Mid-2012 Macbook Pro 15 still a good purchase?

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  1. smcgil9899 macrumors member

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    I found a mid 2012 Macbook Pro 15 for $600. It still has AppleCare. It only has 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. I need a computer to edit videos and Photoshop. Is this a good bargain? Any suggestions?
     
  2. Woodstockie macrumors member

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    Think that is a good price. I have one from work and besides the regular computer use I also edit video's on it. Placed more ram plus a 1TB SSD in there and works fine for me. The SSD really makes a difference and you can max the ram to 16GB.
     
  3. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    How does it still have Apple Care after 3 1/2 years?
     
  4. Fancuku macrumors 6502a

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    Could have been bought in 2013. I am not surprised.
     
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    Hadn't thought of that. Carry on.
     
  6. Fancuku macrumors 6502a

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    The price is fair but once you throw in 16GB of RAM ($70) and a 500GB SSD ($150) it will be $800. You are reaching 2012 15" rMBP price which in my opinion is a better machine.
     
  7. r6mile macrumors 6502

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    It can still have Applecare because despite launched in 2012, this model is still being made and sold. If you purchased a 13" mid-2012 in the Apple Store today, you could still add Applecare onto it.
     
  8. Fancuku macrumors 6502a

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    The 13" is still being made but OP is looking at the 15" ;)
     
  9. akwarner, Apr 7, 2016
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    I use one everyday for many hours a day. Great machine. Long ago I took the RAM to 16GB and put in an SSD drive. Later I upped the original 240GB SSD I had at first to the Samsung 1TB SSD unit I have now. I've had no issues with feeling I need more speed. I have a quad core i7 running at 2.3GHz which was the lower end I think. It runs El Capitan without issue.

    I bought mine in July 2013 and it is still under AppleCare until July 2016.

    Just today Best Buy has a deal of the day for a 480GB PNY SSD for $99.99. Prices just keep coming down.

    I think it is a good choice such that with upgrades that have been suggested in this thread, for under $800 you will have a very capable machine.
     
  10. ceharrin macrumors newbie

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    Agreed - I have had one since 2013. I upped the memory a year or so ago to 16gb and added a 960gb Sandisk ssd this past December. Runs great.
     
  11. Santabean2000 macrumors 68000

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    That's the machine I roll with at work. Pulled the optical drive for a dual SSD setup.

    It's bulky and I don't love the screen, but I plug into an external monitor and the machine only comes home in the weekend - so all good.
     

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