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Macbook Pro 2010 vs Macbook Pro 2011

millsey2010 Avatar
5y, 8m agoPosted 5 years, 8 months ago
Hi.
I am looking at getting a Macbook Pro and need some advice.
I am currently a student and money is a little tight. However I do get 15% educational discount with apple bringing down the New 2010 Pro to £857 of thereabouts. However, Dixons are offering the 2010 Pro for £690 (for a refurb edition). I am aware of the technical spec differences but with the money saved buying the 2010 Refurb Pro I would have enough cash to purchase an SSD and upgrade the Ram to 8gb.
Some one please help
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5y, 8m agoPosted 5 years, 8 months ago
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#1
If you get it through the Apple HE online store then you get the 3 year AppleCare for free so I'd probably go for the Apple store one.
#2
sickly sweet
If you get it through the Apple HE online store then you get the 3 year AppleCare for free so I'd probably go for the Apple store one.


you dont get the 3 year apple care for free. it works out to be around £49 = £907 for Pro and Apple Care
#3
millsey2010
sickly sweet
If you get it through the Apple HE online store then you get the 3 year AppleCare for free so I'd probably go for the Apple store one.


you dont get the 3 year apple care for free. it works out to be around £49 = £907 for Pro and Apple Care


Online HE store offer it free (also on the phone) but instore you get a reduced price.

EDIT:
I took this photo for someone recently, from the NUS extra link to the apple HE store;

http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab3/sickly_sweet_photos/DSC03041.jpg

Edited By: sickly sweet on Mar 24, 2011 00:46
#4
many thanks. i will look into this more thoroughly. two of my housemates both got the new mb pro recently - one bought instore for £900 exactly, and the other online £907. I may give them a ring and see what the deal is. thanks
#5
millsey2010
many thanks. i will look into this more thoroughly. two of my housemates both got the new mb pro recently - one bought instore for £900 exactly, and the other online £907. I may give them a ring and see what the deal is. thanks


Some unis have different discount rates than others (no idea why) and don't always match the instore prices, but with the free AppleCare it's normally worth going online or over the phone - theres a special HE number you need to call, all the info is on the apple website.
If you wait till May or so they will be having the back to school promotion where you get a free or heavily subsidised iPod and printer.
#6
sickly sweet
millsey2010
many thanks. i will look into this more thoroughly. two of my housemates both got the new mb pro recently - one bought instore for £900 exactly, and the other online £907. I may give them a ring and see what the deal is. thanks


Some unis have different discount rates than others (no idea why) and don't always match the instore prices, but with the free AppleCare it's normally worth going online or over the phone - theres a special HE number you need to call, all the info is on the apple website.
If you wait till May or so they will be having the back to school promotion where you get a free or heavily subsidised iPod and printer.


oh right ok. cheers for that. will have to wait until around that time anyway I think - need to raise some more cash :) will wait and see what happen over the next month or so :)
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If "money is a little tight", surely you can't afford to be spending >£700 on a laptop?
#8
oldmanhouse
If "money is a little tight", surely you can't afford to be spending >£700 on a laptop?


when i say money is tight, i am just saying that i couldnt afford the i7 13" or a 15" MB Pro. The standard Macbook would be ideal but with only 2gb ram and slower processor, doesnt seem to be worth it in comparison to the Pro. I have had Windows machines in the past and received an Acer Laptop for xmas, RRP was around £700 as it was a Business Laptop but after 1 month, the backlight went and I had to have a refund as they didnt have any other stock. Apple are renowned for service and reliability so have decided to go with them :)
#9
Renowned for service and reliability? Apple hate you unless you spend money.
#10
Viruses for Mac? In 10+ years never seen one. How many PC viruses (or is that viri?) are there. Plus "order a ferry ticket?" Are you going to live on an island? Oh wait, you taking the Mick....I see what you did there.
#11
MBeeching
Renowned for service and reliability? Apple hate you unless you spend money.


how you do figure that one? if i were to buy a Macbook, i would be spending money so Apple would therefore love me <3:)
#12
Sickly Sweet is correct about the 3 years "Trial Care" that's what it calls.

However this 3 years warranty is only VALID ONLINE only, you won't get the 3 years warranty if you buy it in-store.

