1. AugustVance's Avatar
    I am in the market to purchase my first macbook pro.

    I am looking at apples refurbished site and looking at two possible contenders for my money.

    I am looking for advise on which one would be the better buy.

    The first one up is a :

    Refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Quad-core Intel i7 with Retina Display
    Originally released July 2014
    15.4-inch (diagonal) Retina display; 2880-by-1800 resolution at 220 pixels per inch
    16GB of 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM

    256GB Flash Storage
    720p FaceTime HD Camera
    Intel Iris Pro Graphics

    This one is retailing for $1699 USD before taxes.

    The second Macbook Pro I am looking at is:

    Refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Quad-core Intel i7 with Retina Display
    Originally released October 2013
    15.4-inch (diagonal) Retina display; 2880-by-1800 resolution at 220 pixels per inch
    16GB of 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    512GB Flash Storage1
    720p FaceTime HD camera
    Intel Iris Pro Graphics and NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M

    This one is retailing for $1989.00 USD before taxes.

    I guess my big questions are:

    Is there a huge difference in the models between the late 2013-2014 models?
    The only thing I could come up (researching) with is that the ONLY difference is the clock speeds are a little faster on the 2014 models but its not a huge difference. Is that the only difference?

    The first one would be the 2014 15" base model vs the Late 2013 Mid tier 15" model.

    Any help/suggestions/questions are welcome. Thank you in advance.
    02-23-2015 06:31 PM
  2. kch50428's Avatar
    Intel Iris Pro Graphics and NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
    There's the biggest difference.... and the Flash storage - 256GB vs 512GB... I'd go for the 2013 model for the Flash Storage...
    02-23-2015 06:36 PM
  3. knotsure's Avatar
    Any updates? Hope you got the more storage.... You can't upgrade the retina units.
    03-07-2015 11:06 PM
  4. PortCity79's Avatar
    That depends on how much local storage you plan to use. If you work with video or photos you want to go with the larger hard drive. However, if that is not the case and you use cloud storage then you should be fine with the 2014 model. Plus, you can always pick up a 1TB external hard drive for under $100.
    03-08-2015 11:19 PM
  5. zerog46's Avatar
    I agree about the storage. How much local do you need. For me I would get the newer model. I have everything in the cloud and really don't need the local storage.


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    03-08-2015 11:55 PM

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