refurbished mbp vs. new retina mbp

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by well2thebone, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. well2thebone macrumors newbie

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    Looking at the new mbp, the pricing and specs make it a pretty lousy alternative to the retina mbp imo. It just doesn't make sense given i really want a ssd. But just glancing over the refurbished site, they have a 2.3 i7 w/ 128gb ssd w/ 4 gb ram for $1699. Just wondering if you guys would still pick a $2200 retina pro over that configuration.

    I would be buying this mainly to use with digital performer, which from reading forums at motu nation, it doesn't seem that the retina display has any real impact on the program.
     
  2. that1guyy macrumors 6502

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    Buy REtina because it is the best and newer is always better!!!!!!! :p
     
  3. Orlandoech macrumors 68040

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    If you dont want the screen of the rmbp get the classic for sure. And why not just get a refurb without an SSD and upgrade it with a better SSD and more ram for less than the retina?
     
  4. well2thebone thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Is it difficult to install a ssd on a laptop? I'v always been shy about those sorts of things. Also, based on the refurb site, the difference in price between the 500gb 5400rpm and the 128ssd is only $170. Still worth it?
     
  5. Orlandoech macrumors 68040

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    yes its very easy and no its not worth $170. You can get a 256GB OCZ Vertex or Samsung 830 for $200.
     
  6. afinch1992 macrumors 6502

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    its extremely easy. many videos about it. if thats all the storage you need and thats the only difference, that would be reasonable I guess. you can get a very good 256gb and install it for that price though.
     
  7. DVD9 macrumors 6502a

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    What does it feel like to pay $1,700 for a laptop that someone else returned as defective?
     
  8. well2thebone thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It feels like it comes in a brown box instead of a fancy apple box.
     
  9. Orlandoech macrumors 68040

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    Its actually still white lol. And it may not even be "defective", maybe they had a change of mind or realized they couldnt afford it and returned it.
     
  10. afinch1992 macrumors 6502

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    could just be a return... either way if theres a problem you can take it to an apple store or send it right back
     
  11. wytwolf macrumors regular

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    Right now if you get a late 2011 who says anyone has even owned it.... Apple could just be getting rid of old stock. My late 2011 was only about 2-3 weeks old when i received it, one week of that was transit. So obviously if it was purchased before someone brought it back the same day. The battery only has 1-2 cycles on it, and the external casing was perfect. My 2006 refurb black macbook that I upgraded from was about 12 months old (from coconut battery meter) and that too was in perfect condition, it still works today.
     
  12. Silmarien macrumors member

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    Since this came up I have been wondering for quite some time. Since this cMBP is coming with the Apple SSD, would the power nap function work?

    As for the OP question, I have the 2012 CMBP with the same configuration except for the SSD. I am very satisfied with it. I imagine how much better it would be with the SSD. I couldnt have gone for the Retina cause of money issues, but I love the fact that I can upgrade this any time I want. The Retina scares me a lot because of its "unupgradeability".
     
  13. hexor macrumors 6502

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    The problem with getting a retina version is that you will have to return it if it has an LG display. All LG displays eventually show image retention issues. There is a 3000+ messages thread on the apple support site with people with this issue. The Samsung displays don't exhibit this issue. Some people have had to return their rMBP 6 times.
     

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