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Return MacBook Pro for MacBook?

by arice727 / August 12, 2010 6:24 AM PDT

I started shopping around for a new laptop a couple weeks ago and finally decided that I wanted a Mac, even though it was more than I wanted to spend. When I saw that MicroCenter had an instant $200 off on the base model MacBook Pro, I immediately picked one up. Now, I'm having second thoughts and wondering if should pick up a refurbished 2.26 GHz MacBook from Apple instead. There's about a $250 difference in price between the two ($1060 and $805, after tax).

I know the older model MacBook would be more than adequate for my purposes (web, email, basic Office work, watching movies, etc.), but I'm wondering if the updated features and extra power of the Pro is worth the extra money?

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You may find that the
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 12, 2010 7:58 AM PDT

cost of returning the original laptop removes any price advantage you may be seeing.

Unlikely that the store would accept the machine back now that you have purchased and used it, without charging some form of restocking fee.

I would stick with the Pro


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Return MacBook Pro for MacBook?
by arice727 / August 12, 2010 8:36 AM PDT
In reply to: You may find that the

I haven't opened the Pro yet, so I wouldn't have to worry about a restocking fee.

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Depends on you
by Jimmy Greystone / August 12, 2010 1:42 PM PDT

Depends on you. The MBP will have a longer life expectancy in terms of acceptable performance. So if you're planning on keeping either choice long term, the MBP is the better option. If you're only looking to keep it around 1-2 years, the MB is probably better because it's cheaper.

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Do you know
by juiveg / October 2, 2010 5:11 AM PDT
In reply to: Depends on you

how long would a macbook pro i7 last for?

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I have an 8 year old
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / October 2, 2010 9:30 AM PDT
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G4 Ti Book which is still going strong.

I've also got an SE/30 which is more than twice as old as that and it is still capable of going on-line.

How long will something last is not really a question that can be answered. You can get it warrantied for 3 years, so figure it will last that and more, easily.

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(NT) do u use your mac for everyday use?
by juiveg / October 2, 2010 1:43 PM PDT
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Yes
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / October 3, 2010 6:59 AM PDT

That machine is in daily use.

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$250
by iancoruther / November 12, 2010 2:02 PM PST

The $250 is worth it for the extra features you could get, besides it is just a small difference so go for the much better one.

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