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#1 #Michael

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 20:47

I am thinking of trading my late 2009 unibody MBP for a yet to be determined win 8 laptop.

The specs on the MBP are:
15" Glossy screen
C2D 2.53GHz (Santa Rosa chip ??)
8GB Ram
256GB Crucial M4 SSD

It doesn't have a scratch or ding in it as I have had it in a Speck hard case since I got it. I'm thinking I could reliably ask $800-900 on craigslist.


#2 threetonesun

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 20:51

It doesn't have a scratch or ding in it as I have had it in a Speck hard case since I got it. I'm thinking I could reliably ask $800-900 on craigslist.


You can ask, no one is going to pay that. :rofl:

I think you could sell it for $600ish, depending on where you live. People who want the 15'' model usually want higher end stuff, so anyone looking for a C2D one is just looking to pick it up as a bargain.

Mind you, if all you want is a Windows 8 PC, you can just install Windows 8 on it.

#3 OP #Michael

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 20:56

You can ask, no one is going to pay that. :rofl:

I think you could sell it for $600ish, depending on where you live. People who want the 15'' model usually want higher end stuff, so anyone looking for a C2D one is just looking to pick it up as a bargain.

Mind you, if all you want is a Windows 8 PC, you can just install Windows 8 on it.


I have had win 8 on it in bootcamp but I can never get the touchpad to work correctly. In a VM it works great but the experience isn't the same. Still, $600 isn't bad.

#4 Astra.Xtreme

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 20:58

You might also want to detail how much life is left on the battery.

Your asking price is a little steep since the C2D is pretty outdated. Somewhere in the $700 range is a little more reasonable.
The best indicator would be to find something similar on Ebay and see how much it sells for. The RAM upgrade and SSD add about $150-$200 onto the value compared to a stock one.

#5 threetonesun

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 21:00

I have had win 8 on it in bootcamp but I can never get the touchpad to work correctly. In a VM it works great but the experience isn't the same. Still, $600 isn't bad.


Yeah, I'm pretty sure Apple is tossing Bootcamp on the "things we've given up on" pile, their driver support is atrocious.

Also, I would pull the SSD and replace the original hard drive if you still have it. People buy older Macs for the form factor, not necessarily the components. it's just another place that I think people would try to grab a bargain on, while it's still a perfectly good drive to use in a new laptop, so cost wise you'd probably be better off keeping it than buying a new SSD with a new laptop.

#6 OP #Michael

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 21:05

You might also want to detail how much life is left on the battery.

Your asking price is a little steep since the C2D is pretty outdated. Somewhere in the $700 range is a little more reasonable.
The best indicator would be to find something similar on Ebay and see how much it sells for. The RAM upgrade and SSD add about $150-$200 onto the value compared to a stock one.


I think the cycle count is somewhere around 350-400, maybe 450 at the most. The battery still holds a charge for about 5 hours on normal usage.

#7 OP #Michael

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 21:54

Yeah, I'm pretty sure Apple is tossing Bootcamp on the "things we've given up on" pile, their driver support is atrocious.

Also, I would pull the SSD and replace the original hard drive if you still have it. People buy older Macs for the form factor, not necessarily the components. it's just another place that I think people would try to grab a bargain on, while it's still a perfectly good drive to use in a new laptop, so cost wise you'd probably be better off keeping it than buying a new SSD with a new laptop.


I do still have the original hd. I could put the ssd in my mac mini and have a screaming kick ass system there. I have a late 2011 mac mini with a core i5 2.8 ghz, 16gb ram and a 256gb 5200rpm drive. The drive is the bottleneck on it.

EDIT: It's actually a core i7 2.7ghz that is in the mac mini.

#8 threetonesun

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 22:01

I do still have the original hd. I could put the ssd in my mac mini and have a screaming kick ass system there. I have a late 2011 mac mini with a core i5 2.8 ghz, 16gb ram and a 256gb 5200rpm drive. The drive is the bottleneck on it.


Yeah, definitely. The Mac Minis are great computers if you slap a fast drive in them.



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