Mr. Jadepearl has decided that my evil aura should not be near the house desktop machine that is also the media server so, I must get a laptop.
I want a refurb and wonder which to choose: i5 duo core, i7 duo core or i7 quad core. No retina display due to upgrade issues.
Now, I don't think that I push machines that hard but I am intolerant of lag on either my software or hardware. I do normal things: surf, research, use Adobe CS for class and only occasionally need to convert file types. I want a refurb so I can do the following:
- max out the ram to 16GB
- swapout the hard drive to a SSD
- swapout the optical drive to a hybrid SSD
I will have this machine for 4 years and assume that I will be selling it so I want that happy confluence of price, performance and resell value.
Yes, I plan to get Apple Care. Yes, it will be the upgradable 2012 model. Yes, I plan to have a larger monitor (two preferred). Yes, I will be using an external hard drive for back-up as well as holding my 3TB of entertainment.
I have read all the other what macbook Pro threads but they are slightly old or the uses were not close to mine.
So hope me.