12" MacBook (2015) still worth buying?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by sonicrobby, Sep 21, 2018.

  1. sonicrobby macrumors 68020


    Apr 24, 2013
    New Orleans
    Seeking some advice! My mom's Bday is coming up, and shes still running a 2006 Gateway PC on windows vista :p I wanted to get her a used 12" Macbook pro, which I found used with the 1.2 GHz intel core M, 8 GB RAM and 512 GB SSD for $750. It does seem to be well taken care of physically. I guess my hesitation is paying $750 for a 3 year old computer.

    In the past with my old 2012 macbook pro, Id get that lovely spinning color wheel a lot while not doing anything strenuous; iPhotos, safari, iTunes (very basic stuff). Would she experience this with the 12"MB under basic use? If so Id look to get her the 13" MBP instead...

    Advice and opinions are welcome!
  2. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    There has never been a Macbook Pro with a Core M processor. Only Macbooks.

    I have a 1.2 Ghz '16 Macbook, and I only really see spinwheels when I use Safari and there's a lot of stuff going on, hammering the CPU. No issues running Photos or iTunes. But the processor is not fast in any way, but it gets the job done. But as an upgrade to a machine that is 12 years old, she will likely never notice.
  3. objektør macrumors regular


    Nov 25, 2014
    At home
    My rMB is 3,5 years old now. Ok for basic stuff (Photo, iTunes, Safari ++). Almost never see the beachball.
    But check the battery. I got the service warning lately at 73% health. It gives me about 3 hours of use (brightnes 75%).
    I am mostly on mains now but a new battery would set you back another 200$ at least.
  4. EugW macrumors 603


    Jun 18, 2017
    I would not recommend the 2015, esp at that price. Mediocre keyboard, and relatively slow.

    What were the specs of that old 2012?

    Usually a 2012 with 8+ GB RAM and a good SSD would have decent performance.
  5. BODYBUILDERPAUL macrumors 65816

    Feb 9, 2009
    Yes I'm a little concerned at that price. It's first generation, whilst beautiful and very chic looking, the 2015 is a little underpowered now. Try and keep your eye open for the 2016 model as it is a faster feeling machine. Again batteries are a little problem on the older ones.
    Don't forget that there's the rumoured new 899£ one on its way brand new.

    In summary, the MacBook is beautiful (just be wary of 2015 first gen models) and your Mummy may love rose gold for it (which appeared on the 2016 models). In that colour, it is stunning :) I'm biased as I have that colour and I love the way that it changes colour under sunlight!
  6. fokmik macrumors 68040

    Oct 28, 2016
    Try to get it at 650$ or get the 2016 version
  7. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68040


    Nov 8, 2014
    Land of Flanders and Elsewhere
    I share EugW' and BODYBUILDERPAUL' view.
    I don't think that a 3 y/o MacBook 12" is worth 750 USD.
    Another aspect to consider is that your Mom got used to Windows.
  8. sosumi99 macrumors 6502


    Oct 27, 2003
    Another vote to say that the 2015 MacBook is not worth that much, especially given the age of the battery.

    And yes, if your mom is used to Windows, she will almost certainly appreciate another Windows machine. (Though, honestly, if she was used to Vista, switching to Windows 10 will be almost as much a shock as switching to Mac -- still, unless you want to play tech support, I'd stick with a Windows laptop for her. The Surface line is quite good)
  9. lewdvig macrumors 65816


    Jan 1, 2002
    South Pole
    We've had 3 through the house; 1x 2015 and 2x 2016

    IMO the difference between 2015 and 2016 is pretty big; better battery, faster, better video playback

    As other have said, pass on the 2015 for $750.
  10. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    Noooo. The least you can buy in the macbook category is 2016 m5 version. The 2015 is dog slow.
  11. borgusio, Sep 27, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2018

    borgusio macrumors regular


    Jul 22, 2011
    I use the i5 2015 and it is still the best laptop I ever owned.
    My use:
    Office 365
    Software development Tools
    Final Cut Pro X

    In the background I have: MySQL server, two onedrive instances, Dropbox, vpn.

    I see the beach ball (a lot!) when:
    - making intense use of outlook for more than a couple of days straight. I then need to close the software and restart it (it is a sick memory hog!)
    - connecting and reconnecting several different external monitors more than once a day. I then need to wait a couple of minutes until everything is fine again
    - the room temperature is above 35 degrees Celsius (like this sommer) and I make intense use of videoconferencing with hangouts (Skype and co. Work well).

    I would only upgrade for a MacBook Pro 12” with thunderbolt.

    From what I heard the i3 2015 is a piece of crap. The speed difference with i5 and i7is day and night, so look for the right model. Because the i3 2016 is not any faster than my i5 2015. Also my battery is totally fine. 85 % capacity and 5 hours at half brightness. With lower brightness I can make it to 6-7 hours.

    Price wise, I’d go for 700 max
  12. keiji11 macrumors member

    Aug 25, 2018
    you should at least get the 2016 ones and recently there many good deals on woot. Just check them everyday
  13. FilmIndustryGuy macrumors regular

    May 12, 2015
    Manhattan Beach, CA
    i went from 2015 to 2017. wait for the 2018 to come out and get the 2017 at a discount. its way worth the improvements.
  14. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    I made this same move a couple weeks ago when WOOT had the 2017 MB's for $999. Definitely an improvement from 2015 to 2017 (I really like the v2 butterfly keyboard too).

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