Should I buy late 2011 pro 13" 2.8GHz or mid 2012 13" 2.9GHz?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mrhuynh94, Aug 21, 2012.

  1. mrhuynh94 macrumors newbie

    Aug 21, 2012
    The 2012 13" will run me $1500 while the 2011 13" will be $1250. Which should I get?
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Since you're asking the question seemingly based on specs, that suggests specs don't actually matter. Let me guess: iTunes, internet, word processing, "occasional video editing and photoshop" ? Either one will be fine.
  3. PapaVBnMOMO, Aug 22, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2012

    PapaVBnMOMO macrumors member

    Aug 11, 2012
    You can get a refurbished 2012 13" 2.9 i7 for 1269 on now, go to the refurbished section...
    EDIT: oops looks like I bought the last one, only has the base model 2012 for $1019
  4. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    Yes, but when the improved HD4000 graphics in the 2012 be a better choice for the long run?
  5. cloudyo macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2012
    lol - i can imagine the OP reading the first sentence and smiling all over his face, until he reads the edit ;)
  6. aircanman macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2011
    Why do you generalise people like this? At the end of the day, if they have the computer for these basic tasks there is nothing wrong with wanting it to do them with the best performance?

    Do people have to be movie directors in order to have the best machines? Do you think there needs to be a little qualification so people can have them?
  7. SlyMac macrumors 6502


    Jun 16, 2008
    You need to figure out if the extra spec bump is needed and if it is, is it worth the extra coin. These questions are difficult for others to answer because we all use and need our laptops for different reasons. One persons satisfied base model purchase is another persons buyers remorse.
  8. aircanman macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2011
    Yes, but ultimately don't let people bully you on here by making you think you are buying a machine too fast for what you need, there is no compromise for performance!
  9. mrobit macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2012
    Yes there is: money. If OP is going to get a performance gain that s/he doesn't need, then why bother spending an extra ~$250 for something that isn't going to be used? I understand the concept of 'future proofing' something but there's a point that you hit where the performance increase and the extra cost just don't meet up.

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