Mid-2010 MBP 2.4GHz...good buy?

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  1. davidg4781 macrumors 68010

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    I'm going to purchase a Mid 2010 MBP 2.4GHz in the next couple of days. I'm sure this will be a great upgrade from my current CD MacBook but is this a good idea or should I look for a different model?

    I was looking for the higher end processor but can't seem to find one on the local craigslists. Are there any issues this model has that I should be aware of?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    What exact model for what price is that? And will it satisfy your computational needs? I have a 2009 MBP with 2.8 GHz and it satisfies mine for the most part, but my needs differ from yours.

    Mac2Sell, Gazelle or eBay (Việt Nam, Türkiye, Česká republika, Hanguk) might be good price checkers.
     
  3. davidg4781 thread starter macrumors 68010

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    Sorry, its a 13" model (forgot I'm in the pro section). It's $800 but is supposed to be in excellent condition with all the original packaging and discs. I'm almost 100% sure it was cared for very well, although I can't get into specifics why on this public forum.

    Oh, 4GB RAM and 250GB HDD.
     
  4. chris2k5 macrumors 6502a

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    I think it is a good buy. It has the better graphics card (320m vs the Intel graphics on the newer models). The processor is still very good by today's standards.

    Once you get it, I recommend an upgrade to 8GB RAM and get an SSD.
     
  5. azentropy macrumors 68000

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    Nothing wrong with that model, I have one. But for just $129 more or so you can get one with an 2.3Ghz i5, more max memory, TB, and warranty from the apple store as a refurb. It is worth it if you got the bit extra IMO.
     
  6. mikeo007 macrumors 65816

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    $800 is pretty much top dime for a 2010. Especially with a model refresh possibly weeks away. I'd probably stay away from it unless a slightly better GPU is important to you.
     
  7. davidg4781 thread starter macrumors 68010

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    It comes with Apple Care through 2013.
     
  8. azentropy macrumors 68000

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    Nice. Again not a bad deal, but if you got the extra $ I think a refurb i5 is a better bang for the $ deal. The 2.3Ghz i5 is significantly faster in most things than the 2.4Ghz C2D.
     
  9. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68020

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    If you are going to pay that much, I'd throw an extra $70 on top of it and buy the same model direct from Apple in the refurb store. Your $70 would buy you the peace of mind of not having to buy it from Craigslist and you'd get the 1 year warranty.
     
  10. skiltrip macrumors 68030

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    I agree with these guys. Pony up the extra money and get a newer model refurb with the newer features, full 1 year warranty, etc.

    I had a 2010 2.4GHz 13". I loved that little guy. I really did. But I needed more power (for video and music production). And the 2011 MBP's were a huge performance jump from the 2010 stuff.

    I'd strongly consider a refurb'd 2011.
     
  11. davidg4781 thread starter macrumors 68010

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    I only see two models in the refurb store, starting at $1,019.

    Not sure what I'll do. I had originally only planned to spend $500 and was looking for a 2008 aluminum MacBook so I can get into Mountain Lion.
     
  12. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68020

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    Go to refurb.me keep an eye on the stock there. The mid-2010 model you are looking at comes into stock once or twice a week. You can sign up for alerts through that site and it will shoot you an e-mail the next time the model you're looking for comes available.
     
  13. davidg4781 thread starter macrumors 68010

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    Alright, just wanted to update this....

    Ended up buying it, looks brand new. There's a small little mark where a watch would rest on the edge of the bottom part, and I think I may have done that.

    Came with an incase sleeve thing. Missing the extension cord... I'll have to order one.

    It was owned by an Apple Genius, so I'm pretty sure she kept good care of it. Actually she said she rarely used it. I swapped out the hard drive and there was just a few specks of dust inside.

    I'm happy. Just need to find software that I can take advantage of my new MBP. All I have are boring apps from my old MB.
     
  14. TheRdungeon macrumors 6502

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    I did the exact same jump as you, for logic aswell haha. Find the 15" a much better computer all round, high res screen and quad core are worth it alone

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    Nice man, i recommend an optibay to replace your optical drive, 8gb of ram and an SSD
     
  15. davidg4781 thread starter macrumors 68010

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    I've been thinking of that. I'm currently using 518GB of space but a lot of it is movies I ripped from DVDs. I thought I was the coolest to have a Palm Treo that could I could watch Ferris Bueller's Day Off on.

    I'd really like to see how they actually perform in person before dropping money on it. From my last MacBook, this is a huge step up.
     
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