MBP 13 for wife is it enough power

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  1. jmjava macrumors newbie

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    Buying a Mac laptop for my wife. It will be used as our home PC and she will use it for photo editing. We prefer portable as we never look at the thing in the same place, just where convenient.

    Mainly running iLife and iWorks suites, email, finances, browsing etc.

    My question is will she/we be satisfied with this computer with respect to power? Next question is: Is there enough value in buying an older model like 2010 vs new. Thanks in advance the help.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Any Mac portable made within the last 3-5 years will be fine for your wife's requirements.
     
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Oh this could be a fun one but I'll keep it clean. :p

    Anything from 2010 on would be great, 2009 on would work well too.
     
  4. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Too much power even in a 2010 model. You'll be fine. :)
     
  5. jmjava thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Is there enough value in buying used? Savings vs new for the power sacrificed? Is there a place where you would say nah that's too old. thanks for the responses thus far! :)
     
  6. cperry2 macrumors regular

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    Might even want to consider a 13" 2011 Air, depending on budget. You'd be fine with a 2009 though as stated, could probably find one used for ~500.
     
  7. jmjava thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Assuming ebay or craigslist for that kind of deal?
     
  8. cperry2 macrumors regular

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    Yes. Although honestly your safest bet for a deal is Apple Refurb - comes with standard warranty.
     
  9. jmjava thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I see this recommendation in many posts. I have to say that as I look around ebay and craiglist. There are not many great deals in contrast with a refurb from apple. I guess it is a testament to the quality of the macs! :)
     
  10. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Apple refurb is solid: highly recommended.
     
  11. macrominnie macrumors member

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    I agree that Apple refurbs are a good option, since there's always a 1 year warranty.

    While any model will serve the needs here, I find the i3/i5/i7 chips (Feb 2011 or later for the 13") noticeably speedier than than Intel Core2duo. An SSD swapped in for a SATA HDD would also boost performance, but that may also be a luxury for the needs described.
     

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