Should I buy a refurb. 2010 MacBook Pro, or a new MacBook?

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  1. MJNBGA macrumors regular

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    Hi,
    After getting consent from my father, :D, I have come to a dilemma. Should I buy a refurbished 2010 MacBook Pro, or a new MacBook? I really can't decide. They are reasonably the same price, from the Apple store. Can you help me?
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    MJNBGA
     
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    Impossible to answer without knowing what you use it for.
     
  3. MJNBGA thread starter macrumors regular

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    I will be using it mostly for school. I want a good primary machine laptop.
     
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    Web surfing? Writing papers on pages? Taking notes?

    Sounds like the average college student. Get the MacBook.
     
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    Then the MB is sufficient, I guess, as school can involve many fields.
    Btw, do you have your eyes set on a 13" or bigger MBP?


     
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    Why?

    What do you do at school?
     
  8. MJNBGA thread starter macrumors regular

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    I don't know, it's a new school. But I also want it to be a good machine that I can use at home. I just want one computer to do everything (be it media editing, word processing, uploading media to the internet, etc.).
     
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    A MacBook will be sufficient and likely more than what you'd need. I'd imagine most people dont do near the amount of "media editing" that they say they do, unless they count opening up iPhoto as editing.
     
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    Up to you, but the refurbished 2010 sounds like it will suit your needs fine. I doubt you would notice the difference in processing power in the 2011 sandy bridge models. That being said, in terms of raw processing power the 2011s are almost twice as efficient as the 2010 models.
     
  12. anonymouse99 macrumors regular

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    What's your budget - that will also dictate what you should buy? For a 2K budget you'd be better off getting a quad (which could suffice for 3-4 years).
     
  13. MJNBGA thread starter macrumors regular

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    I hope to learn to be able to do editing in Photoshop... :)
     
  14. Alaerian Guest

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    Photoshop runs fine on my 4 year old MacBook. It will run fine on any current mac notebook.
     
  15. ender land macrumors 6502a

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    You could probably buy a 3 year old computer and do all of this.
     
  16. MJNBGA thread starter macrumors regular

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    No, not really. Just the occasional online casual game.
     
  17. MJNBGA thread starter macrumors regular

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    So I guess the MacBook it is! Thanks to you all! Now, should I get the new one or the refurb? Is it the same warranty? Also, should I make any upgrades?
    :cool:
     
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    If a refurb is available directly from apple, that really is the way to go! Refurbs are given new cases, batteries, and thoroughly tested before being shipped to customers. You are more likely to get a Doa with a brand new laptop than with a refurb
     
  19. pricej636 macrumors 6502

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    Refurbs have the same 1 year warranty. You cannot make any changes when ordering a refurb. Some like myself have gotten brand new machines when ordering a refurb. Most of the parts are cheaper aftermarket anyway, unless you are looking at the apple SSDs.
     

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