Is the MBP 2010 Still good?

CalCrickson

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So i have a Mid 2010 model, What is your opinion on the Macbook four years after its release? would you still class it as a good laptop etc?
 

Rodrigo Yoshida

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I was using a MBP mid 2010 until last year as my main computer, I work with web development, so in my opinion it's a great machine. If it suits your needs there is no reason to replace it, unless money is not an issue for you and you really want a new machine.
 

KUguardgrl13

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I had a 2009 as my main machine until last year. I got a new battery installed which seems to have extended its life. My parents still have their 17" 2010 MBP.

It's a good computer if it still meets your needs. If you haven't yet, you might look into upgrading the RAM if it's not maxed out, replacing the hard drive with an SSD, and replacing the battery if it has a lot of cycles. Those upgrades will speed things up a bit and give it some life. I'd also suggest upgrading to Mavericks if you haven't already. Yosemite should also run fine when it's released.
 

Freyqq

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With an ssd and 8gb of ram, it is more than enough for most things.

The only things I miss compared to when using my newer rmbp are that the dgpu engages too easily (ex. Chrome), extra pound of weight, extra ports, and no retina screen. The speed is still enough for most tasks. Since Intel has been focusing more and more on power efficiency, the increases in speed over each generation recently haven't been as large as usual.
 

TechZeke

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I'd take a 2010 any day over a new $500-$700 PC laptop, so I'd say it's still a great machine.

Frankly, what makes a great laptop is subjective. Even 2007 white Macbook is still great machine for allot of people and gets the job done. (Which is what makes people screaming about needing 16GB of RAM for 20 tabs of google chrome pretty funny)
 
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maflynn

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My wife/kids are still using a 2010 MBP, its fine. They also have a 2009 Mac Mini and again it does everything they want it too.
 

Samuelsan2001

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My brotrher uses my old 2010 13 inch it has 8gb RAM and a 240gb ssd in it and it is still one of the best laptops around.
 

Cloudsurfer

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The 2010 is still fine, but it depends on what you're doing. It's crazy slow in H.264 encoding so if you're doing a lot of video editing, get at least a Sandy Bridge model.

Otherwise, there is not much to complain. Put an SSD in there and you're golden.
 

556fmjoe

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It's as good as it was in 2010.

As long as they are working properly, computers don't get slower; it's our standards and perceptions of "fast" and "slow" that change as technology advances.
 

kfmfe04

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I will buy a mid-2014 rmbp in the coming weeks, but I don't intend to retire my 13" 2009 mbp.

Having that machine placed strategically in my second offsite will alleviate the need to lug the rmbp there; that's definitely worth a lot more than what little I can sell it for!
 

beachmama

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I was just given a mid 2010 MacBookPro 13". I'm ready to order a 1TB SSD and add 4GB of RAM all for $319 . . . seems a small price to pay for location independence. I have a 1 year-old iMac 27" that I use for photo editing (Lightroom), accounting and writing/blogging.
 

apolloa

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I have the mid I think 2010 15" model, it has a Samsung 512GB SSD and 8GB ram, it's done me well, but it IS slower these days running the latest OSX and I have a line of stuck pixels going down the screen, I need to replug the monitor cable to the motherboard to see if it fixes it.
Anyway I'll be looking to update at some point in the next year or so. She's done me well though it must be said. But I use my 9.7" iPad Pro a lot these days.

I look at it as a computer that's lasted 7 years ish so far... and it cost half of what the new ones are. If I got a new one it would probably be the low end i7 15" with 512GB SSD and the Radeon 460 PRO.
 

haydn!

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I have the mid I think 2010 15" model, it has a Samsung 512GB SSD and 8GB ram, it's done me well, but it IS slower these days running the latest OSX and I have a line of stuck pixels going down the screen, I need to replug the monitor cable to the motherboard to see if it fixes it.
Anyway I'll be looking to update at some point in the next year or so. She's done me well though it must be said. But I use my 9.7" iPad Pro a lot these days.

I look at it as a computer that's lasted 7 years ish so far... and it cost half of what the new ones are. If I got a new one it would probably be the low end i7 15" with 512GB SSD and the Radeon 460 PRO.
This is pretty much my situation. I have a mid-2010 model too. I was hoping to upgrade last year, but the release really left a bitter taste in my mouth. Not so much the specs, but the £800 price jump in the UK - only half of which was down to currency. I need to make a move this year though as I don't think it will hold out much longer. I just hope the rumours of an update over the Summer are true.
 
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beachmama

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I have the mid I think 2010 15" model, it has a Samsung 512GB SSD and 8GB ram, it's done me well, but it IS slower these days running the latest OSX and I have a line of stuck pixels going down the screen, I need to replug the monitor cable to the motherboard to see if it fixes it.
Anyway I'll be looking to update at some point in the next year or so. She's done me well though it must be said. But I use my 9.7" iPad Pro a lot these days.

I look at it as a computer that's lasted 7 years ish so far... and it cost half of what the new ones are. If I got a new one it would probably be the low end i7 15" with 512GB SSD and the Radeon 460 PRO.
Good to know as I'm considering upgrading to a 1TB SDD & adding 4GB RAM (8GB total) in a 2010 13" MacPro that was just given to me. I'm thinking that should be enough to keep it humming even with the latest OSX . . .
 

apolloa

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This is pretty much my situation. I have a mid-2010 model too. I was hoping to upgrade last year, but the release really left a bitter taste in my mouth. Not so much the specs, but the £800 price jump in the UK - only half of which was down to currency. I need to make a move this year though as I don't think it will hold out much longer. I just hope the rumours of an update over the Summer are true.
Yeah not impressed with the huge price hike. But Microsoft have done it now also, I see it as pure price gouging myself. But anyway I was thinking of a Surface Book when it's updated, but like I said, my Mac has lasted 7 years and at least you can remove the bottom of that computer with a screwdriver. I like the idea of Touch ID integrated too.

Good to know as I'm considering upgrading to a 1TB SDD & adding 4GB RAM (8GB total) in a 2010 13" MacPro that was just given to me. I'm thinking that should be enough to keep it humming even with the latest OSX . . .
It will give your computer a new lease of life, especially the SSD. If you want your computer to last a bit longer it's the best thing you can do.
 

diamond.g

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The only thing I have noticed my 2010 15" have an issue with is 4K video from my iPhone. Well that and we don't get all the nifty features like Continuity and Apple Watch unlock.
 

haydn!

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Yeah not impressed with the huge price hike. But Microsoft have done it now also, I see it as pure price gouging myself. But anyway I was thinking of a Surface Book when it's updated, but like I said, my Mac has lasted 7 years and at least you can remove the bottom of that computer with a screwdriver. I like the idea of Touch ID integrated too.
When I bought mine, I planned for it to last 4 years, so I guess I could convince myself I should have spent £2000 3 years ago and £2000 again next year... so really I'm saving £1500. Not sure who I'm trying to convince here now haha
 
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