Which Macbook pro would you get?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Eternal 28, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. Eternal 28, Mar 8, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2011

    Eternal 28 macrumors 6502

    Apr 22, 2008
    Which Macbook pro would you get and why??

    2011 15-inch: 2.0 GHz
    2.0GHz quad-core
    Intel Core i7
    4GB 1333MHz
    500GB 5400-rpm1
    15.4-inch LED-backlit antiglare Hi-Res widescreen display (1680 x 1050 pixel)
    Intel HD Graphics 3000
    AMD Radeon HD 6490M with 256MB GDDR5
    Built-in battery (7 hours)2

    $1834 with education discount


    Refurbished Macbook pro 2.66 ghz intel core i7
    Originally released April 2010
    15.4-inch LED-backlit antiglare Hi-Res widescreen display (1680 x 1050 pixel)
    4GB (2 x 2GB) of 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM
    500GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
    8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR3 memory

    $1529 with special pricing because they messed up my other order.
  2. ml.sail1 macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2010
    Personally I would go with the 2011 model with the quad core processor just to be future proof. Although they are both great machines, the newer one will last you longer in the long run.

    That is all to say if you plan on keeping this computer for a long time.

    Just my $.02
  3. Mackilroy macrumors 68040


    Jun 29, 2006
    I'd personally go for the Sandy Bridge-based MacBook Pro, but the 330M would suit you a little more if you were a gamer.
  4. dw3bb10 macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2008
  5. aznguyen316 macrumors 68020


    Oct 1, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    I asked myself the same thing. I got the i7 (sig) at about the price you're being offered. I don't know about others, but I definitely could use that $400+ saved. I didn't pay tax on the 2010 but would have on the 2011.
  6. Kyzelios macrumors 6502

    Mar 6, 2011
    It really depends on what you are planning on doing with the computer not only now but in the long term (2 to 3 years down the road).

    If you need to run a lot of processor intensive tasks, then you'd benefit from the Core i7 quad core processor in the 2011 MacBook Pro; otherwise if your workload is only light to moderately heavy you'd be able to save some money by going with the 2010 MacBook Pro.

    Regardless, either machine would be an excellent choice. Hope that helps, have a great day.
  7. TheFarmer macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2011
    Do you game? What kind of games? If so, get the 2010 model. 512MB 330M is a good unit, not the best but good enough. I also believe the older Core i7 is plenty for a lot of users.

    If you don't game or don't plan to, get the newer one. Or just save up some more money and get the high end new model.
  8. Eternal 28 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 22, 2008
    No I don't play any computer games, for games I have a Ps3 and a Xbox 360. Even better he said he'll take $200 off the 2011 2.0 quad core 15" Macbook pro with the anti glare screen. That brings it to about $1634 including my student discount.
  9. AppleGoat macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2010
  10. Pballer110 macrumors 6502

    Nov 3, 2010
    the new quad cores are soo much faster then the 2010 so for 300 if you have it you should go with the 2011.
  11. iSavant macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2007
    And don't forget that the 2011 comes with ThunderPants!

    Could be important in a year or sooner
  12. iPhone1 macrumors 65816


    Apr 2, 2010
    San Diego, CA
  13. Dgail macrumors regular


    Mar 10, 2011
    Mt. Hood to Puget Sound
    2011 13"

    Purchasing Mac for the first time. I just ordered the 13 inch basic along with the 128 SSD. Was considering a refurbished Air and with all the peripherals, purchasing the Pro made more sense to me.

    Of course, purchasing the Apple Care Plan, Windows 2011 for Mac, and the 1 to 1 package added a few two this.

    Hopefully, this little guy will scream, and be quite future proof.

  14. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    If you don't game on the machine, go for the newer more machine with the quad core processor.

    In the future you will be able to take advantage of the faster processor and additional RAM capabilities.
  15. eagle63 macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2011
    "Who" exactly is giving you this price, someone at Apple phone sales? (not a store I assume...) Can you give us any tips for getting this price?

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