8 Replies Latest reply: Dec 7, 2012 8:26 AM by saturnotaku
Kelly Crossley Level 3 Level 3 (710 points)

I'm considering the purchase a used Macbook Pro MD318LL/A. I'll need to use this with applications like Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 and other graphics apps in a design studio environment. Does this laptop have the muscle to handle these apps or should I be looking at a new system with better hardware like USB 3.0?

 

If so, what would you recommend? BTW, I usually own laptops for 3-4 years before upgrading.

 

Thanks!

  • 1. Re: Macbook Pro MD318LL/A
    ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    Well a question you have to ask yourself is why the seller is selling a Late 2011 machine that's only a year old?

     

    Since the warranty runs out in a year, and they didn't purchase AppleCare, is it possible it has a hardware problem and they are looking to dump it on some unsuspecting bloke?

     

     

    I'll need to use this with applications like Adobe Creative Suite 5.5

     

    Well if the machine has 10.7 on it, it should run CS 5.5 fine, but if it has 10.8 on it then you need CS 6

     

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    Does this laptop have the muscle to handle these apps...

     

    Oh sure, no sweat. You might want to increase the RAM to 2-8GB 204-pin PC-10600 (1333 MHz) DDR3 SO-DIMM

     

    Install/upgrade RAM or storage drive in Mac's

     

     

     

    ...or should I be looking at a new system with better hardware like USB 3.0?

     

    That depends how often your accessing others external drives and what type, it does have Thunderbolt though.

     

     

     

    If so, what would you recommend? BTW, I usually own laptops for 3-4 years before upgrading.

     

     

    I don't think it's a bad choice of hardware, being it's only a year old. But it does make me suspicious why they would want to give it up so soon.

     

    Usually people dump their Mac's about 3 year point, not one year. So you will have to ask a few questions in a way that they won't lie to you about the real reason.

     

    If it has AppleCare on it and you check and that hasn't been violated (like the user dropped it or spilt water inside setting off the sensors) then it might be a decent buy.

  • 2. Re: Macbook Pro MD318LL/A
    CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,425 points)

    Make sure you test out the computer yourself before purchasing.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • 3. Re: Macbook Pro MD318LL/A
    OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (25,685 points)

    You might look at what is available in the Apple store refurbished section.  You will get the same warranty plus telephone Apple support as for a 'new' MBP.  Barring a significant price difference, that may be an attractive option.

     

    Ciao.

  • 4. Re: Macbook Pro MD318LL/A
    Kelly Crossley Level 3 Level 3 (710 points)

    The current owners of the Macbook Pro said they switched to an Macbook Air due to its portability. That's why they're selling the MBP, which is still under warranty.

  • 5. Re: Macbook Pro MD318LL/A
    saturnotaku Level 3 Level 3 (525 points)

    There are plenty of reasons why someone would sell such a new computer. The original poster mentioned one (change to a smaller system). There's also the desire to upgrade to the latest and greatest. Maybe the person selling lost a job or had some unexpected bills and needs the money to pay them. Perhaps they realized a Mac was not for them and wanted to go back to Windows. I could go on, but suffice it to say, it's more than likely not a nefarious one. Besides, if there were something wrong, why wouldn't you try to get it fixed if you're still under warranty?

     

    I had an early-2011 MBP that I bought brand new but sold about 6 months later because I got a phenomenal price on a brand new late-2011 model; the upgrade bascially cost me the equivalent of a bit more than the sales tax.

     

    In any case, OP, I second CMCSK's advice. Make sure you can examine the system before you purchase it. Now if they try to resist or deny you that request, walk away. If they're open, I see no reason why you should not proceed with the deal.

  • 6. Re: Macbook Pro MD318LL/A
    Kelly Crossley Level 3 Level 3 (710 points)

    Thanks for your advice. At this point, the ONLY thing that's holding me back is the new MBP's have USB 3.0, which is significatnly faster than 2.0. That in tself could really benefit me.

  • 7. Re: Macbook Pro MD318LL/A
    Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,470 points)

    If yoi don't have any peripherals and are going to start investing in such, 3.0 is the sensible option. However, some of us oldtimers have a significant investment in gear and the former way to get fast I/O was using FireWire, which the 2011 models are the last to carry native interfaces. OTOH, Thunderbolt is the great unfulfilled promise; does blow the socks off anything else, but its still closed and proprietary nature is seriously hampering its adoption. Heck, a friggin male to male cable costs over $50 and has to have the Apple moniker stamped on.

     

    As for testing, bare minimum is that the Mac pass an extended Apple Hardware Test: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1509

  • 8. Re: Macbook Pro MD318LL/A
    saturnotaku Level 3 Level 3 (525 points)

    Re: Thunderbolt - We're starting to see peripherals include the cables now. The Buffalo DriveStation includes one and is not outrageously priced for being a TB drive.