Apple Macbook Pro 15" 2.53ghz £1168.42 @ Dixons + quidco - HotUKDeals
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Was looking around to get a macbook pro as a christmas present from some family members to myself, and this was the cheapest price I could find for this model...

My partner is a teacher, so I could get an 8% discount from the apple store directly, but since the cost then would be £1299 * 0.92 = £1195.08. So, this still works out cheaper than the discount you can get for being a teacher or student in further education...

Only way to get this cheaper, would be to be a university student, in which case you get get it for £1117.14, as they get a 14% discount, and if you order online, a 3 year warranty for university students. So, if you know a university student, then get them to get you one. But, since I don't, this was the cheapest way for me to get one...

Hope this helps some people, and please, don't start the mac vs pc debate!!!

Oh, and if you get it, dixons offer 3% cashback, so that'd be a further £35.05 in your pocket....

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#1
a lot for that spec laptop
#2
wyabcp
a lot for that spec laptop


If you have a look at the price of macbook pros, you will know that they are expensive anyway... Hence, my asking not a "pc vs mac" debate in this thread...

Also, similar spec pc is £845, and the battery life is only rated at 4.5 hours... So yes, this is £300 more, but that's the price you pay if you want an apple, with all the apple features... Better than £450 more if you go to the apple store...

Another thing I forgot to post in original post, is that these are virtually straight in from apple, as the one I received yesterday had a build date of 25th November... So at least you know it's not been sat at the back of the shop. Also, I spoke to apple previously, and dixons are an approved apple reseller, so there is no problem with the warranty should you it!
#3
Just to reiterate, I got a macbook pro 13" the other day... LOVE IT!!!
#4
Can I please iterate the point of hotukdeals ... Isn't it meant to be that we post of deals. i.e. that means something that is found available somewhere at a cheaper price than it should otherwise be. This, as I have said, is cheaper than most educational discounts, yet people are voting code. If voting cold, please state why, and don't just vote cold "because it's overpriced apple stuff" or "you can get a cheaper laptop at better spec" etc...
#5
Sorry OP no deal here.

I love my macbook and have had an eye on this model for a while, you could have bought the same model refurbed from Apple (like the one i'm typing this on now) for £999 - £35 quidco = £964 ok so you dont get the retail packaging, but £200 extra for the box - no ta.

PS rumours are abound that the new range is out Jan 3rd so i'd cancel your order ASAP and hang tight for a spec bump or price drop after christmas.

Sorry to be a party pooper, whatever mac you get you wont be dissapointed, i converted early 2008 and haven't looked back - best thing Vista ever did - drive me to apple - lol
#6
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#7
wyabcp
a lot for that spec laptop


Give it up! Your previous comments on Apple stuff are all like this.

iPhone "too much for a second hand phone"
iPod nano "a lot for a 8gb mp3 player"

You're not voiting on whether YOU think it's worth it. You're voting on whether it's a hot deal for this product.

If you don't like Apple stuff, don't even bother clicking on the link and commenting. Seriously... use your time for something better. Life's too short! :thumbsup:
#8
If you can buy it from a PC on a campus network, you can get this from the Apple Education store for £1,116.65
#9
anyone can get this macbook pro for £1116.65:

http://store.apple.com/uk_edu_5000653/configure/MC118B/A?mco=MTM3NDgxNTk

you don't need to be a student, nor do you need to prove you are one
#10
http://www.comet.co.uk/shopcomet/product/556963/APPLE-Macbook-Pro-13-inch-MB991

Comet have this on offer at a lower price too £1021, factor in Quidco and your winning :)

Great computer - poor deal
#11
Simondu2009
Sorry OP no deal here.

I love my macbook and have had an eye on this model for a while, you could have bought the same model refurbed from Apple (like the one i'm typing this on now) for £999 - £35 quidco = £964 ok so you dont get the retail packaging, but £200 extra for the box - no ta.

PS rumours are abound that the new range is out Jan 3rd so i'd cancel your order ASAP and hang tight for a spec bump or price drop after christmas.

