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WTB 15" MBP - Buying Advice - Considering Used - 2013 2.6G sweetspot?

stevefox42

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I'd like a 15" MBP with a retina display for photo editing, website stuff, and consolidating all my other computers into one system. The lowest priced Apple refurbs are $1600+. After doing some research, I'm thinking about finding a late 2013 with the 2.6G i7. Checking on geekbench, those 2.6G 2013 models are very high on the benchmark charts. Higher than some brand new 2015 MBP 15"

The 2013 seems to look like the best bang for the buck in a used MBP 15"

Is there something I'm missing here?
 
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Samuelsan2001

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I'd like a 15" MBP with a retina display for photo editing, website stuff, and consolidating all my other computers into one system. The lowest priced Apple refurbs are $1600+. After doing some research, I'm thinking about finding a late 2013 with the 2.6G i7. Checking on geekbench, those 2.6G 2013 models are very high on the benchmark charts. Higher than some brand new 2015 MBP 15"

The 2013 seems to look like the best bang for the buck in a used MBP 15"

Is there something I'm missing here?

No they are good machines but the dGPU can be a little flaky as is so often the case with dGPU's in thin light metal laptops.
 
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MRxROBOT

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I'd like a 15" MBP with a retina display for photo editing, website stuff, and consolidating all my other computers into one system. The lowest priced Apple refurbs are $1600+. After doing some research, I'm thinking about finding a late 2013 with the 2.6G i7. Checking on geekbench, those 2.6G 2013 models are very high on the benchmark charts. Higher than some brand new 2015 MBP 15"

The 2013 seems to look like the best bang for the buck in a used MBP 15"

Is there something I'm missing here?

You are not missing anything :)

If looking to save money, the Late 2013 has the best performace/reliabilty per dollar value in regards to retina 15.4" MacBook Pros. If purchasing outside of Apple, make sure you are aware of how many cycles the battery has been subject to because that is an additional $199 in the U.S. you may need to factor in.
 
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