A1211 - is this a good buy?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by nanogirl21, Feb 18, 2015.

  1. nanogirl21 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2011
    Midwest United States
    I was wondering if this is a good buy. It is $200 but needs a new battery. The computer works when plugged in. Im not too tech savvy on computer specs. The device would be used for basic YouTube watching, web surfing, and iTunes.

    Hardware Overview
    Model Name: MacBook Pro A1211
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.33 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 4 MB
    Memory: 2 GB
    Hard Drive: 500 GB
    Screen Size: 15.4"
    Bus Speed: 667 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: MBP22.00A5.B07
    SMC Version (system): 1.12f5
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Well it'd do it but

    That computer is 9 years old and will have all the issues that being a 9 year old laptop implies it is slow, the components are slow and not least a distinct possibility that it fails catastrophically.
  3. austinpike macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2008
    Based on your sig, you have newer hardware available to you, so is this just a secondary machine, or for another family member?

    For the purposes you listed, with a clean OS install it can be a perfectly serviceable machine. It looks like a "Late 2006" which maxes out at Lion 10.7.5 (4 generations old now) so software support will be dropping off at some point. Whereas a slightly newer "Mid 2007" would support all the way up to current Yosemite.

    I wouldn't necessarily call it a "good buy" but it seems like a fair price for what it is, as long as you have reasonable expectations from it. A lot of older Apple hardware is priced unreasonably high so you aren't likely to find something better at that price point. If you need it to work on battery I'd look for a $20 generic on eBay.
  4. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    As already mentioned you should be weary of purchasing a MBP of that vintage. Pre-unibody MBPs can be unreliable/prone to GPU failure, and this one also lacks support for the latest OS X.

    I would suggest investing in at least a newer unibody model (but stay away from the 2011 15"/17").
  5. nanogirl21, Feb 19, 2015
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2015

    nanogirl21 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2011
    Midwest United States

    Thanks guys. Yes, this is a secondary machine just for the sake of having a "classic" white Macbook. Basic web browsing, YouTube, and iTunes is all that will be done with it. I end up purchasing a seller refurbished mid 2007 Macbook for the same price. It has 4gb ram, 500gb hard drive, good battery, and cosmetically is in good condition. It's runnng Snow Leapord.
  6. diggy33 macrumors 6502


    Aug 13, 2011
    I wish I still had my BlackBook, but it took a dive down some stairs a couple years ago. I still have a MacBook Pro 3,1 that I threw a 128GB SSD in it and 3GB of RAM, and installed Yosemite on it. Still runs fine

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