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Old Dec 11, 2012, 09:31 PM   #1
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What's worthy: upgrade 2010 MBP or buy MBA?

Hello everyone

Currently, I have this machine:

Macbook Pro 2010
15,4"
2.4ghz i5
500gb Scorpio Black 7,200 rpm (I only use 120gb since 2010)
8gb RAM
256gb Nvidia

What I use it for:
-Office;
-Internet;
-Stockbroker;
-Watch TV series and movies in 720p.

Good machine for what I need, right?

The question, since I am not a computer expert, is: whats worty? (A) buy a SSD for my macbook Pro so it can run faster (although it supports the SATA II - 3gb/s - agains the SATA III - 6gb/s - in the macbook air) or (B) buy the newest Macbook Air (maybe 256gb, 1.8 i5, 4gb ram)?

I am afraid that I could not get used to the 13,3" screen since I am used to the 15,4".

Actually, this thread was to help me to answer this question: is it worth it to buy a MBA or to upgrade my 15,4 2010 MBP with a SSD?

And there's something more: I live in Brazil. Here, every Apple product costs me the double of what americans pay. The cheapest Retina 15,4 MBP costs 5,000 dollars in the Online Apple Store, just as an example.


Lets talk about numbers, so we can put things straight.

256gb SSD Vertex 4: 290 dollars
Macbook Air (i7 2.0ghz; 8gb; 256gb): 2,700 dollars
My own 2010 15,4" Macbook Pro (when I sell it): 1,500 dollars.

Can you help me here?

Thanks in advance
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Old Dec 11, 2012, 10:29 PM   #2
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Does your MBP do everything you need it to do? If not, what can't it do that you wish it could do?
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Old Dec 11, 2012, 10:31 PM   #3
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Old Dec 11, 2012, 10:42 PM   #4
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Sounds like you aren't having any actual problems with your current MBP. I would just put an SSD in there and it will make all the difference
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Old Dec 11, 2012, 10:44 PM   #5
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First, if you like your MBP 15, the Vertex 4 will be a great investment. I have one in a 13 MBP, and it made the machine better than new, and will extend the life of the system.

However, the 13 MBA has a better screen than the MBP, same number of pixels as the 15 MBP, just in a slightly smaller space. The new MBAs are great systems. Really it's all down to the money.
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Old Dec 12, 2012, 01:23 AM   #6
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The performance on gpu and cpu is comparable between the two so that wouldn't support to upgrade. The resolution is also the same but the air has a TN-panel which is a worse panel than what the pro has (even if it has higher pixel density the colors, viewing angles etc. are worse). Also, the Vertex 4, OCZ Vector and Samsung 840 Pro all are better than the stock ssd in the air so you have more to choose from.

and 15" or 13", which is better? Up to you.
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Old Dec 12, 2012, 05:13 AM   #7
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I Had exactly the same machine which I use for audio production, I thought about upgrading, in the end I put in a 500Gb SSD, it flies, best upgrade i have ever done. I imagine I will be keeping it for at lest another 2-3 years now.
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Old Dec 12, 2012, 06:09 AM   #8
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I Had exactly the same machine which I use for audio production, I thought about upgrading, in the end I put in a 500Gb SSD, it flies, best upgrade i have ever done. I imagine I will be keeping it for at lest another 2-3 years now.
Just to confirm: you had the same machine with a 7,200 rpm hard drive?
I'm not sure if it would be a huge jump from a 7,200 rpm to a SSD drive.
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Old Dec 12, 2012, 06:45 AM   #9
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I tried moving from a 2010 MBP to an air and switched back. The screen isn't as good, sure, but what really bothered me was the trackpad. I don't think I've ever seen it mentioned, but seems to me it's not as smooth as the one on the MBP, and it can't mechanically right click. Upgrade to an SSD. It'll make a big difference.
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Keep the MBP and spring for the SSD. I'll cast my vote for the Crucial M4. I've installed the 256 and the 512, one of these in an '09 MBP. It really restores zoom and will allow me to keep the machine longer.
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Old Dec 12, 2012, 07:48 AM   #11
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Keep the MBP and spring for the SSD. I'll cast my vote for the Crucial M4. I've installed the 256 and the 512, one of these in an '09 MBP. It really restores zoom and will allow me to keep the machine longer.
Yeah, but will it make really a HUGE difference considering that I have a Black Scorpio 500 gb 7,200 rpm?
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Yeah, but will it make really a HUGE difference considering that I have a Black Scorpio 500 gb 7,200 rpm?
I had a 7200 in my '09 and the SSD still sped things up: apps launch in seconds and startup is much faster. Other minor benefits are reduced noise and prolonged battery life.
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