Best deals will be on eBay and will range from about $500-$1000 for one that is good quality or higher, depending on RAM and hard drive configuration. Be careful and look closely at photos, check for any screen issues, out of flatness, bottom covers that don't quite fit right. If there are no photos or limited ones be very careful. Small scratches, dents are OK, cosmetic.I own two 2011, 17'' i7 MacBook Pros, and both have gone in under warranty to Apple to have the logic boards replaced due to the Radeon 6750M card failing. My main MacBook Pro that I use for business and Logic X and FCP X went down again on Sunday for the same reason. It was all fine and dandy when Apple fixed them for free, but now I need to make a decision... and I'm not a fan of anything Apple has put out within the last few years.
Even if I can get the board replaced again for $600, it doesn't make a lot of sense to do so. I can use Adam's EFI and R8911 resistor removal fix to force the OS to only use the Intel 3000 integrated card. This will make it 90% useful, but I still need the ability to edit in FCP X and to run an external monitor when recording in Logic X. It "appears" (I don't know for sure without testing) that I won't be able to run HDMI out to my 4K 50" TV to use as a monitor with only the Intel 3000 graphics.
Here are my thoughts/choices at the moment:
- Do Adam's $10 fix (great deal by the way) to keep the 17" from becoming a door stop. It will still run everything I need on a daily basis except possibly FCP X, and I lose the ability to run an external monitor.
- Save the $600 for a new logic board and possibly buy a used 2012 15" MacBook Pro where I can upgrade the RAM and the hard drive to SSD, and it won't have the Radeon card issue. (I'd like to stick with something that I can upgrade myself, replace the battery when needed, and stay on Sierra, so I'm looking at a used 2012.)
- I saw this at Best Buy: "Apple - MacBook Pro 15.4" Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 8GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M" for $870, but I will look elsewhere also if I decide to go in this direction.
- Any thoughts on used MacBook Pros and where to buy online or offline?
- Any other ideas other than what I've laid out?
I recommend the 2012 MacBook Pro models to my customers, because they are the last Apple laptops that you can easily replace/upgrade the RAM and internal 2.5" drive, also still has a DVD player/burner. I like to find the best price, even if it has less than the maximum 16GB RAM and then order a SSD for its performance and RAM if needed. Also the 2012 models come with USB 3 ports for faster data transfer. I like to set up customers with external backups (1TB drives run about $50-60), one set up as a Time Machine backup and a second as a clone backup - that way if any problems occur, your data files are safe.