|Feb 24, 2011, 06:01 PM||#1|
Thoughts coming from Mid-2009 13" to Early-2011 13"
Earlier this year I began to consider an upgrade to my already fairly new Macbook Pro. I purchased it in December 2009 as the 2.26GHz C2D 13" model. Internally I upgraded two components - first, I kicked the hard drive up to 7200 RPM and upgraded the RAM to 4gb. As time has gone on, this computer developed a bottleneck; the processor. This was particularly evident with HD video, both the watching and editing of. As such, I felt it was time for an upgrade. When the new Macbook Pros were released today, I headed to the Victoria Square Apple Store in Belfast and picked up a 2.7GHz Dual Core i7 high end 13" with everything else standard. Before I turned it on I upgraded the HDD to an SSD. Below, in bullet point list are some of my day 1 thoughts on this change.
In all, I feel that for me this machine is a necessary upgrade. The C2D really wasn't cutting it for me anymore, and so far this machine is admirably handling HD video, of which I consume and create rather a lot of. However, if you are a light user who rarely taxes the system, I honestly doubt whether this is even a worthwhile update from the mid-2009 model. Even less so from the 2010 model. For me, the greatest speed improvement so far has been by a long shot gained from the addition of an SSD. Thus, if you are in a position to swap over to an SSD in your older model, that would possibly be a better option than replacing altogether.
I hope these observations are helpful to some in a similar position to myself. This is certainly a great machine, and an upgrade I urgently needed, but for many they may find themselves underwhelmed by the latest and greatest. Buy if required. For those who have been waiting to buy their first Mac, go ahead. You won't be disappointed. Feel free to ask any questions or disagree.
Last edited by -Ryan-; Feb 24, 2011 at 06:24 PM.
|Feb 24, 2011, 06:17 PM||#2|
Thank you for the post!
Now I am almost certain I will get the 13" with a BTO SSD.
13" MBP 2,7GHz i7 (early 2011) 32 GB iPod touch (4th Gen) iPhone4 16GB
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