old vs new vs refurb

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by search4mac, Jan 1, 2015.

  1. search4mac macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2015
    Hey, I'm in the market for a new Macbook (had one, it died after like 5 years and was beautiful)

    I was wondering if it would be worth it to buy a mid/late-2012 macbook pro, or should I just wait and hoard more money until I can afford a 2014 model?

    I'm just worried that anything I'd buy from 2012 (being 2.5 years old) would just poop out on me way too soon. I'd rather not pay more than 1500 which obviously limits my buying ability (been thinking about doing a 13 in and/or an refurb but idk if I would be happy because I used to have a 15 in and it was pretty much perfect)

    Anyways what say you? 2012 worth it?
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    I'd say totally not worth it.

    The cMBP is crippled by the lack of a retina display, and its elderly Ivy Bridge CPU.

    Good for education usage, but not worth it.

    I'd suggest a refurb retina MBP instead. Refurbs are damn good, and are as good as new.
  3. search4mac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2015
    Thank you! Do you have any perpersonal feelings about 13 in vs 15 in? I had the 15 and I'm worried that if I get a 13 I'm going to feel so stunted.
  4. AFEPPL macrumors 68030


    Sep 30, 2014
    Unless something has changed a new 2.6GHz/16GB/256GB is only £1356 or £1159 for the 128GB version with 16GB.

    You don't need anything more, use a NAS drive for external storage or cloud based storage. No need to get drawn into a spec fest.

    New everytime.
  5. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    I'd go for a 15" anytime solely for the screen estate and quad core i7 alone.

    Whether or not you need the dGPU, that depends on your usage.

    The late-2013 and mid-2014 ones share the same Haswell CPUs and hence are current tech.
  6. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    OP asked above:
    [[ Do you have any perpersonal feelings about 13 in vs 15 in? ]]

    Get the 13".

    Use the money you save to buy a nice external display as well.
  7. farmermac macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2009
    from personal experience once you find the screen size you love, don't switch. 15" high res anti-glare was the perfect size before IMO. Now the retina would be my choice if I had to get a new computer.
  8. Altemose macrumors G3


    Mar 26, 2013
    Elkton, Maryland
    The 13" Retina is the great balance of desktop space and portability in my opinion though with the slimmer form factor and lighter weight I would probably get a 15" with what I do.
  9. Nordichund macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2007
    Oslo, Norway
    Here's my 2 cents.

    I would have no problem buying a refurb. The reason for this is that it has gone back to Apple and been thoroughly tested by Apples's OWN qualified technicians. The quality control at the Chinese factory might be 99.9% okay, but quite a few lemons do get through.

    Personally, I chose the 13". After owning a quite heavy, but amazing early 2008 MBP that I found a tad too big to carry around, I decided to buy a new 13" rMBP.

    I still went to the store and played, tested the latest models side by side. Although I believe the 15" to be an incredible machine and a lot lighter than my old 2008 incarnation. Not needing the better graphics power of the 15", it was after I picked both of them up and compared the weight that I decided on the lighter*and smaller 13".
  10. Daniele Mnn macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2014
    If you like the 15" size, i would suggest to buy a refurb rMBP 15" without the discrete GPU, unless you have needs for it.

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