Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display, MF839B/A, Core i5, 128GB, 8GB RAM, 13.3" £799 Zavi Outlet Ebay
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Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display, MF839B/A, Core i5, 128GB, 8GB RAM, 13.3" £799 Zavi Outlet Ebay

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Found 26th Nov 2015
Cheapest price I have seen for this, even better than the last deal.
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Bound to go cold as most Macbook threads do as people will just compare with a Windows Laptop of similar spec.

However this is a great machine (personally I'd go for next model up with 256Gb SSD) but £150 cheaper than RRP so a great deal. Heated.
Good Price for MacBook with Retina display. Heat for me
Not convinced I absolutely need this (wanted an 'OK' laptop to go with my PC), but at this price it's a really good deal so I bought one.

I was originally considering the Dell XPS 13 but you need to spend >£1000 to get the high res screen, nothing else really tempted me!
Yeah, just get a 200gb Micro SD Card, with a special Macbook adapter so you can't see it, and you can triple the storage for about £80.
tristanhamishm

Yeah, just get a 200gb Micro SD Card, with a special Macbook adapter so … Yeah, just get a 200gb Micro SD Card, with a special Macbook adapter so you can't see it, and you can triple the storage for about £80.



just be careful what you store on it. MicroSD isn't the fastest medium in the world...don't be using it for virtual machines :-) keep it for documents and music etc and you will be good though. also useful as a Time Machine backup location.
Uridium

just be careful what you store on it. MicroSD isn't the fastest medium in … just be careful what you store on it. MicroSD isn't the fastest medium in the world...don't be using it for virtual machines :-) keep it for documents and music etc and you will be good though. also useful as a Time Machine backup location.



Could you please suggest better way of having more space for 128GB Mac? USB 3 or SSD as portable drive or anything else?
Best way and most cost effective is to store stuff in the cloud, one drive is excellent.
tristanhamishm

Yeah, just get a 200gb Micro SD Card, with a special Macbook adapter so … Yeah, just get a 200gb Micro SD Card, with a special Macbook adapter so you can't see it, and you can triple the storage for about £80.



The problem with this unfortunately, is the Mac will not go into deep sleep with a card inserted, therefore reduces battery significantly, giving you a lot less usage time. You'll have to pull the card out to conserve battery.

Then one may argue why opt for a discreet special Macbook adapter then? why not just use a normal SD Card or external USB HD that is a cheaper option? .. and they'd be right.

Edited by: "sh1no8i" 26th Nov 2015
do people suggest I buy this or pay 59.00 extra and get apple care for an extra 3 years? as a student I get it free?
amirivi786

do people suggest I buy this or pay 59.00 extra and get apple care for an … do people suggest I buy this or pay 59.00 extra and get apple care for an extra 3 years? as a student I get it free?



Personally, I'd pay the extra, but isn't it an extra 2yrs? since you get 12 months anyway?

That's £30 a yr for peace of mind. Having said that I've had an Air for 3yr+ with no issues, then a Mac Retina coming up to 3yrs now, again with no issues therefore never needed to utilise the Apple Care. However.... you never know, given the price of these machines I'd pay the little extra.
sh1no8i

The problem with this unfortunately, is the Mac will not go into deep … The problem with this unfortunately, is the Mac will not go into deep sleep with a card inserted, therefore reduces battery significantly, giving you a lot less usage time. You'll have to pull the card out to conserve battery.Then one may argue why opt for a discreet special Macbook adapter then? why not just use a normal SD Card or external USB HD that is a cheaper option? .. and they'd be right.



People like the special Macbook adaptors purely because of hoe discreet they are though.

a good workaround is an App named 'Mountain' will auto dismount (not eject) when your Mac goes to sleep (allowing deep sleep to work) and remount when it is woken.

Not sure if it is El Capitan ready but works fine with Yosemite
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I'd pay the extra and then some to upgrade to the 256gb MBPr...you'll be grateful in the long run.
I've just bought this - thanks OP

Any good places to get apple care from?
apple care is free online as a student, so no need to pay an extra 40 quid as the extra 40 just gets you extra 3 years phone support. upgrading to 256gb is a lot more expensive and not worth it
Wow already had a DPD delivery notification for tomorrow as well. Surprised given the fiasco last time it was on sale by Zavvi/The Hut
neeraj425

Could you please suggest better way of having more space for 128GB Mac? … Could you please suggest better way of having more space for 128GB Mac? USB 3 or SSD as portable drive or anything else?



Best way is dont buy 128GB, buy one with higher storage e.g. 256GB
Sonltt

Best way is dont buy 128GB, buy one with higher storage e.g. 256GB


Already bought a couple of months ago. Not used even 5gb yet, but curious to know the potential solution (not cloud)?
Are there any good macbook air deals out at the moment? (i5)
neeraj425

Already bought a couple of months ago. Not used even 5gb yet, but curious … Already bought a couple of months ago. Not used even 5gb yet, but curious to know the potential solution (not cloud)?



Surely OS X itself uses more than 5gb?
dealhuntaa

Surely OS X itself uses more than 5gb?



About 11Gb on a clean install. Other than a MicroSD card in an SDCard adaptor only other real option is a Thunderbolt External HDD (expensive and limited cross device value) or a USB 3 HDD
Went to the apple store recently to look at some 15 inch MacBook pros (would like to change from PC) and was horrified to see that they start at £1600. I thought the lowest spec ones would be starting around £800-900.

