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I have a friend that really wants to get a MacBook Pro. I don't know much about them so I have a quick question. It may sound stupid but I know how Apple can be with their products. I am trying to save her money and it appears that Apple is charging $300 more for an i7 2.9GHz over an i5 2.5GHz as well as a 750GB HDD @5400 RPM over the 500GB HDD @5400 RPM.

She is only going to be doing basic music listening and video watching so I figured it would be best for her to get the cheaper one and lose the .4GHz of CPU speed as well as the 250GB of space and I could just get her an extra 2TB HDD @7200 RPM for much cheaper than what they want.

Is this good for her basic needs?

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post #2 of 17
Yes, pretty much all processors i3/i5/i7 today are powerful enough if you aren't doing anything intensive. I highly doubt she will miss the extra CPU speed. As far as hard drives go, they only go up to 1TB @ 5400RPM or 750GB @ 7200RPM for 2.5" drives as far as I'm aware. Another option is to put that money you saved toward a 256GB ssd which will give a huge perceived speed benefit compared to a CPU upgrade. The 5400RPM drive is going to be the biggest bottleneck of the system for general usage. Apple really kills you on the upgrades so get as few as possible... if you want you can order another 4GB of RAM for $25 or so to upgrade that as well, though the 4GB it comes with should be sufficient.

For the benefit of other posters, since Apple doesn't list their CPU model numbers, it's a choice between the i5-3210M (2.5GHz) and the i7-3520M (2.9GHz), both dual core.

EDIT: Note if you replace the hard drive, you will have to reinstall the OS. I'm not a big Apple guy so I don't know how to get ahold of Apple's OS, you will need to look into that.
Edited by Glenwing - 12/5/12 at 11:38am
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post #3 of 17
Macbook just has a sleek, clean design. That is the reason it is very popular. The actual hardware is very average, it's OS optimises it the best giving a false sense of it being 'better' than others. If you friend wants the Macbook for the design, and not because of Apple's marketing, then it wouldn't be a bad buy, just explain that there are other, better spec'd machines available for alot less.
post #4 of 17
I absolutely loved my 13" MBP for basic computing needs, the base config is probably the best bang for the buck, though unless she gets an educational discount I'd recommend going with a refurb, you save a lot of $$, and still get a 1 year warranty (with the option to add on 2 years with apple care) - they only difference between a refurb and a new one is that they re-use the logic board, everything else is brand new and again comes with the same warranty.

http://store.apple.com/us/product/FD101LL/A/refurbished-macbook-pro-25ghz-dual-core-intel-i5

or Macbook Air

http://store.apple.com/us/product/FC966LL/A/refurbished-macbook-air-17ghz-dual-core-intel-core-i5
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Yes, sound decision for basic needs. Heck a first gen Tegra tablet is still good for basic needs.
 
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She wants the retina screen which is why she was looking at the MacBook Pro that cost $1669.00 and that is the lowest price for the retina display. I tried to steer her away from Apple but she is destined on getting one. I got an Alienware m17x r4 with the top equipment for cheaper than the basic retina display MacBook Pro that only has an integreated graphics card...

Apple makes me cry when I see people buy from them frown.gif
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She wants the retina screen which is why she was looking at the MacBook Pro that cost $1669.00 and that is the lowest price for the retina display. I tried to steer her away from Apple but she is destined on getting one. I got an Alienware m17x r4 with the top equipment for cheaper than the basic retina display MacBook Pro that only has an integreated graphics card...
Apple makes me cry when I see people buy from them frown.gif

My wife is an Apple fan, which makes me cry as well. I showed her the new Samsung ultrabook and she told me it looked better than the MBA. Also I just seen the new VIZIO ultrabook which looks better than the Samsung in my opinion. If you want her to chose something else, find something classy and nice looking.
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It's not my money and she isn't my girlfriend so I don't want to push her too much. If she really wants an Apple that is fine with me. They are really nice looking they just cost way too much money. I would never pay $1,600+ for a laptop that doesn't even have a dedicated graphics card...
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Ok. The normal macbook pro's are upgradeable. The Retina ones are not. The SSD is proprietary, the RAM is soldered to the board. $1700 for watching videos and listening to music is a waste of $1000 to be honest...

Also, I'm pretty sure all retina MBPs have flash storage only?

The VAIO S series laptops are pretty slick looking, maybe take a look at those?
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post #10 of 17
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I'm not getting it for myself or I wouldn't even have looked into Apple. I really can't talk her out of it. Like I said, I paid $150 less and got one of the top of the line Alienware laptops with an ATI 7970M. The apply only has an integrated GPU and it cost more money.
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