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2012 MBP
Posted by: rouderon
Date: October 23, 2020 09:02AM
I'm in the market for a MBP. This is the last of the user-serviceable MPBs, correct? Also, any issues (as a whole) with them that I should look out for?
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Re: 2012 MBP
Posted by: jdc
Date: October 23, 2020 09:35AM
Used market for macs has shot up in $, harder to find a deal on them.

Do you have a budget? what kinda specs do you want?

Is there some underlying desire for "user servicable"? Or a specifc part you want to be "serviceable"?

2013-2015 13 & 15" MBPs ram is permanent, but drive upgrades are super simple. Batteries are glued in, but also DIY if you arent afraid of computer work....



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Re: 2012 MBP
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: October 23, 2020 10:08AM
They're great choices...I use one (13") daily and have a few spares.

Only caveat is that you'll be replacing the internal hard drive ribbon cable ($15) every couple of years if you move it around as much as I do.



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Re: 2012 MBP
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: October 23, 2020 10:10AM
I like the 2012s, with 16GB of RAM and SSDs installed. I have misgivings about used laptops, though. They are a lot easier to damage than a desktop machine.



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Re: 2012 MBP
Posted by: rouderon
Date: October 23, 2020 10:17AM
Would like to be in the +/- $300 range. Want either i5 or i7 processor (no C2D) and prefer 8gb ram. I do have some 4gb chips, so I could upgrade it myself as long as memory is not soldered to the board (which it's not in the 2012s). Also, unless it comes with an SSD (which, for that range I'm not expecting one), I would put my own 500gb in. Not afraid of computer work at all - once baked a mb in the oven to get it working again :-)

I thought there was something about proprietary hdd's in the newer MBPs?
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Re: 2012 MBP
Posted by: DavidS
Date: October 23, 2020 10:17AM
I love my mid-2012 MBP 2.9Ghz i7. I've upgraded the RAM to 16GB and added a 1TB in the place of the SuperDrive, keeping the 750GB HD for data storage (thanks to our sponsor for the DataDoubler and External case for the SuperDrive).

As much as I'd love new hardware, I see no reason to upgrade at this time.
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Re: 2012 MBP
Posted by: rouderon
Date: October 23, 2020 10:20AM
Bill - are you parting with any of those spares? If so, pm me
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Re: 2012 MBP
Posted by: Rolando
Date: October 23, 2020 10:21AM
I have one. still going strong. Bought an AppleRefurb in 2013.
I upgraded the HDD to a 1 TB SSD.
Replaced the battery with one from our sponsors.

I really should upgrade the ram.



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Re: 2012 MBP
Posted by: jdc
Date: October 23, 2020 11:25AM
$300 is gonna be a tough price point, good luck.

There are $12 adapters for using NVMes in 13-15 MBPs.

I have 2 of the 2012s, with i5/12 GB/500 GB SSDs that my kids use. they run... fine. Damn heavy tho. battery is meh... but original, so expected.

Bought used for $300, one local, one on ebay. Both are near pristine, had them in plastic cases. IF I really wanted to get rid of them, ID bump the ram to 16 -- and bet I could get near $500. 5 second look at ebay wants $400 with stock specs.



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Re: 2012 MBP
Posted by: rouderon
Date: October 23, 2020 12:18PM
Yeah, I've been perusing eBay the last couple days and there are some just over $300, but not maxed out MBPs. Also, most around or below that price point have a lot of scarring. I don't mind a little scratching here/there or the occasional small dent, but definitely not interested in one that looks like absolute garbage :-)
Also, as long as it works without issue, they don't have to include a hdd and/or ram (since I have those). And, I *believe I have a spare power supply, so that wouldn't be an issue if not included, either.
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Re: 2012 MBP
Posted by: rouderon
Date: October 23, 2020 01:34PM
Also, if I purchase from eBay, they offer 1 yr of square trade for $42. Is this really worth it?
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Re: 2012 MBP
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: October 23, 2020 02:19PM
Love my mid-2012 13".. Upgrading is super simple. my only complaint is battery life, even with new battery from OWC you are looking at 3-4 hours.

Swappa has a load in the $350 range -- [swappa.com]



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Re: 2012 MBP
Posted by: rouderon
Date: October 23, 2020 02:52PM
Oh yeah, I forgot about Swappa - thanks!
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Re: 2012 MBP
Posted by: AllGold
Date: October 23, 2020 04:41PM
Yeah, $300 should have been totally doable if not for the pandemic price jacking. Hopefully, prices will start to fall back to normal soon.



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Re: 2012 MBP
Posted by: Speedy
Date: October 24, 2020 02:00AM
I bought a 2012 on eBay early this summer for $650. It was in excellent condition with a 768 GB SSD with 16 GBs RAM. I needed a 15” MBP in a hurry so I paid the piper. Unfortunately, the battery is a bit weak.



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Re: 2012 MBP
Posted by: rouderon
Date: October 24, 2020 07:39AM
Thanks for all the input! Swappa was the winner (well, I'll really know if/when the MBP arrives :-) )
Also, free shipping and no tax made the deal sweeter (my state tax is almost 10%).
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Re: 2012 MBP
Posted by: sekker
Date: October 24, 2020 09:25PM
Wow, there is a very nice 16GBRAM/500GB SSD 13" for $399. That would serve someone well still for many years.
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