Refurbished 2011 MBP or a brand new 2012 one?

I’m in the process of buying a new Mac and having looked at the specs and visited the shop I’ve decided that the MBP 13” is right for me in all respects. I can get a refurbished 2011 model for about £150 cheaper than the comparable 2012 model. The only difference between the two is the updated graphics card (Intel HD 3000 vs 4000) slightly more powerful processor (2.4 gHz vs 2.5 gHz Intel i5) and the free upgrade to OS Lion on the new one.

The refurb sounds like a good deal but is it worth spending the little bit more for slightly better specs? I’m thinking of the graphics card in particular. The only graphics-heavy thing I do is play Sims3 occasionally (and am used to playing that on a 2007 iMac with a x1600 graphics card) and am not obsessed with having all the latest tech, but I do expect this to be my main computer for at least 5 years so would like it to be reasonably future-proof.

1 Answer from the Community

  • You should totally go with the latest model. It is not that much more, and because you plan on having this for a while, it is definitely worth it and will probably last longer. Good luck and enjoy your new Macintosh!

    • Answered by Anthony A from Ronkonkoma
    • Jul 12, 2012