I recently purchased a 2013 MacBook Pro from a good friend of mine for a decent price.
I’ve always wanted a Mac and this is a great place to start.
He had just got a new MacBook, the one with the hated USB-C port among other things, so he sold me his old MacBook Pro.
I’ve always wanted a Mac, and I could never afford one. I had a decent laptop coming out of high school but I could never afford a Mac like I wanted.
I can honestly say it has increased my productivity in a lot of areas, but the biggest draw back this somewhat old laptop? THE BATTERY
My friend had kept the laptop plugged in all the time, and it eventually killed the battery so when I received this laptop, that is the first thing I looked into changing on this laptop. I also wanted and needed to update the RAM on this laptop, considering the computer is older and only had 4GB of RAM on the original machine. This little bit of RAM was slowing me down on my workflow and productivity, and coupled with the drained, old battery, the machine was basically dead after the initial boot up and log in, so no long use sessions anytime soon.
So I got to google searching about possible upgrades that I needed for this laptop, and upgrades I could do to improve the performance of this machine. I settled on the two upgrades I had talked about earlier. More RAM and a new battery. So after countless hours of searching, pricing, and watching videos on how to change these parts I ordered them.
My RAM of choice was this set of 16GB of ram from Amazon and I also purchased a new battery from Anker and I WAS THRILLED to say the least.
Here is the guide I followed from Ifixit.com, but I also attached my personal picture. These pictures aren’t in-depth but I just took them while I was in the process of the build.