Macbook Pro £699.00 @ Currys Pc World
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Macbook Pro £699.00 @ Currys Pc World

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Found 10th Mar 2016
Great price for a Macbook Pro it maybe an outgoing model with a standard hard drive but drop an SSD into this and you've got yourself a great machine with the bonus of a dvd writer built in. Theres been some great deals on 512GB SSD's on here recently for around £80 so fill your boots.
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I think the website is incorrect - the display is not 1440x900 but 1280x800? Which i5 model is this - Ivy Bridge?
Edited by: "brookheather" 10th Mar 2016
if you gonna spend £££ upgrading the HDD why not just get the retina MBP with SDD built in, broadwell chip and 'retina' display for an extra £100. not voting
stevenkats

if you gonna spend £££ upgrading the HDD why not just get the retina MBP w … if you gonna spend £££ upgrading the HDD why not just get the retina MBP with SDD built in, broadwell chip and 'retina' display for an extra £100. not voting


Because the extra £100 will only give you a 128gb Machine not enough for some. £1399 for the 512gb Macbook Retina
Edited by: "The0ne" 10th Mar 2016
The0ne

Because the extra £100 will only give you a 128gb Machine not enough for … Because the extra £100 will only give you a 128gb Machine not enough for some. £1399 for the 512gb Macbook Retina



Can't you just replace the 128GB SSD though like you've suggested for the one you've posted here?.
£699 for 4gb of RAM, **** resolution, 3rd generation i5 and lack of SSD?! Typical apple, I would rather go with generic Lenovo or whatever else, which offers MUCH more for that price :P
mateq

£699 for 4gb of RAM, **** resolution, 3rd generation i5 and lack of SSD?! … £699 for 4gb of RAM, **** resolution, 3rd generation i5 and lack of SSD?! Typical apple, I would rather go with generic Lenovo or whatever else, which offers MUCH more for that price :P


Speaking of typical, this response is typical of Apple haters on here. Fact is, this is a premium laptop build and will appeal to some in the market for one as it's a great discount.
DAZZ2000

Can't you just replace the 128GB SSD though like … Can't you just replace the 128GB SSD though like you'vhttps://www.ifixit.com/Guide/MacBook+Pro+13-Inch+Retina+Display+Early+2013+SSD+Replacement/15477e suggested for the one you've posted here?.


Not as straight for no and the drives are a lot more expensive
The0ne

Not as straight for no and the drives are a lot more expensive because … Not as straight for no and the drives are a lot more expensive because there not a normal ssd


ifixit.com/Gui…477
Edited by: "The0ne" 10th Mar 2016
Looks like the model number is MD101B/A therefore the iFixit guide for HD upgrade is ifixit.com/Gui…378

Price is the same everywhere (for example John Lewis here: http://www.johnlewis.com/apple-macbook-pro-md101b-a-intel-core-i5-500gb-4gb-ram-13-3-/p231656819)
tombrook

Speaking of typical, this response is typical of Apple haters on here. … Speaking of typical, this response is typical of Apple haters on here. Fact is, this is a premium laptop build and will appeal to some in the market for one as it's a great discount.



No actually, it's just a fact and a great discount on a already over priced laptop, is not a discount.

Do Apple have nicely built stuff, Yes, is it still overpriced, YES

Edited by: "Neardark" 10th Mar 2016
Neardark

No actually, it's just a fact and a great discount on a already over … No actually, it's just a fact and a great discount on a already over priced laptop, is not a discount.Do Apple have nicely built stuff, Yes, is it still overpriced, YES


Didn't comment on the value of the spec and I agree you can get a lot more for a lot less money. But in my experience, and that of others, they will fall apart and suffer problems in no time at all and to many the build quality makes this good value.
The only fact here is that everything value related is subjective and sometimes your vote is enough to make your point rather than Apple hating for the sake of it. Comments like 'Typical Apple' just don't help anyone make their own decision about whether this is a good deal to them or not.
New mac books are due out later this month. So could explain the price drop as maybe they are finally phasing out this model.

My Macbook is nearly 8 years old and still going strong !
mateq

£699 for 4gb of RAM, **** resolution, 3rd generation i5 and lack of SSD?! … £699 for 4gb of RAM, **** resolution, 3rd generation i5 and lack of SSD?! Typical apple, I would rather go with generic Lenovo or whatever else, which offers MUCH more for that price :P



I have the 15 inch version, mid 2012 edition, and I did exactly what The0ne said - I upgraded to a 512gb sdd & upgraded the ram to 16gb - which was much more expensive than it would have been now but if I had done the same when purchasing it from Apple it would have been over a £1000 - it cost me around £350 - the ram was pretty cheap.

And I've been using it ever since. I think its a clever way of creating a brilliant machine - but I prefer the 15 inch screen rather than the 13.
Edited by: "jasonwood999" 10th Mar 2016
jordan210

New mac books are due out later this month. So could explain the price … New mac books are due out later this month. So could explain the price drop as maybe they are finally phasing out this model. My Macbook is nearly 8 years old and still going strong !



You're just using it for email though, right?
tombrook

Didn't comment on the value of the spec and I agree you can get a lot … Didn't comment on the value of the spec and I agree you can get a lot more for a lot less money. But in my experience, and that of others, they will fall apart and suffer problems in no time at all and to many the build quality makes this good value.The only fact here is that everything value related is subjective and sometimes your vote is enough to make your point rather than Apple hating for the sake of it. Comments like 'Typical Apple' just don't help anyone make their own decision about whether this is a good deal to them or not.




