Mid 2009 2.53 GHz MBP compare with new MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Kevin Newton, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. Kevin Newton macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2013
    I'm tempted to go from my old MBP to a new MBA. I use Final Cut Express a bit but only for fun so I'm used to making tea during the rendering without getting upset.

    Does anyone have any experience of doing a similar switch?


  2. adiddas125 macrumors member

    Aug 2, 2006
    Im selling my 2009 Macbook Pro 13" in favor of getting a MBA this week.

    Even doing everyday tasks right now is really really slow due to the general age of the machine. I use my machine everyday so I get quite a bit out of it everyday.

    I'd say sell your MBP and buy at least a stock model MBA.
  3. XoFu macrumors regular


    Apr 8, 2013
    Same here

    I ordered yesterday a 13" MBA i7/8/256 to replace the very same 2009 MBP.
    Most of the time I work with the Mac in clamshell attached to my 24 inch display, so no much point for retina.

    I guess we should be comparing notes in a few weeks! :cool:
  4. kap09 macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2009
    I did the same. 13/i7/8/512 to replace my 2.53 09 13''. My 09 is still doing pretty good thanks to an M4 and RAM upgrade, but it was time :)
  5. deviance macrumors member

    Jul 13, 2008
    I've done the same. Should arrive next week.

    The 2009 is still performing nicely after some upgrades, but it's heavy and runs really hot - so going to plug it into a monitor and use it as a secondary machine
  6. Kevin Newton thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2013
    That's exactly my experience and plan, I just want to understand first how the performance compares.

    My breath is bated!


  7. SuperCachetes macrumors 6502a


    Nov 28, 2010
    Away from you
    Also leaving behind (or at least handing down) a 13" 2.53 from 2009. I had upgraded the RAM, and hard drive (with a 7200 rpm, 500GB unit), but it does beach ball now and then, and likes to wake up from sleep pretty lazily a lot of the time.

    Looking forward to a smaller, lighter, faster i5 MBA in the next week or two.
  8. Isamilis macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2012
    Same with me, replace MBP 2009 2.26 with MBA 2012 last year. 2009 is very hot, even for just watching movie.

  9. Boyd01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    I upgraded from a 2008 15" 2.3ghz C2D MBP to a late 2011 i5 1.7ghz 13" MBA. The speed difference was remarkable. CPU bound tasks are almost twice as fast and of course anything dependent on disk was much, much faster.

    So upgrading to the newest MBA should be a huge performance increase over your old MBP. :)

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