Add SSD to 2010 MacBook or get 2011 MacBook Air?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by dmk1974, Jun 23, 2012.

  1. dmk1974 macrumors 68000

    dmk1974

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    My daughter still uses her 2010 MacBook (the last of the white unibodies). It is in the stock configuration and has a 2.4 Core2Duo processor, 2gb RAM and 250gb HDD. She only uses about 30gb of space on the drive.

    I'd like to get her a little more speed for a modest cost and have decided on 2 options.

    A.) Get her a SSD drive. 64gb would do for sure, but the 128gb units are a good value right now.

    B.) Sell the 2010 MacBook and get her a 2011 11" base MacBook Air. I figure that swap would cost me about the same bump as the SSD drive. I think the smaller display is no issue and the MBA is more portable. Faster processor, same RAM, but only 64gb storage. I think that amount is still ok for her, but of course I'd be locked in.

    Of these two, and only these two, which is better...A or B?
     
  2. slynger macrumors regular

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    personally, I would do the SSD option. Just seems to make more sense.
     
  3. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

    dmk1974

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    Yes, that is definitely the easiest option and may be the route I go. My other thought of a benefit of going with a 2011 Air is that from the Apple refurb site, it would carry a 1-year warranty from Apple. The white MacBook has recently expired.
     
  4. dtjay7 macrumors regular

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    I have the 2010 Macbook with a 128 SSD. I love it. It is fairly current technology but more unique than all of the aluminum Macbook Pro's and Air's. I have also put a 500 GB drive in an Opti-bay for more storage. My son tried to give me his 13" Pro when we upgraded his to a 15" Pro. I just preferred the White Unibody.
     
  5. RocketRed macrumors 6502a

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    A.) Get her a SSD drive. 64gb would do for sure, but the 128gb units are a good value right now.

    use leftover money for desserts.
     
  6. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

    dmk1974

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    Sounds like the SSD may be the better/easier option. I'll have to keep a lookout for a great deal on one. Thanks!
     
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  8. robvas macrumors 68020

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    It's gotta get tight with only 2GB of RAM - you should be able to get 4GB for $30-$35 (probably cheaper used, like $15-$20, plenty of 2x2GB chips laying around from people that upgraded to 8GB)

    I'd do that, and the 128GB SSD :) Pick one up on Slickdeals for $75-$90 when one comes up
     
  9. SteveU30 macrumors newbie

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    I agree with this, I'd upgrade the RAM to 4GB, stick a 128GB SSD in it and upgrade to Mountain Lion when it's released. It'll feel like a brand new Mac then!
     

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