Macbook Pro 13' Retina Display £1049 Inc Delivery at Ask direct via Groupon
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Macbook Pro 13' Retina Display £1049 Inc Delivery at Ask direct via Groupon

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Found 27th Mar 2013
Groupon Deal

Retina display with native resolution of 2560 x 1600
13” LED-backlit screen
2.5GHZ dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz
256GB flash storage
Intel HD Graphics 4000
OS X Mountain Lion

Cheap price, Brand new £1449 saving of £400

411 Comments

looks ok for a mac, heat added

Not a Groupon fan but this is a great price and heated.

Should be able to get a couple of quid TCB too

want one but broke now.

Great saving for the 256GB model. This is generally a decent price for the 128GB version.

This is cheaper than a 256Gb Air
Very hot "deal", ignoring all the boring Apple/PC stuff.

5.55% TCB

Specs are slightly different to apple website and ram is not mentioned in this deal.

MR1123

Specs are slightly different to apple website and ram is not mentioned in … Specs are slightly different to apple website and ram is not mentioned in this deal.



It is - "• 8GB of 1600MHz memory"

One thing though - the supplier is listed as Ask Direct, yet they aren't an agent for Apple and don't sell any Apple products. Curious.

Also, the model number is listed as MD231 - that's a MAcBook Air, not a MacBook Pro. Either incompetent or misleading, whichever, isn't promising.

Edited by: "stanno" 27th Mar 2013

I'm glad I moved away from Macs..that price is just eye watering.

MR1123

Specs are slightly different to apple website and ram is not mentioned in … Specs are slightly different to apple website and ram is not mentioned in this deal.



That's right - this is an older model, not the current one. The new ones are exactly the same, other than the processor, which is now 2.6GHz.

Still a fairly good deal though, so marked as hot. I'm going to pop down to the Apple Store today to try one of these out for size.

Mr1123 always someone got to say something to try and knock the deal back a bit lol
Edited by moderator: "Mar 27, 2013 08:35" 27th Mar 2013

Excellent deal. Cheapest I found was £1199 on ebay.
Just wished it had a dedicated GPU to play the occasional games..

stanno

It is - "• 8GB of 1600MHz memory"One thing though - the supplier is l … It is - "• 8GB of 1600MHz memory"One thing though - the supplier is listed as Ask Direct, yet they aren't an agent for Apple and don't sell any Apple products. Curious.Also, the model number is listed as MD231 - that's a MAcBook Air, not a MacBook Pro. Either incompetent or misleading, whichever, isn't promising.



You worried me. Groupon say 213, not 231

support.apple.com/kb/…_jp

Not sure if Mike T removed anything from your original comment, but I think Mr1123's observation is totally relevant to this deal

woodsb2002

Mr1123 always someone got to say something to try and knock the deal back … Mr1123 always someone got to say something to try and knock the deal back a bit lol

There was someone on eBay selling MacBook Pro 256ssd retina for around £1090 he had loads and had good ratings

Not the newer models


Also how much would it cost if you get directly from apple with student discount ? Does anyone know...

As that may work out better

wakkaday

There was someone on eBay selling MacBook Pro 256ssd retina for around … There was someone on eBay selling MacBook Pro 256ssd retina for around £1090 he had loads and had good ratingsNot the newer modelsAlso how much would it cost if you get directly from apple with student discount ? Does anyone know...As that may work out better



£1245.60 with Student Discount
Edited by: "Geekboy2k" 27th Mar 2013

Seriously how brainwashed can you be to call this a good deal? Yes its cheaper than other stores but still.. £1049 for an average i5 processor, onboard graphics small hdd. But yea, it has an apple sticker on it so it must be worth it. How can anyone justify this amount of money for something so average (seen windows laptops <£400 with this spec apart from the screen)

Anyone paying £1449.. or even £1049 for this seriously needs to have their head examined.

shorttylad

Seriously how brainwashed can you be to call this a good deal? Yes its … Seriously how brainwashed can you be to call this a good deal? Yes its cheaper than other stores but still.. £1049 for an average i5 processor, onboard graphics small hdd. But yea, it has an apple sticker on it so it must be worth it. How can anyone justify this amount of money for something so average (seen windows laptops <£400 with this spec apart from the screen) Anyone paying £1449.. or even £1049 for this seriously needs to have their head examined.



Two words - Resale. Value.

When I started uni, I wasn't interested in mac as I use my PC/xbox for gaming, and macs are notriously bad at gaming, but I now realise just how good the macbook is at keeping value. I've stuck a 250GB SSD and extra RAM into an early 2011 macbook pro, and could pretty much sell it for £50 less than I paid in total for everything now.

