So I got a Free* Ultrabook.....

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Closingracer, May 28, 2016.

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  1. Closingracer macrumors 68030

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    So I am in this program which gives me free items in exchange for unbiased reviews of products and got a 13 inch ultrathin laptop. It is an HP with an intel i7-6500U, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD (PCI). On paper these specs at least match my current MacBook pro 13 inch 2015 edition with the same specs but with the base i5 model. I primarily use this for school and considering I already paid in full the MacBook I fully own it so I already accounted it in my budget. I love the MacBook and probably still use it over this laptop I currently have since I have a 17 inch windows laptop for my gaming needs. Would I be better off selling this though and get an iPad pro 9.7 inch or just keep both and split my usage between both ? I mean this HP laptop is lighter and thinner so this would be my go to laptop if I want to bring something more on the go that isn't school since I need the battery life and don't want to bring my AC adapter with me.
     
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Sell the Mac and the hp and buy a newer MacBook...?
     
  3. Closingracer thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Uhh Can't sell the HP since A) technically can't with the TOS ( Just don't want to break it because I like the program) and I don't need a new MacBook? The 2015 is good enough for me and no desire to get a new one already. B) I also LIKE the new HP laptop.... so no reason to sell it anyways.


    Also I am very neutral in OS preference with perhaps a slight edge to windows ?
     
  4. emilioestevez Suspended

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    If I were in your shoes, I'd keep the MBP. I much prefer Apple's hardware and the OS X ecosystem. Plus, you can still run Windows via Boot Camp or VM.

    By the way, what program gives away ultrabooks?
     
  5. Hellhammer Moderator

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    I'd sell the Mac. It's really, really hard to find good use for both systems, especially if you also have a 17" gaming laptop. It's a hassle to switch between machines as it feels that every time you switch, there's boatload of updates that need to be installed, and a file you need may be on the other computer. I tried this for a while when work provided me with a Lenovo ultrabook, which was nice but not as nice as my Mac (biggest reason was very poor battery life), so I ended up not using the Lenovo.

    The resale value will only go down over time as well, so waiting will only cost you.
     
  6. Closingracer thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I am not planning on spending $100+ nor the SSD space to run Boot Camp and not even going to bother with VM.
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    My biggest gripe so far with the limited time with the HP is battery life...Other reviews state 5-7 hours of battery life. My MacBook gets around 7-9 hours depending on what I do. I am in a program similar to Amazon Vine where I get items to review and The HP ultrabook was one of them so I decided to pick it up since I have never used a Windows device with a SSD before ( my 17 inch uses a 1TB 7200RPM HDD).


    Can I get $900 for it? Ideally the only thing motivating me to sell it to begin with is if I can get at least $900 for it so I can buy the 256GB iPad pro (9.7).
     
  7. emilioestevez Suspended

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    The Apple or the HP?

    If the former, definitely.

    If the latter, it's unlikely seeing as the secondhand market for Windows non-gaming laptops isn't that hot.
     
  8. Closingracer thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Well yes obviously the former..... Not selling the HP
     
  9. emilioestevez Suspended

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    If you sell it before the announcement/release of the 2016 model, you should easily be able to sell it for $900+.
     
  10. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    Sell the Mac and bank the money for another day, as prices for your rMBP are likely to take a dive once the new 2016 model launches. Seems to be little point on keeping two middle range notebooks, with the one you have paid for yourself depreciating month on month.

    If the HP is the new Spectre, I would just buy a USB C powerbank to keep it topped up on the go. A little tweaking of power profiles & setting in W10 will also bring dividends on battery runtime.

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  11. Closingracer thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Yes it's the new spectre.


    Haven't really used it yet to do my review on it so I can't make a decision on what to do until later this week. If I decide I don't like it I'll keep it and the Macbook I guess.
     
  12. renee_yuh Suspended

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    How did you get a free HP Spectre? o_O

    If you can't say publicly, can you please PM me? My laptop is on its last legs. :oops:
     
  13. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    Not set on the aesthetics of the Spectre, equally it does look to be a decent midrange Ultrabook. If your locked into keeping the Spectre I would just look to sell the Mac and bank the money, as you can always put that to a newer, better Mac in the future, as opposed to the Spectre lying idle, as at the end of the day computers are simply tools to serve a purpose, of which W10 or OS X can accomplish.

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  14. Fancuku macrumors 6502a

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    Why not keep both? An enthusiast can never have too many computers. :D
     
  15. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    Wasteful & purposeless

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  16. Closingracer thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I get free items to review them similar to amazon Vine but with bestbuy. It's an invite only program.
     
  17. Closingracer thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I mean I'll give it a few days and see. Major selling point for me with the Macbook Pro was battery life. I'm going to bring this laptop with me to school for the rest of the week and see if it meets my needs and go on from there once I get done reviewing it.



    I was looking into possibly doing boot camp on my Macbook and considering this is so light I could bring both
     
  18. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    It puzzles me why you can not make these choices yourself.
     
  19. Closingracer thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Lol... A second Opinion? I know what I am leaning towards to myself ....
     
  20. JoelTheSuperior macrumors 6502

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    To be honest this is really a choice that you need to make yourself.

    Ask yourself - do you prefer Windows or OS X? If you like both, just keep both.
     
  21. Closingracer thread starter macrumors 68030

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    This isn't about OS .... I already have Windows laptop and OS X before this....

    Problem isn't the question do I like both but is it economical to keep both 3 laptops.
     
  22. kevinkyoo macrumors 6502a

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    Just sell the MacBook. Check eBay under "Completed Listings" for your particular computer (Year, specs, etc.) and evaluate how much it would cost for you to sell it. Keep in mind that shipping, insurance, signature confirmation, etc. will cost you around $30, and that eBay and PayPal will take away 13% from your total sales.
     
  23. Closingracer thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Well I am fairly certain now after using the HP spectre I am going to keep my Macbook Pro and use it as my daily driver for school.
     

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