refurb 17" macbook pro vs. new rMBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Omega1300, Nov 7, 2013.

  1. Omega1300 macrumors member

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    Hey all - would anyone here know the approx. top shelf (from the factory) specs for the last year of the 17" mac pro? And for that matter, the last year it was produced (and perhaps what you feel it's worth today)?

    I'm considering replacing my old white macbook - I'd like a 17" pro (factory refurb) for screen size - but they can run as much (or more) than one of the new rMBP's.

    Would you guys opt for the larger display? Or the newer unit? I'm thinking most would opt for a brand new unit - but I don't know, I really like those big screens. Wish they still made the 17". In regards to usage - either would meet my needs in regards to power and storage.

    Thanks for the input!
     
  2. niteflyr macrumors 6502a

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    Get the Mac Tracker app. It has all the spec's on any Mac.
     
  3. Omega1300 thread starter macrumors member

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    I appreciate the suggestion, do you know if that one is available in the Play (Android) store? I'm not seeing it, so I'm thinking it might not be.
     
  4. johnnylarue macrumors 6502a

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    My thoughts boiled down:

    - $1800 is too much to pay for a 2-year-old refurbished machine.

    - In spite of the reduction in screen size, the retina display is actually easier on the eyes than the 17" at its native 1920x1200 resolution. It's just a nicer display.

    I had a 2010 17" and loved it, but I'm totally sold on the retina.
     
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  6. Thalin macrumors member

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    This. I went from a 17 to 15" retina and am more than happy. Don't even notice it after a couple of hours and it's a nicer screen.
     
  7. vpro macrumors 65816

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    Don't buy latest so called "greatest" just yet. Hold off till Oct 2014. Get the 17"MBP refurbished, you will not regret as it is what you are asking us to approve of anyways, so go for it, enjoy and all the best!!
     
  8. johnnylarue macrumors 6502a

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    I think it's fair to point to out that vpro is probably the world's biggest 17" MBP fan, so take that recommendation for what it's worth. ;)
     
  9. vpro macrumors 65816

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    True-dat!

    Also I am an advocate of quality of life for creative professionals and consumers a like. It is important to speak from a place of integrity, of experience and to then share / spread the wealth of insight so those who are making an important decision may do so with the knowing there is support out there from peers.
     
  10. Doward macrumors 6502a

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    Look at the signature above me for a look at a 'maxxed out' 17" MBP.

    Personally, I'm running:

    2.5Ghz Quad Core i7
    1.25TB of SSD (250GB 840 / 1TB Evo 840)
    1GB ATI HD6770
    16GB DDR3 1600Mhz Kingston Cas 9 RAM
    17" Anti-Glare HighRes Screen
    Applecare until February 25th, 2015

    I've never had a system in the past 15 years I've enjoyed as much as this one.
     
  11. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    The only reason I would pick a rMBP over a 17" is battery life. In every other aspect, I would prefer a 17" MBP.
     

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