Do you still use pre-Retina Macbooks?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by boppin, Sep 12, 2017.

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Do you still use pre-Retina Macbooks?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

    35.8%
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  1. boppin macrumors regular

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    #1
    Hello!

    One thing I want to know.

    Do you still use pre-Retina Macbooks?

    And if yes, why?

    Thank you!
     
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Yes, because my machines meet both my and my SO's needs just fine.
     
  3. Orizence macrumors 6502

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    Ive seen many people use their Pre-Retina MacBooks even today. The speed increase isn't that important to most people.
     
  4. tubeexperience macrumors 68040

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  5. Audit13 macrumors 601

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    Still use an early 2011 13" for troubleshooting other Mac's and checking email.
     
  6. boppin thread starter macrumors regular

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    And do you use the "old" ports like FireWire 800 and Ethernet?
     
  7. AFEPPL macrumors 68030

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    Once you go retina, you cant go back... but its hard to miss something you've never had.
     
  8. Audit13 macrumors 601

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    I don't use FireWire but I do use Ethernet to setup routers, access points, wireless repeaters, and wireless bridges.
     
  9. simonsi macrumors 601

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    My early-2011 13" is still my primary machine for home and work, SSD and RAM upgrades solve any speed issue, it runs Sierra great and I don't miss a Retina screen as I've never had one. Connected via ethernet right now as wifi in this part of the office isn't ideal, don't use FW on this machine but my 2011 iMac at home has a FW drive attached for TM backup.

    Battery on this machine is down to 86% so looking at getting that changed...
     
  10. redheeler macrumors 604

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    I still enjoy my Early 2011 17" MacBook Pro, as the screen is large and pixel density is high, though not high enough to qualify as Retina. It's a secondary Mac though, not my main portable which is a 2012 Retina.
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    Firewire might come in handy as I maintain a collection of older Macs, but I have yet to use the 2011 MBP's Firewire port. I did use the Thunderbolt port once to install MacOS Sierra on a 2011 iMac.
     
  11. boppin thread starter macrumors regular

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    mmh, I never used Thunderbolt. Just FireWire 800 to back up my data to an external hard disk.
     
  12. the caveman macrumors 6502

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    Still rocking my 2009 macbook pro, working like a champ with zero issues.
     
  13. boppin thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oh, that's nice to hear. :)
     
  14. Populus macrumors 6502a

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    2010 13" MacBook Pro here!

    I tried a 2015 13" MBP and a 2017 13" MBP this summer, and for one thing or another, I ended up returning them. Now I'm deliberating wether to purchase a 2017 13" nTB now with the Beats Solo 3 promo, or wait for the cannonlake MacBook pro... on 2018 or 2019.

    Why I'm still using this old MacBook pro? Because it still delivers a good performance (changed the HDD for an SSD and maxed the RAM up to 8GB) being a seven year old laptop, and I've developed some kind of affection for this machine. I have experienced a lot of things with it, in this 7 years.
     
  15. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, my only machine right now is a 2012 non-retina 15" Macbook Pro.

    Why do I use it? Well it's not broken and it still meets all my needs just fine. Besides, it's almost always hooked up to an external monitor when I'm at home.

    When this machine breaks down on me (as I don't see my usage patterns changing) then I will probably pick up a 2017 or later.
     
  16. EugW macrumors 603

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    2017 12" Retina MacBook 16 GB + SSD - This 2 lb beast is my road warrior for business usage, and it's also great for surfing on the couch and in the bedroom.
    2009 13" MacBook Pro 8 GB + SSD - Just for various around-the-house type computing needs, guest usage, and occasional road trips with the kids.
    2008 13" white MacBook 4 GB + SSD - Kitchen and breakfast bar surfing and recipe computer.

    Although the Retina MacBook is best for meetings and business trips or lectures, I take the 2009 MBP instead of the Retina MacBook when on short trips in the car with the kids even though the MBP is over twice as heavy, because I'm afraid my young kids might break my precious Retina MacBook. I'd cry less if they broke my MBP. I actually have High Sierra running on that 8 year old MBP though, and as mentioned, I've upgraded it to 8 GB and SSD.

    The white MacBook is one I truly wouldn't mind if it got broken by the kids, but it isn't very good for this type of traveling since it's stuck on Lion. This introduces incompatibiities, such as the fact that it won't properly tether my (now iOS 11) iPhone via a wired connection for cellular, and the fact that it is stuck with old unsupported browsers. At home for recipes and basic surfing it's fine though, with its 4 GB and SSD. But even watching YouTube on it can be irritating, since it has no hardware h.264 decode acceleration.
     
  17. JackieInCo Suspended

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    I have a 2012 13" MBP that i Bought new at BestBuy two years ago in July. I don't use it a whole lot because my 2015 15" is what I use most of the time. I just wanted a computer that still has a burner in it so I can burn an occasional CD. I did put a SSD in the 2012 back in March and the RAM is 16GB.
     
  18. EugW macrumors 603

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    Just FYI in case you didn't already know, you can use a $40 external burner with any of the MacBooks.
     
  19. JackieInCo Suspended

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    I'm aware of that but then again, it's not built in which is why I bought the model that I bought.
     
  20. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    I do.
     
  21. baypharm macrumors 68000

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    Same here.
     
  22. EugW, Sep 14, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2017

    EugW macrumors 603

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    Which models and which OS?

    My 2009 is a MacBookPro5,5, and runs High Sierra perfectly. So far it seems the 13" and 15" models are fine.

    http://dosdude1.com/highsierra/

    MacBookPro5,5 (13-inch Mid 2009) - No issues
    MacBookPro5,3 (15-inch Mid 2009) - No issues
    MacBookPro5,1 (15-inch Late 2008) - No issues

    MacBook5,2 (Early [Mid] 2009 MacBook) - Screen brightness not controllable (buttons don't work either), volume buttons do not work, same trackpad detected as USB mouse issue
     
  23. monkmartinez macrumors newbie

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    2011 17" here, it has been my pride and joy for 6 years. I have upgraded the RAM to 16gb and installed 2 SSD's via data doubler. I had the logic board replaced under the recall last year. The battery is dying... again and I need some USB3.0/USB-C ports. She is long in the tooth, but will remain at home until she passes.

    This will be my last Mac unless they (Apple) pull a rabbit out of the hat in the next few months.
     
  24. xb2003 macrumors 6502

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    My first Mac was a 2015 15" and shortly after i found a good deal on a 2011 13" that I threw 16GB of ram and an SSD in, and I kind of regret buying the 15". Hell the battery life on the thing is still 4-5 hours generally, and the battery has never been replaced.
     
  25. EugW macrumors 603

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    Please ignore my comment about the 17". It's MacBook5,2 that is the problem, not MacBookPro5,2.
     

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