£50 for computer usage for 3 2 and a bit years... Not bad.
Edited by: "tomwatts" 27th Mar 2013

This is a very good price, cheaper than the NUS education discount for the basic retina model with 128gb (£1074). Although that does benefit from 3 year applecare. Personally think I will hold off until 256gb SSD is standard on the macbook pro (hopefully be the case in the next refresh). Although this model is tempting, I'd also prefer to pay up for a macbook over 2-3 years, in which case apple education store may be better for some people. Heat added though as this is a good price.

But you paying for the operating system too and people do prefer video editing / photoshop editing on macs

What's portable and attractive like this in the windows range? As for windows 8 and its touch experience its annoying...

The Mac OS is smoother

So there is that to consider too but I do agree it is expensive


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Student discount doesn't offer much value I thought it was 15%

Also note that the new haswell intel chips will be out soon and apple will be upgrading these models

KevClark1985

This is a very good price, cheaper than the NUS education discount for … This is a very good price, cheaper than the NUS education discount for the basic retina model with 128gb (£1074). Although that does benefit from 3 year applecare. Personally think I will hold off until 256gb SSD is standard on the macbook pro (hopefully be the case in the next refresh). Although this model is tempting, I'd also prefer to pay up for a macbook over 2-3 years, in which case apple education store may be better for some people. Heat added though as this is a good price.



How do you pay over 2-3 years with Apple?

Is there any interest on the 2-3 years?

Also these models you won't be able to upgrade the ssd or memory? From my research so your stuck

KevClark1985

This is a very good price, cheaper than the NUS education discount for … This is a very good price, cheaper than the NUS education discount for the basic retina model with 128gb (£1074). Although that does benefit from 3 year applecare. Personally think I will hold off until 256gb SSD is standard on the macbook pro (hopefully be the case in the next refresh). Although this model is tempting, I'd also prefer to pay up for a macbook over 2-3 years, in which case apple education store may be better for some people. Heat added though as this is a good price.



I literally purchased this model (the base Retina Macbook Pro 13") last week from Apple, through my University's network with student discount, which brought the price to £1074. This was after this model got a pretty significant £200ish reduction (I cannot remember the exact figure) around a month ago, which is very rare for Apple to reduce an existing line without bringing a newer version out.

If you can get student discount (and importantly order through your University's network) as Kev stated, I would highly reccomend that route, even though this deal is slightly cheaper, as when you order through your University's network you get the 3 year Applecare included for free - Apple charge £199 for this separately I understand. I would probably recommend the Applecare anyway on a machine as expensive as this, and particularly I guess as this is 1st gen tech (the retina screen I mean). You do of course get the 1 year Applecare included on all new purchases.

As incomprehendable as it might be some people (particularly non-Mac users I guess!), this is a very good price for this - cheaper than eBay - and a good(ish) time to buy. Revisions of this model are expected from anywhere between June and September, probably more like September (when Haswell starts to roll out). Also as another post said, the re-sale value of these are fantastic - to the extent if you can get a good deal like this, you can use it for a year or so and sell it for maybe £100 less than you bought it for, if you are the type of person that has to have the latest of the best (like me I guess lol)..
Edited by: "Bobbytallant" 27th Mar 2013

wakkaday

But you paying for the operating system too and people do prefer video … But you paying for the operating system too and people do prefer video editing / photoshop editing on macs What's portable and attractive like this in the windows range? As for windows 8 and its touch experience its annoying...The Mac OS is smoother So there is that to consider too but I do agree it is expensive-Student discount doesn't offer much value I thought it was 15%Also note that the new haswell intel chips will be out soon and apple will be upgrading these models



student discount is about 14% I believe on the macbooks, but you get 3 years applecare which is usually a couple of hundred quid. good to know your laptop is totally covered for 3 years.

With regards to the resale value, that's what tempting me to get one. If I buy a 13 inch retina for about £1100 say and can sell it in about 3 years for say £600. It has effectively cost me £500 for 3 years use, I could buy a £500 windows laptop that will last 3 years and be worth pretty much nothing at the end.

Hasn't this got apple warranty cover? Could you add it? Apple care after

Really is a good deal - I'd love to buy one but it really is a huge outlay.

wakkaday

Is there any interest on the 2-3 years?Also these models you won't be … Is there any interest on the 2-3 years?Also these models you won't be able to upgrade the ssd or memory? From my research so your stuck



yes there is interest but over 3 years its under £50 a month which is pretty affordable (like a phone contract for a laptop lol)

the memory is not upgradeable (8gb should be plenty for next 3-4 years I would think). SSD - there is one manufacturer making the ssd drives but they are pricey, its the one sticking point for me. I don't mind external storage, think I would need a 256gb to be comfortable storage wise for next few years

Remember the Samsung series 9 is a great alternative if you need a windows laptop with the same resolution screen as the retina.

