2006 MBP for $700

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  1. werehensler macrumors newbie

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    I have an opportunity to buy a used 15" Macbook Pro for $700. I believe it is a 2006 (non-unibody) model with 2gb of Ram and a 100 GB HD. Is this a fair price? Will the older hardware present any issue with current software or Snow Leopard.

    This will be my first Mac purchase, although I do own a iPhone and iPad. This computer will be used mostly for School.
     
  2. xStep macrumors 68000

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    I have an early MBP and it runs Snow Leopard just fine. The issue I see is that some software vendor will come out with a 64-bit only title that I won't be able to run. I expect most software vendors won't make that jump quickly.

    I use lowendmac to review specs of past machines. Here is the early MBP release.

    I don't know the current pricing. I use sources such as craigslist and eBay to review recent asking prices for used items.
     
  3. 2contagious macrumors 6502a

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    I'd say it's too much.. way too much. I had a 2006 MacBook Pro until last January (logic board failure). You'd be better off even with 'just' a current MacBook.
     
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Hmm. Core Duo. X1600 graphics. 2GB RAM limit. Wireless g. I would say pass. As noted, a new MacBook which can be had for $700 on refurb is better value and comes with a 1 year warranty. If its a Core 2 Duo than perhaps but even then.
     
  5. greg400 macrumors 6502

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    As someone who has owned this exact machine for 4 years, I can say that the most you should pay for it is $400, and that's if EVERYTHING is perfect.
    ie:
    Perfect condition(no dents, scratches, aluminum pitting, etc)
    AC Adapter included
    Original software included
    Flawless display
    Working optical drive
    Every port and key working
     
  6. 2contagious macrumors 6502a

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    I agree. Also, just on a side note, some batches of the 2006 MacBook Pros had some major issues (mine did).
     
  7. greg400 macrumors 6502

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    Mine actually just starting having issues with the wireless not too long ago. Would constantly disconnect from my wireless signal no matter how far I was away from it. It was either a problem with the antenna or logic board so I was forced to either buy a USB wireless adapter or throw 300 bucks to Apple to see what the problem is and fix it. I went with the former.
     
  8. Arrandale macrumors regular

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    This is an ok, but not a great price.

    For a few hundred dollars more, you can buy officially refurbished macs from Apple.
     

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