mid-2010 Macbook Pro dead, what to buy now?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by asbefore, Sep 27, 2016.

  1. asbefore macrumors newbie

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    hi folks,

    my mom's mid-2010 Macbook Pro finally gave up, and she needs to buy a new computer urgently -- but it seems like Apple hasn't refreshed notebooks since 2012. (Is this really true? Have there been no new processors since then?)

    If you needed to buy a Macbook Pro now, which one would you get and why?
    Would you buy refurbished?

    Thank you!
     
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3

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    Only for the non-Retina 13" MacBook Pro. The Retina ones were last updated May 2015.

    Apple refurbs are as good as new. Nothing wrong going refurb. Also worth looking into educational discounts.

    I'd get the 15" personally, as that's still an absolute workhorse and an all round great machine. But if it's just for your mother, why not save some $$$ and go for a MacBook Air?
     
  3. robvas macrumors 68030

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    Your mom doesn't need the latest and greatest. I'd say find a deal on a 2013-2015 13" rMBP on the used market
     
  4. T5BRICK macrumors G3

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    As someone else has already pointed out, Apple has updated the 13" and 15" retina MacBook Pro, the MacBook air and introduced the retina MacBook since 2012. The 13" MacBook pro(non-retina) has not been updated since 2012, but people keep buying it so I imagine Apple will keep selling it.

    I'd buy the 13" rMBP that I bought early last year. But that doesn't necessarily mean that is what your mom should buy. What are her needs? What software does she run? Does she need something portable, or is her computer stationary most of the time?

    I'd suggest looking at MacBook airs and retina Macbooks.

    Sure. Refurbs can help you save some money. But at this point, shop around. You can find some really good deals on new Macs, possibly even better deals than you could find on a refurb.
     
  5. jdasikainen macrumors 6502

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    Yeah a used or reverb would b ur best option I like Mac of all trades.com
     
  6. Fishrrman macrumors G5

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    OP wrote:
    "my mom's mid-2010 Macbook Pro finally gave up"

    Why don't you tell us a little more about what's going on with it?
    It might be as simple as changing out the internal hard drive for a new one (such as an SSD).

    It could also be the internal drive ribbon cable -- a cheap and easily-changed part.

    Or, it could be the battery -- again, easily changed out for a new one.

    What, exactly, happens when you press the power-on button?
     
  7. asbefore thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well the hard drive has to be replaced; the internet stopped working (not sure how).. the whole computer is a bit slow. I'm not sure if refurbishing a mid-2010 computer is really worth the trouble or the cost, seeing as it'll still be out of warranty, will not be able to run the latest OS with any decency....
     
  8. jdasikainen macrumors 6502

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  9. Freyqq macrumors 601

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    MacBook Pro 13 is using components from 2014. MacBook Pro 15 is using components from 2013. MacBook is using 2015 components (Kaby lake parts are out now). All are using old components. I'd go on the used market rather than buying new old computers.
     
  10. Fishrrman macrumors G5

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    OP:
    Pay attention to post 8 above.
    There is your answer on what to do.

    Replace internal HDD with SSD ($100)
    Add RAM.

    Install a clean OS and move old apps, accounts, and data over.

    The 2010 MacBook will then run BETTER THAN NEW.

    You won't understand until you've actually done it.
     
  11. asbefore thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hmm but I also need to replace the battery as the original battery is no longer charging.

    So let's say replacing HDD with SSD ($100 + labor)
    Replacing the battery ($100 + labor)
    Upgrading the RAM -- probably $100 + labor)

    so altogether probably $500 to upgrade a 6 year-old computer which will still be out of warranty and unable to run the latest OS. You think this is worth it?

    Thank you!
     
  12. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    If your mother doesn't do a whole lot of extensive activity with her computer -- that is, she is happy checking email, surfing the web, participating in a few online forums, listening to music and watching the occasional downloaded movie and such, probably she would do just fine with one of the current retina MacBooks, which are up-to-date and which should remain so for a while..... If she doesn't need to plug in a lot of peripherals, this machine could be just the thing for her. It comes in several flavors: m3, m5, m7......
     
  13. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    HDD to SSD ($60)
    Upgrade battery via Amazon ($40)
    Upgrade ram ($50)

    All these are easy to do yourself. Looking at 150 in component costs, not 500

    Also, should be able to run the latest OS.
     
  14. asbefore thread starter macrumors newbie

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    what if I'm not as handy to do it myself? Apple Store can't help with this, right?
     
  15. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    They can or any computer store

    However, trust me when I say that all of these are dead easy to do

    Here are the ifixit guides
    All guides
    https://www.ifixit.com/Device/MacBook_Pro_13"_Unibody_Mid_2010

    Battery
    https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/MacBook+Pro+13-Inch+Unibody+Mid+2010+Battery+Replacement/4300

    HDD
    https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/MacBook+Pro+13-Inch+Unibody+Mid+2010+Hard+Drive+Replacement/4305

    Ram
    https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/MacBook+Pro+13-Inch+Unibody+Mid+2010+RAM+Replacement/4319
     
  16. asbefore thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you. Think I'll still take it to a store for an upgrade.
     
  17. hajime macrumors 601

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    What is the proper procedure to do this? What do you mean by moving old apps and accounts?
     
  18. leman macrumors G3

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    Make sure that they give you a quote before you commit to it. I very much doubt that it will be worth it. Stores will usually try to charge you extra for components, and then there is labour on top. You will pay hundreds, but still have an old, outdated computer with high risk of hardware failure. I would recommend you to buy a new or refurb rMBP 13", its a better way to spend money longterm IMO.
     
  19. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    I agree with leman abov, at 6 years old any money sunk into your current computer is money wasted. If you want a new rMBP on a budget then refurb is a good way to go.
     
  20. Easttime macrumors 6502

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    I did that with a 2010 white MacBook in the spring when my iMac died, to bridge me to this fall. Then last week the macbook's old logic board failed so I've had to get a cheap Mac mini to bridge me until the new Mac releases hopefully come out. Throwing good money after old hardware.
     
  21. lowendlinux Contributor

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    If it's just web stuff why not a Chromebook*










    *lowendlinux has chromebook religion right now because he just got one
     
  22. California macrumors 68040

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    You can even upgrade the ram on these machines to 16gbs. SSD plus ram plus battery is the best way to go, mine is a workhorse.
     
  23. Fishrrman macrumors G5

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    OP:

    Either do the upgrades yourself, or don't bother.

    Buy your mom a new "base model" retina Macbook Pro instead.
     

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