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Hi There
my son going to college here in Ireland and I have to buy him a mac book pro.

would appreciate advice on the choices i am down to

Firstly a new one
13-inch: 2.3 GHz
2.3GHz dual-core
Intel Core i5
4GB 1333MHz
320GB 5400-rpm1
Intel HD Graphics 3000
cost 1120 euros or approx 1500 dollars

second choice is a refurbished mac book pro
Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.3GHz dual-core Intel i5Originally released February 2011
13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display, 1280-by-800 resolution
4GB (2 x 2GB) of 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
320GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
8x double-layer SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 384MB of DDR3 SDRAM


cost 979 euros.
Would welcome any thoughts as to which is the obvious buy.
Many thanks in advance from one who is not a tech.

Many thanks
Emmet

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Originally Posted by emmet1 View Post

Would welcome any thoughts as to which is the obvious buy.

Aha, trick question. Those machines are both the same, except one is a refurb and the other not. The only difference with a refurb is it doesn't come in an original box but other than that, full warranty and like new.

So yeah, go for the cheaper, refurb one. Be quick with refurbs though as they aren't permanent offers. Once the models on offer are gone, you could be waiting a while for one to show up again.
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