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[Best Buy] MacBook Pro - 13.3" $400 off, 15.4" $700 off

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Aug 22, 2006
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CanadaCPU wrote:
Aug 16th, 2019 5:09 pm
. $2000 (post-sale price) for the 13" has the bare minimum spec (i5/256/8GB) doesn't even get you discrete graphics. That is a $600-700 spec elsewhere. The 15" prices are just nuts.
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Technically $500 but you get an inferior screen, but the rest of the specs are close enough.
OS war aside, it's a pretty tough sell to argue that the screen and the rest of the notebook is worth literally 4x the "expensive" bits.
I get a MacBook is definitely better than a cheap Inspiron, but is it worth $1500 for that privilege?
Some say yes. I say no.
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Jul 23, 2006
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Windows ultra book like MacBook Air isn't cheap, and price is over 1000,
If you want to spend 1000 on laptop, MacBook Air is first choice, apple has best hardware quality,

Ssd in MacBook is easy to upgrade, buy a adapter, put in a normal M2 ssd with adapter,
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Jul 19, 2005
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I wouldn't compare an Inspiron with a Macbook Pro. Even Dell's own XPS 13 with "similar specs" is at least 1500$ with a lower resolution screen.

I do agree that refurbished is the way to go: 20$ cheaper!
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Nov 12, 2017
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Decent price for the MBP. But I'll always recommend to get your Apple products in the US, if possible. I was able to get the same MBP 13" for $1,830 CAD after taxes (Equivalent), and this was back in April.
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Aug 27, 2009
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I have a 13" Macbook Pro (late 2013). In the same time period my buddy is on his second laptop and already thinking about replacing it..

Even though I want to give windows 10 a shot I'll probably get another macbook in 2-5 years and just run Win10 using bootcamp.

TL/DR Macbooks are worth the price premium.
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Dec 25, 2017
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MacBooks once were worth the price cause they were pretty reliable. Not anymore. The newer Macbook Pros have had many issues, many of which Apple refused to acknowledge and forced users to pay for repairs, often costing hundreds of dollars!
- Faulty keyboard
- Flexgate till the 2017 models. 2018 models may have fixed it but time will tell
- Bridge OS kernel panics leading to lost work
- Anything breaks, your repair bill will run into hundreds cause Apple will need to replace everything owing to the sealed design of the laptop. For e.g., to replace the keyboard on my 2017, the bill was nearly 800 CAD!! Keyboard, shell and battery were replaced!

Source: I had the 2017 MBPs, 2018 MBPs after which I gave up on the laptops and thought I am the smart one by going in for the Mini. Now the Mini crashes on me more than once everyday due to Bridge OS issues. Replaced it once, same issue. Can't take it to repair cause I cannot afford to be without my computer for more than a few days.

I am tied to the Mac OS and I am literally paying the price for Apple's dastardly, amoral practices. The Windows ecosystem is so much better today in terms of hardware.
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Jan 17, 2009
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lleb13 wrote:
Aug 17th, 2019 8:44 am
I have a 13" Macbook Pro (late 2013). In the same time period my buddy is on his second laptop and already thinking about replacing it..

Even though I want to give windows 10 a shot I'll probably get another macbook in 2-5 years and just run Win10 using bootcamp.

TL/DR Macbooks are worth the price premium.
I also have a pretty maxed out 15" MacBook Pro from 2013 that i still use daily and runs like a champ. Only thing i had to do was last year was replace the battery, but they also replaced the top case as part of the price because it's glued (aka bottom half of the laptop including keyboard, trackpad and speaker grills) so now it feels like a new laptop again. During that time my work has changed my desktop's like 3 times and i still prefer my laptop.

GF is using a MacBook Air from 2011. It's slow as balls now, dented from being dropped, and needs a new battery, so i'm looking at replacing it with a 2018 Air. It's really great value is you plan to keep it a long time but the new style keyboard has me worried.
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Jan 23, 2009
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Even OP doesn't consider this a deal since he wouldn't dare to post actual price in the title.
So called discount means NOTHING!
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Sep 23, 2014
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googlebot wrote:
Aug 17th, 2019 5:39 am
Ssd in MacBook is easy to upgrade, buy a adapter, put in a normal M2 ssd with adapter,
FALSE, SSD is soldered on to the logic board for new Macbook, and Apple got rid of all the ports. If the SSD died, you can't change it. Also you can't recover any of the data because of T2 (Terminator2) "security" chip.
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fudge_u wrote:
Aug 16th, 2019 8:05 pm
Guess my mid-2014 13" MacBook Pro will continue to live on for a few more years.
My mid 2009 MacBook pro is still going strong!
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Feb 19, 2017
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slowtyper wrote:
Aug 17th, 2019 10:38 am
My mid 2009 MacBook pro is still going strong!
My relative's 2009 MacBook Pro is still going strong, too. I put an SSD in there a few years ago which really helps, but I believe it only supports SATA II so the speedup is limited. It's still perfectly fine for basic tasks, but I wouldn't want to do any real work on it.

There are two concerns with the 2009s, though. The first is the lack of OS support. I believe Mavericks is the last release that officially supports the 2009 MBPs. I know some have managed to install Sierra on it - haven't tried it yet myself. The second is the old Core CPUs haven't received any fixes for Spectre/Meltdown/etc to my knowledge because they're so old.
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Feb 2, 2014
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Toronto
50centdollars wrote:
Aug 16th, 2019 5:15 pm
No good deals in Mac land these days, except perhaps the mini. But even that has soldered storage and the upgrade price is outrageous.

Mac OS is worth extra IMO, but within reason.
I don't think that's true. The new $1699 entry level 13.3" MacBook Pro is a great deal.
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Feb 2, 2014
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EL820 wrote:
Aug 17th, 2019 2:12 pm
I own iPhones and iPads, but the price for the specs on these MacBook is crazy. Pass! No downvote from me though. :D
I guess I don't understand why in 2019 people are still so focused on specs. My 5 year old i5 runs everything I need fine, and my 6 year old MacBook Air would still be ok if it didn't have 4GB of RAM. Ultimately, you're paying for something you use and carry around every day, so you want as good as an experience as possible -- and in 2019, that has less to do with specs than ever before.
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Feb 19, 2017
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tjindersingh wrote:
Aug 17th, 2019 2:09 pm
I don't think that's true. The new $1699 entry level 13.3" MacBook Pro is a great deal.
Not if you do more than surf the web and use web apps. It only has 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM.

Price to upgrade from 8 to 16 GB of RAM? $240.
Price to upgrade from 128 to 512 GB of storage? $500

That turns the entry level device into $2439 + HST.

That is borderline theft as far as I'm concerned, and Apple won't get any of my money for a new MacBook unless and until it changes.

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