Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro (MB990B/A)  £781.46 @ Dixons (poss £761 with cashbackkings)
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Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro (MB990B/A) £781.46 @ Dixons (poss £761 with cashbackkings)

£781.46
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Found 31st Jul 2009
The MacBook Pro in the 13-inch chassis combines high performance and precision design. With a 2.26 GHz Core 2 Duo Processor and NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics card this is fantastic value.

* 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
* iLife '09 pre-installed
* NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics
* Up to 7 hours battery life
* MAC OS X v10.5 Leopard Operating system


Also 2.5% cashback from cashbackkings.com! This brings it down to £761.92 which is an absolute steel for this macbook!

Please note you must enter code5 at the checkout to get the 5% discount and it must be entered between 11am and 4pm although it is still only £822.59 after the deal which is the cheapest around

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Expensive!! (for what it is, but for Apple, quite good!)

Terrific deal, I tried the discount code..and it works....heat added

dontdothatagain;5895542

Expensive!! (for what it is, but for Apple, quite good!)


If you don't know the difference pls don't say anything...

Great deal. Mac shop will however discount based on online deals available (not incl the cashbacks I assume). I got them to price match the base unit and to upgrade the hard drive on this model (paid extra for the 320Gb). If you can DIY (which I understand is quite easy) or you are happy with base spec however this is a great deal. Can't believe it hasn't gone hot already!

Heat and Rep 2U.:thumbsup:

By the way. This is a great laptop. Built like a tank but very portable. ILife 09 is great software you'd pay a premium for on other laptops. Bargain.

Original Poster

I just wish I had the money to get it however can't really justify it at the minute although I really just want to get it!! don't think other half would be to happy though;-)

is this model as good as the 15 inch model?

vector8724;5896184

I just wish I had the money to get it however can't really justify it at … I just wish I had the money to get it however can't really justify it at the minute although I really just want to get it!! don't think other half would be to happy though;-)is this model as good as the 15 inch model?



Horses for courses really. I think the 13 inch is a really good size screen but if you really need a bigger screen get the 15 inch! In terms of performance the 15 has a faster processor, more RAM and a 250Gb hard disk.

From what I have read the RAM/processor don't make a huge difference to performance (maybe 10% which you probably won't notice). RAM is also supposed to be real easy to upgrade (like changing a battery apparently). Hard disk is a bit more of a faf but is doable and doesn't invalidate the warranty...I just got it upgraded by Apple myself.

On balance the view out there seems to be the 13 in entry pro here is the best value...(unless you want a bigger screen!):thumbsup:

PS - if buying from apple remember that they are doing £60 cashback on their printers bouught with a system. There is a HP C4480 all in one printer for £60...so you get it for nout! Sell it on or keep it, it's up to you (probably get £20-40 selling on).

hotyoda;5896121

Great deal. Mac shop will however discount based on online deals … Great deal. Mac shop will however discount based on online deals available (not incl the cashbacks I assume). I got them to price match the base unit and to upgrade the hard drive on this model (paid extra for the 320Gb). If you can DIY (which I understand is quite easy) or you are happy with base spec however this is a great deal. Can't believe it hasn't gone hot already!Heat and Rep 2U.:thumbsup:By the way. This is a great laptop. Built like a tank but very portable. ILife 09 is great software you'd pay a premium for on other laptops. Bargain.



What did you get the Mac Shop to price match to, and how did you do it? What proof etc....is required? Would prefer to buy from Apple, as I quiet fancy the years tutorial for a one off payment.

Now........if only I knew a student I get get a free iPod Touch as well.

Also...........if Snow Leopard is out in September, is it worth waiting?

How much will Apple charge to upgrade or will it be free (LOL) for recent purchases?

LazyDonkey;5896718

Also...........if Snow Leopard is out in September, is it worth … Also...........if Snow Leopard is out in September, is it worth waiting?How much will Apple charge to upgrade or will it be free (LOL) for recent purchases?



IIRC apple will charge a £20-25 upgrade fee for ALL leopard licence holders for Snow Leopard.

Usually you dont get a free upgrade on refurbs only new machines, and thats usually only within a week or so of a new purchase and launch of the system.

Celticsun;5896756

IIRC apple will charge a £20-25 upgrade fee for ALL leopard licence … IIRC apple will charge a £20-25 upgrade fee for ALL leopard licence holders for Snow Leopard.Usually you dont get a free upgrade on refurbs only new machines, and thats usually only within a week or so of a new purchase and launch of the system.



Will Snow Leopard require a complete fresh install or just an upgrade?

LazyDonkey;5896679

What did you get the Mac Shop to price match to, and how did you do it? … What did you get the Mac Shop to price match to, and how did you do it? What proof etc....is required? Would prefer to buy from Apple, as I quiet fancy the years tutorial for a one off payment.Now........if only I knew a student I get get a free iPod Touch as well.



LazyDonkey;5896718

Also...........if Snow Leopard is out in September, is it worth … Also...........if Snow Leopard is out in September, is it worth waiting?How much will Apple charge to upgrade or will it be free (LOL) for recent purchases?



