Macbook Pro 15" 2.4Ghz: £1,284.65 with 5% Discount (+ 3.5% Quidco) @ Dixons - HotUKDeals
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This retails for £1,499 at the Apple Store. If you go via Quidco you'll get another 3.5% off equating to a purchase price of £1,239.68.

The 5% discount is automatically added to your cart and the offer expires on the 26 October.

I've had this same Mac for a few months now (with non-glossy screen - which you can only get at the Apple Store Online) and it's proving to be a fantastic machine.
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#1
Heat Added! BUT...Get ready for the mac haters....
#2
Obviously all you PC lovers will complain at the price but please vote due to the saving and not the actual cost of Macs - which in my opinion are worth the money over a PC any day


You want people to vote fairly then you basically bait them in to voting the deal cold. Odd.

Edited By: DevilMan on Oct 21, 2010 13:25: .
#3
ant3000
Heat Added! BUT...Get ready for the mac haters....

This :D lol
#4
ant3000
Heat Added! BUT...Get ready for the mac haters....


Yawn :p
#5
DevilMan
ant3000
Heat Added! BUT...Get ready for the mac haters....
Yawn :p

Snooooooooozzzzze!
#6
this is hot, but poeple are voteing cold, i bet if it was a pay monthly like the iphone they would be voteing hot, everybody seems to have a apple iphone but not everybody as a apple mac, very strange i thinx
#7
Zolasfoot
DevilMan
ant3000
Heat Added! BUT...Get ready for the mac haters....
Yawn :p


Snooooooooozzzzze!


I know it's boring but it happens everytime! Mem Mem Mem my PC cost half the price and it gives me a bj....blah...everyone excepts that PC's are cheap nasty machines made from elastic bands and lollypop sticks but you don't hear me having a biased view ;)
#8
If you get a student discount it's cheaper?
2 Likes #9
rhodyate
this is hot, but poeple are voteing cold, i bet if it was a pay monthly like the iphone they would be voteing hot, everybody seems to have a apple iphone but not everybody as a apple mac, very strange i thinx


Deos it have a spell checker ?
#10
Does it come with a Blu-ray burner or at least a Blu-ray drive?
#11
This is good price for a 15" i5 mbp, i have the same one.

People should really vote base on the deal not whether they like the item.
#12
r simsini
Does it come with a Blu-ray burner or at least a Blu-ray drive?


no
#13
Has to be cold then. Thanks.
#14
r simsini
Does it come with a Blu-ray burner or at least a Blu-ray drive?

Thankfully, no it doesn't!

Heat added.
#15
nice deal voted hot if only i had the cash!
#16
drspa44
r simsini
Does it come with a Blu-ray burner or at least a Blu-ray drive?

Thankfully, no it doesn't!

Heat added.


Thankfully?! My 6 years old iBook G4 has a slotloading 8x superdrive, the same as this macbook pro! This is the one area where I would love to see progress, even if it's just 22x DVD burning with lightscribe!

With iMovie you'd think that Apple would be trying their best to get blu ray drives ASAP, good quality HD video and audio needs the capacity.

Then again seeing as the majority spend their time on facebook and online forums ;) who needs to upgrade vital portable features that improve productivity!

Edited By: super_leeds_86 on Oct 21, 2010 13:58: edit
#17
drspa44
r simsini
Does it come with a Blu-ray burner or at least a Blu-ray drive?
Thankfully, no it doesn't!Heat added.

I mean who would want extra features that are commonly available on other platforms? Clearly not Mac users. Why has the OP even bothered to list some specs? They clearly don't even matter!

Edited By: r simsini on Oct 21, 2010 14:08: .
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No DVI/VGA/HDMI output either. Deary me....
#19
crap crap crap, freeeezing
#20
r simsini
No DVI/VGA/HDMI output either. Deary me....


It has a Mini DisplayPort which enables you to hook up to a HDMI, DVI, or VGA device. The only issue I've had with it is the lack of USB ports but that as quickly solved by purchasing a Hi Speed USB Hub.

I thought everyone would vote cold but at least the offer is on the site for those wanting to buy a Mac and save themselves around £250!
#21
lukeyd
crap crap crap, freeeezing


Great reasoning!
#22
DevilMan
Obviously all you PC lovers will complain at the price but please vote due to the saving and not the actual cost of Macs - which in my opinion are worth the money over a PC any day


You want people to vote fairly then you basically bait them in to voting the deal cold. Odd.