When you ordered through the phone, you need to mention to the person you are speaking to that you are a student, they will send you an email to confirm your student ID, just reply the email and then 2-3 weeks later after you received the laptop. Apple will update the warranty status from 1 yr to 3 yrs

The price on HE store is £863 for the £999 13"MBP. However if I were you, I would wait until June when Apple do the Back To School promotion, where you can have an iPod for free as well.
1 Like #13
dcx_badass
oldmanhouse
If "money is a little tight", surely you can't afford to be spending >£700 on a laptop?


Exactly, people buy a macbook to try and make themselves feel elite. They're certainly not buying it for the performance. Every person I know with a macbook has tried to force it down my throat and then they get annoyed when I point out they have to borrow my laptop to do simple things like order from Tesco, book a ferry ticket, and loads of other stuff. When they tried to tell me it's because macbooks are safe and they don't need an anti-virus and I pointed out there a viruses for a mac their face dropped and they told me but it looks better than a normal laptop.




3 of my closet friends all have Macbooks and after using them, I found that they perform much better than Windows based laptops - even when ordering ferry tickets and shopping from tesco :) the fact that they hold their value is also something to consider, i could sell it on for around 65%+ of its RRP after 12months thus being much better than most windows machines.

This thread was opened as a discussion/advice between the 2010 vs 2011 MB Pro's. If you haven't got anything worthwhile to share - keep it to yourself please :)
#14
heovang
Sickly Sweet is correct about the 3 years "Trial Care" that's what it calls.

However this 3 years warranty is only VALID ONLINE only, you won't get the 3 years warranty if you buy it in-store.

When you ordered through the phone, you need to mention to the person you are speaking to that you are a student, they will send you an email to confirm your student ID, just reply the email and then 2-3 weeks later after you received the laptop. Apple will update the warranty status from 1 yr to 3 yrs

The price on HE store is £863 for the £999 13"MBP. However if I were you, I would wait until June when Apple do the Back To School promotion, where you can have an iPod for free as well.


i looked at last years back to school promo and it started at the end of may - giving away free ipods. you have to buy the ipod (£130ish) then fill in certain forms and photocopy receipt of purchase then send it to apple - they give you a rebate with 3-5 weeks or something like that. thanks for the heads up about the Apple Warranty :)
#15
I currently have an early 2009 aluminium Macbook, and have played with the latest 2011 Macbook in a couple of stores. There isn't much difference as far as I can tell. The 2011 version is very slightly 'snapier' with opening applications. What's going to make more of a difference is how much ram there is, and any Macbook after the late 2008 version can be upgraded to 8GB.

So it depends on what you'll be planning on using your Macbook for. If it's processor intensive stuff such as video editing, then maybe you should make use of your student discount and go for a new one rather than a 2010 version.

Having said all that, there does seem to be a bit of a problem with the 2011 Macbook and over-heating in some cases, according to some of the forums.

If you can save a decent amount of money and don't need the slightly quicker processor, I'd go with the 2010 if I were you. Just my opinion though.
banned#16
Little badass drawn to an Apple thread again shock horror!
#17
dcx_badass
jakeystyle
Viruses for Mac? In 10+ years never seen one. How many PC viruses (or is that viri?) are there. Plus "order a ferry ticket?" Are you going to live on an island? Oh wait, you taking the Mick....I see what you did there.

Probably because like a typical mac user you bury your head in the sand, there are a number of them. What makes it laughable is that there is a simple way to make the macs own keyboard into an undetectable hardware keylogger, one of the biggest security holes you could ever get.

The op is asking if he should get a 2010 Macbook Pro or a 2011 Macbook Pro, as that is the product he feels is right for him. He isn't asking for you're opinion on the various cost & performance differences between Windows and Apple pcs.

As you clearly have no knowledge or interest in Apple's range of computers, you're comments are irrelevant in this thread. If a future thread comes up entitled 'Should I get a Windows PC or an Apple PC ?' then perhaps you should reply to that.
1 Like #18
dcx_badass
Actually the OP instigated it by saying money was tight and then going on to say they wanted to buy overpriced rubbish because it was shiny. I also wasn't the first in this thread to say it.

If you actually read the thread rather than just ranting about Apple for the sake of making yourself feel better about your own Windows PC purchase, you'll see that the op said that money was tight, but obviously not so tight that he can't afford to buy a Macbook Pro, if that's what he chooses to do.

