For $1000 2015 13" rMBP or 2012 15"rMBP

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  1. BaliBill macrumors newbie

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    There are two macbook pros on Craigslist I have my eye on to replace my late 2013 rMBP 128gb 4gb i5. I need more storage and power for video editing. Both mbp's are listed for $1000. Which should I buy?

    1. 2015 13" i5 256gb SSD 8gb Ram (New without box) includes Applecare until December 2018
    2. mid 2012 15" i7 512gb SSD 8gb Ram (Used)

    I like the size of the 2012 screen and the size of its storage but I think the 13" 256 SSD would suffice and I'd be starting with a brand new battery.
     
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    Fancuku macrumors 6502a

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    If you don't need the quad core i7 of the 2012 then the 2015 13" makes a lot more sense.
     
  3. Closingracer macrumors 68000

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    I woukd avoid Craigslist all together but that's just me. To simply answer the question assuming both are legit th 13 inch is better
     
  4. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    If you need more power, the 2012 15" is the way to go. The 2015 13" model is only a few percentage points faster than your current rMBP.

    Personally, I'd go with the 2015 13" rMBP but I don't need quad core.
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    Why? If you know what to look for, and what to avoid, CL can be a great place to find good deals.
     
  5. iPad Retina macrumors 6502a

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    If you were to pick up the Mid-2012, you would need to check:
    The hinge
    Ghosting
    Condition of it
    All the ports work
    Any Scratches on the display
    All the Keys work
     
  6. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Unless you tell us how you use the computer, apps and portability needs etc then it is almost impossible to advise you with any certainty.
     
  7. Closingracer macrumors 68000

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    Not worth the hassle? Took me about 2 weeks to sell my iPad on Craigslist because I had to deal with idiots.

    Also I would NEVER spend $1,000 that isn't from a retailer....
     
  8. btbam91 macrumors regular

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    I will never understand these "which should I buy" threads. You know the capabilities of each option and you know what your needs for computing are. Why do you need random internet guys to make a decision for you?
     
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    You'll prob benefit more from the 2012 for video editing considering it's a quad cored, but I would not pay $1000 for a 2012 model regardless of the specs.
     
  11. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    Mid 2012 is the fastest of the two, by far. You get a quad-core i7 and a dGPU. Go for that one.
     
  12. BaliBill thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm using premiere pro, after effects, photoshop, illustrator, and final cut X to create videos. I'm traveling for an extended time in an RV, so a laptop is essential but does not have to be small. My biggest problem is storage. But faster processing would be nice too.
     
  13. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    The 15", of course, is the more powerful and has the more storage, which you seem to value. The SSD of the 2015 is faster.

    You might also keep ind mind that the 2012 potentially has a troublesome GPU solder:
    http://www.apple.com/support/macbookpro-videoissues/

    If I had your described needs, I'd get the 2015 for sure. A newer machine with warranty beats the faster CPU of the older model. The 2015 also has the better support for external displays and has Thunderbolt 2.
     
  14. BaliBill thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for your reply. It is very helpful. I'll resist the temptation for larger SSD and quad core processor and go with the mbp that has a warranty
     
  15. MrAverigeUser macrumors 6502a

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    If high-volume storing and photo/video is your main work - clearly the 15" is the best.
    Don´t forget: If you remove the optical bay of the 2012 !%" you can easily install a second drive because this bay has a SATA III connection, it will/could even be as fast as the main disk (at least as fast as the disk is able to be).
    You can easily exchange/upgrade every MBP model up to 2012 - peter models are lees/not at all upgradeable/Servicable. Same for the battery.

    Look at the link in my signature (disclaimer: That not me nor anyone I know, but the guy explains nearly as much as I do).



    and here:


    http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/new-vs-older-macbookpros.1955076/page-2#post-22566435

    most pro/cons were already vastly discussed… ;)
     
  16. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - We're speaking of a Retina MBP from 2012, not the cMBP. ;)
     
  17. MrAverigeUser macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for reminding me… In that case this option is lost.

    But I want to mention nevertheless that the mat 1680x1050 "HiRes" screen of the classic MBP might be a god option though… for the reasons already discussed in the linked thread. I like a lot the mat screen of the 15". Especially for regarding and working on Photography.
    One can easily connect an additional screen with higher resolution (I do so when being at home).

    I think it´s worth thinking about a 2012 classic MBP 15" ...
     
  18. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Not if you're interested in:
    • a retina display built into your Mac
    • a lighter machine to improve portability
    • a Mac with current hardware

    I know you really like your cMBP (you've made that abundantly clear in your other posts) , but if you read the title you would have known that the OP was looking for a 2015 13" rMBP or a 2012 15" rMBP.
     

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