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#123353 4-Jul-2013 13:58
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Boy macbook pros are expensive! in comparison to pc laptops. But I am thinking on persevering in a quest to try ownership for a while.

Vote of hands who would be game to buy a second hand mac?






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  #849270 4-Jul-2013 14:07
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Check the Apple Refurbished deals - http://store.apple.com/nz/browse/home/specialdeals/mac/macbook_pro




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  #850747 8-Jul-2013 11:35
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NEW Apple Macbook Pro 13" i5 2.5GHz 8G/500G HD4000

These Macs have turned up on trade me they say it is a cancelled order
They look like they are current models

any body there who is mac savvy care to comment as they seem like a really good deal




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  #850756 8-Jul-2013 11:53
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The buy now is $280 off the Apple website price.

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  #850758 8-Jul-2013 11:55
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Seems to be the latest model. A quick search of the model number on amazon shows its the 'latest version.'

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  #850764 8-Jul-2013 12:04
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Buy a refurbed one from Apple. THey come with the same warranty as new ones.

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  #850776 8-Jul-2013 12:31
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Thank you one and all!




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  #850860 8-Jul-2013 14:14
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Any reason you need the Pro model? The Air is about as powerful and much easier to carry around. And you get a lot more bang for the bucks with it.

I had a 2010 Macbook Pro 15" that was top specced, that I have (very successfully) upgraded with a 2013 Macbook Air. The newest model is screaming fast, both RAM and SSD disk.

And you REALLY should make sure that you get a machine with SSD disk. The speed difference between a regular HD and an SSD is almost like it was going from diskettes to a harddrive.

 
 
 
 


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  #850863 8-Jul-2013 14:17
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The only problem with the Air and the Retina is disc space or lack thereof. I have a retina with 128 GB and am always conscious of this restriction. The standard Pro comes with 500GB minimum and doesn't have that issue. However I went for the SSD option as the performance gains outweigh this in my opinion.

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  #850866 8-Jul-2013 14:21
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You get the Air with 500 GB SSD now, which is what I have (obviously) ;) wasn't all that expensive. I specced the Air out with everything I could and still ended up with about half the price I had to pay when I bought the Pro some years ago.

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  #850867 8-Jul-2013 14:25
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jarledb: You get the Air with 500 GB SSD now, which is what I have (obviously) ;) wasn't all that expensive. I specced the Air out with everything I could and still ended up with about half the price I had to pay when I bought the Pro some years ago.


Nice, you are making me jealous! I had an Air for about 12 months before going to the Retina. The Pro is quite a bit faster due to the CPU being a non low voltage type (I think?). Apart from that the Air is very nice and worth a look now especially with the new CPU and outrageously good battery life.



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jarledb: Any reason you need the Pro model? The Air is about as powerful and much easier to carry around. And you get a lot more bang for the bucks with it.

I had a 2010 Macbook Pro 15" that was top specced, that I have (very successfully) upgraded with a 2013 Macbook Air. The newest model is screaming fast, both RAM and SSD disk.

And you REALLY should make sure that you get a machine with SSD disk. The speed difference between a regular HD and an SSD is almost like it was going from diskettes to a harddrive.

 Dick smith in Palmy have some ex demos Airs but full new wty for 1199 64gb 11" old model and 1349 old model 13"

So are you saying that I could spec these up to a 500gbssd drive and 8meg ram?




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  #851287 9-Jul-2013 01:36
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I don't recommend going for a 64GB version unless you don't plan to actually use it for much. 64GB is probably going to make you go insane quickly with having to deal with the disk being full all the time.

It all depends what you want to use it for. If you don't need the fastest disk or the most batterylife - go for the previous version of the Air (which is probably what Dick Smith is selling, but do check the model (in the About menu). The second newest Air is MacBookAir5,2.

You can not modify the Airs, so what you buy them with is what you get.

If you want an ultraportable Air with 128 GB of SSD, go for the entry level Macbook Air 11":
http://store.apple.com/nz/configure/MD711X/A?

For just another 100 NZD you get the 13" entry level:
http://store.apple.com/nz/configure/MD760X/A?

This is the one I would go for:
http://store.apple.com/nz/configure/MD761X/A?

With 8GB of RAM and 512 GB SSD it is quite a bit away from the sums you are talking now though. :)

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