Sorry to be a party pooper, whatever mac you get you wont be dissapointed, i converted early 2008 and haven't looked back - best thing Vista ever did - drive me to apple - lol


I'd agree with these comments. The price is not brilliant given that there is a revised spec imminent. It's worth waiting less than a month to see if the rumours are true.

http://www.macrumors.com/2009/12/01/first-intel-arrandale-macbook-pro-processors-due-january-3rd/
#12
Simondu2009;7228983
http://www.comet.co.uk/shopcomet/product/556963/APPLE-Macbook-Pro-13-inch-MB991

Comet have this on offer at a lower price too £1021, factor in Quidco and your winning :)

Great computer - poor deal

That is the 13" this deal is for the 15"
#13
Simondu2009
http://www.comet.co.uk/shopcomet/product/556963/APPLE-Macbook-Pro-13-inch-MB991

Comet have this on offer at a lower price too £1021, factor in Quidco and your winning :)

Great computer - poor deal


13 inch vs 15.... deal is okay but I would agree, wait and see what is coming out. Happens about every 6 months so buy right when new ones come out and you're laughin.

Waiting for some mac haters.... they should be here soon enough.

BTW, bought 13inch with these specs in US in Augusts for $1399 with a free ipod touch (about 860 pounds at todays exchange rate) and Apple is awesome as it has a worldwide warranty!
#14
a1
That is the 13" this deal is for the 15"


Oops very true - my bad.:oops:

Original deal not as bad as i first thought, but i would still wait till after christmas, and would prefer the 2.66Ghz 15" for the extra graphics capabilities
#15
ammamad
Give it up! Your previous comments on Apple stuff are all like this.

iPhone "too much for a second hand phone"
iPod nano "a lot for a 8gb mp3 player"

You're not voiting on whether YOU think it's worth it. You're voting on whether it's a hot deal for this product.

If you don't like Apple stuff, don't even bother clicking on the link and commenting. Seriously... use your time for something better. Life's too short! :thumbsup:



looks like i was right though... -25 and getting cold...oh and if i didn't like apple stuff why would i post the hot deals ?.. life's too short to be searching what i've commented on... :)
#16
Good deal, just wish I hadn't bought a PC recently. They can't get anything right, even windows 7 is rubbish.

No doubt those that have voted cold are too poor to afford a macbook.
#17
Ockingshay
anyone can get this macbook pro for £1116.65:

http://store.apple.com/uk_edu_5000653/configure/MC118B/A?mco=MTM3NDgxNTk

you don't need to be a student, nor do you need to prove you are one


If you order from that link, do you get the three year warranty included?
#18
lovelldr
If you order from that link, do you get the three year warranty included?


Apple don't include a 3 year warranty as standard. You get 1 year, and can purchase the applecare for the extra 2 years warranty, which is £57 on this deal. Cheaper than the £2-300 it normally is for a MBP
#19
milesy29
Apple don't include a 3 year warranty as standard. You get 1 year, and can purchase the applecare for the extra 2 years warranty.


If you're a student or lecturer at a university, and purchase your apple equipment from the internet (usually has to be done inside the university network), then you receive a 3-year warranty.

Since that link gives you the educational discounts, I was wondering whether it still gave you the three year warranty also...
#20
wyabcp
looks like i was right though... -25 and getting cold...oh and if i didn't like apple stuff why would i post the hot deals ?.. life's too short to be searching what i've commented on... :)


Yeah... well done you!
#21
£1170 for a 15" laptop? Wow, just wow.
1 Like #22
joylove
£1170 for a 15" laptop? Wow, just wow.
It's crazy isn't it.

Why can't it be like cars where every brand is the same price?
#23
lovelldr
If you're a student or lecturer at a university, and purchase your apple equipment from the internet (usually has to be done inside the university network), then you receive a 3-year warranty.

Since that link gives you the educational discounts, I was wondering whether it still gave you the three year warranty also...


It's at the bottom of the configuration options, "Apple Care" priced just over £50
#24
milesy29
It's at the bottom of the configuration options, "Apple Care" priced just over £50


No, you get a free 3 year parts and labour warranty. The apple care is a completely different thing. Anyway, in the t&c's I noticed that it mentions it as a 36 month parts and labour.

