Question regarding my new purchase Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by adriantanpt, May 9, 2010.

  1. adriantanpt macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2010
    Hi there, I recently purchases a MacBook Pro from the Apple Refurbished Store as I saw this Macbook Pro for sale on 29% and it was rather compulsive for me to buy it seeing it was on so much sale.

    However, I would like to know if anyone knows the basis/truthfulness of this percented discount they put on? Because there are also refrub ones which do not state how much off the original price it is from so how does it actually work/calculated?

    And the specs i got are below for the price of 1,199 Pounds and just wondering if you guys think its worth it and truly 29% off? And comparitively to the new i5 ones, is it as good?

    Any comments would be great as I'm not that good with computers. If not, I would be able to return it.

    Cheers and thanks for reading/helping.


    Enclosure Precision aluminum unibody

    Processor 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo L2 Cache 3MB shared

    System bus 1066MHz

    Memory 4GB (two 2GB SO-DIMMs) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM; supports up to 8GB

    Hard drive1 320GB Serial ATA; 5400 rpm

    Slot-loading optical drive 8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)

    Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT graphics processor; and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory2

    Graphics memory 256MB GDDR3

    Video Built-in iSight camera; Mini DisplayPort output port with support for DVI, VGA, and dual-link DVI (requires adapters, sold separately)

    Display 15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display, 1440-by-900

    Expansion One FireWire 800 port (up to 800 Mbps), two USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps), SD card slot

    Audio Built-in stereo speakers, built-in omnidirectional microphone, combined optical digital input/analog line in, combined optical digital output/analog line out

    Networking Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T (Gigabit) Ethernet Wireless Built-in AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi (based on IEEE 802.11n draft specif

    OS Mac OS X 10.5

  2. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

    Mar 1, 2010
    New Jersey
    I believe the percent discount is based on the price relative to the model when it was selling as new, not relative to similarly specked current models.

    Overall, I think 29% for Apple is pretty good. My 27" iMac is refurbed and I only got a 15% discount. Of course I get the 'same as new warranty'. The important thing is to compare the price of your refurb with a current similarly specked new model and see if the discount is worth it. I would say a 10% discount it might be better to get a new one. 15% is tricky decision. 20% is a very good deal. But, those are my numbers, what 'real' percent discount is acceptable is a subjective call.
  3. skye12 macrumors 65816


    Nov 11, 2006
    Austin, Tx
    Yes, it is off original retail. So its overstated a bit, but is a decent deal.

    You really have to weigh the technical aspects as its now a model behind. \\
    My opinion is that it IS worth buying the newer model.
  4. adriantanpt thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2010
    Thanks for your help guys.

    Yes I thought that 29% off was a pretty good deal. But im not sure how the specs i've got compare to buying the new i5 ones as I am currently a uni student and do get additional student discount as well if i buy one brand new.

    Also this one only comes with the Mac os x 10.5 which might mean is is prteey old right?

    so if u guys were to choose woud my purchase be a good one?

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