Macbook pro 15" 2010 i5, still a good purchase?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Crypanda, May 27, 2011.

  1. Crypanda macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2011
  2. KwanMan macrumors regular

    May 12, 2011
    depends how much it is
  3. ssmed macrumors 6502


    Sep 28, 2009
    I have the i7 2.66 and with a fast SSD and 8GB RAM in it it does everything I need, but if I was buying today there would need to be significant discounts to make me not get a new one. Although TB is all the rage, by the time we have a good selection of peripherals a new MBP will be coming up!
  4. Crypanda thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2011
    $1200, New, not refurb...
  5. ' r i S e n macrumors regular

    May 15, 2011
    It's only $400 less than the current low-end model (unless you want a glossy screen).

    I guess it is if the 2010 has the parts to deal with whatever it is that you want to use it for and you want to save $400 (when purchasing for the Apple Store).
  6. Blue Sun macrumors 6502a

    Feb 11, 2009
    Sounds like a good deal to me. The GT 330m in the 2010 15" MBP's outperform the AMD 6490m in the 2011 MBP's, so if you were keen to game, the 2010 would be ideal for that price.
  7. thunng8 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2006
    Good deal. Go for it.

    The 2010 models were good in that it doesn't produce as much heat/noise as the 2011 models. So if you don't need the extra performance of the quad core, then it would be a better user experience.

    Graphics with the 330M is about equivalent the low end 2011 15" model with the AMD 6490M.
  8. vaderhater245 macrumors 6502

    Mar 4, 2008
    Flagstaff, AZ
    Gaming depends on which 330m it is. the lower 15" only had 256MB. I'd save for a 2011 base 15.
  9. thunng8 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2006
    256MB or 512MB 330M speeds are exactly the same. It will only matter if crank up your resolution.. but if running native resolution or only slightly higher reoslution, the 512mb 330M is no faster.
  10. randomrazr macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2011
    1200 for a new 2010 15inch? from where?

    id say go for it

    if u dont mind not needing the quad cores in the new ones, or the hd facetime or better graphics card, other than that its cool beans
  11. dslrjunky macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2011
    I'd say buy it.. thats what i did..

    the money you saved instead of buying the base 2011 15" can be used for i think thats the going rate already for 2010 so I don't think you'll loose much money if you want to sell it down the line to upgrade and by that time TB is already matured and new models are already out..
  12. rev.b macrumors regular


    May 1, 2009
    If you aren't doing something very CPU intensive or some extreme gaming, a '10 with a SSD + 8 Gb RAM will be faster in almost everything you do in everyday computing than the base model '11 with hdd +4 Gb. ;)

    After getting a SSD for my '10 i5 2.4, I know I would prefer mine than a base '11...

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