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MacBook Pro 15" MJLQ2B/A i7-quadcore 16GB-RAM 256GB-SSD £1708 @ Apple Education
MacBook Pro 15" MJLQ2B/A i7-quadcore 16GB-RAM 256GB-SSD £1708 @ Apple Education

MacBook Pro 15" MJLQ2B/A i7-quadcore 16GB-RAM 256GB-SSD £1708 @ Apple Education

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This is not a deal per se, but a reminder of something there that can be very useful to many that may be looking for a powerful high-end Mac. Not a computer for everyone, as not everyone needs something so powerful & expensive. If you are looking to buy one of the new expensive Macs around or over this price range, this post may be for you as you get much more spec for the same or less money.

This is the MacBook Pro with Retina display 15 inches that was succeeded by the newer models in November 2016. However it is still one of the most powerful macs out there, and Apple still -hiddenly- sells it today.

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The rationale besides concluding this model is the best quality/price option is that if you want a powerful futureproof Mac you most likely will have to upgrade to 16GB of memory at least the lower spec Macbook Pro 13 inch, ideally have 256GB of hardisk, and tat takes you to the £1500-1700 range with the 13 inches models and if you want an i7 to £1700-1900 range. This is however a dual-core i7 (new 15" ones don't start until the £2200 range). However this model (old 15 inches one) is an i7 quadcore! VERY rare on laptops! And the lowest configuration is much more powerful plus has 16GB RAM and 256GB SSD already, plus yo uget a bigger screen and so on. This is one of the most powerful Mac laptops yet, even beats in some benchmarks the newer 15 inch models. So for the same price or less that you would buy your 13 inch macbook pro you can buy this older model and get much more spec! Also more perks such as the bigger screen and all the normal usb ports, magsafe, card reader... that the old models had.

Again, this is no news, it's been out there for a long while, but it is good to balance this option if you are considering a mid-high end Mac, and get more for less money.

The price in Apple Store is £1899 but this £1708.80 price is through Apple Education  
this post teach us how to get student status easily via a NUS card, furthermore the only thing you need is the referal link from StudentBeans or Unidays, many college logins (e.g. from your children) or alumni emails may work well for that. Buy online, deliver to your home, no-one will ever ask you for anything else as a 'student' than having logged in through one of these websites to get the reduced price. So virtually anyone can get this price. Also, with a Student ID, you can get this in store, although might not be configurable there.

The steps to get this price online are:

#1 - Get to the Apple education site through NUS/StudentBeans/Unidays -- i.e. clcking the link.
#2 - Once there, change the link/URL for this one: apple.com/uk-…fig (WILL NOT WORK IF YOU DON'T DO #1)

It is important yo ugo thro the link before as it authentifies the session at apple education, if you miss that step you will get an error when using the link in #2.

P.S.: If you get this far and you are thinking of buying it I would personally consider/recommend the processor upgrade from 2.2 to 2.5GHz for £81.60. Probably worth in the long run and increases its futureproof. Buying it online the model is configurable.

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Good price.

Also worth noting, I picked up an iPad recently with student discount (even although im not one) by simply calling their sales line and asking if i could get it. No checks done, just asked if i was a student or educator and discount of £50 applied.

If you are a student I would hold off, the back to school promo should kick in by the end of this month. Last year it was free Beats headphones.

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And the cold votes start because it is not a bag of crisps at 1p...

This is a very good deal for us students op...seriously thinking about it.

Might be quadcore but it's a 4th Gen i7 though. The newer ones are 7th Gen. I personally thought it was criminal that Apple kept selling such an old processor for so long.....

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rama26285

Might be quadcore but it's a 4th Gen i7 though. The newer ones are 7th … Might be quadcore but it's a 4th Gen i7 though. The newer ones are 7th Gen. I personally thought it was criminal that Apple kept selling such an old processor for so long.....



Yes apple used the 4th gen for a very long while.

But anyway my point was not that this is better than the new 15" ones (with a much bigger price tag) my point is that this i7 is deffo better than the latest i5 dual cores and most likely too the 17 dual cores and those with same ram/sdd come at a much bigger pricetag. So if you re looking at a mid-high end mac, this comes cheaper and is better, and you get much more besides the basic specs (like bigger screen, conectivity, etc).

Only 256GB SSD when paying over 1700 quid!

I think you also get 3 years warranty (tri-care) if bought through the student store :).

I bought my mac from Student Superstore and they have the same one for £1576 with 3 year warranty.

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BrumGB

I think you also get 3 years warranty (tri-care) if bought through the … I think you also get 3 years warranty (tri-care) if bought through the student store :).


Just chatted with Apple... as a student you can get 50% discount on Applegate for the three years.
Hope that helps.

The most gorgeous laptop money can buy - much nicer than the 2016 version. I'm so glad my employer shelled out for one for me.
A great way of getting a discount so well done on that.



But the base price does make your eyes bleed.....

Still a lot of cash for a fourth gen processor. I can't make my mind up. Definitely need to get back to apple as windows is getting on my nerves.

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witcherblue

I bought my mac from Student Superstore and they have the same one for … I bought my mac from Student Superstore and they have the same one for £1576 with 3 year warranty.Link



Good find! Maybe you should post it as a separate deal here?

witcherblue

I bought my mac from Student Superstore and they have the same one for … I bought my mac from Student Superstore and they have the same one for £1576 with 3 year warranty.Link

BrumGB

I think you also get 3 years warranty (tri-care) if bought through the … I think you also get 3 years warranty (tri-care) if bought through the student store :).



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No they got rid of that a couple of years ago and also reduced the discount to 10%. Now you can get AppleCare 3 years for 50% off, but thats still about ~£160 on a 15" MBP

If you have an .ac.uk email account you can try either:

thestudentstore.co.uk
or
theedustore.co.uk

The discounts there are closer to the old Apple student discounts, for example this machine is around the ~£1500. Also they give 3 or 4 years warranty, but its through a third party insurer, not with Apple. So you can't just take it to an Apple store (after the 1 year with Apple has finished) as you used to be able to. That was one of the big perks for a MBP IMO as they'd give you an emergency appointment if the MAC was unusable and usually repair same day.

Also its worth checking with your UNI, as I hear some of them have their own purchase programmes, as do some institutions. You never know they may negotiate better deals or not take as big a cut as the two websites I mentioned above. I know the NHS has a discounted scheme for employees, but its only 10% like the student store unfortunately.

jimcat12th Jul

And the cold votes start because it is not a bag of crisps at 1p...


or £1700 on a laptop is just not a wise use of resources.
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