I like though how everyone has totally written this off as a bad deal, yet it truely is the cheapest option to get this without going through the apple site using dodgy discounts which are fraudulant...

However, the 24" 2.93 imac on this deal is getting wonderfully high heat, yet that doesn't seem to be a wonderful price drop to other retailers since it is available elsewhere for just £25 more...

I've not seen this one available anywhere else (apart from comet with a discount code which has to be bought from ebay, which is not a guaruntee that it'll work, or the fraudulent apple he store) for cheaper, yet this is a much worse deal according to the heat...

I think it's more to do with people thinking it's expensive, just because it's a mac. Try buying a bmw car brand new for the same price as a ford. It just ain't gonna happen. Yet, if you find a bmw car with a few grand knocked off for sale, where everywhere else it's the higher price, then that is actually a deal, since someone will want to buy it.
#25
I like though how everyone has totally written this off as a bad deal, yet it truely is the cheapest option to get this without going through the apple site using dodgy discounts which are fraudulant...
the HE link is not fradulent
#26
dc2447
the HE link is not fradulent


Not if you're eligible it's not.
#27
dc2447
It's crazy isn't it.

Why can't it be like cars where every brand is the same price?



I'd buy a car with a pc inside for this sort of money :-D
#28
girothefiro
I'd buy a car with a pc inside for this sort of money :-D


OK, I'll have an aston martin with a 17" top spec with ssd 256gb drive etc in it ;) :santa:
#29
dc2447
It's crazy isn't it.

Why can't it be like cars where every brand is the same price?


The cars can't all be the same price because they have different specifications of functional parts.
#30
joylove
The cars can't all be the same price because they have different specifications of functional parts.


Even if they used the same specification of different parts, it wouldn't be the same price...

I had a problem with my turbo on ford mondeo, ford wanted to charge me £1600 to put a new turbo in. Now, I phoned another garage, who said basically, they won't use the same turbo (as it isn't ford branded), but it's exactly the same turbo, in that it's made by the same people, same spec, same exact everything, except instead of saying Ford, it says the actual name of the person who makes it...

So, if each maker of cars all sold the same turbo, but with their own branding etc on it, then wot's the difference?! Nothing.

BTW, in the end, I didn't need a new turbo *touch wood*, as basically, all that had happened is that it's a thing that happens in turbo engines when they're not always used, in that sh!t gets in there, and it causes the car to go in to limp mode. If you run the car properly to clear it out, then it works fine. Well, that's what appears to have happened for the past 2 weeks now, so looks like Ford were just trying to shaft me for £1600!!!! Am I likely to want to go to Ford again?! Am I heck as like!

So, you're telling me, that if you could buy a skoda car, which had exactly the same specification, and parts inside etc as a volkswagen (since they are/were afaik the same company), but the skoda was 12000 and the vw was 15000, then you're telling me you would go for the skoda? Especially, if you could find the exact same vw car being sold for 13800 at another dealer, with everything exactly the same spec etc, and you had decided that you really wanted a vw car because you have previously owned vws and know that you like to drive them etc...
#31
lovelldr
So, you're telling me, that if you could buy a skoda car, which had exactly the same specification, and parts inside etc as a volkswagen (since they are/were afaik the same company), but the skoda was 12000 and the vw was 15000, then you're telling me you would go for the skoda? Especially, if you could find the exact same vw car being sold for 13800 at another dealer, with everything exactly the same spec etc...


So actually the VW isn't 15000, it's 13800? :whistling:

And I'd buy the Skoda, since the have
lovelldr
exactly the same specification, and parts inside etc as a volkswagen
Anyone who did anything else would be a badge-blinded retard.
#32
joylove
So actually the VW isn't 15000, it's 13800? :whistling:


The actual cost of the car as standard is £15000, if you go to any vw dealer, it's £15000. However, you go to motorpoint, and find it there for £13800. So the VW should be bought for £15000. But, since you're buying it from motorpoint, you're getting it at cheaper price...

