Advice: Upgrade older MBP, or sell & buy a new one?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by MacAztec, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. MacAztec macrumors 68040


    Oct 28, 2001
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    I have a Late 2006 MBP, with a 2.16GHz Core2Duo, 15" Screen, good hard drive, etc. It's in mint condition (no dings or dents), but it's getting old. The battery doesn't last too long anymore, and I could definitely use a bit more speed.

    I'm debating between selling it, and purchasing a newer (but used) MBP, or a 13" MBA (new model). Either way, I'd have to spend roughly $500 extra to get what I'd want.

    On the other hand, I could upgrade the battery to something new (OWC's batteries), and maybe throw in a 256GB SSD drive.

  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    If you're looking to save some $$$, just buy a new battery, upgrade to a faster HDD or SSD with more capacity and max out your RAM.

    I just did that a few weeks ago, minus the battery, with my early 2007 MBP and I feel good about it lasting another 3-5 years.
  3. Tomple macrumors 6502a


    Dec 12, 2008
    New York, New York
    I would go for the new

    there are some awesome new features and its always fun for a new computer :)

    if the price is right, go for it and don't look back :)
  4. 7thMac macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2010
    Research what you can get for the MBP. Apple computers hold their value amazingly well.
  5. miata macrumors 6502

    Oct 22, 2010
    Silicon Valley, Earth
    I would get the OWC battery and throw in an SSD to hold you over until the MBAs and MBPs converge over the next 6 months.
  6. pukifloyd macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2008
    If I were you I'd just get the battery and buy a new one next year when they upgrade it.
  7. Alag28 macrumors 6502

    Aug 23, 2006
    or if u want to give me a good deal on it ill buy it off of u
  8. Epsilon88 macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2009
    I was in a similar situation to you. I upgraded the RAM to 4 gb and installed Snow Leopard. My computer feels brand new now and I'm very happy with it. Unless you need a state-of-the-art computer for intensive applications, an upgrade will do just fine.
  9. MacAztec thread starter macrumors 68040


    Oct 28, 2001
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    My laptop would fetch $700-$750 on the market.

    A new battery would cost $80, and a new SSD would be about ~$170. It'd be safe to say that the upgrades all together would cost me $250.

    My upgraded computer would fetch 4 hours of battery life. The 13" MBP (which can be found for roughly $950), fetches 8+ hours...

    Tough choice.

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