Should I buy my first macbook pro? Are they worth it?

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  1. pdxmaxx macrumors newbie

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    Should I buy my first Macbook pro? Is this worth it? 2018 MBP 15 inch
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    2018 MacBook Pro 15 inch i7 2.6 with 560x graphics card.

    I have an option to buy this model for $1800 open box at Best Buy , and it retails for $2800. It’s a “good” deal from that standpoint, but is it actually worth it for that price considering everything else that’s out there (matebook pro for example ) ? That’s still $1800 and the performance I’m getting is good but I feel like for the price there could be better options.

    Can anyone advise me? I have never owned a MacBook before either. My laptop currently is a Lenovo think pad from 2014 that’s dying.

    Thank you
     
  2. pdxmaxx thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The deal expires tomorrow so please let me know asap!

    *time sensitive issues and compulsive purchases are terrible!!... haha
     
  3. patwithamac, Apr 29, 2019
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    Speaking from personal experience...
    As a current owner of a 2018 15" MBP, I can say, if I could do it over, I would not buy one again. I'm done with Apple. They've lost me as a customer.

    But that's just me.
    If I were in your position, I'd hold out for a redesigned keyboard.
     
  4. pdxmaxx thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I appreciate your insight, but could you please provide a little more detail? I see that you currently own the beefed up 2018 MBP. What has made you regret your decision? Would you mind suggesting a better alternative if you have one?
     
  5. patwithamac macrumors member

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    Go look up my other posts about the display problems I've had.

    Then go do a search on keyboard problems.
     
  6. mikzn macrumors 65816

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    IMHO that's a very good deal - but it would help to know the size of the SSD storage - if it is 512g that is a very good deal

    If the SSD is less than that ? - be aware you cannot upgrade the storage - it is soldered to the main board and not replaceable
     
  7. CE3 macrumors 65816

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    An open box price this low makes me think it will show significant signs of use and possibly be a display model. I don't know what condition it's listed in, or if you've seen it yourself, but I wouldn't buy a display unit.
     
  8. mikzn macrumors 65816

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    I have bought open box at best buy in the past - no regrets

    I actually buy all my apple products at Best buy, same price as apple, better customer service and (bonus) I don't have to talk to an "Apple Genius" :rolleyes:
     
  9. pdxmaxx thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It is a 512G SSD. hmm, so you agree that for the price this is as good as it gets considering what I get and the other brands available?
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    It is a return and not a display model. There is literally one scratch on the apple sign in the back, but other then that, it looks flawless.
     
  10. CE3 macrumors 65816

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    Were you able to turn the unit on and test it out any further? It's definitely a good price.
     
  11. pdxmaxx thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, the store rep showed me through the system settings that it had 5 battery cycle usages, although i don't know if that resets every-time the mac is reset cause the previous owner reset it. He also told me that everything seems to work just as new, aside from the scratch on the silver apple logo in the back. he said that he was shocked that it is priced so low considering it only has a small cosmetic scratch. I just don't know MacBooks well enough to justify if this is a good laptop for the price, because I know from experience that anything that has the brand name apple on it has a hefty "apple tax" and I want to make sure I am getting a good value for my price. I do not necessarily care that it is an "apple" product, but I need a pretty strong laptop to use as my accounting programs are quite taxing and as I said my lenovo is pretty much dead.
     
  12. mikzn macrumors 65816

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    FWIW - you can't reset the battery cycle - that is a very good price for a 512g ssd and all the other specs i7 processor etc.

    you can check on ebay - there are used 2018 MBP's for more $$ than that

    make sure you turn it on and check the screen for any display issues etc
     
  13. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

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    I thought the keyboard issue was resolved for 2018. I have a 2011 MBA. I was ready to purchase a 2017 MBP, until I hear of the keyboard issues. I almost purchase a 2018 MBP-TB, but figured, I could hold out for the 2019. Hoping this year is a redesign, but with redesign, comes new issues. Sigh, guess I'll surprise myself when I finally make the decision to buy.
     
  14. pdxmaxx thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Took the chance and purchased it with Applecare+! I hope everything works out well.

    I appreciate all of your feedback!

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  15. CE3 macrumors 65816

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    You got a killer deal for that model, especially with the AppleCare+ and tax. Pretty hard to beat.

    If you want some peace of mind regarding the keyboard issues people have reported, get this keyboard cover. I have one and don't even realize it's there when I'm typing. In reality, I think most MacBook Pro owners don't have problems with the keyboard, and the 2018 models have some modifications to keep debris out, but if you want to err on the side of caution get one.

    Enjoy your new Mac!
     
  16. patwithamac macrumors member

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    Hmmm, people who think so are in denial.
    Need a recent example? Look here;
    https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/gen-3-butterfly-keyboard.2127111/page-78#post-27323917
     
  17. smallnshort247 macrumors 6502a

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    I've owned 5 macs, and 4 of them were MacBook Pros. My current mac is a 2018 13 inch MacBook Pro. All of mine have had excellent build quality for the most part and they hold their resale value much longer than other laptops. I haven't had issues with my keyboard on my current MacBook Pro (thankfully) but I'm very careful to prevent dust and other little particles from getting under the keys.
     
  18. Hessel89 macrumors regular

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    Yet you're still posting on an Apple forum. kinda sad.

    Ontopic: 1800 bucks or 2/3rd the price for a NEW laptop that's got atleast one year warranty on it, is actually a great deal! That's about the price they go for on the used market. (around €1600,- here in EU)
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    great deal! I wouldn't regret it for a second!
     
  19. pshufd macrumors 6502a

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    That's a great deal. I would consider it if I needed a new one and just use an external keyboard.
     

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