choosing the right MBP...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by thematt, Aug 19, 2015.

  1. thematt macrumors member


    Oct 19, 2010
    so i had the 2010 entry level 13in MBP but she sadly died in June. i've been able to FINALLY save up enough money to replace her but am nervous about making a decision.

    while most of the world has grown past DVDs and CDs, i'm one of those old timers who cant give up physical CDs/DVDs for digital versions just yet so i'm thinking i'll buy the 13in MBP that still includes the disc drive.

    i don't game or edit video so honestly the hardest task the computer will have is streaming music and netflix and holding onto my iTunes library/Photo library.

    after customizing a few things i've pretty much decided on the following:
    • 2.9GHz Dual-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
    • 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM — 2x4GB
    • 1TB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
    • SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    • Backlit Keyboard (English) & User's Guide
    • Accessory Kit
    i'm really bummed out that i won't have the retina display but for $1500 i think this would be a pretty solid computer and last me a while. i just wish i was a little more technology smart so i could make perfect decisions for myself. haha. do you guys think this would be good for a average everyday computer user? i don't do anything crazy so i'm pretty sure it'll fit my needs perfectly.
  2. Sun Baked, Aug 19, 2015
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2015

    Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    How often do you use the DVD/CD drive?

    Buy the retina display machine and spend $30 on a 3rd party external DVD drive for those times you will need it.

    If you use a DVD/CD drive quite a bit, spend more money on a full sized external unit.


    Got both types of drives a small cheap bus powered one, and a large external unit.

    Prefer either of these to the slot loading drives Apple sells/uses.


    Speaking of not giving up old tech, I bought a ethernet adapter, LG DVD drive, and a Sabrent-FTDI serial adapter for my new retina MacBook Pro.

    Been using the serial adapter, and likely will need the ethernet adapter and lug around the DVD drive until some old machines get phased out at work.
  3. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    As someone else already noted, you can use an external DVD drive. Aside from the retina screen, the new rMBP models have faster RAM, GPU and SSD. They also have better battery life.

    I wouldn't spend the extra on the CPU upgrade. There isn't going to be a noticeable improvement.

    You can upgrade the RAM yourself, but for your uses, 4GB is probably fine.

    The HDD is also upgradeable. Pick up a stock 2.5GHz/4GB/500GB model and upgrade the HDD yourself later.

    Or go with a retina model. They're pretty damn nice.
  4. Mr.C macrumors 601

    Apr 3, 2011
    London, UK.
    I agree with T5BRICK. The CPU upgrade is a waste of money and you won't see any significant boost in performance.
  5. mickeydean macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2011
  6. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Yep, as others said a retina (refurbed to save money) and an external DVD drive is a much better option at this stage.
  7. Queen6 macrumors 604


    Dec 11, 2008
    Land of the Unexpected
    This is the way to go, the old cMBP battery life is also poor compared to the new systems

  8. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    I'd buy a base model 13" that would be way faster than this nearing-on-4-years-old machine, and a $20 external DVD drive.
  9. LxHunter macrumors 6502

    Nov 14, 2010
    Yes this. What I did.
    You want the retina screen.
  10. Jordan9 macrumors member


    Aug 30, 2011
    I have basically the same MBP you are looking to get except, over the years, I replaced the HDD with a SSD and put the HDD in the superdrive bay and use that HDD for iTunes and Photos and other storage. I still have an external Superdrive I use from when I had a MBAir for when I need it, which isn't often. I bought this MBP back in 2013 to save money from buying the Retina MBP at the time.

    If I was buying a new one today, I would get the retina version and get an external cd/dvd drive.
  11. ThisOldMacHead macrumors member

    Dec 17, 2007
    South Jersey
    You're the only one who can decide what you want... You're going to find very strong opinions in here with regard to that machine, it doesn't mean any of them are right (or wrong, they're just opinions). If you prefer to have an internal SuperDrive, then that's your preference and you should just go for it.

    Personally... I'd go for a refurbed unit, if possible. At the very least, I'd grab a stock unit and upgrade the ram myself - much cheaper. Skip the i7 upgrade... You're not going to notice that much of a difference. Two cores are two cores.

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