Looking to purchase a high performance REPAIRABLE MacBook Pro
Hello. We are looking to purchase a 15" MacBook Pro that will handle new gen. games. We could buy a new Retina model but I've heard that they are difficult to repair, or even replace the battery.
Having spent a few hours researching the topic it appears that the last of the non-retina models was a mid 2012 machine. An i7 version could be OK for us. It seems they aren't available to purchase new anymore? We could find a used version and upgrade the memory and add a SSD if necessary. They only have an Ivy bridge processor, and don't have a HDMI port, but I can't see any other impediments to our needs .... And it would obviously be cheaper than a brand new Retina model.
I would be interested in any comments. I'm posting this here since I support the ifixit idea that electronics should be readily repairable.
(We currently have an early 2011 13" i5 MacBook Pro. We have upgraded to 16 Gb of RAM, and replaced the optical drive with a SSD. However the lack of graphics capabilities means it doesn't meet our needs. We have replaced the battery once, and the new battery is at around 500 cycles. I have read that the battery of the Retina machines is glued in place and its replacement risks damage to the trackpad. That seems bizarre, since I would have thought that most computers would need a new battery within their lifetime)
Is this a good question?