Smart To Purchase A MacBook Pro 17

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by smcgil9899, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. smcgil9899 macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2008
    With the end of the MacBook Pro 17, would it be wise to purchase on used late 2011 MacBook Pro 17 for $1600? I know that the late 2011 MBP 17 doesn't have USB 3.0, the latest processor and graphics. Is there really a big difference in the Ivy Bridge to Sandy Bridge?

    I'm currently looking at this computer:

    The Samsung is lighter and thinner than the MBP 17. It has the newer technology. Trying to decide which to purchase. I don't have a operating system preference.
  2. dlimes13, Jun 24, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2012

    dlimes13 macrumors 6502a


    May 3, 2011
    Perrysburg, OH
    I would say you can't go wrong with either or, but I think the Samsung is a much better value. The only thing going against it is resale value. Nothing compares to Apple's resale value.
    If you sell the $1600 17" MBP in say 2 years, I would guess you'd get at least $1000. The Samsung, lucky for $500.

    Sandy Bridge vs. Ivy Bridge is not that much different. The graphics card is a bit, and USB 2.0 to USB 3.0 is huge.

    The Samsung is a very high quality machine, however, it's a pain to upgrade one of the RAM modules since it's underneath the keyboard. This was the machine I was going to get if the new MBP's were a disappointment (which they were not IMO). If I was forced to go back to a PC, I would get a Samsung.
  3. boomhower macrumors 68000


    Oct 21, 2011
    Power/$ goes to the Samsung. About everything else is going for the Apple such as build quality and resale value. Sell it in three years and you'll get the price difference now back probably two fold.

    Performance wise it's not a huge difference but the Samsung does have more CPU/GPU power.
  4. Drask macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2012
    If you're not interested in the resale value and OS X go with the samsung. Samsung's specs are better, not WAY much better, but better. Although I like the look on the mbp.
  5. eron macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2008
    The Samsung you highlighted has a number keypad. If you key numbers a lot, that's a winner since you don't have an OS pref.
  6. InuNacho macrumors 65816


    Apr 24, 2008
    In that one place
    I just bought a 2011 17" for $400 more than that on the Apple refurb website. If you don't have an OS preference you should still get the MBP as you'd get the best of both worlds by installing Windows on it.
  7. smcgil9899 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2008
    Thanks for all the responses. Still trying to decide between the two.

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