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DMG35

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I work for a large corporation and from time to time we get offered deals on equipment purchased that was never outsourced to anyone in the field. There is a a sealed 2015 15” MacBook Pro that is fully maxed out for sale for $1700. Its the 2.8GHz model with dedicated graphics and 1TB of storage. I was thinking of picking this up to replace my older 15“ 2013 MacBook Pro which is really not very efficient anymore.

Is that price something that would make this a good buy? I realize its 6 years old at this point but I really want the larger screen and don’t want to buy a more expensive 16” model or the new 13” model. Would this be something that would be usable for a few years? My use is office work mainly but I do some very light photo and video editing but just for fun and I’ve always had a preference for these older models vs the newer ones with just the USB ports.

I’m sure this has probably been asked before but I could sure use some insight here. It probably won’t last long so I’d most likely have to decide today if I was going to purchase it.

Thank you in advance.
 

rovostrov

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I thnk $1700 might be a bit high for it since it is 6 years old. I'd probably look at it around the $850 - $1000 range
 
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rawweb

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I work for a large corporation and from time to time we get offered deals on equipment purchased that was never outsourced to anyone in the field. There is a a sealed 2015 15” MacBook Pro that is fully maxed out for sale for $1700. Its the 2.8GHz model with dedicated graphics and 1TB of storage. I was thinking of picking this up to replace my older 15“ 2013 MacBook Pro which is really not very efficient anymore.

Is that price something that would make this a good buy? I realize its 6 years old at this point but I really want the larger screen and don’t want to buy a more expensive 16” model or the new 13” model. Would this be something that would be usable for a few years? My use is office work mainly but I do some very light photo and video editing but just for fun and I’ve always had a preference for these older models vs the newer ones with just the USB ports.

I’m sure this has probably been asked before but I could sure use some insight here. It probably won’t last long so I’d most likely have to decide today if I was going to purchase it.

Thank you in advance.
I get that it's new in box...but in my opinion, that's way too much money in 2021, especially with Apple silicone here and more on the horizon. I imagine if it were closer to $1000? But even so, $1700 is a lot of cash for a hot intel machine that future OS support is a gray area after the silicone transition. In my opinion, save your money and save for the next 16". I don't think the 2015 will out pace your 2013 dramatically.

Do you have any idea how long it's been sitting in a box? Was it purchased in 2015? Lithium batteries dont like sitting in boxes unused. You should be able to grab it's serial number and decode it's manufacturing date online if you seriously want to consider it.
 
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saudor

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Yeah id wait especially with M1X/M2 on the horizon for 16". The 2015 is nice but i doubt it's much faster than your 2013. It's also packs a CPU earlier than skylake so no features like sidecar
 

Acronyc

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I would pass on this offer. While it is new in the box, as others said it is old and for the same price you could pick up a newer MBP on Apple's refurb site. I know you said you like the older design with more USBA ports, but that's a lot to pay for a system of that age. I think you'd be better off getting something newer or saving up for some of the new Macs likely to hit later this year.
 

mdgm

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The 2015 MBP is the oldest MBP to get macOS Monterey coming out later this year. There's a strong chance that it'll not make the cut for either next year's macOS or almost definitely the year's after.

Say it doesn't make the cut for next year's release. That would mean come say September/October 2024 it'll stop getting security updates for Monterey. Or the year after that would see a cut-off say September/October 2025. There may be ways around this with unsupported ways to run newer macOS.

A big wildcard is at what Apple decides to switch all Intel Macs to security updates only though it seems unlikely that Monterey will be the last version of macOS for all Intel Macs.

Is your MacBook Pro an early 2013 or late 2013 MBP? The Late 2013 uses the same processors as the 2015, I think. The SSD performance is double the late 2013 with the 2015 MBPs, but you can get speeds up around the 2015 stock drives using 3rd party NVMe (though those same NVMe drives in the 2015 would double the speeds in the 2015).

Other than SSD speed, the main difference between the late 2013 and mid-2015 is the switch from Nvidia to AMD for the discrete graphics option.
 

profcutter

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I have exactly the machine you’re describing, I bought it 2 years ago for 950. I upgraded the ssd to 2 gigs. There’s no way I’d pay that kind of money, I don’t care if it was signed by Steve Jobs. These days, it should run maybe 650 or so. Every time I open safari, it sounds like it’s taking off. It’s a good reliable machine, but it’s really showing its age. Wait for the new mbps would be my suggestion.
 

tcphoto1

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I have a Mid'15 MBP currently but it's not maxed out, 16GB RAM and 500GB SSD and bought it from Apple Refurbished for $2400 if I remember correctly. I think the one you're looking at is overpriced and I doubt there's more than a six month warranty if that. Personally, I would not buy an Intel powered MBP because they will be obsolete quickly as Apple utilizes their own M chips.
 
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