Upgrade 2011 13" MBP or buy 2014 rMBP refurb?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by matchu, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. matchu macrumors newbie

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    Mar 17, 2011
    #1
    Hey all!

    I'm considering upgrading my early 2011 13" MBP with a 256GB SSD and 8GB RAM for $160 total. Figure it would give me another year or two.

    But then I see the 2014 13" rMBP on Apple Refurbs for $970 and I'm tempted to pull the trigger. Besides the screen, is it really worth it? And what could I get for my 2011 as-is?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Naimfan macrumors 68040

    Naimfan

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2003
    #2
    Tough call.

    Depends on if you use some of what the 2011 has that the retina does not - the optical drive, ethernet port, etc.

    From a processing standpoint, the 2011 is still surprisingly competitive with the 13" retina models. The retina models have much better battery life and a much better screen (obviously, right?), as well as faster wifi, etc.

    It also depends on how big a deal your budget is. Your machine is probably worth $400-500 tops if in perfect shape. If you can put money on top, and stretch to the 13" 8/256 model (1159 refurbished), I'd be very tempted to do that.
     

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