Can't justify it, despite really liking the systems. And for some reason the 13 inch is way cheaper but that's not what I need. Don't understand the lack of budget option there. Can do without 16gb ram, personally.
I can suggest that you can search for much better notebooks and stay away from Apple company. They make so much money selling you adapters that you don't need with others manufacturers.
Is it cheaper than usual? Yep.

Is it a good deal? Nope.
Why is it not a good deal
Explain please?
If you are an osx user its a good deal
If u r a windows user its not
Its quite simple
code2006

Why is it not a good dealExplain please?If you are an osx user its a good … Why is it not a good dealExplain please?If you are an osx user its a good dealIf u r a windows user its notIts quite simple




Most reliable windows machine so it's still good for that too!
We had £80 off ofer on ebay, so we paid £719 for the macbook! Thanks OP!
My Acer with a nearly identical spec cost me around £350. Now that's a deal.
kobeee

We had £80 off ofer on ebay, so we paid £719 for the macbook! Thanks OP!



Was it though email like 10% off?
code2006

Why is it not a good dealExplain please?If you are an osx user its a good … Why is it not a good dealExplain please?If you are an osx user its a good dealIf u r a windows user its notIts quite simple



If something is grossly overpriced to start with, then knocking a few quid off the price doesn't make it a deal, it merely makes it slightly less grossly overpriced.
code2006

Was it though email like 10% off?



I am not 100% sure, as it is my wife's ebay account and she bought it, but I think it was 10% sent to us via email
Waste of money, buying mediocre specs for a Linux machine. Easily save yourself money, get an i7 laptop and if you really wanted to, install Linux.

Still hot for the sheeps!
Edited by: "westarmy" 27th Nov 2015
Halloway

If something is grossly overpriced to start with, then knocking a few … If something is grossly overpriced to start with, then knocking a few quid off the price doesn't make it a deal, it merely makes it slightly less grossly overpriced.



I think u got the concept wrong of a hot deal
Its £100 cheaper than retail
That means its a deal
Fact
Not because u can buy another make cheaper
I can buy a 2 litre Audi for 50k
Only because u can buy a 2 litre ford dont mean the ford is better
Simple fact is that this is a hot deal
decide between this or surface pro 4. I really need office and excel although. do they work on macs?
code2006

I can buy a 2 litre Audi for 50kOnly because u can buy a 2 litre ford … I can buy a 2 litre Audi for 50kOnly because u can buy a 2 litre ford dont mean the ford is better



A two-litre Ford will get you to where you are going just as quickly as an Audi. The only reason you'd want an Audi is to show off.

But it's a stupid comparison in the context of computers. My Acer is effectively the same as a Macbook - I could run OSX on it if I so desired. So why did my computer cost less than half what this Macbook costs? Because Apple are making enormous profits on bog standard hardware. A rip-off doesn't become a good deal simply because it temporarily becomes slightly less of a rip-off.
great machine worth every penny.
killerplaque

decide between this or surface pro 4. I really need office and excel … decide between this or surface pro 4. I really need office and excel although. do they work on macs?


Yes.
In fact Excel was written for the Mac before Windows machines even existed.
Halloway

A two-litre Ford will get you to where you are going just as quickly as … A two-litre Ford will get you to where you are going just as quickly as an Audi. The only reason you'd want an Audi is to show off.But it's a stupid comparison in the context of computers. My Acer is effectively the same as a Macbook - I could run OSX on it if I so desired. So why did my computer cost less than half what this Macbook costs? Because Apple are making enormous profits on bog standard hardware. A rip-off doesn't become a good deal simply because it temporarily becomes slightly less of a rip-off.



Good luck with hacking your Acer. With some experience in the Hackintosh field myself I think you've accidentally come up with a good analogy. You might be able to do some of the things nearly as well as a real Mac, but you'll regret it in the long run. You'll be stuck with a lousy software maintenance path and rubbish hardware which is simply more trouble than it's worth. Meanwhile I'm writing this on a 2008 iMac which has just been upgraded to El Capitan and it's just flying. In the nearly 8 years I've owned it, it has seen off two generations of Windows machines which have been foisted on me at work in the meantime and it's halfway through the third. And those almost daily Windows security patches really suck, don't they?

The iMac? Bargain. No question. AND it was an Apple Refurb...
The Apple hate on here (and in general) is both tiresome and pointless. It's also juvenile.

This is a terrific price for an excellent laptop.

I own this model, a Surface 3 and an Android phone. I don't care what the make of hardware is as long as it gets the job done. Apple make many overpriced things, but the 13" Retina MacBook Pro isn't one of them. The build quality and screen is fantastic, it's fast as stink with best-in-class SSDs and OS X is reliable and a pleasure to use.

An equivalent spec PC laptop with this level of build quality will be comparative in price, so knock it off with the "overpriced" BS. You want games? Fine, buy a PC. You want to run creative software like Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro and Pixelmator? You need a Mac.

And as for Linux...knock it off. I've had plenty of experience with Linux and for the mass market it's not even an option. It's great for being free and open source, but good luck with running Microsoft Office, any Adobe software, Dragon dictation...the list goes on and on. And, no, WINE won't cut it.

This is a superb price for this model and will likely provide 99% of non-whinging users with a fast, reliable laptop that will not only last for years with no significant slowdown but hold its value when you do decide to sell it. Heat.
Can't believe they still sell them with that small a hard disc. Surely 256 should be the minimum by now??
Ordered for daughter's Xmas present. Same model £999.99 on Apple Store. Cheers OP
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