MBP 13.3" i5 Late 2011 vs Mid 2012

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Kyle47, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. Kyle47 macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2012
    I'm about to buy a 13.3" MacBook Pro i5. There's a Late 2011 for sale near me and I'm considering buying it. Am I missing out on much not getting the most recent version? Are there any major differences in performance? I appreciate any help. Thanks!
  2. azentropy macrumors 68020


    Jul 19, 2002
    Not a huge increase in CPU performance, around 10%. But USB 3 is a big increase over USB 2 and Intel HD Graphics 4000 is a good increase over Intel HD Graphics 3000. Up until recently Amazon had the base 13" MBP for $1020. So keep that in mind.
  3. Naimfan macrumors 601


    Jan 15, 2003
    Three main differences:

    1. Ivy Bridge processor - slightly faster and cooler; potentially better battery life.

    2. USB3 vs. USB2 - speeds up transfers, etc., and really speeds up Time Machine backups with an external USB 3 drive.

    3. HD4000 graphics - notably better than HD3000 in the Late 2011.

    Depends on the price difference - if it's only $50-150, go new. If it's $200 or more, I'd probably go used and then put Applecare on it.
  4. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
  5. Kyle47 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2012
    Thanks for the input everyone. The 2011 model is only $825 and very tempting. I'm going to have to ponder this one.
  6. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    Frys Electronics often has the base model 2012 13" MBP for $999. Its brand new, not refurbished or open box.

    They offer this in store and on their website as well. It isn't discounted right now but it seems to pop up every couple weeks.
  7. NewishMacGuy macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2007
    The 2011 is great. I bought an early 2011 for my wife for $725 and upgraded it with a hybrid drive and 8GB RAM for less than $200. It flies. She doesn't do anything that taxes the HD-3000 (games), and it has Thunderbolt so USB-3 isn't vital for us. So practically, it's indistinguishable from the 2012 and cost a whole lot less.
  8. Kyle47 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2012
    I went with the late 2011 model. I got one for $775. I feel like that was a pretty good deal. Thanks for everyone's input.

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