I just got a 2015 15" MacBook Pro

mrt.plt

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Hi,
I've been using my base 2015 13" MacBook Pro for more than 2 years and especially the storage was becoming a problem. Also my roommate wanted a new computer and he's been asking me whether I'd like to sell it to him. So I found a 2015 15" MacBook Pro with upgraded i7 2.5Ghz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD and AMD R370X.

So the 15" MacBook I picked up has a French AZERTY keyboard and a deep scratch on the Screen (it's on the glass, but I know it's not possible just to change the display glass.
I fixed the AZERTY keyboard by rearranging the keys and as I broke a key cap while doing so, I ordered a bunch of replacement keycaps.

In terms of the screen, I have a Genius Bar appointment tomorrow but I know it's gonna be expensive, as even the screens for eBay sell for ~$450 Canadian. It doesn't bother me that much, as it's around an inch long and only visible on light background.

The seller bought it new around 2 years ago. Thermals wise it's fine when idling or under light use but tends to get loud under moderate-heavy use. CPU runs around 2.9Ghz under full use.

Battery life is around 4-7 hours, depending on my use. It only had 160 battery cycles when I got it and it has 175 now, and the battery health fluctuates between 86-90%.

I've never opened up a MacBook before, my plan is to clean the fans and maybe re-apply thermal paste.

Overall I'm very happy with my upgrade. I sold my 13" 2015 rMBP to my roommate for the price I got this 15" (because of the French keyboard and the scratch on the screen -- also the fact that the seller was fed up with MacBooks)
I also looked at 2016-2018 15" MacBook Pros but although they (some of them, at least) have much better specs they were MUCH more expensive.

I just wanted to share my upgrade, and also was wondering whether someone has a scratched screen and what they did about that!
Thanks!
 
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Fuchal

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Swapping the display on a 2015 15" is not too bad. You might consider reading the iFixit instructions and seeing if you want to go that route and save some money.
 

Fishrrman

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I think you probably should have kept your old one.
If the drive was getting full, just get an EXTERNAL USB3 SSD "for the overflow".

Repairing the "replacement" may end up being more trouble than it's worth.
 

mrt.plt

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I think you probably should have kept your old one.
If the drive was getting full, just get an EXTERNAL USB3 SSD "for the overflow".

Repairing the "replacement" may end up being more trouble than it's worth.
Storage wasn't the only reason why I switched.
I don't necessarily need to repair the screen, and honestly I don't think I will, as it doesn't bother me that much. I won't be having it repaired at Apple Store, I'll try to find a broken 2015 15" Pro and swap the screens.
 

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nouveau_redneck

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I have a 2015 MBP as well, excellent machine. Solid, reliable, all the ports I need, better keyboard than the newer ones. IMO, it's the best MBP available. Congratulations on the upgrade to the 15.
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I think you probably should have kept your old one.
If the drive was getting full, just get an EXTERNAL USB3 SSD "for the overflow".

Repairing the "replacement" may end up being more trouble than it's worth.
I use a 512GB SD card for overflow of rarely used stuff, kind of like near-line storage. It works great for that purpose. It's always there with no need to attach/remove it.
 
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mrt.plt

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I have a 2015 MBP as well, excellent machine. Solid, reliable, all the ports I need, better keyboard than the newer ones. IMO, it's the best MBP available. Congratulations on the upgrade to the 15.
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I use a 512GB SD card for overflow of rarely used stuff, kind of like near-line storage. It works great for that purpose. It's always there with no need to attach/remove it.
Thanks! :) I did consider getting an SD Card honestly, but I thought it wouldn't be a long-term solution for me.
 

Fishrrman

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Re the pic in post 6 above.

If that's the "scratch", I wouldn't even bother trying to fix it.
It's not really "that bad".
It's "there", of course -- but if the price was right and the new MPB does what you need, I'd just "live with it"...
 

mrt.plt

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Re the pic in post 6 above.

If that's the "scratch", I wouldn't even bother trying to fix it.
It's not really "that bad".
It's "there", of course -- but if the price was right and the new MPB does what you need, I'd just "live with it"...
Exactly. Well honestly I knew the scratch was there when I bought it and I needed a discrete graphics card and possibly more RAM than my base 13" had.
I wanted to see how much Apple would charge and whether I could get a possibly water damaged 15" that I could use to swap the screens. Apple still replaces screens with coating issues and the Genius really tried to find an imperfection with the coating, but no luck there. And water damaged 2015 15" Pros still sell for quite expensive. (Also I didn't know I couldn't swap it with a 2012-2014 15" Retina)
Yeah, for me it's totally acceptable for the price I paid for it. Thanks!
 
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