Which second hand MacBook Pro would you go for?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Faded1984, Sep 3, 2017.

  1. Faded1984 macrumors member

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    Looking at picking up a second hand MBP in the coming weeks.

    Have a budget of between £400 - £600.

    I was hoping for advice on which model to look out for, and if there are any I should avoid.
    It will be replacing an early 2011 model so one thing I would like to have is a retina screen.

    Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. daddadc macrumors newbie

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    Stick with your early 2011 model. Swop out your HDD with an SSD and upgrade the RAM to 16GB. You will instantly feel the speed difference and last you many more years. I own a 2011 MBP and a 2013 rMBP, honestly the retina screen resolution is not that much to shout about unless you're picky. The upgrade should cost you no more than £150 if you source for pre-owned SSD and RAM.
     
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  4. KUKitch macrumors 6502

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    I don't agree with this at all - I think the screen change is a massive difference, those upgrades would certainly make a difference though (I added 16 to my own 2011 MBP prior to getting rid of it)... does your budget factor in selling your old system?
     
  5. Audit13 macrumors 601

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    I have an early 2011 13" MBP, MBA 13", and rMBP 13".

    The increase in picture quality is quite noticeable when moving from the non-retina MBP to the MBA to the rMBP. I find this to be especially noticeable when I have all three running side by side.
     
  6. Faded1984 thread starter macrumors member

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    The reason for the upgrade is because my 2011 model is now completely battered.
    The screen is cracked and so is the trackpad. Those two repairs alone would cost me between £100 - £150 and thats not adding on an SSD or additional RAM on top.
    This is why I'm looking at completely replacing the laptop.
     
  7. davygee macrumors member

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    What model of MBP do you have from 2011? Is it 13" or 15", does it have 4GB/8GB/16GB RAM, what kind of storage and processor does it have?

    This all matters as, being realistic, you are looking at a 2013/2014 rMBP at best...you won't get 16GB RAM, although you could get a 256GB SSD.

    The best I've seen with this price bracket is a 2013 rMBP i5 8GB/256GB SSD for £525.

    If spec-wise, this isn't much better than what you have, then you would be better spending your money putting more RAM and a better SSD in it.

    Just seen your latest post....yes,....the model I've mentioned above is your best bet.
     
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  9. davygee macrumors member

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    Show me where to get a 2015 rMBP 13" for between £400-£600 and I will get one myself. I've been looking for a while now and the cheapest 2015 13" models I can find refurbished are nearer £700.
     
  10. _Kiki_ macrumors 6502a

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    up to £600 13" Retina 8GB 128GB SSD late 2013 or mid 2014 maybe you can get even config with 256GB SSD if you like auctions
     
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  12. davygee macrumors member

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    Does anyone realistically buy 2nd hand computers off Ebay? I suppose using Ebay you could "think" you are picking up a great deal...to find out...it's not...either wrong spec, or cracked screen or something.

    In any case, you are right...you can if you want to trust it, pick up a 2015 13" MBP for under £600
     
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  14. Audit13 macrumors 601

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    I see the MBP is in the usa with 58£ shipping which makes the total roughly 660 £. Not sure I would take a chance without seeing more pictures of the casing and factoring the lack of factory warranty.
     
  15. ilikewhey macrumors 6502a

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    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Apple-Mac...992967&hash=item1a349850fc:g:ARwAAOSwWjpZrTYM
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    i got my 2015 rmbp 256gb 16gb for 900 off ebay. came with 3 year applecare too. if the product isn't as specified ebay will take care of you buy providing you with free return label. and if you pay by paypal u r covered by paypal's 180 day claim period as well as ebay's 30 day claim period.
     
  16. Audit13 macrumors 601

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    I'm in Canada and the eBay policy may be different for different regions. Sounds like the UK eBay policy is quite good.
     
  17. Faded1984 thread starter macrumors member

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    Can anyone recommend good reliable sites for second hand MBPs in the UK?
     

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