At no point did he say that he 'wanted to buy overpriced rubbish because it was shiny'

At post #8, the op mentioned why he wanted a mac rather than windows pc, and you and the rest of the troll elite decided to critisise Apple with uninformed pap about not being able to order stuff from Tesco or ferry companies. Ridiculous.
#19
millsey2010
dcx_badass
oldmanhouse
If "money is a little tight", surely you can't afford to be spending >£700 on a laptop?


Exactly, people buy a macbook to try and make themselves feel elite. They're certainly not buying it for the performance. Every person I know with a macbook has tried to force it down my throat and then they get annoyed when I point out they have to borrow my laptop to do simple things like order from Tesco, book a ferry ticket, and loads of other stuff. When they tried to tell me it's because macbooks are safe and they don't need an anti-virus and I pointed out there a viruses for a mac their face dropped and they told me but it looks better than a normal laptop.




3 of my closet friends all have Macbooks and after using them, I found that they perform much better than Windows based laptops - even when ordering ferry tickets and shopping from tesco :) the fact that they hold their value is also something to consider, i could sell it on for around 65%+ of its RRP after 12months thus being much better than most windows machines.

This thread was opened as a discussion/advice between the 2010 vs 2011 MB Pro's. If you haven't got anything worthwhile to share - keep it to yourself please :)


Mac performance was better when shopping from Tesco online than a Windows laptop?
Please tell me you are not serious?

Seems to be a case of "monkey see monkey do"
#20
thrustmaster
millsey2010
dcx_badass
oldmanhouse
If "money is a little tight", surely you can't afford to be spending >£700 on a laptop?


Exactly, people buy a macbook to try and make themselves feel elite. They're certainly not buying it for the performance. Every person I know with a macbook has tried to force it down my throat and then they get annoyed when I point out they have to borrow my laptop to do simple things like order from Tesco, book a ferry ticket, and loads of other stuff. When they tried to tell me it's because macbooks are safe and they don't need an anti-virus and I pointed out there a viruses for a mac their face dropped and they told me but it looks better than a normal laptop.




3 of my closet friends all have Macbooks and after using them, I found that they perform much better than Windows based laptops - even when ordering ferry tickets and shopping from tesco :) the fact that they hold their value is also something to consider, i could sell it on for around 65%+ of its RRP after 12months thus being much better than most windows machines.

This thread was opened as a discussion/advice between the 2010 vs 2011 MB Pro's. If you haven't got anything worthwhile to share - keep it to yourself please :)


Mac performance was better when shopping from Tesco online than a Windows laptop?
Please tell me you are not serious?

Seems to be a case of "monkey see monkey do"


No, I am not serious! i was simply mocking the previous comment about him lending out his laptop so his friend could order from tesco. it isnt a case of monkey see monkey do, they are great pieces of hardware and down to experience, perform better than windows. as mentioned earlier, this thread is a discussion between macbook pro's 2010 and 2011. nothing to do with purchasing a windows pc. people who wish to add quality information and advice are free to do so, but those that want to start ranting about windows can just stop right there.
#21
Prices you are quoting seem to be for the 13" MBP

The 2010 model has a slower CPU but dedicated graphics (better for gaming than the 2011 model)

The 2010 has a superior CPU but integrated graphics. It also has Intels Lightpeak port which may help future proof it a bit.

All really depends on what you plan on doing with it :)
#22
thrustmaster
Prices you are quoting seem to be for the 13" MBP

The 2010 model has a slower CPU but dedicated graphics (better for gaming than the 2011 model)

The 2010 has a superior CPU but integrated graphics. It also has Intels Lightpeak port which may help future proof it a bit.

All really depends on what you plan on doing with it :)


I am leaning more towards getting the 2010 for £690 (refurb model) and upgrading the hard drive and the ram... 500gb hybrid drive and also 8gb ram - this would take total cost up to £830 inc. 1 one warranty with apple. seems good value in comparison to the 2011 version :D
#23
Hmm, just checked this:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4205/the-macbook-pro-review-13-and-15-inch-2011-brings-sandy-bridge/8

I personally would be more inclined to purchase the newer model. The integrated graphics surprisingly seem to perform better in some games anyway and video should not be an issue on either.
#24
in b4 baby boy badass cries because he cant afford one


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