13" 2011 or 15" 2010

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  1. miker2209 macrumors regular

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    Basically I currently have the 13" macbook pro early 2011, i'm thinking about trading this for the 15" 2010 model. Still in good condition and has about 150 cycles. Do you guys think it's a fair trade? I always wanted the 15" but never really got the money for a brand new one. So i'm just asking you guys for your opinion, but personally i really like the 15" my friend has.
     
  2. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

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    I always wanted the 15"

    Well, there you go. The 13" might be a wee bit faster in the CPU than the 2010 (depending on the model) but the 15" has a graphics card. Anyway, comparing apples and apple, (pun intended) it is more about the screen size. I prefer the 15" having owned a 2010 13" and never regretted the move.

    This is about personal preference not one being better then the other and since you stated that you always wanted the 15"...
     
  3. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    There you go. As long as it's an i5 or i7, I'd say go for it.
     
  4. miker2209 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks guys, i always wanted to get the 15" and heres my chance. His machine is old and have some scratches but none is that noticeable, that's the only thing that's making me think twice about the trade. Other than that the CPU is practically the same i5 dual-core the GPU is alot better though.
     
  5. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

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    The CPU is not the same, the 2010 is the Arrandale or first generation iX and the 2011's are Sandy Bridge or second generation iX. But, I have seen the geek scores and they are close enough. The big jump comes in the 2011 15" and 17" models that use quad cores.

    One thing you might be able to swing is that you both keep your had drive. Just clone your drives to an external drive then swap drives, boot from the external and clone back. Of course you will both need to be in the same place to do this and but that might make for a fairer trade since you will notice the difference in boot time and loaded if you move away from a SSD. The ram is not interchangeable 1333 vs 1067 mhz.
     
  6. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    Ahem . . .

    You COULD very well swap the RAM - at least on your end. 1333 MHz RAM usually works fine in a 1067 MHz machine, the reverse does not work as well. I've done both.

    Re swapping hard drives - no need to clone them, etc., simply remove yours and install it in the 15" and remove the drive from the 15" and install it in the 13". Again, this is something I've done.
     
  7. miker2209 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the advice guys but i'll be swapping out the HDD with my SSD but i still have the original HDD, i think i might have to swap the RAM as well.
     
  8. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

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    Re swapping hard drives - no need to clone them, etc., simply remove yours and install it in the 15" and remove the drive from the 15" and install it in the 13". Again, this is something I've done.

    Absolutely not. Each has the necessary stuff for the specific hardware of the different models. Be safe not sorry.
     
  9. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    Wrong.

    If they're both running 10.7.2, they'll be interchangeable - each will already have all the drivers, etc., necessary.

    I've done it and it works fine.
     
  10. Nick McEnjoy macrumors member

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    The 2011 models have better chips. Why want an older chip?
     
  11. Nielsenius macrumors 6502a

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    A 2011 13" MBP has only slightly faster CPU than a 2010 15". The 15" has a graphics card and a larger screen. For the same price the 15" is a better option (unless you really need the portability of a 13").
     
  12. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

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    Glad I was wrong on this ;)
     

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