Going from a 17" MBP to a 13" MBA. Advice?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by NiroshanMan, Dec 31, 2011.


What should I do with my mid-2009 17" MacBook Pro?

  1. Keep it, not worth selling it at a loss now. Wait a while.

    6 vote(s)
  2. Sell it now before the next MBA refresh comes out.

    5 vote(s)
  3. Sell it after the next MBA refresh comes out.

    1 vote(s)
  1. NiroshanMan macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2007
    So currently I'm living with my lovely 2.5 year old 17" 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 8GB MBP with 512mb 9600m GT VRAM with a 500GB 5400RPM HDD. I love it, but I'm looking to replace it with a lighter and faster machine. I've owned this baby since Mid-2009 and cared for it ever since, i'm also lucky enough to work at an authorized Apple repair shop and get parts on it replaced easily (even cosmetic :p).

    A) How much should I sell my MacBook Pro?
    Anyways I'm trying to figure out a good pricepoint to sell this at. It's hard to say what the price has dipped down to for this model. I put it on CL and someone offered me a new 11" base model MBA (2GB/64GB SSD/i5) + $450 in cash. I'm really looking to upgrade to a 13" model, but I could take this as a deal (if it is one) and resell the 11" and purchase a used/refurb 13" current model. The MacBook Pro is in great condition, I have the original box and CDs and unopened charger and such and has AppleCare until mid-2012. What is a good price point for this machine?

    B) Should I sell now or wait until the rumored 15" MBA or new models arrive?
    I'm worried that my MBP will depreciate in value even more in the time I wait from now until the next refresh (which seems fairly imminent). I feel like I could get a fairly good swap for my MBP for a current gen MBA and then resell it again in time for the new refresh and not lose a terrible amount of money. Instead of waiting until the refresh and selling my current MBP which could lose even more value.

    C) Will a MacBook Air fulfill my needs that my MBP served?
    I'm a graphic designer and I do quite a bit of photoshop/illustrator work, but I'm also an avid cinematographer, but I'm not too too serious. I don't do it often enough to really need super fast renders, but then again i'm used to my MBP speeds and that may be a bit bias. Will a 4GB/256GB SSD/i5 or i7 processor be enough to outweigh or even match my dated MBP? I did do a bit of gaming a while ago, but now I don't do it as much, but I'd still like to be able to run graphics at good speeds. All I really want is a lighter version of my current MBP and I'm willing to downgrade in screen size, since the 13" MBA has a hi-res screen and I use an external monitor.

    Phew, that was quite a lot to write out. Sorry if this is a lot to read, but please help me!
  2. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    I Voted Keep It

    I have a brand new MBA and a 17" MBP also replaced this year.....I use them both. For the money you would get I'd hang on to it.
  3. lippyt macrumors member

    Aug 14, 2010
    The HD 3000 is **** slow compared to the 9600m. Even if benchmarks state a small disparity you will not get the smooth performance of a dedicated GPU for the MBA.

    For your work it's perfectly fine, I find using PS on the current MBA viable, I am a heavy user (I draw cartoons and this requires many layers) and I would even say there is a perceivable performance boost as compared to a 2.66GHZ C2D (MBP 2009).
  4. NiroshanMan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2007
    So you think I should wait to sell it until after this refresh comes out?
  5. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    If your current computer still meets your needs, I'd hold on to it -- at least until the refresh.
  6. NiroshanMan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2007
    Do you think it will depreciate in value a lot if I wait until after the refresh?
  7. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    To be honest, with it being a core 2 duo, it's not going to be worth a huge amount now, anyway.

    The amount it will depreciate over a likely 6 month period is probably minimal.
  8. AlvinNguyen macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
    You will hate the 13" screen - trust me, I did this. Went right back after 5 weeks (would have came back in 3 if I wasn't stuck overseas). I'm selling my 13" air now
  9. Lindenhurst macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2011

    I like my 13 inch screen. It was a bit of adjustment since I have an iMac 27, but for what I use it for, it is fine. I like the portability of the small unit.

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