Help buying Mac

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jgSar4iv, Apr 1, 2016.

  1. jgSar4iv macrumors newbie

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    I'm new here I'm not sure if I should post here but i don't know where should I ask for help.
    Im going to by used MacBook Pro mid 2012 i7, 2.9, 4000, 8gb ram ,500gb, (it was bought at 2014/06, it has 308 cycles). Price: 979$ / 860€
    It's a good deal ?

    Thanks for opinions
     
  2. Closingracer macrumors 68020

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  3. jgSar4iv thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for ur reply .

    But about the price ? What do u think ?
    I thought 308 cycles in almost two years was not much ..
     
  4. MacInTO macrumors 65816

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    It seems a bit high - but maybe it depends on where you're located (Europe?).

    In the US it would be worth about $600, IMHO.

    I just bought a 2011 i7 2.8 for about $450.
     
  5. IHelpId10t5 macrumors 6502

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    Depends on your specific needs in a laptop. If you don't need an i7 or discrete graphics then a new MacBook Air may be a far better choice. What are your going to use it for?
     
  6. Closingracer macrumors 68020

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    Honestly I would buy a Macbook Air 13 inch for that price and you'll be better off
     
  7. jgSar4iv thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well Im in Portugal!
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    Which version?
     
  8. throAU macrumors 601

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    I wouldn't.

    I just can't do the macbook air screen. Its viewing angle is horrible (TN instead of IPS) and retina is so much nicer for reading text on.
     
  9. jgSar4iv thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well I'm studying Computer Engineer, so programming C, Java, python, sql
    Using matlab, office , blender.. It's kinda a high usage all days .
     
  10. Meister Suspended

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    The cycles are absolutely meaningless.
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    I'd recommend a macbook air.

    Even the base configuration will suit your needs just fine.
     
  11. jgSar4iv thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Which version are u talking about?
     
  12. Meister Suspended

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    2013 - 2016
     
  13. jgSar4iv thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ah well, the thing is i dont want to buy a new one, im in Portugal, i dont see many people selling their mac's, it was worth bought from another country ?
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    Ah well, the thing is i dont want to buy a new one, im in Portugal, i dont see many people selling their mac's, it was worth bought from another country ?
     
  14. Closingracer macrumors 68020

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    He's looking at a 2012 Macbook Pro.....which has the same "horrible" TN panel with a slightly worse res then the Air..... TN panels aren't "horrible" if they are good ones and the Airs is a good TN panel. For the price of $900-$1000 the TN panel isn't bad....I went up and got a Macbook Pro because I rather have the IPS panel but I would of gotten the Air if that's all I could afford.....
     
  15. Closingracer macrumors 68020

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    The cycles are far from meaningless.....batteries do die and buying one with 300 + cycles means you bought a device that's been used quite a lot by now.... Unless your planning to have it sit on a desk 100% of the time plugged in cycles means everything in a laptop or any device with a battery



    But then again you are apparently a Trump supporter so you must believe that's true ;)
     
  16. Meister Suspended

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    The cyclecount says nothing about usage or battery health.

    Some batteries are at excellent health at 1000 cycles, while others are close to dead at only 10.

    My last battery died after 2 years at 130 cycles. At the apple store I was given a lecture on not keeping my macbook connected to the charger all the time.

    A very low cycle count can be an indicator for someone who left his macbook plugged in all the time ... or not ... hence the cyclecount is meaningless.
     

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