MBP 2010 Vs. 2011

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Ares117, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. Ares117 macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2013
    Hello everyone! I'm going to be buying my first Macbook soon, and I have a bit of a dilemma. I found two different used Macbooks for sale, one is a mid 2010 model with the Core 2 duo processor and 4gb of RAM, and the other is the 2011 model with the I5 processor. I was wondering which would be a better buy? The 2010 is being sold for 640$, while the 2011 is being sold for 750$. It will be used primarily for taking notes in class, java programming and internet surfing/netflix.

    Any advice would be appreciated!
  2. CHMK macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2012
    the i5 is a huge upgrade to the intel duo, and if ure going to use ur laptop for 2/3 years, the extra 110USD will be worth it. im guessing other stats such as the ram is better for the 2011? even though ure only using the laptop for fairly lightweight stuff, the many minor improvement in the new model will matter in terms of it being generally faster. Also resale value will be higher. buy the 2011 model for sure. to be honest, id buy the 2011 model if it was 850 USD. its a good deal.
  3. Ares117 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2013
    Well the RAM is the same on both (4 GB)... I was thinking of going with the newer model as well, but I've read the the battery life was better on the 2010 model and the the improvements on the CPU are not very noticeable unless you do alot of video/photo editing and gaming..
  4. CHMK macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2012
    oh i assumed the ram would be better. have u seen the battery health on both laptops? as they degrade over time, and presumably the 2010 one would have more cycles, ergo a degraded battery health and life. the cpu isnt that noticeable true, but id still go for it, for previously stated reasons such as resale vaLue.
  5. Ares117, Aug 11, 2013
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    Ares117 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2013
    Well the 2011 one is at 333/1000 cycles, and for the 2010 one is around 84%... not an easy choice:p Thanks for the quick responses btw
  6. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    For your use, C2D seems enough.
    But even with i5, dont expect to do too much CPU/GPU intensive stuff.
  7. Ares117 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2013
    Thanks guys for the responses! I think I'm going to go with the 2011 one, since it seems to be a little better all around and the extra 100$ isen't that big of a deal..

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