Refurb MBP HELP Please

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  1. Blu-Ray macrumors regular

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    Looking to get a refurb MBP and have narrowed it down to one of three choices that are within $40. With these choices, I have to either compromise on the processor or on the display. Having a hard time deciding... Thoughts?

    1) Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 - $1,369.00
    Originally released April 2010
    15.4-inch LED-backlit antiglare Hi-Res widescreen display (1680 x 1050 pixel)
    4GB (2 x 2GB) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
    500GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
    8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR3 memory

    2) Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Intel Core i7 - $1,329.00
    Originally released April 2010
    15.4-inch LED-backlit antiglare Hi-Res widescreen display (1680 x 1050 pixel)
    4GB (2 x 2GB) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
    500GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
    8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR3 memory

    3) Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Quad-core Intel i7 - $1,359.00
    Originally released October 2011
    15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display, 1440-by-900 resolution
    4GB (2 x 2GB) of 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
    500GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
    8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Intel HD Graphics 3000 and AMD Radeon HD 6750M
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Since you're asking about the processor it probably won't make any practical difference. Decide if you want the high-res display and if you don't, get the one without it. If you do, $40 is not that much.
     
  3. yinz macrumors 6502a

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    You can't upgrade the processor, whereas you can always hook it to an external monitor if you need higher resolution. Unless you're hooking up to an HDMI TV, and nearly all LCD monitors are anti-glare.
     
  5. Blu-Ray thread starter macrumors regular

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    Is the 1440-by-900 resolution display bad? If it isn't, I would rather put the money into the newer and more powerful processor (and GPU) that is in the Oct '11 version.
     
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  7. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    Personally, I'd take the 2.8 2010, but that's me.

    I guess another consideration is RAM (as well as thunderbolt), the 2011's can go up to 16GB vs 8Gb on the 2010.
     
  8. lambertjohn macrumors 6502

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    I myself, just purchased the 2010 2.8 for $1369. Actually got it for $1300 by using my Discover Card account. The hi-res matte screen is what did it for me. I'm a writer; love that screen!! Lots of real estate, and very crisp. Plus, a core I7 2.8 processor ain't too shabby either. Even being two years old, it's a screaming CPU. Throw in another 4 GB of ram, and eventually an SSD, and this Macbook will get 5 years of use easily. My opinion, go for the 2.8.
     
  9. durruti macrumors regular

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    Go a little higher

    Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Quad-core Intel i7
    Originally released October 2011
    15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Hi-Res antiglare widescreen display, 1680-by-1050 resolution

    4GB (2 x 2GB) of 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
    500GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
    8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Intel HD Graphics 3000 and AMD Radeon HD 6750M
    $1,439.00

    I don't trust Nvidia ever since the fiasco with the defective Nvidia Chip on the Core 2 Duo MBP.
     
  10. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    So if a company makes one mistake or has one mishap, then they shouldn't be trusted ever again? Apple made a mishap with MobileMe. Microsoft made a huge mistake with Vista. Netflix made a mistake with Qwikster. The list goes on and on.

    Personally, I'd go with the newer model (#3) in the OP although the option specified by durruti is what I would buy. Even if you put an SSD into the 2010 models, it's limited by the SATA 2 connection. I'd rather have SATA 3 + an SSD than a small pixel resolution bump. But that is just me and it depends on your usage. Unless there is a dying need for slower speed but higher resolution, the 2011 models are the best bang for your buck.
     
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