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Used MacBook Pro Buying Guide

Launched in 2006, there are 3 generations of used MacBook Pro to consider: the original ‘discrete case’, the aluminium unibody case and the new retina display models. Apple introduced the MacBook Pro to replace their PowerBook G4 as their flagship high-end laptop.

All MacBook Pro models use Intel processors and most use at least the Core 2 Duo – with only the first release (early 2006) using the older Core Duo. This means all models will be able to run OS X Snow Leopard (Needed for the Mac App Store) and any model after 2007 can manage OS X "El Capitan".

The best way to begin looking for a second hand MacBook Pro is to decide what you need it to do. Knowing what you want it to do and what software it needs to run will help you work out what screen size and specifications you need as a minimum. For example, do you need to run the latest OS X or will Snow Leopard be enough? How much processor power and RAM do you need to run the specific software you use? If you want to work with video on the move then you absolutely want the higher end MacBook Pro in your life for one reason alone: it has proper Firewire 800, meaning Digital Video transfers wont take a whole lifetime.

MacBook Pro Display Guide

The MacBook Pro with Retina Display was launched in 2012 on some 15.4" models and across the whole range in 2013.

Retina screens have a higher pixel density than standard displays giving crisper images and sharper text. The word 'Retina' was used as no individual pixels can be seen when viewed from a standrard distance.

RAM Requirements

RAM requirements may vary depending on how you intend using your MacBook Pro - lots of multi-tasking and you'll need more RAM.

Bear in mind that RAM isn't that expensive and it's quite straightforward to upgrade. Therefore a bargain machine with less RAM could still work out cheaper than one that already has it.

Upgrading RAM

We recommend visiting the Crucial website to buy RAM to upgrade a MacBook Pro. If you want to order RAM before you receive an item you have purchased then use their dropdown menu to select the particular model and go from there. If you already have the machine then use their system scanner tool to quickly find the correct RAM.

Battery Life

MacBook Pro battery lifespan is dependent on the charge cycles and other factors such as if the laptop has mainly been used plugged in, or left in a de-charged state for a while. Always enquire about battery condition if it isn't mentioned in the listing.

Different models of the MacBook Pro have varying maximum cycle counts so read our battery tips page for further information.

Software Packages

Most secondhand hand MacBook Pros will have a fresh install of OS X and the basic Apple software included in that particular release. Some may be pre-loaded with, or include the original disks for, certain software packages such as Abobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Pro, MS Office and others.

Read the full listing to understand what software, if any, is included and ask the seller if it doesn't state anything. It is definitely worth paying extra for fully loaded MacBook Pro as software packages can cost a lot of money if you buy them separately.

Secondhand or Refurb?

One of the main questions we get asked is whether to buy secondhand or refurbished. Unsurprisingly, the answer is 'it depends...'!

Factors to consider include budget, model, seller, the value you personally place in a guarantee or warranty (and if you are willing to pay extra for that). See our tips section for more help.

Auction or Buy It Now?

On our listings page there is a further option to refine your search to show only auction items or Buy It Now (BIN) items.

The price displayed for auction items is the current highest bid whereas BIN items display the price you can pay immediately to secure the item. Read our full guide on buying via auctions and BIN for further information.

Buyer Protection

There are various ways to pay for a secondhand Mac online, each offering a differing level of buyer protection.

As purchasing used items does carry a natural level of risk, we recommend you read our guide on payment types and your rights and options when receiving faulty or falsely described goods.