2009 MBP - replacement options?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by bobbydaz, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. bobbydaz macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2009
    My 17" MBP is coming up for 5 years old and beginning to show it's age.

    2009 2.93 Core Duo / 8gb ram / 512 ssd

    I'm using it mainly for graphic design, Adobe CC (InDesign page layout + medium to heavy Photoshop work).

    TBH I don't necessarily need another laptop as 95% of the time it's on my desk rigged up to an Apple 24" LED display.

    As I see it my options are:

    2013 MBP - 13" or 15" retina - improved performance to current MBP, but paying for portability and HQ screen I will rarely use.
    2013 iMac - nice, but probably paying for a screen I don't really need.
    2014 Mac Pro - lovely, but way too expensive.
    So this brings me to my final choice:
    2012 Mac Mini - This would be my cheapest option and I would increase ram to 16gb and use the 512 ssd from my current MBP.

    I suppose my dilemma and question would be - is a Mac Mini powerful enough to use for graphic design work? On paper the specs are far better than my 5 yr old MBP but would my money be better spent on one of the other options. My upper budget is around £1600 ($2600).
  2. cypriot macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2011
    Mini seems like a fine choice given that you dont need neither portability nor a screen. However i would wait for an update in mac mini specs. Even without any update the current version seems more than great.
  3. bobbydaz thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2009
    Yes I was thinking of waiting for the imminent update. Please hurry up Apple!
  4. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    A current Mac Mini is likely to be faster than a 5 year old computer.

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