2015 retina Macbook Pro 13 £869 at BHS Direct
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2015 retina Macbook Pro 13 £869 at BHS Direct

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Found 14th Dec 2015
13 inch Apple Macbook Pro with retina display. Base model 8GB ram/128GB SSD.

The 256GB SSD version is supposed to show much faster performance and be a very worthwhile upgrade if you've got extra budget, however if your considering an air or a Macbook this machine should outperform them both at a similar price.

You can get a nifty drive/jet drive or unbranded equivalent to expand storage for music etc without spoiling the look of the device.

This seems a great price (only £10 higher than the HE store).

Not sure if John Lewis will price match.

EDIT: Now £939 - expired
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I doubt John Lewis will price match if this is an online only deal. It's a good price, £30 cheaper than the recent Currys and John Lewis deals, although I would say £30 for the extra two years guarantee and ease of delivery/collection from JL was probably worth it.
Just be aware that if you plan to expand storage with a Nifty or the like that it reduces battery life as the Mac won't go into deep sleep mode with an SDCard inserted....

Personally I'd buy the 256Gb in the first place (especially if you plan to run any Virtual Machines)...and I'd also buy it from the Apple Higher Education store via a friendly student (everyone must know a student)
Then you'll get around 15% off Apple retail price and 3yrs Applecare hardware warranty thrown in.
I'm guessing the Air and Pro deals on Macbooks are due to new revisions coming out in early 2016, they'll at least have the new keyboard from the vanilla Macbook. This is a good deal though as better CPU, more RAM and the retina screen spanks the similarly priced Airs and vanilla Macbooks. Recommend buyersguide.macrumors.com/ if you're not sure.

Voted hot as it's a safe buy overall.
899 now
now back down to £873, only £4 more than original deal price spotted above
ajgrahamdotcom

I'm guessing the Air and Pro deals on Macbooks are due to new revisions … I'm guessing the Air and Pro deals on Macbooks are due to new revisions coming out in early 2016, they'll at least have the new keyboard from the vanilla Macbook. This is a good deal though as better CPU, more RAM and the retina screen spanks the similarly priced Airs and vanilla Macbooks. Recommend http://buyersguide.macrumors.com/#Mac if you're not sure.Voted hot as it's a safe buy overall.



I noticed you used the phrase 'vanilla MacBook' twice - please could you tell us what you are talking about?

If you are referring to the 'new' (2015) MacBook 12", I have one of those and a Pro;

a) The 12" has a retina display (the Air doesn't, fair enough)

b) it isn't as powerful as a Pro, but it's aimed at a separate bit of the market, the 'ultracompact' if you like - there is a reason it's similar money to a Pro, it's beautiful
ezzer72

I noticed you used the phrase 'vanilla MacBook' twice - please could you … I noticed you used the phrase 'vanilla MacBook' twice - please could you tell us what you are talking about?If you are referring to the 'new' (2015) MacBook 12", I have one of those and a Pro;a) The 12" has a retina display (the Air doesn't, fair enough)b) it isn't as powerful as a Pro, but it's aimed at a separate bit of the market, the 'ultracompact' if you like - there is a reason it's similar money to a Pro, it's beautiful



I'll second that, stunning compared to the clunky old pro
Great notebooks, my cousin bought one 2 weeks ago after being frustrated with Windows during the past 7 years.
My MBA is due for an upgrade soon, starting to show its age. Might get this.
Uridium

Just be aware that if you plan to expand storage with a Nifty or the like … Just be aware that if you plan to expand storage with a Nifty or the like that it reduces battery life as the Mac won't go into deep sleep mode with an SDCard inserted....Personally I'd buy the 256Gb in the first place (especially if you plan to run any Virtual Machines)...and I'd also buy it from the Apple Higher Education store via a friendly student (everyone must know a student)Then you'll get around 15% off Apple retail price and 3yrs Applecare hardware warranty thrown in.


They no longer offer free apple care for students, however it is reduced at £48.
Uridium

Just be aware that if you plan to expand storage with a Nifty or the like … Just be aware that if you plan to expand storage with a Nifty or the like that it reduces battery life as the Mac won't go into deep sleep mode with an SDCard inserted....Personally I'd buy the 256Gb in the first place (especially if you plan to run any Virtual Machines)...and I'd also buy it from the Apple Higher Education store via a friendly student (everyone must know a student)Then you'll get around 15% off Apple retail price and 3yrs Applecare hardware warranty thrown in.



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They no longer offer free apple care for students, however it is reduced … They no longer offer free apple care for students, however it is reduced at £48.




