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Buying Advice - Macbook Pro

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Buying Advice - Macbook Pro

Hey, new here. All help, advice and recommendations appreciated.

Looking to buy this macbook pro just wanted to know if its worth it

Retina Macbook Pro mid 2012 15"
2.3GHZ i7
16GB RAM
15"
256GB SSD
Intel HD Graphics 4000 1536MB

Overall condition is pretty good, minor dent/scratches here and there. The battery however will most likely need a replacement. Only last 30 mins on a full charge.. its going for about 440 USD after some negotiating, what do you all think.

My other option is
Retina Macbook Pro mid 2012 15"
2.6GHZ i7
8GB RAM

500GB SSD
2012 model, dont know specifics

Battery is at around 500 life cycles, same aesthetics damage roughly, and around same price.

I was leaning towards 16GB RAM since its not upgradable on either of the two, cause was concerned 8GB may not be enough in 2-3 years. Also, i'm not really a power user, casual use and some work related use, no video/photo editing related tasks. Thanks in advance!

*i'm aware late 2013 is better, considering batteries are easier to replace and all but thats going for roughly 700-750 USD, not sure if its worth the extra cash up front.
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josephmo wrote: Hey, new here. All help, advice and recommendations appreciated.

Looking to buy this macbook pro just wanted to know if its worth it

Retina Macbook Pro mid 2012 15"
2.3GHZ i7
16GB RAM
15"
256GB SSD
Intel HD Graphics 4000 1536MB

Overall condition is pretty good, minor dent/scratches here and there. The battery however will most likely need a replacement. Only last 30 mins on a full charge.. its going for about 440 USD after some negotiating, what do you all think.

My other option is
Retina Macbook Pro mid 2012 15"
2.6GHZ i7
8GB RAM

500GB SSD
2012 model, dont know specifics

Battery is at around 500 life cycles, same aesthetics damage roughly, and around same price.

I was leaning towards 16GB RAM since its not upgradable on either of the two, cause was concerned 8GB may not be enough in 2-3 years. Also, i'm not really a power user, casual use and some work related use, no video/photo editing related tasks. Thanks in advance!

*i'm aware late 2013 is better, considering batteries are easier to replace and all but thats going for roughly 700-750 USD, not sure if its worth the extra cash up front.
I'm pretty sure they are both ram is upgradable.



I'm not sure the performance/value of that laptop however, but if you have explored that then it might be fine. I have a 2015 and it runs very well still.
But I would be considering cost of upgrading parts. SSD - $50 - $120 for a 500Gb - 1TB. RAM - ??? for an extra 8gb or if it's 2x4gb then you would need 2x8gb. Battery replacement - ???
It's likely 8gb will be fine until the laptop is too slow anyways. Just compare those upgrading costs and you should be able to make a better informed choice.
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Pro for the mid-2012 non-retina:
  1. upgradeable ram and hard drive;
  2. DVD drive can be replaced with a second hard drive or SSD;
  3. battery is not glued to the top case; and
  4. still a very capable machine.

Cons:
  1. unit is considered "vintage" by Apple and Apple stores will neither fix, sell parts, or perform diagnostics in retail Apple stores;
  2. Catalina may be the last OS upgrade;
  3. feels heavy if you are carrying it around; and
  4. non-retina screen.

I also thought this model comes with a Radeon GPU as well.
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Does this model have logic board problem?
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The 15" early 2011 and late 2011 that have the Radeon GPU problem. Not an easy or cheap fix.

The mid-2010 15" has the GPU capacitor problem which is a pretty easy and cheap fix.

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