Is this bar­gain too good to be true?

Mac Format - - APPLE TALK -

My high street com­puter shop has a Late 2012 MacBook Pro in the win­dow with a Core i5 CPU and 16GB RAM for £399. This looks like a good deal to me, based on scan­ning eBay for sim­i­lar sys­tems, but I need to know one thing. Will I be able to con­nect this lap­top to an ex­ter­nal mon­i­tor? I’m plan­ning to buy it as a sort of emer­gency backup, in case my cur­rent Mac mini dies sud­denly, but I’d need to be able to plug it into my BenQ mon­i­tor for this to work. Do you have any thoughts on this? Mike Al­ford The first thing that jumps out is that this prob­a­bly isn’t a Late 2012 Retina MacBook Pro. On that (13‑inch) model, the RAM is sol­dered onto the moth­er­board so it isn’t upgrad­able, and it was avail­able only with 8GB. The Late 2013 model was the first 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro avail­able with 16GB.

You can con­firm the Mac’s model and date in the shop by click­ing the Ap­ple icon in the menu bar and se­lect­ing About this Mac, but I think it’s more likely it is a Mid 2012 non-Retina model. £400 is still a de­cent price for this, and the graph­ics card in it can drive an ex­ter­nal dis­play at up to 2560x1600 pix­els. You will need a Mini Dis­playPort to DVI or HDMI adap­tor to con­nect it to your BenQ mon­i­tor, but these are less than £10 on Ama­zon (or £25 if you want the of­fi­cial Ap­ple adap­tor).

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