True - apologies for that - I've since removed the comment as I was just being as childish.
#23
r simsini1 person likes this
No DVI/VGA/HDMI output either. Deary me....
Why Apple won't at least put HDMI on their laptops baffles me. You can get an HDMI adapter for the mini DisplayPort socket that does sound too for £13 on Amazon though. But it's added faff having to carry it about.
#24
what
ant3000
Heat Added! BUT...Get ready for the mac haters....


What was the coldest deal ever? -2205?
Here's the challenge let's make it even colder, just for the sake of pissing the turtleneck lovers off.
#25
mamboboy
Apple are probably the only company who continue to raise prices during a recession because they know mugs will keep paying through the roof for it. This is cold for that reason alone. They could sell this laptop at £800 and still make a hefty profit on each one.

Apple products tend to appeal to the following people; the genuinely rich; the professionals who can afford it; the type who think they are rich (buy it on finance and pay out of their ass for the next few years); and the students blowing their entire student loan on it and then rely on mummy and daddy to finance the rest of the year.

Fact is, a few years ago (before XP service Pack 1), the stability argument on mac vs pc's was very legitimate and fanboys had a valid argument. But now with Win 7 and improved hard drive technology PC's can be solid as a rock. I can leave my PC running for weeks without it slowing down one bit. I actually don't remember the last time I saw an "illegal operation".

So, my point is? £700-800 will get you a blistering Windows 7 laptop, with all the bells and whistles and none of the disadvantages of OS X (and believe me, there are a few).


Apples prices are stable or increase very slightly over the years, it helps keep the product and resale values high, it's what all high end manufacturers do (Jewellery, watches, Hifi) just unusual to have that in a technology based item.

Specification wise it is difficult to compare an Apple PC to a Windows PC from the main manufacturers, on a basic specification sheet they all look similar but in reality this simply isn't true.
#26
alasrati
r simsini1 person likes this
No DVI/VGA/HDMI output either. Deary me....
Why Apple won't at least put HDMI on their laptops baffles me. You can get an HDMI adapter for the mini DisplayPort socket that does sound too for £13 on Amazon though. But it's added faff having to carry it about.


If you take a look at this image I'm not overly sure there's room for anything else in the body as it's incredibly thin and every space available is seemingly taken up. Probably better they include a Mini DP where you can then add HDMI, DVI, VGA etc to that as opposed to anything else which may not be as compatible. Just an idea.
#27
Voted hot
#28
I thought the point of this site was to vote on how good or bad a deal was not whether PC is better value for money than a Mac. this argument will always be won by the PC but this deal is totally irrelevant to that debate.
For a MacBook Pro this is a Hot deal simple as.
#29
greencode
alasrati
r simsini1 person likes this
No DVI/VGA/HDMI output either. Deary me....
Why Apple won't at least put HDMI on their laptops baffles me. You can get an HDMI adapter for the mini DisplayPort socket that does sound too for £13 on Amazon though. But it's added faff having to carry it about.

If you take a look at this image I'm not overly sure there's room for anything else in the body as it's incredibly thin and every space available is seemingly taken up. Probably better they include a Mini DP where you can then add HDMI, DVI, VGA etc to that as opposed to anything else which may not be as compatible. Just an idea.
Actually you can convert HDMI to anything else just as easily as you can convert mini DisplayPort. In fact, until recently you couldn't get audio over DisplayPort which made it really crap compared to HDMI. If you have to choose between HDMI and DisplayPort, 90% of new TVs and monitors have HDMI whereas it's mainly Apple and Dell monitors that have DisplayPort. So it's probably a ploy to make Apple monitors more attractive to people with Macs.

Another bug bear is the lack of eSATA. Again I think this probably has less to do with technical issues and more to do with locking people into the (expensive) Apple ecosystem.

I find everything is rosy if you live entirely in Apple world, but once you interact with other machines (eg SMB shares are buggy in OSX) or want to use something standard like HDMI or eSATA you run up against obstacles.
#30
Allosunshine
I thought the point of this site was to vote on how good or bad a deal was not whether PC is better value for money than a Mac. this argument will always be won by the PC but this deal is totally irrelevant to that debate.
For a MacBook Pro this is a Hot deal simple as.


