Refurb vs. new decision ???

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by fordam, Jun 16, 2009.

  1. fordam macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2009
    Looking to buy MBP- budget is nil - looking at new base 2.26 13" (Student disc $1,100 + free IPtouch) vs. Refurbished MBP Pro 2.4 15" 2GB memory 250GB HD ($1,350)
    Need for travel/relocation/school/search for work- and just need for long overdue upgrade and ability to load and learn new software (have PowerPC G4 Dual800 - was great mac, still runs beautifully- but...)
    Software I use:
    Photoshop- extensive use of- will run CS3 or 4 (some InDes, Ill.) (can't in current sys.- now using PS7)
    FinaCutPro- some use- maybe more so in future
    Flash- maybe will use in future
    3D program- maybe in future (though figure will have to get MP 8core [and $'s] )
    Lean towards refurb because of dedicated gpu card (which I see they took out of new base 15"- so is it not important for "Pro" use?)
    Lean towards new 13" because less$ and 8GB RAM option (vs 4GB for refurb 15")- not sure longer battery life matters to me as never have had laptop- figure wont be in wilderness and can just plug into nearest wall (as I see many people do) (or buy back-up battery if get the refurb 15"). Also wonder if new will last longer than refurb.

    A lot to read through- sorry.
    Thanks for any advice!
  2. spaceboots06 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2009
    The Rotten Apple
    I don't know about 3d programs in OS X but 3dsmax works fine for me and 3d games work fine for me too, that is in Windows.

    Don't forget that you can get a free $100 printer (Canon, it's not that bad, I actually got it) as well as the free iTouch with the college deal thing.

    Dreamweaver, Flash, Photoshop I have no problem using.
  3. KingYaba macrumors 68040


    Aug 7, 2005
    Up the irons
    This is true but you're paying a lot of money upfront. Here's a refurb model in his price range with a 15" screen and dedicated graphic card. Refurbs come with the same standard warranty and you can buy Apple Care if you feel like you need to.
  4. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

    Sep 22, 2006
    I would kill myself if I had to use Flash on the 13". Flash needs a huge resolution to not be super annoying. I still find it annoying on a 24" with a second monitor.

    considering the programs youre using the higher resolution of the 15" will save you a lot of frustration

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