Price Advice Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by TyShawn, Feb 7, 2016.

  1. TyShawn macrumors 6502

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    I was hoping to get so direction from the pros on a realistic model range I could get for around $500.00. I am open to a 13 inch, but would rather have a 15 inch. My wife currently owns a 2012 non-retina model and I love it. I currently have a very used white Macbook and I don't believe its worth repairing and upgrading as I also have a 2006 Mini that I want to donate to Goodwill. So my plan is to run my MB as a desktop with a KB, Trackpad and monitor. Then buy a new used Pro as my mobile unit.
     
  2. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    Do you already have the keyboard, trackpad, and monitor? Because that will likely take up at least half (or more) of your budget.

    For $500, you're looking at old hardware if you stick with the MBP line. What do you plan to do with this setup?
     
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Any 15 inch in that price range is prone to dGPU failure and the repair program for the 2011 finishes this month so not a good buy. A 2012 13 inch cMBP is about the best you'll get for that sort of money.
     
  4. TyShawn thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok so based on that info I could keep my current Macbook for mobile use, which is fine with me. If I were to look at an older IMac 27 or a Mac Pro what would best fit this need.

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  5. AroundTheFur922 macrumors member

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    I would assume that even the older 27 inch iMacs or Mac Pros would be closer to $1,000 than to $500. I agree with Samuelson that a 2012 13" cMBP would be the only realistic option at the $500 price point. If you were willing to go just a tad further I imagine you might be able to unearth an early model 13" rMBP for maybe around $700 or so.
     
  6. TyShawn thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I could do 700 just the Bay doesn't seem to want to play nice at that price point. I was looking at the Pros and IMacs going somewhere within that price point.
     

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