Advice on buying this macbook pro!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by awca22, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. awca22, Aug 11, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2013

    macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2010
    A friend of mine is selling me his classic macbook pro 15 mid 2012 here are the specs:
    2.6GHz Quad Core i7 Ivy Bridge Processor
    Crucial Brand 16GB 1600MHz DDR3 Memory
    Samsung Brand 830 Series SATA 6Gb/s 512GB SSD Drive
    Hi-Resolution 1680x1050 Screen
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB Video Memory

    He made the updates by itself the system was originally 8gb ram and 750 gb hdd; ( he is also including the 8gb ram memory and the hard drive)
    Also he is giving me 2 Western Digital My Passport 2TB External USB3 Hard Drives
    and a extra 85W Power Supplies.

    He is selling me all this for 1955$ I dont know if this is a good deal, I was going to buy a MBA 13 i7 with 256-512gb ssd but he says this is better.

    I would be using this for college CAD Software, Adobe Suite and some windows only apps.

    Do you think that it would be good to buy my friend laptops or buy a new mba 13?
    The battery cycle on his mbp is just 11 cycles.

    Thanks hope you can assist me in the decission! He says it is a great deal but I think it is overpowered for me.

    Also one of the things I found is that the mba has the new haswell processor and this mbp is still ivy bridge!

    PD: Im a mechatronics and electrical engineer student 2 year, I use a lot LABVIEW, MATHLAB, SOLIDWORKS, AUTOCAD.
  2. macrumors 68000

    Aug 23, 2011
    wait till the new mbp comes out with new processor. by next two months.
  3. macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2009
    If your friend has apple care for the computer then I think it is a fair deal with all the hardware. Your friend might make a little more by removing the upgrades and selling separately. For engineering, the computer is a lot more powerful than the air and the higher res screen is better for labview, etc. Without apple care I would be very hesitant to put $2,000 towards something that may fail the day after you get it, thereby costing you a lot of money and possibly souring a friendship.
  4. macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2013
    I don't think it's overpowered for engineering school, and the price seems good. I think you could manage with the MBA though if you prefer the portability and and battery life.
  5. macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2012
    If comes with....

    AppleCare and all the equipment and upgrades work without problems, there are not cosmetic or other functional issues, I can say, a good deal can be done in this.

    Myself being an engineer, I would say, we always need more power.......:D


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