The computer was just as described and definitely lived up to the posting. Something that concerned me when I received it in the mail was the packaging (still 5 stars because I CAN PLAY GAMES WITH IT!). However, I've been using this nonstop for the past few weeks since receiving it and can use a variety of apps like The Sims 4 :3, lightroom and can multitask like crazy which definitely makes a difference in my other MBP which was 2008 late model with 8gb ram and intel duo core. I do find difficulties in playing FFIVX but that will come with adjsting the game specs. I am overall satisified with this computer and happy to have one that finally does everything I need it to do.
Greetings everyone! I am a 4 year multi-genre music producer and IT analysis. I once was a strict windows/PC user for 17 year and recently this month I decided to turn to Macintosh for my music production and IT needs. I purchased my 2012 15 inch MacBook Pro with 2.3 ghz i7 Ivy Bridge quad core processor, 8GB DDR3 1600mhz RAM, my own 256 SSD, 512MB 650GT nvidia graphics card. This. Machine. SCREAMS! I use Ableton Live 9 and Logic Pro X in 64 Bit modes and let me say I run heavy processing through tons of tracks, processors and plugins and I haven't even managed to stress this MacBook Pro AT ALL. Mind you I was running several programs while producing. I was curious to see how far I could push the macbook pros processing power via audio production, so, I downloaded the Logic Pro X and Ableton Live benchmark template/projects. Through these series of tests, I am able to load over 90+ tracks with moderate buffer rates and 10+ plugins all running at the same time. This macbook keeps up and even excels over most Mac Pros! The start up times are extremely fast, the computer is not sluggish at all and it is extremely quiet. It produces low heat and the overall battery life is 6-7 hours of normal browsing and document processing. This is an excellent laptop that is worth every penny! I recommend Gazelle's amazingly well kept macbook pros and any similar configurations out there as well!
This model was the last to include the super drive as an internal device. The next model featured the Retina display as compensation, this was not, in my opinion a good trade off, as the Retina Display was plagued with hardware failure problems and overheated frequently. Well worth the extra few dollars to get this model.
I upgraded from 2009 macbook pro 17-inch which was at end of life in more ways than one -- to 16GB memory, 1TB SSHD and still with optical drive. Very happy with this refurbished item - just a small ding in the cover.
Great product so far. I prefer it to the retina versions as I was able to upgrade easily to be highly relevant to today’s standards. It’s a real shame Apple discontinued pretty much all of their user-serviceable products. I would still recommend it to those who need a decent upgradable Mac with multi core processing and discrete graphics.