2013 still worth buying ???

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mtenuta, Mar 10, 2018.

  1. mtenuta macrumors member

    Nov 8, 2011
    Hi guys I have a friend selling his MacBook Pro i7 2013 with 8g of ram and he installed an ssd. He is asking about 500$ for it. He used it for about 40
    Charge cycles. Is it worth buying or should I pass ?
  2. Falhófnir macrumors 68040


    Aug 19, 2017
    I’m guessing from ‘he installed an SSD’ that it’s one of the 2012 13” unibody MacBook pros? (With SuperDrive and no retina). In that case he might have bought it in 2013 but it’s actually a 2012 model. For that price it’s an ok machine, you could probably find a similar era retina machine for only a little more if you try though. Obviously the trade off is you won’t have the provenance info.
  3. mtenuta thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 8, 2011
    Sorry 13
  4. lec0rsaire macrumors 65816

    Feb 23, 2017
    I honestly would wait and see what apple offers with the new MacBook Air coming this year or try to find a used retina 13" from 2015. That's a rock solid notebook for the price. I wouldn't recommend buying a non-retina 101/102, MD102 in your case, MacBook Pro in 2018. While they're still useful for basic tasks, they will soon become obsolete. While the CPU is still useful and an SSD improves performance, the integrated Ivy Bridge GPU Intel 4000 is really underpowered and outdated. We're currently on the 7th and 8th generation of Intel's core CPUs. The Iris 6100 in the early-2015 13" MBP is night and day compared to the Intel 4000 and even the Intel 5000 and 6000 of the last 2 MacBook Air versions (2015 and 2017) is more powerful. It's up to you but I would keep looking. You're bound to find a great deal on a better machine.

    Also the Retina display makes a huge difference in screen quality and color. I wouldn't use a 1200x800 resolution that is really mid to late 2000s tech. We're less than 2 years away from 2020!
  5. jeyf macrumors 65816

    Jan 20, 2009
    some of the older MBP's had gpu issues, dont know which ones but there were quite a few effected.
    consider a 2015 or early 2016 before the redesign
  6. Naimfan Suspended


    Jan 15, 2003
    Good machine, but overpriced IMO. Should be more like $400 for the reasons given above.
  7. nordique macrumors 65816

    Oct 12, 2014

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