New uMBP 15" or Refurb

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Wicked1, Aug 12, 2009.

  1. Wicked1 macrumors 68040

    Wicked1

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    I am trying to decide whether or not to go for the new uMBP 15 with the 3.06 or just get the Refurb 15 with the 2.93

    I get the student discount, I am just not sure there were that many improvements on the new 15 to warrant the extra Ca$h.

    New uMBP 15
    Faster CPU, Better Battery, Screen ? more expensive

    Early 2009 uMBP 15
    2.93 CPU, Battery Fine, Screen works for me, price really good

    Has anyone owned both to compare, or is the new uMBP 15 really worth all the hype and extra $500.00 bucks

    Thank all for your input
     
  2. stranger danger macrumors member

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    Let me ask you this:

    Is it worth spending an extra $500 for an extra 0.13 GHz, two more hours of battery life, and the loss of an ExpressCard/34 slot? :)
     
  3. Wicked1 thread starter macrumors 68040

    Wicked1

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    I do not use the Express Card Slot, or would I use the SD card slot.

    I just started using FW800 which they both have, I am not critical on the CPU Performance, but is the new screen and battery living up to the Apple expectations, so does it really last 7 hours and is the screen that much better, if they are hardly noticable, then i would go to the Refurb, however if the screen and battery life was that much better, well then that is another story.

    I also do not like the new uMBP 15 matte screen, yuck
     
  4. stranger danger macrumors member

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    I believe only the 13" uMBP got a screen upgrade to match the 15s and 17s. Also, you can get about six to seven hours with good power saving. Again, is this worth $500 to you?
     
  5. Scepticalscribe Contributor

    Scepticalscribe

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    My advice would be to get the refurb (and add Applecare to the mix) and sell it on if something stunning that you cannot resist is unveiled in the next two years. Seriously, refurb is an excellent way to go; you have all of the advantages of the new model - plus a machine that has been individually tested - as well as Apple's warranty. I'm not sure that the difference between the two models you have mentioned warrants spending $500 extra. However, it's your call.

    Cheers and good luck
     

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