13" screen and 2560 x 1440 resolution, just a tiny bit less than the 1600 offered on this.

shorttylad

Seriously how brainwashed can you be to call this a good deal? Yes its … Seriously how brainwashed can you be to call this a good deal? Yes its cheaper than other stores but still.. £1049 for an average i5 processor, onboard graphics small hdd. But yea, it has an apple sticker on it so it must be worth it. How can anyone justify this amount of money for something so average (seen windows laptops <£400 with this spec apart from the screen) Anyone paying £1449.. or even £1049 for this seriously needs to have their head examined.



Same old arguement, if it to expensive for you don't buy it!

The same spec arguement doesn't really work either, the reason you buy a mac is you want a computer that work. I have used various professinal music applications on both my MBP and higher spec PC's and if you want stability and reliability mac or more so the operating system is far superior.

Depending on what the laptop will be used for would would affect my descion, if i planned doing photo editing, video editing or using any kind professinal music application (Traktor, Ableton, Serato, etc.) then Mac if the way to go. However if i was planning on just using office, browsing the net etc. then a mac would simply be overkill and a PC would be a better option.

Can you use top cash back on this deal will it work?

Great price for a MBP 13' Retina. Vote on the deal, not the fact that it's an Apple product, haters are going to hate.

shorttylad

Seriously how brainwashed can you be to call this a good deal? Yes its … Seriously how brainwashed can you be to call this a good deal? Yes its cheaper than other stores but still.. £1049 for an average i5 processor, onboard graphics small hdd. But yea, it has an apple sticker on it so it must be worth it. How can anyone justify this amount of money for something so average (seen windows laptops <£400 with this spec apart from the screen) Anyone paying £1449.. or even £1049 for this seriously needs to have their head examined.



There's always one. This time it's you!

I owned an £800 Samsung win7 machine before my mbp. It was effing crap. Mpb is a worthwhile investment. If you've never owned one you won't know. So don't comment.

Ah so tempted for this .. If I can get cash back then will order!

I will remember this thread next time I see a bunch of students on the news moaning about student debt and the high price of tuition fees. It's a bit difficult to have a lot of sympathy for you when you're chatting about spending over £1000 for a trendy Apple laptop to type up your book reports on.

Buying Mac products and self customising is the future. I bought a Mac Mini for £450 spent about £400, so £850 got me the following:

23inch LED IPS 1080p monitor
256GB SSD + 1TB HDD (dual drive) plus used the original 500GB HDD in a housing for an external portable
hard drive.
16GB ram (sold the original 4GB modules)
Core i5 Processor

I think that's getting the best of both worlds to be honest.




alexc100

There's always one. This time it's you!I owned an £800 Samsung win7 … There's always one. This time it's you!I owned an £800 Samsung win7 machine before my mbp. It was effing crap. Mpb is a worthwhile investment. If you've never owned one you won't know. So don't comment.



I have a macbook pro and yes it does everything well out of the box and is made from the highest grade components, but their are viable alternatives if people want them if they need to use windows for things like 3D studio, solidworks, games etc:

youtube.com/wat…vlo

Samsung series 9 ultrabook with retina screen (which Samsung manufacture), made from Aluminium alloy, and has an i7 cpu for the same price as this macbook.

Dougal1709

I will remember this thread next time I see a bunch of students on the … I will remember this thread next time I see a bunch of students on the news moaning about student debt and the high price of tuition fees. It's a bit difficult to have a lot of sympathy for you when you're chatting about spending over £1000 for a trendy Apple laptop to type up your book reports on.



If this was aimed at me - not all students are like that. I have for the past two years ran a small business to pay my own tuition fees and support myself through a masters course, I work all day every day to do this and if I choose to spend £1000+ on a laptop (and get a welcome discount on this for being a full time student) then that's surely my choice.

hotukmeals

Buying Mac products and self customising is the future. I bought a Mac … Buying Mac products and self customising is the future. I bought a Mac Mini for £450 spent about £400, so £850 got me the following: 23inch LED IPS 1080p monitor256GB SSD + 1TB HDD (dual drive) plus used the original 500GB HDD in a housing for an external portable hard drive. 16GB ram (sold the original 4GB modules)Core i5 Processor I think that's getting the best of both worlds to be honest.



Good luck setting that up at the airport or transporting to work. In what way is that the "best of both worlds" ?

I can't even be bothered to compare the kind of specs you could get with any other laptop at this price, Apple are laughing all the way to the bank selling average spec laptops at extraordinary prices. It has nothing to do with it being "too expensive for me" your pathetic comment just shows me how you view Apple products, more a "trendy" status symbol to flash your money. I would normally feel sorry for people being ripped off but not in this case, so fair play to Apple.
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