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

    Mar 17, 2011
    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?

  2. Naimfan Suspended


    Jan 15, 2003
    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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