The Apple MacBook Pro 13.3″ LED Intel i5-3210M Core 2.5GHz 4GB 500GB Laptop MD101LLA sells for about $600.00
This 2012 non-retina Macbook Pro is a bit on the old side now but it’s still got a lot of life left if you added a few upgrades:
2012 MacBook Pro RAM
This MacBook Pro ships with just 4GB of RAM but it can accept at least double to 8GB with ease for about $50.00
2012 MacBook Pro Drive Upgrades
You have 2 options when it comes to upgrading the 2012 MacBook Pro Hard Drives:
- Add a spinning hard drive to at least double the capacity to 1TB of storage if not more. This is a pretty cheap upgrade at about $50.00
- Add a SSD Drive. This is much faster than a regular drive and although you don’t get the capacity of the spinner, you do gain a lot of speed making the MacBook Pro much faster. SSD Drives are about $100 for 256GB models and $200 for 500Gb capacity
Other 2012 MacBook Pro Upgrades
As this is an older MacBook Pro you might want to consider a few upgrades other than RAM and storage:
Get a replacement power cord. These cost about $30.00.
Get a new battery. Battery life on a 5 year old computer is bound to be worse than at release time. You’re good to go with a replacement though at about $30.00
Lastly, don’t forget to protect your MacBook Pro from bumps and scratches with a protective sleeve and if you need more screen real estate adding a second monitor is a great way to increase your productivity too.
RAM Upgrade Instructions