Refurbished 2010 MBP or New 2011 MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by seedman76, May 4, 2011.

  1. seedman76 macrumors member

    May 4, 2011
    I'm looking to purchase a 13" MBP. Apple has reburbished 2010 models on their website. Here's the specs:
    Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    Originally released April 2010
    13.3-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
    4GB (2 x 2GB) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
    250GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
    8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory
    1 yr. warranty

    A new basic 13" MBP specs are:
    13-inch: 2.3 GHz
    2.3GHz dual-core
    Intel Core i5
    4GB 1333MHz
    320GB 5400-rpm1
    Intel HD Graphics 3000
    1 yr. warranty

    Price difference: $271
    What I'll use it for: mainly e-mail, internet, photo management, nothing graphic/processor intensive, no gaming

    1. Will I notice any difference b/t Intel Core 2 Duo processor vs. Intel i5?
    2. Are there software differences b/t 2010 vs. 2011 model?
    3. Are there hardware differences (i.e. #USB ports, SD slot, camera, etc.)?
    4. Any other major differences? (HD size doesn't matter to me as either are adequate)

  2. xxBURT0Nxx macrumors 68020


    Jul 9, 2009
    1. Probably not right now if you are just surfing the web and doing e-mail, but the c2d processors were considered pretty old last year, the new i5 will last you a lot longer than the old c2d if you plan on keeping the laptop for a good while.
    2. No
    3. Yeah the new macbook pros come with mDP/Thunderbolt, the older macbook pros only have mini display port, no Thunderbolt. Also the new macbook pros have "HD" facetime cameras... The old one also has nvidia 320m graphics, the new ones only have Intel HD3000, but it shouldn't really be a difference for you.
    4.Pretty much just what was stated above... the newer one will be more "future proof" but you have to decide if that's worth the price difference to you as you are using it for the most basic tasks and won't tax your system very much.
  3. mac8867 macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2010
    Saint Augustine, FL
    If the $271 is not material to you, get the 2011. With that said, the 2010 refub is a fantastic machine and well worth the money/savings.

    For your questions:
    1. No, for what you are planning, you will not notice a difference
    2. No, no software differences (beyond drivers)
    3. Yes, the 2011 has a faster hard drive port, but same hard drive. It also has the new lightning/thunderbolt thinga-ma-jiggy
    4. Nope... just the i5/i7 processors (sandy bridge), which realistically will not affect you.
  4. phpmaven macrumors 68040


    Jun 12, 2009
    San Clemente, CA USA
  5. xxBURT0Nxx macrumors 68020


    Jul 9, 2009
    agreed... macmall even has it a few cents cheaper than amazon plus free shipping, a free printer, and $50 off parallels
  6. donklaus macrumors member

    Mar 6, 2011
    Or, if you are close to a MicroCenter...

    ... still $200 off on the base 13" MBPs - 2011 models. That's how I got mind, so with sales tax just under $1000 for the latest model. A good deal, since mine is solely for mobile use and occasional mirroring of my desktop-based projects.
  7. xxBURT0Nxx macrumors 68020


    Jul 9, 2009
    Yeah only problem is it's going to be pretty rare to find the new refurbished ones, and when they do go up they sell out pretty quick. If you can get one, great, but it may involve lots of waiting.
  8. phpmaven macrumors 68040


    Jun 12, 2009
    San Clemente, CA USA
    A free printer is nice, although I see it's free after 2 mail in rebates. I rather be boiled in oil or get a root canal than have to deal with rebates. :D I notice that they give you a $10 discount if you call in the order. That's weird since most online retailers (I happen to be one) would much rather not have people call as it actually costs more in the long run to have to take orders over the phone.
  9. xxBURT0Nxx macrumors 68020


    Jul 9, 2009
    yeah, i'm not a fan of rebates either, but even with apples back to school program you have to deal with rebates.

    It was more of an FYI, macmall has it too and will give you this other stuff if interested.
  10. FOX160 macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2011
    New one because last years 2010 13inch was constantly slated
    as being under powered and should never be a MBPro.

    Even the basic 13inch 2011 model is near as fast has the top end
    2010 version MBPro.

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