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Topic # 245438 4-Feb-2019 01:45
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I'm in the market for a new MacBook Pro but I keep hearing about the faults about the new models from 2016 onwards regarding the keyboard and screen ribbon issues.


Also it's harder to upgrade internals myself with the new models, as they're tightly sealed that only Apple can do proper repairs.


They seem to be hard to find but I've seen some ex-leased 2014/2015 units at NZLaptops near Sylvia Park and they're quite decked out with at least 256GB SSD and 16GB RAM. They range around $1650 - $2000 depending on the cosmetic condition, I believe which also puts them in an almost similar price bracket as the base MBP 2017/Air 2018 models. And of course, the older models have Magsafe, USB-A ports, HDMI.


My main uses would be Web browsing, Microsoft Office, PDFs, video streaming, music, some photoshop and video editing once in a while.


At this point in time, would it be worth going for one of these ex-leased models, or should I take the plunge and go with a 2017/2018 unit?

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  Reply # 2172592 4-Feb-2019 08:26
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IMO your use case doesn't seem to be that heavy. You're going to be better off getting a new generation Macbook pro / Air as you'll get the advantage of modern hardware and warranty / CGA.


I personally wouldn't risk spending $2000 on a used mac due to their spotty history of quality. (First Google result for "2014 macbook issue"


You'll find widely documented issues / Apple service programs for most models. If you buy new it's not a real worry imo as you're covered by CGA if anything does go wrong where as with a used / off lease model you may be left with a repair cost totaling more than the laptop is worth.

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