What to do with old(ish) MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Noerdy, Dec 14, 2016.

  1. Noerdy macrumors member


    Dec 13, 2016
    So the MBP I am using right now is a 2012 13inch 2.9Ghz with SSD, which has served me well, but does not have the video editing power that I want, so I bought a 460. But the computer I have now works fine, besides being a bit slower than it was when I bought it. Should I sell it? I dont really want to sell it if it will only get me a couple hundred dollars, as I am sure I could find a use for this machine. Any suggestions? Would this machine sell for a lot because it is in good shape and has a good processor + SSD? I have been thinking I use it as a work station or something, but to be honest the only thing I would ever use it for is playing DVDs once I get my tbrMBP460.

    Just wondered if you guys had any suggestions.

    Thanks. :)
  2. DarthBradicus macrumors member

    May 13, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I couldn't tell you how much it would sell for, since I haven't looked, but is there anyone else in your family (spouse, kids, parents, etc.) who is using an even older computer that would benefit from it?

    I had a 2016 12" MacBook and a 2010 high-end iMac that I'm going to replace with a 2016 15" MacBook Pro. I sold the MacBook on eBay, but plan on letting my mom use the iMac, who's currently using a 2008 entry-level iMac that's gotten quite slow and no longer receives OS upgrades.
  3. BarracksSi Suspended


    Jul 14, 2015
    I was going to say to replace the optical drive with another SSD, but then I saw you wrote this:
    Maybe keep it as a media server?

    I dunno either, because my non-retina mid-2012 13" 1TB HD runs pretty damned good now, too. I might consider swapping out the optical drive for a big SSD or make it a dual-boot machine with Linux on the other side.

    Wonder how much capacity I can get in a laptop drive these days. I filled up the 1TB drive with too many movies and things...
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    Or, how about finding a way to donate it?

    Community centers and other places are taking up the task of teaching people how to write computer code. Maybe there's some youth organizations that would love to have a solid computer on hand.
  4. ocgirl macrumors regular


    Feb 25, 2011
    I sold (albeit September of last year) my 2011 13" MBP i7 for 550 euros so I would say the 2012 which has a SSD should get you a nice little sum too. Worth a try (doesn't cost you anything to try and see what you can get). Otherwise as someone else said you could always do a hand me down to a relative/friend.

    Having a back up computer can always be useful too : imagine you have a problem with yours and it's going for repair, or you have friends visiting/staying over, etc.
  5. Noerdy thread starter macrumors member


    Dec 13, 2016
    Yeah the backup computer idea really is what I am thinking of doing. I was pretty close to buying a $200 chrome book just incase my computer died, but then I decided against it. (Smart move by me, I dont know what I would have done with it)
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    Is there any way to like hook two macbooks together? Like use the monitor on this one as a second screen? I am using an old iPad and Duet as a second monitor already, and it works great.
  6. imbadwithusernames macrumors 6502


    Feb 17, 2016
    I'm selling my 6 year old 13" MBP for 300€
  7. clangers23 macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2016
    Unless you need the cash I'd keep it as a backup, laptop failures are not that uncommon. Keeping my old laptop around has saved me a couple of times. Doubling up as a media server is a good idea too.
  8. hwnstyle21 macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2011
    Our early 2011 MBP is our backup computer but has found it's place running our media.

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