Buying Advice. Help needed

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by wooddar, Dec 7, 2014.

  1. wooddar macrumors newbie

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    I have the Late 2009 Macbook 13" (unibody) with upgraded 8gb RAM and 256gb SSD drive. The beauty of this Is I have been able to upgrade both (Ram and HDD), meaning it has survived until today. It is now however getting a little slow. Would love to have option to buy Windows Laptop again but no hardware/after sales support I can find comes close to Apple

    I understand that new Macbooks (13 and 15") cannot be upgraded as the Hard Drives and or RAM is soldered. Is this really true and if so what would those suggest I do to ensure my next Mac remains faster enough (can handle and keeps up with Video (4k +) and Pictures (36mb +) camera resolutions) for the next 5 years of use.

    Regards
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, it's true you can't upgrade drives or RAM on retina MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs. You can perform such upgrades on the 13" non-retina MBP. Any Mac model, including the Mac mini, made in recent years can easily handle the workload you described.
     
  3. sebseb macrumors 6502

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    I think a Macbook Pro retina 15" with dGPU will handle all that pretty well for at least 4 years! Technology advances pretty fast so it is normal that in 2-3 years you feel the machine isn't so fast anymore.
     
  4. wooddar thread starter macrumors newbie

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    13 vs 15 inch

    Are you referring only to the 13 inch as I thought the 15inch had upgrade options
     
  5. ohbrilliance macrumors 6502a

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    The 13" is now the only non-retina MBP that Apple sells.
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    The 15" non-retina is no longer offered by Apple.
     
  7. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Go for the 15 inch

    The 15 inch comes with 16gb of ram and hard drive space can be easily augmented with external hard drives cloud starage and NAS storage or even sd cards and usb sticks at a pinch.
     
  8. maflynn Moderator

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    Yes, its true, you cannot upgrade the ram, its soldered on. For the 15" MBP it comes with max ram, so that's a non issue. At the time of purchase you can opt for more memory and configure your mac, if you wish to get the 13" MBP.

    As for the drive, its not soldered on, but right now there's no one making any replacement drives. You can find them out on eBay, since people pulled them from the MBP to sell for what ever reason.
     
  9. Meister Suspended

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    For 4k video editing the 15" with dgpu would be recommended.
     
  10. Zerka macrumors member

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    A 15" rMBP with a dGPU would wourk fine for what you described. While they can't be upgraded, this hardware is far from being obsolete. A top of the line 15" rMBP will get you 2-3 years at the minimum before it starts to feel a bit sluggish.
     
  11. maflynn Moderator

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    Depending on how you use the computer, I'd say it will last even longer.
     

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