refurb 2014 rMBP 256GB vs new 2015 rMBP 128GB vs wait for refurb 2015 rMBP 256GB

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by kick53rv3, Mar 25, 2015.

  1. kick53rv3 macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2009
    Los Angeles
    as topic, I am on a limited budget and new 256GB is out of question, would I be missing out a lot by going with last year's model?

    the mac will mainly be used for coding school projects and some light gaming (LOL, sim city, older games). There might be light video editing from time to time but not more than once or twice a year.

  2. Naimfan macrumors 601


    Jan 15, 2003

    Just get the refurb 2.6/8/256. Great machine.
  3. simcoe macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2009
    I have been wondering the same thing. I am trying to decided if the performance increase of the 2015 rMBP is enough to justify the cost over the 2014 version. I am also on a budget.

    Mostly light general use, but some photoshop, indesign, sketchup, autocad and/or Vectorworks.

    2015 rMBP $1,499+tax retail (256gb)

    2014 rMBP $1,149+tax refurbished (256gb)

    2014 rMBP $1,249 new from bhp (256gb)

    I just can't decide which route to go. I don't think I can go any less than 256gb. Does anyone think the prices on the 2014 model will drop anymore?
  4. justinglock40 macrumors newbie

    Mar 25, 2015
    You can use education pricing online and pickup at the apple store and save an additional $100 off the 2015 model bringing the price closer
  5. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    There isn't a lot in it

    The uograde is minimal maybe 5-10% faster CPU and 6-12% faster GPU. Unless you absolutely must have the latest tech (force trackpad does look nice) or the best GPU a refurb 2014 is going to perform much the same.
  6. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Get the 2014 Mac. No need to get the new one unless you must have the latest, but the improvements are small and your budget isn't high.

    Should run your older games fine and will do your video editing fine (as long as it isn't super heavy/short on time).
  7. kick53rv3 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2009
    Los Angeles
    so the situation changes a little:

    I narrowed it down to only 256GB models:

    apple refurb is at 1150 before tax
    best buy new is at 1215 before tax (with movers coupon, student discount dont apply to clearance models)
    best buy 2015 new is at 1300 before tax (with movers coupon and $50 dollar student discount)
  8. Geekbabe macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2011
    I got this system a couple days ago and am delighted with it! It is fast, quiet and oh wow the screen is beautiful! Very happy with this purchase.
  9. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    Another vote for the 2014. Not much difference there. I have a late 2013, which is basically the same as the 2014, and it remains extremely capable for all uses.
  10. Abbara macrumors member

    Feb 11, 2014
    I'd get the 2014 if your budget and cashflow are limited.

    If your cashflow is fine but you just don't want to overspend... 2015 might be a decent idea. The resale value is easily $100 or $200 higher per year, so while you can get a cheaper 2014, it won't necessarily end up costing you less in the end. It's also a bit more powerful. SSD is a lot faster iirc, like twice as fast. CPU is a small upgrade, not very significant. GPU is a very nice upgrade, nothing extreme but a solid bit of extra speed. And the memory got a small speed boost, too, which helps the GPU as it's on shared mem.

    Overall, nothing necessary. I have Force Touch btw and don't use it because I don't use safari / quicktime for example. I think in a year or 2 you'll see so much 3rd party support that it begins to be a differentiator, but today it shouldn't be part of your buying consideration imo.

    So if money was tight right now, I'd get the 2014 refurb. If money wasn't tight but I didn't want to throw away money, I'd get the 2015 probably because it's better and gets more resale value to compensate the higher price.

    Also check out e.g. the Jetdrive 330 by Transcend. I think it's about $80 for 128gb, and you can save $40 over the next two months to save towards it. By the time you use up your 128gb, you'll be able to get another 128gb. Fact is, a word document or a movie simply doesn't have to be on an SSD, it makes zero difference. SSD is great for the OS, for video editing, for compiling or extracting archives etc. But you can probably get away with keeping a lot of your large files on an external SD card, or even an external drive. And you can get it as cheap as 8 cents or so per gigabyte for an external drive, all the way up to 80c per gigabyte for an SD card that sits flush with the Macbook and doesn't require you to lug around an external drive. And the speeds are fine for things like movies or music and light game files that mostly chill in memory rather than storage while playing. Exception are loading-screen heavy games that benefit from SSD. Compared to Apple's $1.50 a gigabyte prices, 8c is very interesting for tight budgets.
  11. Tigerrob20 macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2015
    I was having this same dilemma. Now the refurb 13"/8GB/256GB laptops are sold out on the refurb store. I have a alert set up, but does anyone have any idea when they might have some of these back for sale?

    That may be a stupid question, but I was really looking forward to purchasing my new laptop and was disappointed to see the one I wanted was gone!
  12. Cheese&Apple macrumors 68000


    Jun 5, 2012
    Me too. Picked-up a 2014 (new) last week at Best Buy and saved $250 compared to the 2015.

    Love it and have absolutely no regrets.
  13. Naimfan macrumors 601


    Jan 15, 2003

    Good machine.

    One suggestion for others: Have Best Buy price match B&H ($1249) and then use a 10% off mover's coupon.

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