Refurb 2012 or New 2013 15" MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by quadraplex, Nov 17, 2013.

  1. quadraplex macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2013
    I am looking to make my first mac purchase. I am deciding between the Refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro 2.6GHz Quad-core Intel i7 with Retina Display ($1899.00) and the new 15-inch: 2.0GHz with Retina display ($1999.00). I am a student and will use the computer for school, watching videos, and some Photoshop. Which of these two options is the better choice bang for my buck? I'm leaning toward the refurb one since it has more hard drive space and a dedicated graphics card. I'd love to hear a more expert opinion! Thanks.

    Refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro 2.6GHz Quad-core Intel i7 with Retina Display ($1899.00)

    15-inch: 2.0GHz with Retina display ($1999.00).
  2. john123 macrumors 68020


    Jul 20, 2001
    In terms of bang for your buck, the refurb is an easy, no-brainer win. You give up the hour of battery life, ThunderBolt 2, and 802.11ac (the latter two of which won't matter to most people in the short-run), and you get graphics power, more speed, and $100. While the PCIe storage on the SSD is "faster" than the SSD storage on the older model, that's at least somewhat offset by the fact that you're looking at 512GB on the refurb. (Bigger is faster.)
  3. JeffiJers macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2012
    Right on point... Same 1 year warranty + option of apple care too.

    I have an early 2013 with base CPU and getting a solid 9 hours of battery life. Apple should not have left out the dGPU on the current models.
  4. isephmusic macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2012
    i tell everyone who asks this to buy the 15' with the gt 650. its so stupid they left it out of the 1999$ has well with no option to add it in for like 200 bucks or something. to make sure hey never do something so stupid make sure you let the sales of it tank :]
  5. sonyisawesome macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2012
    Anyone with a common sense would buy the 2012 model.

    There is absolutely no reason to get the late 2013 model unless you are willing to go all the way in with 750m, which is still not worth ridiculous premium price.

    apple really shot themselves in the foot with the inferior 2013 model.
  6. sonicrobby macrumors 68020


    Apr 24, 2013
    New Orleans
  7. Scott7975 macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2013
    Refurb is definitely the best bang for your buck in this case.
  8. smoking monkey macrumors 65816

    smoking monkey

    Mar 5, 2008
    You Only Live Twice
    Technically speaking the 750 is actually free!

    If you upgrade the base model to 2.3 + 16gig Ram + 512 gig memory it's the same price as the entry high end machine that comes with the 750!!! So same specs plus the 750... the mind boggles.

    WTH Apple?!?!
  9. nabeel24 macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2013
    I was actually trying to decide between the 13" maxed out one and the 15" base model, but after doing some research, I just bought the early 2013 15" model with 2.7ghz/16gb/256 and the 650M dGPU for $1899. I don't think I would've a better deal with the new ones comparing what I just got for $1899. Definitely think this was the better route. I needed the memory for VM's and that would've cost me a lot more with the newer models. Unfortunately though I did lose out on the Thunderbolt and the Wifi AC but not sure how much of either I would've used tbh. And ofcourse there's the haswell battery difference.

    Let me know what you guys think.
  10. Orr macrumors 6502


    Oct 8, 2013
    Definitely refurb. Although for your stated needs, either is massive overkill.
  11. Unhyper macrumors regular


    Apr 7, 2010
  12. nabeel24 macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2013
    Yea, I mean all I wanted for my Macbook to have was the 16gb memory since I run programming programs on VM's.

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