Very apprehensive to make this purchase...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by britneyfan, Dec 21, 2010.

  1. britneyfan, Dec 21, 2010
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    britneyfan macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2010
    I'm young, and I've been saving my money.
    I am going to use my Christmas money to get the MBP the day after.
    I'm really exited, but I want to know what I will be gaining from this purchase.
    I really want a mac, and I've wanted one all along. Last year I got an HP DV6 15'' with great specs and I paid $800-something for it when it was all said and done. Don't get my wrong, it's a really good computer, just after purchasing my iPhone 4 over the summer I want something different that has a good build quality.
    MacBook Pro LOOKS really nice. I can only afford the 13" STANDARD though.

    Is it still nice?
    Is it fast? (I mostly browse, itunes, skype and do photoshop.)
    Will I like it?
    Is the screen too small, after coming from a 15"?
    Will it last me?
    Will I get the same protection from the one year warranty as I would from applecare? and later, can I buy the apple care from the apple store even if I don't buy the computer from there?

    I also see a deal online from a website that's an authorized retailer selling it for $999. You order it online, but you pick it up from the store. Thing is, the store isn't in my area. Could I print out the webpage and show them? They have to match the price.

    OVERALL, Is it worth it?

    OH and is there a choice between antiglare and glossy with the 13"?
    If so, which one is better?
  2. NickZac macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2010
    This should help you feel a bit better. There are few other computers with so many repeat and satisfied customers.

    I spent virtually the last $1,400 of 'free money' I had at the time on it and for a while had to live frugally. Was it worth it? Damn straight; while I was eating a lot of PBJ's, I could at least say that I was computing with style and capability.
  3. bigchrisfgb macrumors 65816

    Jan 24, 2010
    No their is no screen option on the 13", but in answer to everything else, yes it's worth it and yes it will do 99.9% of the tasks you throw at it.
  4. bigjnyc macrumors 603


    Apr 10, 2008
    I'm assuming you are talking about microcenter. Some people have had luck getting bestbuy to match the deal and others have not. I guess it all depends on which bestbuy you go to and who you speak to. It's worth a shot just ask nicely.
  5. britneyfan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2010
    oh, bestbuy, alright, thanks :)
  6. britneyfan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2010
    thank you!!!
  7. britneyfan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2010
    Oh and is it definite that I will be able to update it when Lion OS comes out?
  8. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Any Mac being sold today will be able to update to Lion.
  9. bigchrisfgb macrumors 65816

    Jan 24, 2010
    Since the recently released Air has less RAM, and less GHZ and has been show running Lion I would imagine it should run it pretty well.
  10. JKK photography macrumors regular

    JKK photography

    Jul 14, 2009
    Simple answer: absolutely yes.

    Look on YouTube for some video reviews/graphic performance tests, etc on the 13". It rocks everything thrown at it.
  11. Wattser93 macrumors regular

    Sep 6, 2010
    If you just bought a laptop within the last year, I don't recommend buying the 13" yet. I'd wait til the update if you can, then you should be able to pick up the new one for the same price.

    And if you don't need the expandability, backlit keyboard, or optical drive, I'd go with the 13" MBA. They're a nice machine for a light user that doesn't need those things. The extra screen resolution is nice but the screen doesn't quite look as nice to me. Colors looked muted from what I saw at the Apple store.
  12. britneyfan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2010
    I need a built in OD though.
  13. Wattser93 macrumors regular

    Sep 6, 2010
    Then you can either wait for the update or buy the current one from Microcenter for $1K.

    I wouldn't pay Apple's price of $1.2K for the current model when the update is going to be soon.