Same difference with this. If you were to buy this exact same macbook pro from other websites (including the apple site), then it would cost you £1299 or thereabouts. Considering that this is almost £150 off that price, I'd consider it a bargain for that particular product.

It's like turning round saying that because you can get lidl baked beans for 3p a can, if you find heinz at 4 for £1 it's not a bargain.. Since a lot of people will only eat Heinz beans because they don't like the taste of any others... Just because you can get something at a cheaper price, doesn't mean that it's actually better!

joylove
And I'd buy the Skoda, since the haveAnyone who did anything else would be a badge-blinded retard.


A lot of people will buy a car because they want that particular brand... And we both know that you're never going to get an exact same car, since if you did, then what would be the point of having all the different cars. You have the different models, different internal specs etc.

Same with macbooks vs pcs. You got the different body, different way things work etc...
#33
lovelldr
Considering that this is almost £150 off that price, I'd consider it a bargain for that particular product.
If a Georgio Armando watch was listed here as £1000, with an RRP of £2000, would that be a deal? Or would it be a £1000 cheapo watch, and therefore a rip-off?


lovelldr
And we both know that you're never going to get an exact same car, since if you did, then what would be the point of having all the different cars. You have the different models, different internal specs etc.
That is not what you said earlier.
lovelldr
exactly the same specification, and parts inside etc as a volkswagen .
You said two cars with the same specification at different prices, now they are different specification. :?
#34
joylove
If a Georgio Armando watch was listed here as £1000, with an RRP of £2000, would that be a deal? Or would it be a £1000 cheapo watch, and therefore a rip-off?

Who's Georgio Armando. But yes, if it was a watch like a tag heuer worth something like £500, and it was available for £400 at a single place, whereas everywhere else it still hovers around the £500 mark, then it would be a bargain, not a rip off. Personally, I wouldn't spend that much on a watch, as I stopped wearing watches a while ago, so to me, I just wouldn't vote or comment on the item, as the item is of no use to me. But, I would know that it was a bargain after looking up how much they were if I wanted to check it, and see that it cannot be had cheaper elsewhere, hence therefore a bargain.

joylove
That is not what you said earlier.
You said two cars with the same specification at different prices, now they are different specification. :?


Yes, I did say what would you do if they were exact specifications. However, I was also saying that we both know that they wouldn't be exactly the same specifications. The truth of the matter is, that if you were to buy a skoda car, it would probably be cheaper because they used cheaper bits in it. A bit like the watch analogy you made earlier. Would you say "don't spend £400 on a tag heuer even if it is a bargain, because you can buy a sekonda watch for £50"??? You know that the tag heuer is a better quality watch, and so you get what you pay for...
#35
lovelldr
Who's Georgio Armando..
Exactly. If somehing has a wildy inflated RRP, chopping off 50% is not going to make it a bargain.



lovelldr
Yes, I did say what would you do if they were exact specifications. However, I was also saying that we both know that they wouldn't be exactly the same specifications.
But you did say they were identical specifications, and asked me which I would buy. And I answered the Skoda.
lovelldr
exactly the same specification, and parts inside etc as a volkswagen .

lovelldr
The truth of the matter is, that if you were to buy a skoda car, it would probably be cheaper because they used cheaper bits in it.
Actually it is cheaper to use the same parts on several designs, due to economies of scale and only having to design the part once. And owning an Audi I can tell you that they do use share parts between brands. My A8 has the Bentley brakes for example, I know this because it just failed the MOT on them.

lovelldr
A bit like the watch analogy you made earlier. Would you say "don't spend £400 on a tag heuer even if it is a bargain, because you can buy a sekonda watch for £50"??? You know that the tag heuer is a better quality watch, and so you get what you pay for...
I would buy the £50 sekonda, since a watch mechanism is accurate to a few seconds a year these days, and there is no reason to buy the Tag other than the vanity of aesthetics. If you can't find a watch that you like the look of for less than £400, then you are vain, since there are thousands to chose from at around £50. Although now this is rather deviating from the topic.

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