucks if you're going to be spending a lot of time in front of it (especially if you're not connecting to an external display) and if the work you do can benefit from the higher 1920 x 1200 resolution.

    EDIT: Also, maxing out the RAM on the previous generation is very cheap (if you buy from a 3rd party). Only $68 for 4GB of DDR2 from Crucial.

    EDIT: Corrected 1.4GHz -> 2.4GHz
     
  24. Slovak macrumors regular

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    I hope you meant 2.4GHz :D

    Some say the OS will only recognize 3GB. Is there a significant improvement in overall speed putting in more than 2GB? I know more is better, but how much better?
     
  25. dougnewman macrumors 6502

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    The MacBooks and MacBook Pros that were just discontinued will recognize 4 GB of RAM.

    Older models will only recognize 3.3 GB but this is certainly not the case for them.
     

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