ur opinion of this refurb config

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  1. danielpicasso macrumors member

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    I am waiting for the new 15" mbp's next year but have been watching refurbs. My needs are really simple. I am an artist with very lite needs and the 15" screen is needed for art related viewing/work. here is from apple refurb:

    Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

    15.4-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
    4GB memory
    320GB Hard Drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    SD card slot
    Built-in 7-hour battery
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M + 9600M GT with 256MB
    Illuminated keyboard
    $1,469.00
    ur thoughts? or wait?
     
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  3. danielpicasso thread starter macrumors member

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    HH- Good catch. I thought it was the current. I am also glad you responded for I weigh alot of value in your opinion. I know u do not have a crystal ball but being I only have very light needs. Whats your council on pulling the trigger on a refurb present gen now vs waiting. Money is not an issue for me and I have time to wait if its worth it.... thanks
     
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    Well, next gen is still at least couple months away. I wouldn't wait unless your usage is so heavy that you will benefit from faster CPU and GPU
     
  5. Apple OC macrumors 68040

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    I agree with HH ... the one he pointed out seems well suited.

    Plus you would be waiting a few months for the next refresh :cool:
     
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    last follow up question......

    H² and Apple OC Thanks. Last question:

    1- is getting the 15" worth the xtra $ vs the 13.3" mbp ?
     
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    Again, depends on your usage. What apps are you going to use? You said you need the 15" screen for art work, so if you really need or want it, then go for the 15". It also offers more power due to newer CPU and discrete graphics.
     
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    If it helps ... I run Adobe CS5 using mostly Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign on my 13"

    I prefer the portability as I take this thing everywhere.

    Some people cannot use the smaller screen ... it works for me though.

    cheers :cool:
     
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    I currently have the 13 and I am considering switching to 15". Screen size and speakers are my 2 main reasons
     
  10. danielpicasso thread starter macrumors member

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    last point

    all points very true. I use the usual app suspects within the OS/email/web/iwork and will be getting graphic pkge for very light photo manipulation/graphic usage. besides liking a little larger viewing real estate I really do not need the horse power of the 15".
    is there any value for new vs refurb besides emotional? I have only bought apple refurb and happy with it.....
    apple should give you a consulting fee! thanks again for your counsel
     
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    15" present gen?
     
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    I think you may want to hold on for an update then (assuming you have a functional computer at the moment). 13" MBP would suit your needs just fine and be more portable too. 13" MBP should get a better resolution like the MBAs did, along with new CPUs of course. 15" already has those, thus I wouldn't wait if I was about to buy one but 13" still lacks couple of things which are IMO worth waiting.

    I can say the 1440x900 feels amazing on my 13" MBA, enough space but things aren't too small.
     
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    HH- You have helped me a lot. I have to stop over analyzing this and I will go for the 15" MBP refurb. It will offer more horse power than I need, and I do like the xtra viewing space with a nice 1440x900 resolution. you have been great- thanx...... merry xmas. speak soon
     
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    The resolution on the highres 15 is so worth it; 1680x1050
     
  15. danielpicasso thread starter macrumors member

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    i am sure it is but i am looking at a 15" refurb so that is not an option
     
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    did it...

    HH-did it.... thanx again for your insight.
     
  17. TopHatPlus macrumors 6502

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    hey the refurb you posted up is a just a tried tested an true setup, it will work great, as its been pointed out the current gen is quite spectacular, i have a new one and i LOVE it.
     
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    ....

    Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Intel Core i5

    15.4-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display (1440 x 900 pixel)
    4GB (2 x 2GB) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
    320GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
    8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics processor with 256MB of GDDR3 memory

    great to hear. just ordered it....cant wait to get it...
     
  19. TopHatPlus macrumors 6502

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    i have a similar one, i got the i7 with the bigger graphics card and the high res, but that 6 of one half a dozen of another, you will love your mac! =D
     
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    Looks like Apple might be making major refreshes of the MBP only once a year (06/2009, 04/2010/) now.

    I am either waiting to see what the next refresh will look like or if there is a really really great deal on a refurb. 15" i5/i7 antiglare 1680x1050.
     
  21. farmermac macrumors 6502a

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    sure it is. they pop up in the refurb store once in a while.
     
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    According to Refurb.Me, the only refurb with hi res screen is the i7 and even it pops up pretty rarely.
     
  23. Stvwndr219 macrumors 6502

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    Do you guys have any opinions on how the hi-res 15" compares to the 17"?

    I'm debating between these two, weight and portability aren't an issue, just seeing which would be more comfortable text wise? What is the experience like compared to a normal 1440x900 screen?
     
  24. toxic macrumors 68000

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    the resolution on the hi-res 15 and 17 is about the same, ~130 ppi.

    I can't tell you how 1440x900 compares, but you can walk into a store and just compare the text on a 17" with a 15".
     

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