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Looking for a cheap way to get a decent MacBook!

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hello everyone! I’ve been looking at MacBooks on eBay recently and I’ve noticed that you can get one cheap if you don’t care about MacOS Mojave. Is it worth the extra money to get a newer one or should I stick to the older ones? 

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Refurbished or second-hand is a great place to start.

If possible you may try finding the surplus/decommissioned machines from education institutes, either K-12 or university/college.


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What are you buying it for? Why does it need to be a macbook? How much are you looking to spend?

 

Generally speaking, when a macbook is so old it doesn't support the new macOS version it's pretty much trash, and it will get worse and worse from there. It's not just Mojave you'd be giving up, it's every feature update from now on.


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Sauron'stm Product Scores:

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Just a list of my personal scores for some products, in no particular order, with brief comments. I just got the idea to do them so they aren't many for now :)

Don't take these as complete reviews or final truths - they are just my personal impressions on products I may or may not have used, summed up in a couple of sentences and a rough score. All scores take into account the unit's price and time of release, heavily so, therefore don't expect absolute performance to be reflected here.

 

-Lenovo Thinkpad X220 - [8/10]

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A durable and reliable machine that is relatively lightweight, has all the hardware it needs to never feel sluggish and has a great IPS matte screen. Downsides are mostly due to its age, most notably the screen resolution of 1366x768 and usb 2.0 ports.

 

-Apple Macbook (2015) - [Garbage -/10]

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From my perspective, this product has no redeeming factors given its price and the competition. It is underpowered, overpriced, impractical due to its single port and is made redundant even by Apple's own iPad pro line.

 

-OnePlus X - [7/10]

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A good phone for the price. It does everything I (and most people) need without being sluggish and has no particularly bad flaws. The lack of recent software updates and relatively barebones feature kit (most notably the lack of 5GHz wifi, biometric sensors and backlight for the capacitive buttons) prevent it from being exceptional.

 

-Microsoft Surface Book 2 - [Garbage - -/10]

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Overpriced and rushed, offers nothing notable compared to the competition, doesn't come with an adequate charger despite the premium price. Worse than the Macbook for not even offering the small plus sides of having macOS. Buy a Razer Blade if you want high performance in a (relatively) light package.

 

-Intel Core i7 2600/k - [9/10]

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Quite possibly Intel's best product launch ever. It had all the bleeding edge features of the time, it came with a very significant performance improvement over its predecessor and it had a soldered heatspreader, allowing for efficient cooling and great overclocking. Even the "locked" version could be overclocked through the multiplier within (quite reasonable) limits.

 

-Apple iPad Pro - [5/10]

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A pretty good product, sunk by its price (plus the extra cost of the physical keyboard and the pencil). Buy it if you don't mind the Apple tax and are looking for a very light office machine with an excellent digitizer. Particularly good for rich students. Bad for cheap tinkerers like myself.

 

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Looking for a MacBook because I have a pretty big iTunes library and honestly, I like Apple's MacOS so much better than windows 10. I’m buying it for travel, school and pretty much everything else. I know they’re pretty infamous for not being able to game but it doesn’t need to be able to. Looking to spend about $300. I know that’s kinda cheating out but that’s all I got. 

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Check out Craigslist dude. I just got my girlfriend a 2012 Retina Macbook Pro for $500 in near perfect condition, not a bad deal IMO


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