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  1. #1

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    Default Talk me into/out of a 13" refurb MBP

    So my 2008 Alu MacBook is on its last legs... Nail in the coffin being a whisky spill on the keyboard rendering half a dozen keys on the left side useless. It also gets hot as soon as its used, and is generally quite laggy. A true workhorse though.

    Been keeping an eye for news/rumours about a refresh/update but seems relatively quiet, so I jumped on the refurb store. 13" 2.9ghz i7 with 8GB RAM and a 750GB HDD.

    So if I bite the bullet on this machine, am I likely to miss anything big/dramatic if an update to the MBP were to happen in the next few months?

    I only use it for music, email, web surfing but lately have been getting back into photography so using it for editing also.

    Thoughts appreciated!
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    Nah, don't get it... get the 15" MBP Retina instead
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    Happy with the 13" size and don't really have a big desire for retina though fortunately (for my wallet)!
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    Have you considered the MacBook Air?
    I like the better screen res, sure the CPU isn't up there, but with the SSD it flies! It's also stupid light. Oh... also the storage is less...
    I really hate the low res screen on the 13" MBP, but that's just me.

    All of that aside, I wouldn't suspect anything major is coming to make this machine a bad buy.
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    I bought a refurb 13" in 2011, its never missed a beat. All it needs is more RAM and an SSD, been very happy with it, even though its only an i5. I have it plugged into a Dell 24" screen for stuff that needs better resolution.

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