Help needed: new MBP vs. 2010 Refurb

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by frunk, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. frunk macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2011
    I have a piss poor white MacBook from Mid 2009 (2.13Ghz C2D) with 4GB RAM and a 160GB HD. My shell is cracking. It's time for an upgrade.

    Basically, I have narrowed it down to 2 options:

    13.3" 2.7Ghz i7 Dual Core
    4 GB RAM
    500 GB Hard Drive
    1280x800 LED

    $1,399 (Education Discount)


    15.4" 2.53Ghz i5 Dual Core
    4 GB RAM
    500GB Hard Drive
    1440x900 LED

    $1,439 (Education Discount)

    I'm using this computer for moderate-intense Photoshop CS5 and Dreamweaver in addition to basic student tasks. I want a future-proof computer that will last me at least 4 years.

    I am aware that the 13.3" has the slightly inferior graphics card, but I doubt it will hinder my PS CS5 much, if at all.

    In the future, I will be upgrading the HD to a SSD, so don't compare those aspects or the RAM.

    So basically, which one will be getting higher speeds after Turbo Boost/Hyper Threading?
  2. frunk thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2011
  3. laser71 macrumors regular

    Nov 29, 2010
    I would go for the 15" based on screen size, especially for Photoshop and Dreamweaver. Otherwise the specs are fairly close and neither will have a stunning advantage.
  4. frunk thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2011
    The 13 inch screen is fine for me for Photoshop right now. I'm only worried about 'future-proofing' the computer so that it doesn't lag behind TOO much in 3-4 years.
  5. smallnshort247 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2010
    Even though I have the 15 inch 2010, I'd probably go w/ the 13 just because it was "newer". But I'd personally recommend the 15inch i5 :D

    In all seriousness though, I think the 13 inch screen is just too small. I used it before and I prefer the 15 inch so much more.
  6. AbyssImpact macrumors 6502a

    Aug 6, 2010
  7. Zman5225 macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2005
    Tacoma WA
    Im using my new 13" MBP and i'm loving it! I got rid of a 15" MBP to "upgrade" to this one and i'm glad I did. When I need more screen real estate I hook up to an external monitor. I really hated lugging around a 15".
  8. frunk thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2011
    Hmmm, interesting. Thanks everyone! I've kinda ruled out the 2010 15.4, but now I'm curious about the new Quad 2.0.

    (all of this is after education pricing)
    The 2.7Ghz i7 13.3" costs $1,400, and I intend to switch out the hard drive for an SSD for extra speed. So for all intents, let's say it costs $1,600.

    The 2.0Ghz i7Quad 15.4" costs $1,700.

    Would I be getting significantly faster speeds with a 15.4" 2.0 Quad (even compared to an SSD 2.7Ghz Dual)?

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