uMBP 15" to anti-glare uMBP?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by 7even, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. 7even macrumors 6502a

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    I recently found out that Apple finally added a non-glossy option to the 15" line-up; I've had my late-'08 model for a bit under a year but I'm tempted to sell it and upgrade to a non-glossy model. I've been getting by with the glass screen but my eyes really relax without the extra reflections.. Since I use my laptop pretty much daily, I feel that this would be a worthwhile upgrade.

    Additional bonuses, in order of importance:
    - better screen (colors are noticeably brighter on the newer model, even without the glass)
    - battery life (mine gets around 3 hours, so I'm guessing the new one will last at least 4-5)
    - 4GB RAM (which I would buy eventually for mine anyway)
    - extra 10% CPU speed (2.4 vs. 2.66 ghz)
    - more hard drive space

    Furthermore, I was going to buy Applecare for my machine before the year is up; with this, I would hold off for another ~year, so that's another $[EDIT: ~$250] saved. Net upgrade cost, assuming a fair selling price for my machine and my developer discount, ~$200-300.

    Made sense in my head, I swear :eek: Any thoughts?
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    If you can get good money from your current Mac, do it. Remember that you're not the only one who is selling his current laptop for new one :p
     
  3. kitch95 macrumors regular

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    The buyer guide currently say's that the mbp's are mid product cycle so this is the second best time to buy. If you can sell your current mbp for a good price go for it!
     
  4. caonimadebi macrumors regular

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    your trade in value is at the most $1299, which is the price from apple refurbished store since you don't have any upgrades. The new MBP is gonna set you back $2049 (assuming you want the same dedicated graphics), so your out of pocket cost will be at least $750. You don't "save" by not having upgraded a feature on your current machine (applecare, HD space, RAM etc) because they add to your trade in value.
    Edit: $750 minus whatever your developer discount will be your net cost.
     
  5. EspressoLove macrumors 6502

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    None of the "bonuses" you listed warrant an upgrade :rolleyes:
    Yet what matters - is your interface with your Mac - and for me screen is a prime part of it.
     
  6. 7even thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah pretty much. Mainly I just want a reflection-free screen without having to add *another* layer (anti-glare film which would degrade IQ) between me and the actual LCD :) The bonuses are just that.. bonuses (NOT the reasons why I would upgrade).
     
  7. EspressoLove macrumors 6502

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    I'd say go for it now.

    I'm going to do the same, but from '07 MBP I'll take much deeper hit :eek:
    It'll cost me a grand+

    So you'll loose hopefully lot less :):cool:
     
  8. 7even thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    :D Good luck
    I'm making the jump, just need to find a store with the 2.66 ghz anti-glare model in stock.. Anyone know if they carry it? I was at one today and they only had the 2.8 in stock :mad:


    EDIT: Turns out the 2.66 ghz anti-glare isn't available in stores, only the 2.8 ghz is. Ordered one online..
     
  9. EspressoLove macrumors 6502

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    Yes, in Palo Alto and San Francisco they also only have 2.8 anti-glare in stock.
    They seem to be even not aware of it being offered on others than high-end MBP.
     
  10. 7even thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I guess that's Apple's way of encouraging people to pay more.. oh, you want an anti-glare model "now"? Buy the high-end configuration.
     
  11. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

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    I just sold my early '07 17" MBP for $1200. My new MBP was $2550 (educator price), plus another $650 for 3rd party RAM. Love the antiglare screen. I was waiting for that option to order.
     
  12. EspressoLove macrumors 6502

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    I'd think it's the business and logistics thing - you know cost of sale, etc.

    Though with Apple brand & stuff comes first, so I think for less geeky, retail customers they still position matte as a pro feature, with glassy being consumer mainstay for them.

    So thanks goes to whoever it is at Apple (certainly no SJ) for this "discrepancy", as anti-glare - clearly a product of OUR pressure :p:D:cool:
     
  13. EspressoLove macrumors 6502

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    Oh, that means my battered (only slightly, but still) 2.4/4Gb/256Mb/500gb/matte/LED '07MBP would go for ~$1000 max ....
    Shoot, and I'm saving for 2.8 or 3.06.

    I probably would still be saving until Arrandales arrive :eek:
     
  14. EspressoLove macrumors 6502

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    Though if my crystal ball will start seeing OLED 1680+ screens to go with Arrandales, I probably could hold my itch :rolleyes:
     
  15. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

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    My MBP was the late-06 (1st C2D) pre-Santa Rosa model, 2.33/3GB/256MB/160GB. The one thing I had going for it was it has AppleCare until May 2010. I was very happy to get $1200, but it was in very good condition (no dents or damage).
     

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