Can I still use a Macbook Pro 2009-2012

hasanahmad

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I am thinking of getting one. are they still useable. Don't plan on doing any video editing or photo editing. The max I will do is transfer photos, browse, emails, printing etc.
 

kohlson

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Short answer: yes. I would strongly recommend getting an SSD for it. There is some likelihood that there is the original HDD, and it would be at/near end of life. I just fixed up a 2008 15-MBP, which I bought new. It's been out to many family members and made its way back to me. But it runs 10.11, and works great for the tasks you cite.
 

baypharm

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Absolutely you can. I bought a 2010 MBP 17" new when it came out and it still is going strong and I use it daily. It is so much easier to edit photos and videos on this machine versus iPad. I am aware that there are users who are convinced that iPad can do everything under the sun and more, but for me I still enjoy using my MBP the best. I easily installed a 2TB SSD drive and still use the maximum of 8GB of ram. I use High Sierra v.10.13.4 and it zips along with no hiccups. Apple made these machines to be upgradable and last unlike the current 2018 MBP. I use my MBP to run a healthcare company as well (relational dbase programs, Prodigy software, etc) and takes everything I throw at it. I especially love the large 17" anti-glare screen. Hope this helps.
 

jerryk

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Absolutely you can. I bought a 2010 MBP 17" new when it came out and it still is going strong and I use it daily. It is so much easier to edit photos and videos on this machine versus iPad. I am aware that there are users who are convinced that iPad can do everything under the sun and more, but for me I still enjoy using my MBP the best. I easily installed a 2TB SSD drive and still use the maximum of 8GB of ram. I use High Sierra v.10.13.4 and it zips along with no hiccups. Apple made these machines to be upgradable and last unlike the current 2018 MBP. I use my MBP to run a healthcare company as well (relational dbase programs, Prodigy software, etc) and takes everything I throw at it. I especially love the large 17" anti-glare screen. Hope this helps.
In the original post the user specific "Don't plan on doing any video editing or photo editing. The max I will do is transfer photos, browse, emails, printing etc.". So light processing and a lot of consumption versus creation. iPads are designed for this type of user.
 

robvas

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They're both fine but there's a big difference between a 2009 (C2D) and a 2012 (i5/i7)
 

Schranke

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Can not speak for anything before 2011, but my mom uses one from that year and for the same task as you want to. It works fine, but make sure you have 8GB of RAM and a SSD which have enough space for your needs
 

erinsarah

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I am thinking of getting one. are they still useable. Don't plan on doing any video editing or photo editing. The max I will do is transfer photos, browse, emails, printing etc.
I'm doing all that and more on a 2007 iMac with no problems. I wouldn't say it's the fastest thing in the world, but Macs in general are long-lasting and, if you're picking this used Macbook for the right price, it should serve you well. Along with the recommendations about hard drive replacements, you should look up the version of MacOS that's compatible with it. For example my iMac can't be upgraded past OSX El Capitan.
 

hasanahmad

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In the original post the user specific "Don't plan on doing any video editing or photo editing. The max I will do is transfer photos, browse, emails, printing etc.". So light processing and a lot of consumption versus creation. iPads are designed for this type of user.
I have an iPad . I hate typing on it . I can’t seamlessly transfer my photos between my phone to my external hard drive,
 

Ries

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Anyone with a corei5/i7 will be plenty fast enough if you upgrade to a SSD and 16GB ram (8GB may be fine). So go for a late 2011+. Beware of the late 2011 with GPU though, it may drop dead any second due to the GPU issue.
 

baypharm

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In the original post the user specific "Don't plan on doing any video editing or photo editing. The max I will do is transfer photos, browse, emails, printing etc.". So light processing and a lot of consumption versus creation. iPads are designed for this type of user.
Sorry
 

jerryk

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I have an iPad . I hate typing on it . I can’t seamlessly transfer my photos between my phone to my external hard drive,
Then a Mac may be a better deal, but the one you mentioned was old. Get a later version with a retina screen if you can afford it.

Also, consider uploading your photos from your phone directly to the cloud and using that instead of your external hard drive. I have a 12 TB NAS and find I do not use it much for photos because cloud is always backed up, and if my NAS crashes, is stolen, house burns down etc., the cloud will always be there.
 
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Closingracer

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Then a Mac may be a better deal, but the one you mentioned was old. Get a later version with a retina screen if you can afford it.

Also, consider uploading your photos from your phone directly to the cloud and using that instead of your external hard drive. I have a 12 TB NAS and find I do not use it much for photos because cloud is always backed up, and if my NAS crashes, is stolen, house burns down etc., the cloud will always be there.
Actually I would suggest a Macbook Air. Yeah it's screen isn't great but you can get one brand new with warranty and everything new for probably under $1,000 if you look around and get good enough specs to last a while.
 

maflynn

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Either or my kids are still using.a 2012 MBP on daily basis and its more then up to the task. Its a great laptop imo.
 

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Still rockin a mid-2009 Macbook Pro here. Did a few hardware upgrades and it's running great with Sierra ! Even did a fair bit of programming on it with XCode.

HDD -> SSD
4GB RAM -> 8GB
Optical drive -> 2TB SSHD drive
Snow Leopard -> Sierra
 

kohlson

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Actually I would suggest a Macbook Air.
Based on our experience with 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2016 MBAs, I agree! They have all been very reliable. The only thing ever replaced is the battery - the 2011 had 1000+ cycles on it!
 

maerz001

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Actually I would suggest a Macbook Air. Yeah it's screen isn't great but you can get one brand new with warranty and everything new for probably under $1,000 if you look around and get good enough specs to last a while.
While u r right that an air would be fine for him, you are taking about tripple the price of a used cMBP.
But a used Air 2013 with 8GB you can find in that price range
 
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