I am an academic in the humanities and do most of my research and writing on my mid-2010 Macbook Pro (7.1). I mostly use web browsing and basic applications (word processing and basic media) on it and don't do anything crazy with it, but nonetheless it is working slower than it used to. I have reduced the amount of documents and media (mostly music) I store on it and this and other steps have helped a bit, but I am considering upgrading it in any case as I would like to get a few more years out of it before I have to replace it. I am considering upgrading two things: 1) Memory: I know this will speed it up. It currently has 4GB and I am thinking of upgrading to 8GB. I read that I technically can upgrade to 16GB, but I also read that it might not be worth it with the laptop's processor (2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo). Which is the case? Also, if possible would it even be worth upgrading to 16GB seeing as I am not using demanding applications? 2) Storage: I am considering increasing my storage space as well. I have read that switching to SSD would speed things up but again, would that be necessary for my purposes? I want to increase the memory to 1.0TB and doing so with an SSD would be prohibitively expensive for me so I am considering a hybrid HDD/SSD. Is this a good alternative for me? How much better performance is it likely to provide than a traditional hard drive? Any answers or suggestions you could give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.