RetinaMBP better price than the regular MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by arbitrage, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. arbitrage macrumors 6502a

    Mar 19, 2009
    Has anyone noticed that if you fully spec out a regular 15" MBP with the 512GB SSD and 2.7GHz it comes out to $3349. This only has 8GB of RAM as there is no 16GB option.

    If you spec a Retina MBP with 512GB, 2.7 and 8GB it is only $3049 and even going up to 16GB leaves it $100 cheaper at $3249:confused:

    Only if you max the Retina MBP's SSD to 768GB do you finally jump the $3349 of the lower spec up to $3749. But then you are getting double the RAM and 50% more SSD space.

    So basically you must have to be really desperate to have either FW, Ethernet, digital audio out or DVD to not go for the Retina over the LegacyMBP.:confused::confused:

    Is Apple just trying to help kill off the legacy version?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Many knowledgeable people won't upgrade the MBP using apple components since apple charges a premium.

    You can upgrade the non retina MBP easily with less expensive ram and SSD and so the price difference is in the older MBP then the retina MPB.
  3. Pressure macrumors 68040


    May 30, 2006
    "Apples to apples" I don't really see the point in doing that anymore, considering the 512GB Samsung 830 series SSD alone is $699 at newegg. Granted, something like the Crucial M4 512GB can be had for $399.

    MacBook Pro $2,199 + $399 = $2,598

    MacBook Pro with Retina Display $2,799

    So you are looking at saving $200-300 in the end and no Retina display.

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