Hypothetically: late 2009 high-end new MBP13 or mid 2010 base MBP13

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by stefan1975, May 11, 2010.

  1. stefan1975 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2010
    Hi All,

    Disclaimer: chances are i won't buy either of these models because of reasons that have already been mentioned in this forum a few times.

    I have been looking to buy the base 2010 MBP13 refresh but kinda decided not to over the past few weeks. It is €1149 here for the base model.

    A big store here now has the late 2009 high-end MBP13 on sale also for €1149 (not 2nd hand, not refurb, n.i.b.). So its the same price as the "new" model only with a lesser video card (9400 instead of 320) and a little less battery time, but with a 320GB HD and a 2.53ghz C2D p8700 and also 4gb DDR3 RAM. It also comes with OSX 10.5 instead of SL.

    will replacing the battery on the 2009 model bring it up to par with the 2010 model or are there more changes causing the improved battery life?

    so between the two and the minor advantages of the new model, what would be the better deal in your opinion? This is a 2 hour deal coming this friday.

    thanks guys!
  2. Bradan macrumors member

    May 6, 2010
    are you gaming on it?
    do you need audio over dp->hdmi?

    if yes to one or both, get the 2010.
  3. stefan1975 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2010
    most of my gaming is done on my PS3 so i don't really think it will see a lot of gaming, i might throw in a few games for the kids though.

    when @home i watch most of my movies on either my NAS streaming to the PS3 or on BluRay which err also is on the PS3. I do watch the occasional vid when using it on vacation or something, but would most likely be on the laptop itself.

    the reason the late 2009 seems interesting is because it seems just a tad little faster with the C2D 2.53 over the 2.4 base 2010 version.

    usually i wouldn't really be looking at last years model but since there seems little difference apart from the 320M i was actually considering it.
  4. vant macrumors 65816

    Jul 1, 2009
    That .13 won't be noticed. The 320M will be the biggest factor, 80% jump in GPU performance.
  5. iPlatypus macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Stefan: I would recommend you to get the 2010 model. You aren't going to notice the speed bump of 2.4 to 2.53 GHz, while the 2010 model has a newer GPU, slightly better battery etc.
    I'd also recommend you to order it in the Apple Store through this link: http://store.apple.com/nl_aoc_128506

    By doing that, you get a student discount of 12%. There is no verification AT ALL, me and alot of other people at Tweakers.net (Dutch) have done it too. The 13" MBP 2010 costed me 1011 euros that way. (instead of €1149 euros)

    They don't verify or something, selling = selling for Apple. ;)
  6. stefan1975 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2010
    yes i did notice the educational discount. perhaps i can get even a somewhat larger discount via via (like 20%), but only from the apple store. So that pretty much closes the deal on the 2009 model i guess. Now i am considering getting the 15" instead, since the net discount would be even higher that way. :D

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