Which one to get, and which gives me the better deal?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by kewlguy781, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. kewlguy781 macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2011
    ok guys-

    Which do you think give me the better deal out of those listings (I have been researching and narrowing down, so this is my narrowed down list)-

    Macbook Pro 15 inches (Refurbished)-

    My thought (thinking aloud mode on)
    • Space doesnt really matter to me. I mean, who would max out 750 GB?! Its likely I would use ~400 of it. Question is- is there a big difference between 5400 vs 7200? Battery Life?
    • Im still torn between Standard and High Res- I really like how the standard stand out the color because its glossary, but at same time high res is something you would want to invest in long term. Again, "loving the color" vs "loving the space"---
    • Now that the Late 2011 have 2.2 Ghz quad-core as Standard, if I just add the High Res option, and use college discount, the price is almost the same. Thats why I am struggling to see if the list above is a good deal. I seek for your wisdom and confirmation :)

    PS do not worry if its out of stock or not. I am sure they will come back in stock. I just want to research and buy with confidence.
  2. 01Aaron macrumors newbie


    Dec 14, 2011
    United States
  3. kewlguy781 thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2011
    What's that supposed to mean?
  4. shyam09 macrumors 68020


    Oct 31, 2010
    ok well 5400 vs 7200 RPM, just indicates a faster spinning hard drive which leads to faster boot up times, application loading times, and stuff like that. you might see a few seconds shaved off from the boot up time with the 7200 RPM, but it wouldn't be a life changing moment [like when compared to one of those hybrids or SSD's]

    I can't help you out with glossy vs. High res, but i think high res would be the way to go. like if i was buying it, I would go with the high res.

    and going back to your first question. 750 GB 5400 RPM vs. 500 GB 7200 RPM
    ,i guess it just depends on your prefs.
    for me, space is more important then RPM... it's varies per person
  5. Orlandoech macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    If you dont plan on going to an SSD or Hybrid HDD, then go with the 7200RPM HDD.

    I would HIGHLY recommend the Hi-Res display, whether its glossy or Anti. I have the AntiG and love it personally.
  6. js81, Dec 15, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2011

    js81 macrumors 65816


    Dec 31, 2008
    RPM isn't everything with hard drives... more important is # of platters and platter density. There are plenty of single-platter 5400rpm drives that out-perform their 7200rpm counterparts. Obviously, a 7200rpm single platter would be best...

    Only problem is that with nearly ANY OEM (Apple included) you don't get the option of choosing what brand of drive goes in your system, let alone a specific model. It tends to be a crap shoot, though in the past Apple has been particularly fond of Fujitsu and Toshiba drives - both of which tend to typically be dog slow in my experience. Sometimes they use Seagate, too, which is better speed-wise, but I've never been comfortable with their reliability.

    Now if only there was the option to select a WD (for reliability) or Samsung (for speed) drive... at least IMHO. :D

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