Macbook pro 2010 15 inch versus 2011 13 inch

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by shaun319, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. shaun319 macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2010
    New York City
    I currently have a macbook pro spring 2010 15 inch entry level (2.4 Ghz i5, 4 gb ram, 320 hdd). I am thinking about selling it and getting a 2011 macbook pro 13 inch mainly for improved portability. Would I really be sacrificing a lot in terms of performance?

    I mainly use the copy for web surfing, word processing, powerpoint, and basic photo editing. I usually have multiple programs open at once.
  2. kobyh15 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2011
    The only aspect you would be compromising is with the GPU. The baseline i5 13" is as fast as the high-end 2010 15" as far as CPU goes. For your use, the base 13" seems perfect.
  3. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    Your uses are pretty basic, so you wouldn't be sacrificing performance.
  4. NickZac macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2010
    You would gain performance, especially if you get a SSD which is pretty decently priced from Apple if you get the 128GB one.

    If you want more mobility then yes, you should sell it as it makes a big difference. Another thing to keep in mind is that your existing computer actually has a resale value that is far higher than you probably think. Because of this, it would not be as big of a financial loss as you may think to sell it and get a 13. If you want more mobility, I say go for it! :D

    No but really...the resale value on the Unibody MacBook Pro is literally stupid. It defies the laws of used electronics. It stumps me...
  5. ktbubster macrumors 6502a


    Jan 20, 2007
    Yeah.... he's right, they really do have great resale. You'll get 1400-1600 on ebay for that machine with good photos, good ebay history and original boxes etc NO problem.

    For what you do as well, yeah, you'll be more than fine. Since you don't really do anything GPU intensive you may see no drop, and if you do get an ssd, you may even see an improvement.

  6. NZed macrumors 65816


    Jan 24, 2011
    Canada, Eh?
    If you're ready to sacrifice your 330M GPU for a HD3000(comparable to the 320M which is a huge difference), go for it.
  7. Manacit macrumors member


    Feb 19, 2011
    New York, NY
    Not really..

    The high end 15 has two more cores then the 13..

    That being said, OP, the 13 looks good for you!
  8. FOX160 macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2011
    Only sacrifice would be the graphics card and screen size.
  9. doug in albq Suspended

    doug in albq

    Oct 12, 2007
    good deal because you will also get a great hair dryer that comes with that 2011 13 MBP.
  10. Naimfan Suspended


    Jan 15, 2003
    Uh, the base 13" 2011 is comparable to the high end 2010--the comparison you made is to the high end 2011.
  11. ibebyi macrumors member

    Aug 1, 2009
    It's kinda strange that you went as far as to highlight the year and then completely contradict yourself O_O
  12. altecXP macrumors 65816

    Aug 3, 2009
    I think that you won't be giving up anything CPU wise, you will be giving up GPU and screen resolution though
  13. adnoh macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2010
    If you would have done a bit of research you would have quickly found that the new 2011 mbps are significantly faster than the 2010 models. So to be clear you lose nothing.

    If you need portability, then for your uses the air is more suited but the technology is older (or wait for the refresh).
  14. Macsavvytech macrumors 6502a


    May 25, 2010
    Thats the 2011 MBP 15"
  15. ls1dreams macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2009
    Ugh. The 2011 MBP 13" is my first mac ever. I absolutely hate this aspect of it. What happened to making quiet machines?
  16. NickZac macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2010
    All hard drives 'chatter'. Some chatter more than others and people hear differently...people with better hearing will obviously complain about this more as they constantly hear it. The only way to eliminate this is with a SSD. If you have a SSD and it is doing it, then that is not normal.
  17. doug in albq Suspended

    doug in albq

    Oct 12, 2007
    hair dryer ≠ Hard Drive

    hair dryer = 6200 rpm fan.
  18. NZed macrumors 65816


    Jan 24, 2011
    Canada, Eh?
    W T F???

    MacBooks are one of the most quiet line of laptops. Last night, i put my MBP next to a normal Intel Centrino Solo(Its not even an iX processor laptop nor SB while the new 2011 is!) processor laptop that is just on the net surfing and its fans are like a jet engine. And i couldnt even hear my computer's fans!

    And of course the fan will go up to 6200rpm when you are doing CPU intensive task. Its a Sandy Bridge Processor thats just very powerful.

    But if thats the fan speed when the computer is left idle, thats not good.
  19. Captain Dynamo macrumors member

    Apr 21, 2011
    Northern California
    I was concerned about this too

    I read all the "loud fan" posts and was concerned about this before buying my 2011 MBP 13". In practice, the machine is quiet in my experience except when it is ripping DVDs (the most demanding application I've used so far).

  20. NickZac macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2010
    I can't hear them very well either :confused:

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