Hello! I created an account on this site specifically to ask advice on my current Macbook Pro situation. I'm seeking opinions, experience, suggestions, anything really.. I have a 2012 (manufactured date of January 2013) Macbook Pro 15.4" that is the MD104LL/A model, I got it very cheap and it seems to be really close to perfect condition (short of a mark on the bottom and one on the side). Its specs are: Processors: 1 (4 Cores) Processor Speed: 2.7 GHz Processor Type: Core i7 (I7-3820QM) Turbo Boost 3.7 GHz Architecture: 64-Bit L1 Cache: 32k/32k x4 L2 Cache: 256k x4, 8 MB RAM Type: PCS3-12800 DDR3L Min. RAM Speed: 1600MHz Standard RAM: 8GB Maximum RAM: 16GB RAM Slots: 2 Video Card: GeForce GT 650M VRAM Type: GDDR5 Standard VRAM: 1 GB Maximum VRAM: 1 GB Display Resolution: 1680x1050 2nd Max Res: 2650x1600 Video Port: 1 (Thunderbolt) Standard HDD: 750GB (5400RPM) Int HD Interface: Serial ATA (6GB/s) Standard Optical Drive: 8x Superdrive Ethernet/Wireless/Bluetooth USB Port: 2 (USB 3.0) SDXC Card Slot Unibody Mid-2012 Model Number: A1286 Model Identifier: MacBookPro9,1 Battery Type: 77.5 Wh Li-Poly Battery Life: 7 Hours Weight: 5.6lbs (2.56kg) Original Price: $2449+ Has the HD Hi Res Matte Screen upgrade I happened upon this computer "by accident". I had planned to buy a Macbook (12") in the next couple of months, but now I am wondering if I may be better off upgrading this machine and hanging onto it, given that it was really about the last of the "user serviceable" macbooks? Could I potentially replace parts on this thing for years and years? Two options: 1.) Sell/trade-in this MBP and use the funds to buy the MB 12" (2015 or 2016) (or MBP 13" 2015 refurb) 2.) Upgrade the RAM in this machine to 16GB, at least a 256GB SSD, and put a fresh battery in it. My original minimum requirements for anything I got were: 1.) SSD 2.) Retina screen 3.) Fits in my purse But for the savings.. I might re-consider.. My use cases for the Macbook I was going to buy are: 1.) Light image editing (not photoshop or the like) 2.) Web browsing / web apps 3.) Using it while not connected to power 4.) Travel (one of my qualifications for the MB was that it be small and light enough to fit in my purse) 5.) Windows VM (not for gaming - just for running apps that are windows-only) One of the things that appealed to me about the MB 12" is that it comes in different colors. Other possible use cases (and therefore reasons for owning a MBP instead of MB): 1.) Mac only music applications (think garage-band-ish things) 2.) Software development 3.) "Medium-intensive" windows applications (think MS Word, etc.) 4.) "Medium-intensive" games (e.g. Team Fortress 2, L4D2, The Sims 3..) 5.) More involved image editing (photoshop, and the like) I plan to first use the thing for a lot of things that involve me creating documents, keying in text, (eBay listings), etc. Is this MBP "too powerful" (opinion) for that - i.e. Is it a waste of resources, or does it run hot, or will it be too heavy - such that those things make having it "more trouble than it's worth"? I don't want to be in the situation where I have to use it with a cooling pad or sitting at a table or something because it runs too hot when I've got a bunch of browser tabs open. I use a 15" 2015 MBP for work that is topped out. I absolutely love the retina screen and the forcetouch trackpad. Which laptop would I have a better experience with? The MBP because (with a SSD and more ram) it can get closer to the power and speed of my work machine? Or the MB because of the retina screen, form factor, etc.? I owned a 2010 MBP (topped out) for 4 years or so, and got rid of it as fast as I could because of the nvidia graphics problem. Is that something I should be worried about with this MBP? I didn't care for the size of that one or the weight.. this 2012 is nearly identical in both fields.. Pros: - Don't have to buy a new computer ($1000+), only the upgrade parts ~$200 - Have it in hand already - It was the top of the line during its heyday - It does have the matte screen.. which the new macbooks don't have (I think that's a bonus) - I can replace nearly all the internal parts for as long as I can get working parts for it - Has a CD/DVD drive (useful for watching movies, running old software..) - Will run the latest Mac OS - Has that cool battery indicator on the side - Does have USB 3.0 - Has thunderbolt - Has ethernet port - Has SD card slot Cons: - It's heavy - Battery life is "worse" than I'm used to (with the 2015 MBP) - It's a 15" (prefer the 12" of the MB) - It's "thick" (unlike the 12" MB or the 2015 MBP) - No retina screen - Only has 1 thunderbolt port - It won't fit in my purse - It's been used (though it appears to be very well taken care of) Thoughts, opinions, suggestions, concerns welcome. tl;dr Have topped out 2012 MBP (not retina). Want 12" MB. Better to sell this one while it's still got decent value ($550-950), or hold onto it because with upgrades it will be a better choice anyway?