+1
#31
greencode
r simsini
No DVI/VGA/HDMI output either. Deary me....
It has a Mini DisplayPort which enables you to hook up to a HDMI, DVI, or VGA device. The only issue I've had with it is the lack of USB ports but that as quickly solved by purchasing a Hi Speed USB Hub.I thought everyone would vote cold but at least the offer is on the site for those wanting to buy a Mac and save themselves around £250!

You have to purchase the connector for the mini display too. I could understand the lack of these type features if it was a slim / light-weight machine, but this weighs 2.5kg.

Aside from connectivity this is quite poorly specc'd. I realise this is a 'deal' so I won't vote cold but I really think Mac lovers would be better off choosing a better specc'd model even if it means paying a little more.

Edited By: wombat6025 on Oct 21, 2010 15:53: cos we can ;-)
#32
Aside from connectivity this is quite poorly specc'd. I realise this is a 'deal' so I won't vote cold but I really think Mac lovers would be better off choosing a better specc'd model even if it means paying a little more.


Why do you say it's poorly specc'd?
#33
greencode
Aside from connectivity this is quite poorly specc'd. I realise this is a 'deal' so I won't vote cold but I really think Mac lovers would be better off choosing a better specc'd model even if it means paying a little more.
Why do you say it's poorly specc'd?

Screen not full HD; Graphics with 256mb of a possible 1GB ram; 5400rpm 320GB HDD etc.
The i5-520 is at least better than the i5-430 commonly offered and possibly was the best available when this was conceived.
#34
wombat6025
Screen not full HD; Graphics with 256mb of a possible 1GB ram; 5400rpm 320GB HDD etc. The i5-520 is at least better than the i5-430 commonly offered and possibly was the best available when this was conceived.


Thanks for this... I purchased mine a month or so back (or rather got a free one from Apple - long story) and I use it connected to external monitor and use it for web development and design so am always using Illustrator, Photoshop and have a lot of apps open all at once... I've found it to be a really good machine to replace my old 2.2Ghz model that was also equally as good.
#35
Allosunshine
I thought the point of this site was to vote on how good or bad a deal was not whether PC is better value for money than a Mac. this argument will always be won by the PC but this deal is totally irrelevant to that debate.
For a MacBook Pro this is a Hot deal simple as.


totally agree, thats what I was saying before.
#36
Is this a misprice ? It looks to be missing allot of features one would expect for this price band.
#37
what I don get is, these days you can get most of the programs on PC aswell, why would you want the lower specced, more expensive Apple machine that gives you less freedom and flexibility.

I mean what is the difference between using photoshop on a pc or mac? I dont get it? and the Apple eco system dosent appeal to me either
#38
if you have this kind of cash for laptop why not buy a mesh Ultima 15G - GX660 at least it has the right kind of spec for this money. Maybe the Apple lovers can explain....
#39
This is a good price for the machine, compared to the student Apple Store, with educational discount. There, it is £1289, compared to £1239 through this deal if Quidco tracks.

However, you definitely need the Applecare protection, which costs £279, whereas it's £59 on the student store. One of my sons is a longterm Apple user, and he's had to use his Applecare protection several times, so I think that's a necessity. (Strange how these expensive machines suffer hardware problems.)

So, if you can wangle a student discount (eg child at school/uni) that's a better deal. I did recently buy one of these for my son who is on a photography course. His department use all Mac equipment and we reckoned that we should toe the line. It really annoyed me, though, that a similar spec windows machine would be cheaper and by all accounts more reliable too.
#40
GDB2222
This is a good price for the machine, compared to the student Apple Store, with educational discount. There, it is £1289, compared to £1239 through this deal if Quidco tracks.

However, you definitely need the Applecare protection, which costs £279, whereas it's £59 on the student store. One of my sons is a longterm Apple user, and he's had to use his Applecare protection several times, so I think that's a necessity. (Strange how these expensive machines suffer hardware problems.)

So, if you can wangle a student discount (eg child at school/uni) that's a better deal. I did recently buy one of these for my son who is on a photography course. His department use all Mac equipment and we reckoned that we should toe the line. It really annoyed me, though, that a similar spec windows machine would be cheaper and by all accounts more reliable too.


With regards to Applecare which then gives 3 years instead of the 1 year included warranty I would advise buying from eBay from a trusted Applecare seller (look at their rating and past sales). You can often get this for as low as £85.

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