Is a 2011 MacBook Pro worth $350?

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  1. Jacoblee23 macrumors 6502a

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    If I already have a 2015 MacBook Pro with retina? The guy put a new battery in it and it has 8gb of memory and a 1tb hard drive. It's in great condition. I'm just not sure how much I would use it since I have a 2015 model already. Do the 2011 models hold up?
     
  2. Floris macrumors 68020

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    Geesh, for 350$ I would buy it, if I get to test it first and check the serial number.
     
  3. VAGDesign macrumors 6502

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    I bought my 15" Early MBP 2 months ago for ~$500 in mint condition with all its contents (box etc.). Then upgraded RAM to 16GB and put an SSD inside to replace its original slow HDD. 9" to boot at desktop :)

    Buy it.
     
  4. Jacoblee23 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    How much would it cost to put a ssd in it?
     
  5. VAGDesign macrumors 6502

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    Depends on the brand and size. I bought a Corsair 480GB to go with Corsair RAM, for 135€ back then, now it's 130€, price decreases every month for SSDs. If you need less space, you can put 256GB for less than $100. Just search Amazon or eBay.
     
  6. BradWould macrumors 6502

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    I'd buy it if it's legit and in good shape if I were you. I've got a 2010 mbp. I upgraded to 8g ram and an ssd. It's my daily driver. Boots up in less than 60 seconds. I wouldn't sell the thing for 350$.
     
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    And the fact that they are known to have a faulty graphic card. Which is a BIG thing for the 2011 models.
     
  9. MaxMike macrumors 6502

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    That just happened to my 2011 and a friend's. Her's just got done at a store in NYC and she is happy with it and they fixed her keyboard, too. Mine was failing but kept passing their stress test at the store. Luckily, I showed them photo and video proof of what was going on, then they called AppleCare and agreed to cover the repair. I was having the DisplayPort video and audio output keep blacking in and out, and wouldn't stop until I reseated the connection or restarted (was fine on the built-in screen). Then I got kernel panics, and the last straw was that I was using it, the screen went to grey and white vertical lines, then wouldn't start back up even with SMC resets.

    Not trying to deter you, but the 2011s did have some issues, but if they do rear their ugly faces, the GPU is covered until December this year.
     
  10. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    First, yes. Second, would you use it? I can't say you would. If you don't want it, I'd buy it.
    But I would ask about the GPU and see if it was replaced by Apple. Does it come with anything? If it doesn't at least come with the charging cable then I'd walk away, fast.
     
  11. maflynn Moderator

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    The 15" 2011 models have a bad tendency to have the dGPU fail, so I'd not touch that model with a 10 foot pole.

    I couldn't tell from the OP, which flavor, but I think a newer one for a little money would serve you better.
     
  12. Jacoblee23 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Its a 2011 13".
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    I doubt that I would use it very much since I already have a 2015 Macbook pro with retina and this thing just screams with speed. The only downside to my 2015 macbook pro is I opted to get the 128gb one and I wish I would've gotten more memory. I have an external drive though so it isn't that much of an issue.
     
  13. Yaboze macrumors 6502a

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    It's a 13"? Go for it. They don't have the dGPU issue.
     
  14. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    Agreed with above post.
    $350 for a 2011 MBPro 13" (assuming that it's in good condition) isn't a bad price at all.
     
  15. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    It's a good price, but in what situations would you use it over your 2015? Sounds like few, if any.
     
  16. leman macrumors 604

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    Apple still sells a 2012 one for $1100, so why not :D Although, why would you even consider it? There is not a single thing that the 2011 model does better than a rMBP, except for potentially larger storage capacity.
     

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