Re: Just got a new mbp!
This will eliminate your super drive (CD/DVD drive) but will allow you to install an SSD drive in place of your existing HDD, and then you'll be able to move your HDD into the spot where your super drive was before, essentially giving you two storage devices inside your Macbook Pro, and your OS will be running off the SSD, which will substantially increase performance across the board. You should be able to get an SSD drive and the adaptor for under $200 total.
Originally Posted by jnew619
Apple currently does not carry the 13" i7 non-retina display as a refurb (i researched this when i sold my retina model a few weeks ago and went back to the 2012 MBP non-retina), and from what I saw on the other refurbs they offered, some of them only offered a $50-$100 discount off new machine pricing, and for that money, I'd rather have a brand new model personally (though i know the refurbs are essentially "new" for all intents and purposes).
Originally Posted by cardfan
The i7 is pretty legitimately different than the i5, especially when it it pushed and the speed boost comes into play. He said that he was going to be doing some graphics work (photo and video) so for that, it's always a good idea to have a computer that is worked the least on the internals (I know just from experience that video post production, especially in Pro-Tools software, can really make the computer work depending on what all you're trying to do simultaneously. Plus, at the very least, the i7 model is going to hold more value over time vs. the i5, so even if he never uses the i7 to capacity, he'll still have a more valuable computer down the road.
The education discount is always something good to use, but i know a friend of mine tried to do it when he bought is iMac last year and they asked him for identification (which he had, but from the previous year when he graduated), when they saw it was from 2011, they denied him the discount (I'm sure ordering it online would probably get you around this if they allow for that kind of order to be placed)...he wasn't overly concerned about it, but he did say he thought it was weird since they had never even asked him for I.D. before in that nature.