Macbook Pro 13 Inch, Mid 2009 - time to upgrade?

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  1. Izzybeff macrumors member

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    As the title states, I have a 13 inch Macbook Pro, Mid 2009 laptop and it is definitely time to upgrade. I work full time from home on my computer every day and spend a lot of time watching the spinning wheel. The computer has started to majorly heat up and the fan doesn't seem to be able to keep up any longer. This especially happens when i'm in the middle of doing a webinar. I know I've gotten my money's worth out of this computer, but haven't quite decided what I should upgrade to. Any advice would be wonderful.

    I'm not doing any heavy computing or gaming, but I do use the laptop 8-9 hours a day. I'm generally logged into citrix the entire time. I also do a lot of webinars through gotomeeting. I use quickbooks, email and surf the web. A few pictures, but basically that's it. I have all apple products, so definitely want to stay with them as I love how they all sync together.

    Should I stick with a Macbook Pro or switch to an Air or the regular Macbook? I've been thinking about upgrading for about a year, but when you haven't bought a new laptop in 6 years, the sticker shock is a bit much.
     
  2. Closingracer macrumors 68000

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    IF you want it to last as long as possible I would go with the Macbook pro with retina display since the specs are better thus last longer then the air with its weaker specs
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    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-m...lver/8532557.p?id=1219343246941&skuId=8532557

    BestBuy is selling the base 13 inch model for $1,199.99 which is $100 cheaper or you can get it at B&H photo for the same price but no sales tax unless you live in NYC or in a state which charges sales tax for online purchases


    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=macbook+pro+13&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=


    Also the 256GB upgraded model is $1,399.99 which is cheaper then the MSRP of $1,499.99
     
  3. Izzybeff thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks. Do you think I'll see a world of difference between the 128 and 256?
     
  4. poematik13 macrumors 6502a

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    its double the storage, and a little bit faster. rule of thumb with SSD's is that the bigger the capacity, the faster it is. The 200 dollar upgrade is not bad as that SSD unit alone on ebay is around 250-300
     
  5. cerberusss macrumors 6502a

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    If you got sticker shock, I think the MacBook Air is great for you as well -- assuming you want s 13".

    Whatever you choose though, you might want to wait for March and see if new versions come out.
     
  6. Izzybeff thread starter macrumors member

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    I thought just the iPhone and iPad were being upgraded in March? Are they doing all of them?
     
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  8. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    I upgraded from a 2009 13" MBP(2.53GHz Core2 Duo/8GB RAM/256GB SSD) to a 2015 13" rMBP(3.1GHz i7/16GB RAM/512GB SSD). It was a great upgrade, although the i7 upgrade was overkill and totally not worth the $200 charge.
     
  9. Izzybeff thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for sharing that! I wondered if it was worth the extra money, but for me figured probably not. I will most likely go with the 256 SSD and the 8 GB of memory. I assume it can be updated to 16 like my old one was able to be.
     
  10. Steve121178 macrumors 68040

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    You can't go wrong with the Pro. In it's current form, I'd not even consider the MacBook Air.
     
  11. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    The retina MacBook, retina MacBook Pro and MacBook Air are not upgradeable. The RAM is soldered onto the logic board.

    8GB of RAM really should be enough for most people.
     
  12. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    You can order the pro with 16gb but it is not upgradeable after market.
     
  13. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    As others have posted above, new MacBook Pros are due sometime between March and June.

    As the old saying goes, "if you need now, buy now".

    But if you are able to hold off for a few months, might be worth it in the long run.
     
  14. Scarpad macrumors 68000

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    well it depends the newer will be faster no doubt but the current models are getting pretty good discounts so balance the new for utting edge to saving a few bucks its like buying last years model car
     
  15. Izzybeff thread starter macrumors member

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    So ideally I should wait till they announce and then buy last year's model, right? That would be the best price I would assume.
     
  16. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    You can get discounts on the current models by going with a refurbished unit.
     
  17. scupking macrumors 6502a

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    Wait until June since the new ones should be out.
     

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