thinking about buying an older macbook pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by heavy2healthy, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. heavy2healthy macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2009
    I thinking about buying a used 2007/2008 15 inch mac book pro dont have the cash for a new one. How were those macbooks? thx
  2. needlz macrumors member

    May 14, 2008
    Zurich, Switzerland
    How much is your budget? What are you going to do on the machine? Please, give us some info or helping is very hard.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    I still use an Early 2008 MBP on average about 12-14 hours a day, every day. I've never had problems with it and it does everything I need or want. It still runs as fast as the day I took it out of the box.
  4. heavy2healthy thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2009
    I would use it for email ,surfing, writing papers. Nothing heavy duty like editing video. For work Im in a windows environment and my old eyes cant take cheap windows laptop screens anymore for my personal stuff. So I figured from 500 to 700 if I can get into a older macbook pro with 15 inch screen. Add some ran and an sdd and Im good to go.
  5. mgartner0622 macrumors 65816


    Jun 6, 2010
    Colorado, USA
    Make sure you avoid the 15" with the 8600 GeForce Nvidia graphics card, those can randomly stop working at any time.
  6. sweetbrat macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Redford, MI
    We have a late 2008 that's still chugging right along. Just recently put an SSD in it to speed it up a bit, but other than that all it's ever needed was a replacement battery a few months ago. It's a good machine, and as long as you don't need it for anything too intensive it should work just fine.
  7. children macrumors regular

    Dec 22, 2008
    MacBook pro, although great, is still a computer, and thus are bound to break some time. IMO, after a 2 or 3 years, chance of *something* going wrong exponentially increases (which is why I change machines every 2-3 years).

    I wouldn't risk it, especially with laptops, as if something goes wrong other than the HDD or ram, youre looking at replacing the whole logic board which can cost as much as or more than 1k...

    Unless you really need a mac (read: OSX), I wouldn't risk it.

    The safest and cheapest bet would be to save up a bit more and buy refurbished, they are practically new and come with standard warranty.

    The cheapest in that store is $750, a 11in air with a second gen i5 which is likely going to be faster than a 2007/08 MacBook pro anyway..

    just something to think about
  8. heavy2healthy thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2009
    I didnt know that. thx


    I didnt think about that, I figured it would be hard on the eyes and a serious lack of real estate. also does the 2 gig cut it ?
  9. children macrumors regular

    Dec 22, 2008
    you can always add a external display for when you're home

    regarding 2gb ram and 64gb SSD, it really depends on what you do with it, for me, its no where near enough, but for general stuff like Word and YouTube etc, its probably enough

    btw whats youre budget?
  10. heavy2healthy thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2009
    Im surfing, word processing. $750 would be on the high end.
  11. NewishMacGuy macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2007
    I'd have to disagree with this. You can get by with 2GB in Snow Leopard (OSX 10.6), but Lion and ML (10.7 & 10.8) seem to be quite a bit more memory intensive. My wife's computer is even somewhat constrained with 4GB, though hers shares that with the iGPU.

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