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Refurb or Newest MBP?


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I have found a refurb MBP for $929. 2.26GHz, 2GB, 160GB HD, 13.3". 7 hr battery life. (I will upgrade the memory so add $100 to price)

The newest is $1199. 2.46GHz, 4GB, 250GB HD, TEN hour battery life.

Price difference-about $180.

This will be my first Mac. No real reason to buy one except that I am bored with Windows and want something new (the battery life and beautiful display are my biggest draws).

So, what do you think? Are the increased specs really worth the $180?
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Depends. Do you need them? Lame response I know, but how could we answer your question if we have NO idea what you will be doing with the thing?
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Depends. Do you need them? Lame response I know, but how could we answer your question if we have NO idea what you will be doing with the thing?
Of course I don't need them!

Since I have never owned a Mac, I don't know what hardware specs I would need to 'future-proof' it.

Is 2GB enough or should I immediately upgrade to 4GB (only $100). As for HD size, my wife and I are sharing a PC laptop and combined we use 111GB, BUT Macs seem to be easier to do some things. Maybe I will use my digital camera more and the picture organization is way better.
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Processor-wise, no. To go from 2GB to GB of RAM will set ya back almost $100. And as you mentioned, the HDD will be a $100. So, now you have something to work with....

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Processor-wise, no. To go from 2GB to GB of RAM will set ya back almost $100. And as you mentioned, the HDD will be a $100. So, now you have something to work with....
So....do you recommend the older MBP with a 4GB upgrade? Or should I just buy the new one so that it will have the latest specs?
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You should keep in mind when order from Apple, that you would have to pay tax on the refurbished one. I ordered my refurb through Apple. It's free shipping but tax added another $70 to the cost. $999+$70=$1069. I could have had a brand new one from a couple of on-line mail order place with free shipping and no tax at $1120 to $1140. My savings for getting a refurb was $50-$70. Not much. Also, if you're going to buy a refurb MBP with a core2duo, you might as well buy a new one with C2Duo, since resellers would tend to lower the price to sell off their stocks of now older C2Duo MBP

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You should keep in mind when order from Apple, that you would have to pay tax on the refurbished one. I ordered my refurb through Apple. It's free shipping but tax added another $70 to the cost. $999+$70=$1069. I could have had a brand new one from a couple of on-line mail order place with free shipping and no tax at $1120 to $1140. My savings for getting a refurb was $50-$70. Not much. Also, if you're going to buy a refurb MBP with a core2duo, you might as well buy a new one with C2Duo, since resellers would tend to lower the price to sell off their stocks of now older C2Duo MBP

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I have taken tax into account. What I failed to mention is that I will be using the Apple Credit Card-no interest for a full year.
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I have taken tax into account. What I failed to mention is that I will be using the Apple Credit Card-no interest for a full year.
Just make sure you pay it off within that year or you'll be socked with all of the interest from day one.
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Also are you a student? because you will get a 100 off of the new one if you are.

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Also are you a student? because you will get a 100 off of the new one if you are.
No, unfortunately not a student.
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Processor-wise, no. To go from 2GB to GB of RAM will set ya back almost $100. And as you mentioned, the HDD will be a $100. So, now you have something to work with....
I agree. It will be about $200 to add the extra 2MB and upgrade the hard drive.
In addition, consider how much you travel with your laptop. If it is a lot, the extra battery life may be worth it to you.
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I agree. It will be about $200 to add the extra 2MB and upgrade the hard drive.
In addition, consider how much you travel with your laptop. If it is a lot, the extra battery life may be worth it to you.
I may just end up with the refurb. Number 1, I don't really travel and number 2, I have never had a Mac before, so who's to say if I need the extra memory/HD space. I am tech-inclined, so I can change them when and if needed.
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