    You can wait and buy AppleCare later as long as it's within a year of the date of purchase, so you don't have to buy that now. And Amazon is cheaper for that than Apple is.
  14. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010
    If your just going to be surfing, photoshopping, emailing and using Skype? Do you really need the MacBook Pro?
  15. britneyfan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2010
    I don't have microcenter near me :(
    April is a long ways away, though.
  16. britneyfan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2010
    Are the webcams the same in ever one of the mac devices?
    The MacBook just looks cheap to me though.
  17. JKK photography macrumors regular

    JKK photography

    Jul 14, 2009
    We have no idea what the next revision will bring, or when it will be. I wouldn't let that sway your decision much, as we haven't seen any 'solid' leaks that would suggest a launch within a month or two.

    If you feel like you need a high-end computer, then get the MBP. If your money is tight, though, the MacBook is hard to beat.

    Also, for the price of the MacBook ($999), you can get a much higher spec'd HP Envy... I'm just saying. Of course, it seems like OSX is something you want.
  18. JKK photography macrumors regular

    JKK photography

    Jul 14, 2009
    Webcams should be identical throughout all of Apple's line up.
  19. britneyfan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2010
    I have a high spec HP right now... I don't like Windows OS too much

    IDK, the pro seems like a sturdier computer.
  20. JKK photography macrumors regular

    JKK photography

    Jul 14, 2009
    Then you are where I was. I wanted OS X, but I knew that other computers had better specs. I decided to go Mac, and it's great. Honestly, i recommend it to anyone.
  21. britneyfan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2010
    so it'll last four years and is worth the $?
  22. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

    Capt Underpants

    Jul 23, 2003
    Austin, Texas
    I would wait until Apple updates their MBP lineup.

    It'll only be a few months, and if you're planning on keeping the machine for a while, it will be worth it.

    I always purchase my Apple computers after an update, and it gives me much peace of mind.
  23. britneyfan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2010
    what kinds of updates are we seeing with this?
    I really need an optical drive.
    would it be a complete redesign of the computer itself like they did in 08?
    or would it be a slight bump in the processor and ram?
  24. VictoriaStudent macrumors regular


    Jul 20, 2010
    I purchased a 13" 2.66 mbp for school. It's my 2nd mbp and my, like, 20th apple product over the years.

    I didn't even consider the non-pro 13", at all. I've noticed the case degrades more readily over time - typically through staining. Whereas my aluminum unibody doesn't stain in the least. Also, you can simply tell by the construction the case is solid. Unless I drop it, it's going to look the same four years from now as it will today. I particularly like the solidity of the case, and the simpleness of it.

    Purchased a OWC SSD drive for main drive bay, swapped out the optical for the stock 320gb HDD...and it flies. I have no doubt in my mind my MBP will be as fast four years from now as it is today.

    The MBPs are well-built, solid machines. To me (a former professional graphic designer) the LCD is excellent - once calibrated for your environment. When I'm at home, I plug in a 27" LCD - no problems there, either. It all just works.

    you have 1 year from the date of purchase to decide if you also want Applecare. Odds are, though, that if your lap top makes it 1 year, it will go 5 or more years....hard drive excepting, of course. Then again, at my last job we had mission critical macs that were nearly 10 years old w/original hard drives and, who knows.

    if you want it, it's in your budget it...get it...and enjoy :)

    (ps: I more or less surf, use photoshop, write papers, listen to music, etc. w/my MBP)

    edit: to answer a couple of your other questions - I had one of the "new" first-gen 2006 MBPs with the notorious whine. I had no trouble getting Apple to replace my motherboard for one which didn't whine and overheat without Applecare. Apple really takes care of people, at least in my experience.

    also, it's likely that any future updates to the MBP line won't be anything that you would particularly need. The advantage for you would be, if you wait for the could get the pervious gen for less money...maybe what? $150-$200 less? Possibly more.
  25. JKK photography macrumors regular

    JKK photography

    Jul 14, 2009
    Yes. There are people on here who still have their '07 Macbook Pros.

    Technology will slowly pass it, of course, but it will be as fast as it was the day you bought it.

    The best upgrade you can do? Get a good SSD (MRoogle can help you there, as well as just looking around a bit on the forum). it'll make everything nearly instantaneous.

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