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MacBook Pro (13", Mid 2012, MD101LL/A): Questions before I buy

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I plan to get this refurbished from a vendor. Since I don't have much knowledge of Mac (and computers in general), thought to ask.


Screen size: 13 inch

Memory:8GB 1600 MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM

Storage:120GB Solid State Drive

Processor:2.5GHz Intel Core i5 Processor

Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor

Pre-Loaded/Licensed Software: Pre-loaded with macOS 10.14.6 Mojave

This MacBook Pro will run the most current OS Catalina 10.15

Price: US$635

Warranty: 90 days

My questions:
(1) I plan to upgrade the RAM to 16GB. Does this unit allow RAM upgrade to 16GB from the current 8GB?

(2) I plan to remove Optical/DVD player. In this case, would using the
existing drive of 500GB slow down the computer speed?
Also, would removing Optical/DVD player imbalance the balance of the system due to higher weight on one side?

(3) Once Apple stops support of Mojave/Catalina, then would this system be still workable?

(4) Upon Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor getting too old, is it replaceable in this model?

(5) I am looking for a unit that lasts at least 4-5 years, is it worth getting this unit since it is 8 years old now?

I am assuming that it is the i5 3rd generation, and upgrading the processor isn't possible?
Any other thing should I keep in mind before purchasing it from the vendor?

Appreciate your time.

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Too much for such an old item. Compare prices here: https://www.google.c...d09swAdfhgGUBAC

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