Hey bargain hunters!
First forum post so please be kind 😊
I have had the same mid 2012 MacBook pro since 2012, I upgraded the RAM to 16gb and have had a few repairs done on it such as a crashed hard drive x2 (RIP data) where I've swapped out to an SSD. I have stayed loyal for this long with it as it seems to be the last Mac laptop that you can swap out parts easily (before they moved to the unibody design).
Despite the upgraded RAM and SSD, the laptop still runs really slow, will take forever to turn on and if I sleep it, it'll take a few open and shuts of the lid to get the screen to respond. Recently the laptop has been temporarily losing connection with the keyboard when I log on which is making me feel like it could be time for an upgrade.
Most of my laptop time is spent watching videos, emailing and having documents open. I do occasionally like to edit photos/videos and sometimes play games, but not to the point where I need something that can handle hectic amounts of processing.
I am torn between trying to get another MacBook or to head to another company for something that competes better for specs and price. I currently have a Pixel 4a 5g as my phone so I am not really tied to the Mac family.
Thanks in advance for the suggestions!