Advice on upgrade route.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by elf69, Nov 7, 2016.

  1. elf69 macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2016
    Cornwall UK
    I have a 2009 macbook running sierra.

    I want to upgrade to something bit newer and faster.
    I'm on a low income so buying a new mac is out the question.

    So I have been looking at refurbished macs.

    Found a refurb A1278 i5, 4GB, 500GB at a supplier.
    They can help me out with finance.

    Now here is the thing.
    My macbook works all well and good but can lag at times at work.

    But the finance deal is £744 (£31p/m over 24 months)

    I could afford this but....
    Buy time I paid it off it more than an ebay item (which I cannot afford outright) and a step up on my 2009 model is it still going to be supported as it a 2012 model.

    It has usb 3.0 so be good for my usb sticks and HDDs as they usb 3.0
    plus the sd slot means can download my dashcam vids with a card reader.

    Am I just being silly and should I save for few years and buy a new macbook.

    How many here have been in similar situation?
    what did you do?
  2. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    I'd save a little more and pick up a rMBP.

    I had a mid 2009 13" up until a couple years ago. I didn't NEED a laptop at the time, so I gave it to my parents. Last year I decided I needed a laptop again, so I went and picked up a early 2015 13" rMBP. It's a great computer.
  3. elf69 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2016
    Cornwall UK
    my late 2009 unibody is a good machine.
    If had the 2010 model 2.4GHz then could up the ram past 8GB.

    but the monitor app says I'm not using more than 4.3GB so must be the 2.26GHz core2duo maxing out.

    Not a major lag just more annoyance than anything.

    I'm used to the beachball on my 2007 imac so not a real issue.

    Think it more I want a newer machine than need one.
    But I am using it more an more now.

    I'll try and save not easy as never get to build anything up as bills or something breaks.

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