I never Apple hate for the sake of it, my opinion of Apple is based on Facts and the fact that I seen 2007/2008 Macbook pro's break because of faulty chipsets, Having repaired at least a 100 or so of those, I think I have a valid opinion, They are't known for the best customer support either, that is unless you pay for it.


Also you really need to stop with this opinion that anyone who has anything negative to say about Apple must be a hater or a Android fanboy, it really is getting old and all you do is make yourself look like the fanboy
Edited by: "Neardark" 10th Mar 2016
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don't try to take something back after the box is open.
New macbooks are due imminently - wait until the new are released and the old ones are discounted.

'Fact is, this is a premium laptop'. Hmmm...

tombrook

Speaking of typical, this response is typical of Apple haters on here. … Speaking of typical, this response is typical of Apple haters on here. Fact is, this is a premium laptop build and will appeal to some in the market for one as it's a great discount.

hitman007

'Fact is, this is a premium laptop'. Hmmm...


"Premium laptop build" The unibodys are superbly put together in comparison to any other laptop. I'm writing on my 7 year old MBP and it looks and feels like new. It has slowed down internally like any other.
I've got a 15" MacBook Pro mid 2010 model upgraded the ram to 8gb installed a 512gb ssd and runs like a dream not even thinking about changing it. Where as most people are changing there Windows laptops on average 2-3 year. So cost is all relative
This is actually a bargain for a MBP that is highly sought after for customisation purposes.

Many online reviews forego the Retina SSD edition to get this and have the option for upgrades.

How truly useful is a Retina screen at 13 inch anyway?
The0ne

Where as most people are changing there Windows laptops on average 2-3 … Where as most people are changing there Windows laptops on average 2-3 year. So cost is all relative



No they're not
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So if I've understood correctly, this is a high-end, premium machine and the first thing you should do after you buy it is start replacing the internal components? Okay...
I like the price and the thought process thank you
I like the price and the thought process thank you
tombrook

"Premium laptop build" The unibodys are superbly put together in … "Premium laptop build" The unibodys are superbly put together in comparison to any other laptop. I'm writing on my 7 year old MBP and it looks and feels like new. It has slowed down internally like any other.



​Technically the hardware is just as fast as it was when it left the factory...
Halloway

So if I've understood correctly, this is a high-end, premium machine and … So if I've understood correctly, this is a high-end, premium machine and the first thing you should do after you buy it is start replacing the internal components? Okay...



No. You have not understood correctly.

It was a high end premium machine and now it has been superseded but by buying this version and adding some RAM you can achieve a particularly blazing Apply product for a fraction of the cost of the newest edition.
Heat from me, still £772.80 on the Apple store after the nus discount.
jasonwood999

I have the 15 inch version, mid 2012 edition, and I did exactly what … I have the 15 inch version, mid 2012 edition, and I did exactly what The0ne said - I upgraded to a 512gb sdd & upgraded the ram to 16gb - which was much more expensive than it would have been now but if I had done the same when purchasing it from Apple it would have been over a £1000 - it cost me around £350 - the ram was pretty cheap. And I've been using it ever since. I think its a clever way of creating a brilliant machine - but I prefer the 15 inch screen rather than the 13.



Did you follow a guide to upgrade the ram?
The0ne

I've got a 15" MacBook Pro mid 2010 model upgraded the ram to 8gb … I've got a 15" MacBook Pro mid 2010 model upgraded the ram to 8gb installed a 512gb ssd and runs like a dream not even thinking about changing it. Where as most people are changing there Windows laptops on average 2-3 year. So cost is all relative




We can afford to because we don't pay stupid prices.
I wouldn't be so sure of new MBPs this month. Smart money is on a June+ timeline for next iteration. Thought I'd say in case it was a factor for anyone.
dead4red69

Did you follow a guide to upgrade the ram?



I watched a couple of youtube videos about a hundred times - it wasn't too difficult - but I had to do a bit of searching for the tools, you need a torx screwdriver to open the case - I was nervous about it but it was pretty straight forward.
This is the non retina so this laptop was launched June 2012? Almost 4 year old tech
jasonwood999

I watched a couple of youtube videos about a hundred times - it wasn't … I watched a couple of youtube videos about a hundred times - it wasn't too difficult - but I had to do a bit of searching for the tools, you need a torx screwdriver to open the case - I was nervous about it but it was pretty straight forward.



jasonwood999

I watched a couple of youtube videos about a hundred times - it wasn't … I watched a couple of youtube videos about a hundred times - it wasn't too difficult - but I had to do a bit of searching for the tools, you need a torx screwdriver to open the case - I was nervous about it but it was pretty straight forward.



I need a new laptop, I'm very tempted by this...
New one will be out very soon, will come down anyway when that happens. Not voting either way!
Loving the Apple love/hate thing.
Jbdesignme

New one will be out very soon, will come down anyway when that happens. … New one will be out very soon, will come down anyway when that happens. Not voting either way!



I don't think the prices will come down much further. It's likely the newer models will drop in price; I don't see this dropping further than £699.
The0ne

I've got a 15" MacBook Pro mid 2010 model upgraded the ram to 8gb … I've got a 15" MacBook Pro mid 2010 model upgraded the ram to 8gb installed a 512gb ssd and runs like a dream not even thinking about changing it. Where as most people are changing there Windows laptops on average 2-3 year. So cost is all relative



I've got a Dell Studio 1747 that is similar age and have specked it to the same RAM and SSD. I have no plans to change it anytime soon either. Not an Apple hater nor do I knock there product, but like many feel they are over priced. Just because its a PC/Laptop running Windows doesn't mean its crap. Horses for courses
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