Reliable Second Hand MBP - what’s best?


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Feb 25, 2012
So I have an iPad Pro 10.5” and Apple Smart Keyboard, I have been thinking about trading in for a MBP as I can get things done faster on a Mac, just seems less fiddly.

What is a good solid MBP to look out for, been looking at refurbished ones but want one that has a good chance of lasting, must be able to run the lasted versions of OS X

Suggestions please


macrumors 601
Nov 3, 2011
SF Bay Area
Refurbished 2015 13" MBP with 256 GB hard drive if that works for you. If too much start looking at 2014 13" with the same config.

PS. I feel your pain. I have an iPad Pro and a keyboard. Great for watching videos, reading email, typing short replies, etc. But, no matter what Tim Cook says, they are no substitute for a good Mac for creating documents, editing videos, i.e doing creative work.


macrumors 6502a
Oct 20, 2009
As with buying a used car, buy the newest you can afford. If you can afford a 2017, get a 2017. If not look at a 2015, as the 2016 have been more problematic.


macrumors 6502a
Dec 13, 2003
i would recommend buying a new 2017 trying for the 2 weeks and returning it.
(its even free return shipping :D )
see if you can stand the ultra low travel keyboard and touchbar.
if you can then return it and find a used 2016-2017 in 13" if your size conscious or 15 if you prefer power/ no comprimises.

if you cant handle that divisive excuse for keyboard the 2015 rMBP once again in 13" if your size conscious or 15" if you prefer power/no comprimises.


macrumors 65816
Dec 22, 2012
In both the 13" & 15" MBP the screen & maximum SSD capacity is the same & there has been precious little improvement in CPU performance or other features over the last five years so a 2013 MBP will be fundamentally as functional as a 2018 model. There my be better battery life or less weight or greater thinness. I have a late 2013 15" MBP & cannot see any reason to upgrade . They are very reliable so buying a 4-5 year old MBP is no more risky than buying one that is 2-3 years old but there will be a considerable cost saving.
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macrumors 6502a
Aug 24, 2017
Out there...way out there
Whilst there may be some good deals out there on later models (2016) I'd personally stick to a 2015 or slightly before - simply because there's just way way way too many folk out there who get keyboard problems (e.g. one of our VP's who just took ownership of a 2017 and already has a fussy keyboard and it's not even been 2 months!)