Buying used MacBook Pro (discrete model)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by funman895, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. funman895 macrumors member

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    Hello! I was looking for a 2007-2008 discrete (non-unibody) 15" MacBook Pro (2.4 GHz+ with 256 MB GDDR3 VRAM) to compliment my early 2008 iMac. I recently tried buying one on eBay used for $750, but the seller was not too detailed in his description, leaving out the fact that it freezes to the point where it must be hard-shut down upon boot-up, and that it had pressure points on the screen (as if one stabbed it with a pen multiple times) and that it had obviously been dropped, possibly causing damage to the optical disc drive.

    So, I was looking for a laptop for up to $800, a MacBook Pro, to compliment my iMac for portable usage. Keep in mind this computer will be replaced in 3 years when I go to college, as I will buy a nice, new MacBook Pro.

    I was wondering:

    1. Is this a good choice? Are there better alternatives to this laptop (though I DO want to have Mac OS X natively, I really don't want to hackintosh, nor use an iPad).
    2. Where can I buy one that is around that price range that is in good condition (scratches are fine, display and huge case dings I am worried about)?
    3. Is it even worth it? My 24" iMac works fine at the moment and I'm thinking I might be being illogical in my choice to get a new computer anyway.

    All help is appreciated!

    -Mike
     
  2. Apple 26.2 Contributor

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    What up, 212?!
  3. awer25 macrumors 65816

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    Option 3. Don't pay $800 for a 4-5 year old computer that you're planning to use for 3 more years. If your budget is $800, either get a 1 yr old used 13" MBP or a new Windows 15" laptop with 15" MBP specs.
     
  4. ABadSanta macrumors regular

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    The previous user is right. That money could be used for a windows PC with great, current specs.

    Or even better, you could save the $ for when you want to get a new iMac or MBP down the road after your iMac gets dated.
     
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  6. funman895 thread starter macrumors member

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    Well the seller who gave me the broken computer is going to upgrade the replacement to a 2.53 GHz 15" unibody to reconcile, so I'll see if this new model is good, and if not I'll just hold out until I <i>need</i> a new computer.
     

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