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Old 23rd June 2020
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Originally Posted by GLouie View Post
I think I have the same model at work (which I have been locked out of since March), 2012 i7, 15 inch, which I mainly use for tracking live concerts from Mackie Onyx firewire mixers and Behringer X32 mixers (over USB) using Reaper.

It has worked fine to this day but I will note:

-Yes, it's old. I do not connect it to the internet since I left it running Sierra (IIRC) so the Mackies would continue to work. I would not pay too much.

-Nice if you need Firewire and an optical drive.

-USB 2 only

-needs an SSD installed to work well

-this model I think has a serial number range recall for a bad graphics chip.

-My battery went bad last year, failed to hold a charge, then started expanding, bending some of the case before I noticed and opened it up. I bought a Newertech replacement.

- macbook mid-2012 are USB 3
- the 2011 versions have a very problematic graphic chip issue, but there is no such issue with the 2012 ones.
- I don't have any problem with my battery on mine.

I'm using each day since 6 years a mid-2012 15" macbook pro, i7 2,3Ghz, for mixing and playing soft synths live, mostly on Ableton Live.
It's been subject to a very intensive and daily use since I bought it.
When I'm mixing heavy sets (40-50 tracks, soft synths, plenty of plugins), I can feel the old CPU, but it's a good machine and I never had any big issue in 6 years of intensive use (and I bought it refurbished).

Go for it. Specially for 500$ (but you will need to buy an SSD)