At the time Amazon were selling for £827 (just checked still are) so i phoned apple store and asked the question. "Any reason I shouldn't buy from Amazon? Is it better to buy from Mac Store?" Answer was "No" so I said "well I might as well go to Amazon...[pause]..don't suppose you price match?"....Answer was "Weeeelll yes we can do that". I then asked if I could upgrade the hard drive. Initially he said "No", the match is only for like for like. When I said OK I won't upgrade the disk he said...Ohhh OK we could do that (I presume they make a margin on the drive so it would have been stupid not to). Soooo....choose your words carefully I'd say.

Don't forget the printer though. By selling the printer my total cost was £900 inclusive of the 320Gb hard drive. Not as good as going through Dixons but not bad.

I'd ask about the Snow leopard....I seem to remember a Mac shop telling me it was only £10 for new purchases....not sure though...

LazyDonkey;5897073

Will Snow Leopard require a complete fresh install or just an upgrade?



Due to some rather large changes under the hood of Snow Leopard personally I would back up my exisiting system, then do an erase and intall with Snow Leopard and use the migrating tool to port over all your settings and apps.

hotyoda;5897077

I'd ask about the Snow leopard....I seem to remember a Mac shop telling … I'd ask about the Snow leopard....I seem to remember a Mac shop telling me it was only £10 for new purchases....not sure though...



In the states its going to be $29 so everyone is suggesting its going to be £19 in line with the US, but add the UK Apple Tax and I would say £20-£25

LazyDonkey;5896718

Also...........if Snow Leopard is out in September, is it worth … Also...........if Snow Leopard is out in September, is it worth waiting?How much will Apple charge to upgrade or will it be free (LOL) for recent purchases?



If you buy a Mac now the update will cost £7.95.
You can preorder it from the Apple website.

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Parp;5897257

If you buy a Mac now the update will cost £7.95.You can preorder it from … If you buy a Mac now the update will cost £7.95.You can preorder it from the Apple website.]http://www.apple.com/uk/macosx/uptodate/



Yep that's how I heard it...

Anyone know the discount if you have a 'friend' at Uni or in Higher Education?

Do I wait and find a 'friend' (getting a free iPod Touch and Printer) for a similar price or buy now from Dixons to save all the hassle? Hmmmm...................

Parp;5897257

If you buy a Mac now the update will cost £7.95.You can preorder it from … If you buy a Mac now the update will cost £7.95.You can preorder it from the Apple website.http://www.apple.com/uk/macosx/uptodate/



Bl00dy hell... that's a good deal. I thought they only usually did it if you bought within a couple of weeks of it being released.

Amazed you can pre-order! :thumbsup:

LazyDonkey;5897715

Anyone know the discount if you have a 'friend' at Uni or in Higher … Anyone know the discount if you have a 'friend' at Uni or in Higher Education?Do I wait and find a 'friend' (getting a free iPod Touch and Printer) for a similar price or buy now from Dixons to save all the hassle? Hmmmm...................



If you can find a friend it'd come down to £772.80... of course if you flogged the ipod touch and printer on eBay, you'd be able to knock a bit more off that price.

LazyDonkey;5897715

Anyone know the discount if you have a 'friend' at Uni or in Higher … Anyone know the discount if you have a 'friend' at Uni or in Higher Education?Do I wait and find a 'friend' (getting a free iPod Touch and Printer) for a similar price or buy now from Dixons to save all the hassle? Hmmmm...................



If I were you, I'd phone mac store, see if they will match the discounted price. If they will then will get from them with a printer. If not get from Dixons. I wouldn't bother with the Ipod hassle myself you'll need to get them to buy it pay 'em back then transfer the warranty to yourself...plus I suppose it's also not really fair on the real students (having said that I did consider doing it myself!!!!)

Looks like the clock is tickin........watchergonnado?

hotyoda;5898125

I wouldn't bother with the Ipod hassle myself you'll need to get them to … I wouldn't bother with the Ipod hassle myself you'll need to get them to buy it pay 'em back then transfer the warranty to yourself...plus I suppose it's also not really fair on the real students (having said that I did consider doing it myself!!!!)



Well it's open to students and educational staff so it's not like you're just abusing poor students. ;-)

I've followed this route twice before (work in education) and it's not really any hassle but then I've just sold the iPods on. Not been worried about the warranty business as it's just like buying an iPod as a gift. As long as you register it with Apple under your name it doesn't matter who bought it.

:thumbsup:

nomad01;5898248

Well it's open to students and educational staff so it's not like you're … Well it's open to students and educational staff so it's not like you're just abusing poor students. ;-)I've followed this route twice before (work in education) and it's not really any hassle but then I've just sold the iPods on. Not been worried about the warranty business as it's just like buying an iPod as a gift. As long as you register it with Apple under your name it doesn't matter who bought it.



I think you have made your decision! Whatever you do tis a great machine! Good luck!

Called Apple and they refused to match the special £781.46 price, BUT the guy said to me that they will price match anyone up to 10%. So I could have it for £809 !!!

He then said.......'you're better off buying it from Dixons'. Talk about turning away a buyer.

I think I'll bide my time, as Im not in any rush. Cheers for the help !!
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