repair or replace?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by whimsicalseal, May 29, 2019.

  1. whimsicalseal macrumors newbie

    whimsicalseal

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    The screen on my 2012 15" retina mbp needs replacing, costing about 450USD. Otherwise its running fine - I'm using an external monitor to type this out. It meets my needs performance-wise (academic working with large databases).
    My question is should I put more money into extending the life of this aged machine or stump up another 1.5k and get the new 2019 15" mbp?
     
  2. pika2000 macrumors 601

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    Yeah, the display costs quite a bit because they cannot simply replace the panel, the whole display has to be replaced.

    But do you actually need another MacBook Pro? If a 2012 laptop meets your needs, maybe the new MacBook Air can as well, and saves you some money. That might help your decision.
     
  3. Thysanoptera macrumors 6502a

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    The air will be slower, but a heavy discounted 2018 13 inch will be at least 40% faster than 2012 15'' retina. The only downside is that the available configs will have same or lower RAM/SSD capacity when compared to a 7 year old model.
     
  4. whimsicalseal thread starter macrumors newbie

    whimsicalseal

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    thanks for the advice - I was considering the 2018 air. My main concern is the keyboard and missing the screen size, performance should be ok from what I've read.
     

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