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    I think you'll find that any pricing discrepancies that don't "make sense" at first can be explained by one of the following factors:

    a. There are quad-core and dual-core options on both chips, so a quad-core i5 might be more valuable than a dual-core i7

    b. Whether or not said machine relies on SSD or traditional HD based storage.

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    Ok, I arrived at the time of buying it.
    I just have to choose between a new and a refurbished model.
    What do you think of these 2 options I have? The prices are almost the same so I don't know if buying a refurbished one would be a good idea...

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    The refurbished model is a better purchase in my opinion. You're not only saving money, you'll also be getting a faster machine with a more powerful CPU. And since it's the latest model, it's no different than new in that respect. Apple refurbished machines are just like new and come with the same warranty. You can also purchase Apple Care for it.

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    Agreed, save a little money and get the better i7 chip.

    I usually have my MBP connected to my Dell U3014 monitor however, last night I spilt coffee over my apple BT keyboard and thats acting up. So here I am sitting at the 15" screen running 2560x1600 as the 30" monitor using DisplayMode. Perhaps not overly readable but good enough when sitting close enough to use the laptops keyboard on a desk.

    The 13" should run 1920x1200 happily which is a better resolution than cheapy 27" LCDs. Should be a perfect mobile solution for you.

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    Thanks for your help guys!

    Actually I was thinking on a mobile solution that could be used even as a desktop solution for works mainly with the Adobe suite. Hope it's powerful enough!

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    Yea the i7 2.8 is actually about $200 USD or so more values. So you can look at it as saving $270 bucks.. IMHO..

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    Quote Originally Posted by thirdeyeblind82 View Post
    Thanks for your help guys!

    Actually I was thinking on a mobile solution that could be used even as a desktop solution for works mainly with the Adobe suite. Hope it's powerful enough!
    You will be fine. My 2.6Ghz i7 blows through the CC package without any issues..

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