2015 MacBook Pro good deal?

ANTAWNM26

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Wondering if this a good deal. I'm coming from windows this will be my first mac. Or should wait and get a 2017 MacBook Pro?
 

organicCPU

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Depends on your needs (MacBookPro11,4):
- Small 256 GB 8.0 GT/s PCIe x4 Flash Storage is hard to upgrade with a larger full speed replacement drive
- No dedicated graphics card in that model
- 2,2 GHz is the low-end processor speed on that model
+ 16 GB is Maximum RAM

From that timeline, I'd prefer a MacBookPro11,5 (MJLU2xx/A) with dedicated graphics, maxed out specs and from a trusted source or to wait and see what the next revision is all about.
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201300

But if you need it now and for Mail, Safari and usual office stuff, if it fits your budget and if the former owner handled it well, why not?
 
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Depends on your needs (MacBookPro11,4):
- Small 256 GB 8.0 GT/s PCIe x4 Flash Storage is hard to upgrade with a larger full speed replacement drive
- No dedicated graphics card in that model
- 2,2 GHz is the low-end processor speed on that model
+ 16 GB is Maximum RAM

From that timeline, I'd prefer a MacBookPro11,5 (MJLU2xx/A) with dedicated graphics, maxed out specs and from a trusted source or to wait and see what the next revision is all about.
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201300

But if you need it now and for Mail, Safari and usual office stuff, if it fits your budget and if the former owner handled it well, why not?
Yea I will def ask him and inspect. What are some of the things you would look for?
 

organicCPU

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Some of the things to check:
- Battery cycles and condition (can be checked in System Profiler)
- Functionality of all ports (maybe run Apple Diagnostics https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202731)
- Display without visible flaws, e.g. never treated with weird cleaning chemicals (can get defective coating -> matte parts)
- Overall condition (scratches, bumps)
- Get the original invoice (in case you ever need a firmware reset by the Apple Store)
 
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Some of the things to check:
- Battery cycles and condition (can be checked in System Profiler)
- Functionality of all ports (maybe run Apple Diagnostics https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202731)
- Display without visible flaws, e.g. never treated with weird cleaning chemicals (can get defective coating -> matte parts)
- Overall condition (scratches, bumps)
- Get the original invoice (in case you ever need a firmware reset by the Apple Store)
Got it thanks. How do you get to system profiler?
 

organicCPU

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How do you get to system profiler?
-Menu -> About This Mac -> Overview -> System Report -> Power -> take a look at first chapter and third paragraph for battery cycles and condition
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203001

In System Information (aka System Profiler) there will also be a menu 'Diagnostics' at the left side with some info that you will get from running Apple Diagnostics.
 
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ANTAWNM26

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Craigslist is a place I am always leery of, but it is worth checking out. What's the current status of this process?
He's saying he works late hours plus my schedule. I'm trying to physically look at before Friday. At a safe location that is. Is there anyway to tell if it's stolen. Also if he doesn't have original invoice for apples reset process is there a way around that?
 
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Also if he doesn't have original invoice for apples reset process is there a way around that?
There is, but it requires technical skills that just very few people do have. For most of us, the answer is no.
From https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203409
If you forget your firmware password,... Bring your proof of purchase (original receipt or invoice) with you.
Take into account, it can rarely happen that no firmware password was ever set, but even so your Mac is asking you for one.

As I stated above, I'd never buy a new generation Mac without getting the original invoice.

Exception from my own rule: I got a Mac mini without invoice. The former owner didn't find it anymore in his large chaotic book-keeping with changing responsible accountants. But the Mac mini was a present and I was sure it wasn't stolen, because I know the guy personally. Though, I'm aware that the Mac could get useless and all my data lost, just because of a firmware issue that won't get solved by Apple.

Is there anyway to tell if it's stolen.
AFAIK, there is no way to definitely make sure it isn't stolen. https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/how-can-i-find-if-a-macbook-pro-is-stolen-or-not.1754173/
In your case, I'd at least make a contract of sale and check the seller's ID card against the original invoice. If you have the feeling, something is wrong, just don't buy it, there will be other offers. Good luck!
 
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Contacted him again after I asked all the questions I gathered from here. Well all of a sudden it's been sold. Well guess I will look on swappa or eBay
 

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You can always look up the Mac here-
http://www.everymac.com/ultimate-mac-lookup/

It won't tell you if it is stolen, but will give you some info on its original configuration.

"........will give you some MIS-info on its original configuration" :

Using that link I entered the serial number for my brand new MBP, purchased 2 mos. ago at B&H
The specs it brought up showed it to have a 256GB SSD
That's wrong!
It's 500GB

so...looks like the link's not entirely reliable
 

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"........will give you some MIS-info on its original configuration" :

Using that link I entered the serial number for my brand new MBP, purchased 2 mos. ago at B&H
The specs it brought up showed it to have a 256GB SSD
That's wrong!
It's 500GB

so...looks like the link's not entirely reliable
Mine also came up with the wrong hard drive.
 

organicCPU

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so...looks like the link's not entirely reliable
Mine also came up with the wrong hard drive.
Even Apple won't tell exact specs, if you enter your serial number at https://support.apple.com/specs/.
They'll just show the general tech specs of the Mac model range associated to a serial number, actually without model identifier or part number.

I don't believe that there is a reliable way, third party services can tell exactly what is inside a Mac by the serial number. It has to be looked up on the specific Mac. I guess the everymac page tries it's best to serve you with additional valuable information. IMO, other good sources for buying decisions or investigations are f.i. Geekbench Browser or Mactracker.
 

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Found same MacBook Pro on swappa plus warranty till 2019 for the same price $1100
 
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