What would be the oldest MBP you would buy

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  1. Spawndn72 macrumors newbie

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    I am looking to replace my early 2007 MBP that has finally died.

    It was getting a little slow but still did almost everything that I would have wanted it to do. With that being said, what would be the oldest used MBP you would buy? I don't need blazing fast speed, just something to run astronomy software and surf the internet, do email, etc.

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  2. thats all folks macrumors 6502a

    thats all folks

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    USB 3.0 first showed up on a MacBook Pro in 2012. I would probably draw the line there. and it still has FireWire, if you have any need for that. considering where you are coming from.
     
  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    I would probably go with MBA given your usage. They haven't really changed much since mid-2012, so anything 2012 or newer is okay.
     
  4. robvas macrumors 68020

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    2011 is the oldest I would go, and if I wanted to use USB 3.0 HD's I would go 2012
     
  5. tubeexperience macrumors 68030

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    Definitely the 2011.

    17-inch screen, Intel Core i7 quad-core, SATA 3.0 (6.0Gb/s), upgradable RAM

    It has almost everything needed for a great laptop.

    Okay, it doesn't have USB 3.0, but you can get a USB 3.0 to Thunderbolt adapter.
     
  6. TechZeke macrumors 68020

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    2011 bare minimum, although I'd shoot for a 2012 as much as possible for USB 3.0 alone.
     

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