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Used Macbook Pro 13" or 15" vs Toshiba Portege R8XX?

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Hey guys, is it worth getting a used Macbook Pro 13" or 15" off ebay in good condition, with the core 2 duo processor, so it will be an older generation, not the current i3/i5/i7 series, instead of the Toshiba Portege which is also 13.3" and comes with i5 etc...?

The Portege is like an "analog" of the macbook, and I'm torn. I don't know if it's dumb to spend 800-900 for a Macbook with core 2 duo (even though there solid machines no doubt) or if I should just get the portege.

This is for my graduate studies at a University......

Any well-informed opinions GREATLY appreciated!
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Wait, isn't $800-900 the asking price for the refurbished C2D 2010 MBPs at the Apple Store? If so, get one from there. At least you get a year of warranty on it.
    
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I really don't want to go "refurbished". If I can find a seller on Ebay with a High rating who is just getting rid of his, which is in MINT condition I rather go that wrote.

I tried the refurb route with my current laptop, its a Gateway NV59 which sells for approx 700$ but I got it refurbed from newegg for 500$.

Worked awesome for the first 2 months, then the track pad started going crazy. Now the battery won't charge and I can only use it when plugged in.

I now am utterly skeptical of refurbed and I think I would have a better change getting a MINT condition off someone upgrading to the newer macs or etc....

I just need to know if it's kind of dumb to spend 800$ on a Core 2 Duo and Nvidia 9400graphics, ya know, it's last years gen......


I could get the portege, which is also Aluminum body I believe, with i5 etc... but the "Macbook" prestige.....
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For that money you can probably get a refurb 13" from Apple.
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I really don't want to go the refurb route lol ^
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A refurbished Apple product is pretty much getting something that's new. And if it's faulty for some reason, go into the Apple Store, show them, and they'll replace it. They may not be able to right on the spot though, since you're not going for a current model.

On another note, if you're that close to buying a refurbished MBP from last year, why not pony up a bit more and get a new 2011 13" MBP from Micro Center?
    
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I really don't want to go "refurbished". If I can find a seller on Ebay with a High rating who is just getting rid of his, which is in MINT condition I rather go that wrote.

I tried the refurb route with my current laptop, its a Gateway NV59 which sells for approx 700$ but I got it refurbed from newegg for 500$.

Worked awesome for the first 2 months, then the track pad started going crazy. Now the battery won't charge and I can only use it when plugged in.

I now am utterly skeptical of refurbed and I think I would have a better change getting a MINT condition off someone upgrading to the newer macs or etc....

I just need to know if it's kind of dumb to spend 800$ on a Core 2 Duo and Nvidia 9400graphics, ya know, it's last years gen......


I could get the portege, which is also Aluminum body I believe, with i5 etc... but the "Macbook" prestige.....
You WANT to go refurb, trust me, I buy all my macs refurb'd by apple, they are always just like new, not a scratch or fingerprint on it. You also get the FULL 1 year warranty just like a new laptop. If something goes bad they will ship you a box for free, fix it for you and have it back to you in a day or two.
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I would go with refurb
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Aren't all the refurbs damaged though or "faulty" initially from the factory, that's why they get sent back to be fixed?

I ALWAYS was COOL with the refurb idea, till like I said I bought this gateway off newegg. It went to **** after 3 months, it's like they just fixed it so it would work for only a few months.......

I figured I could get lucky b/c some people on Ebay are students who are upgrading selling MINT ones....

BTW, I could "pony up" and buy the new 2011, which is a thought.....

but then again, I could "pony up" and buy the i7 version 17" blahbalh.... It just never ends, I need to draw the line....


So none of you guys think the Toshiba Portege, battles the Macbook 13.3" core 2 duo models or even the comparable i3/i5 versions????

I always thought the Portege was sexy.....but question if the 13.3" screen is a bit small for college heavy use? (ms word, online homework, some rendering progs for chemistry)
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Aren't all the refurbs damaged though or "faulty" initially from the factory, that's why they get sent back to be fixed?

I ALWAYS was COOL with the refurb idea, till like I said I bought this gateway off newegg. It went to **** after 3 months, it's like they just fixed it so it would work for only a few months.......

I figured I could get lucky b/c some people on Ebay are students who are upgrading selling MINT ones....

BTW, I could "pony up" and buy the new 2011, which is a thought.....

but then again, I could "pony up" and buy the i7 version 17" blahbalh.... It just never ends, I need to draw the line....


So none of you guys think the Toshiba Portege, battles the Macbook 13.3" core 2 duo models or even the comparable i3/i5 versions????

I always thought the Portege was sexy.....but question if the 13.3" screen is a bit small for college heavy use? (ms word, online homework, some rendering progs for chemistry)
13" screen is waaaay to small for any type of rendering/editing use. 15" is where I would draw the line on that.

I would honestly go for a refurb'd i5 MBP, they are fast. and you get a warranty unrivaled by any other company.
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