Over the last few Apple threads I have seen conflicting info on this...some say 3 year warranty, some say the £48 is for extra 2 years phone support - I looked on Apple and couldnt see a definitive answer....anyone confirm 100%
Edited by: "mgk" 15th Dec 2015
ezzer72

I noticed you used the phrase 'vanilla MacBook' twice - please could you … I noticed you used the phrase 'vanilla MacBook' twice - please could you tell us what you are talking about?If you are referring to the 'new' (2015) MacBook 12", I have one of those and a Pro;a) The 12" has a retina display (the Air doesn't, fair enough)b) it isn't as powerful as a Pro, but it's aimed at a separate bit of the market, the 'ultracompact' if you like - there is a reason it's similar money to a Pro, it's beautiful



I used that term as some people use the word Macbook and mean the entire Macbook range, and not the actual device, particularly for the 4 years when their was no Macbook available.

The Macbook is beautiful, I just wouldn't pay ~£1000 for what it is and what it can and can't do but different strokes for different folks.
Uridium

Just be aware that if you plan to expand storage with a Nifty or the … Just be aware that if you plan to expand storage with a Nifty or the like that it reduces battery life as the Mac won't go into deep sleep mode with an SDCard inserted....Personally I'd buy the 256Gb in the first place (especially if you plan to run any Virtual Machines)...and I'd also buy it from the Apple Higher Education store via a friendly student (everyone must know a student)Then you'll get around 15% off Apple retail price and 3yrs Applecare hardware warranty thrown in.

cam130301

They no longer offer free apple care for students, however it is reduced … They no longer offer free apple care for students, however it is reduced at £48.


I just copy and pasted this from Apple HE site. It does actually look like, you get 3 year repair and 1 year phone support included in the purchase of a Mac, and the extra 3 year would just be for phone support!
"Service and support from the people who know your Mac best
Every new Mac purchased from the Apple Store for Higher Education comes with complimentary telephone technical support for one year from your Mac purchase date and three years of repair coverage. With the AppleCare Protection Plan Uplift (AdditionalTelephone Technical Support), you can extend your telephone technical support to three years from the computer's purchase date. You can call (2) Apple's award-winning experts as often as you like and get your questions answered."
cam130301

They no longer offer free apple care for students, however it is reduced … They no longer offer free apple care for students, however it is reduced at £48.



How long has this been in place? I bought a MBPr in August from apple HES and got 3yrs Hardware warranty for free.
Uridium

Just be aware that if you plan to expand storage with a Nifty or the … Just be aware that if you plan to expand storage with a Nifty or the like that it reduces battery life as the Mac won't go into deep sleep mode with an SDCard inserted....Personally I'd buy the 256Gb in the first place (especially if you plan to run any Virtual Machines)...and I'd also buy it from the Apple Higher Education store via a friendly student (everyone must know a student)Then you'll get around 15% off Apple retail price and 3yrs Applecare hardware warranty thrown in.

cam130301

They no longer offer free apple care for students, however it is reduced … They no longer offer free apple care for students, however it is reduced at £48.



The HE store gives 3 years hardware & software warranty (like the warranty offered by applecare) but only 1 years phone support and uplift (covering carriage charges and so on if you need a repair) which you can upgrade to 3 years (which is then the full applecare package) for £48 (£60 mbp 15)
samjac26

The HE store gives 3 years hardware & software warranty (like the … The HE store gives 3 years hardware & software warranty (like the warranty offered by applecare) but only 1 years phone support and uplift (covering carriage charges and so on if you need a repair) which you can upgrade to 3 years (which is then the full applecare package) for £48 (£60 mbp 15)



That's what I am hoping (just ordered via HE) but cant find it written down anywhere...indeed I looked further after posting and all I coukd find was US HE store which seemed to suggest only 1 year.

Not doubting you but is your info upto date? Thanks alot
mgk

That's what I am hoping (just ordered via HE) but cant find it written … That's what I am hoping (just ordered via HE) but cant find it written down anywhere...indeed I looked further after posting and all I coukd find was US HE store which seemed to suggest only 1 year.Not doubting you but is your info upto date? Thanks alot



Yes, you definitely get 3 years warranty from the HE store. The confusion comes from the fact you can buy applecare from the HE store - this only gives you an extra 2 years phone support.

I have confirmed that today with Apple chat (there is a link to chat from your apple store basket) so I'm confident it's up to date.


I would also add if you do use a nifty drive or similar, there is freely available software to dismount the drive on sleep and remount it on wake - I've not tried it but thought I'd mention it.

Edited by: "samjac26" 15th Dec 2015
mgk

That's what I am hoping (just ordered via HE) but cant find it written … That's what I am hoping (just ordered via HE) but cant find it written down anywhere...indeed I looked further after posting and all I coukd find was US HE store which seemed to suggest only 1 year.Not doubting you but is your info upto date? Thanks alot



When i bought my MBPr from the Apple HES just a few months back I got a separate email around a week later confirming the free warranty extension and then around another week after this (so about 2weeks after initial order) when checking warranty status from the Macbook service details option the online page had updated to the 3yr cover.
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