Better to invest in a SSD for the 2011 MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by the big kx, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. the big kx macrumors newbie

    the big kx

    Nov 6, 2009

    I am looking at buying a MBP and have decided on all features but one: I am not sure whether to get the 500@7200 HDD or buy a 128 SSD.

    I am looking at purchasing a Pegasus R4 for all my HD Video files to be edited in FCP, so most of the stuff stored on the laptop itself will be music, apps and movies. Am I better investing in the new technology, even though it is over 350 GBs less then the HDD?

    If I do decide on the SSD, can I purchase a second internal HDD to put in? Through tigerdirect or something?

    Thanks for your time
  2. aramosc macrumors regular


    May 4, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    SSD makes a huuuge difference!
  3. Dark Void macrumors 68030

    Dark Void

    Jun 1, 2011
    it depends on the model as the 128ssd is priced differently as an upgrade for each one when customizing. if it's $100 for the upgrade and you would prefer the speed over the space, i would say that is a solid deal especially considering the support you will receive for it being an apple labeled drive. however, if it's a $200 upgrade like on the low-end 15'', you may want to get a stock hdd and upgrade to ssd yourself, so you can have an hdd and a ssd for the price of the ssd and use the leftover hdd as your storage, but if you just want the apple labeled ssd, $200 is still a great price. i'm assuming the lowend 13'' wasn't your buy as it doesn't have a 7200rpm hdd option which you are debating on. however, $250 is pretty good as 128gb ssds go for about $230-$250.

    basically, if you would prefer the speed over the storage, the 128gb apple labeled ssds are not a bad purchase.
  4. deadlystriker macrumors regular


    Jan 15, 2011
    I highly suggest to go ahead with the SSD upgrade. Personally I have the stock apple 256gb (my sig) and this thing is blazing fast and totally silent. Once you go ssd, you can never go back to a conventional hard drive. The 128 gb will do you fine, just manage your files well with an external hd. You won't regret it.;)
  5. DustinT macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2011
    My 240g Vertex 3 ssd is amazing. I highly recommend it. Just grab an external and be smart about your storage. Its plenty of space and the speed is addictive.

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