Moving from 08 uMBP to…. ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Gr80Likes2Boogi, Feb 8, 2015.


Whatcha think?

  1. Refresh the old girl!

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  2. Go with an Air.

    0 vote(s)
  3. Go pro, yo!

    9 vote(s)
  1. Gr80Likes2Boogi macrumors regular

    Oct 3, 2009
    NoHo, CA
    Hey all,

    My '08 15" uMBP Core2duo (2.8ghz, 4gb RAM, 500gb HDD) is a little long in the tooth, and I'm considering an upgrade. Here are the options as I see them right now, and I'm interested in hearing your opinions!

    Option 1 - upgrade to an SSD, do a clean install of OSX, replace battery (which it needs regardless)

    Option 2 - refurb'd MBa, looking at the 1.7ghz i7, 8gb ram, 512SSD

    Option 3 - refurb'd uMBP 15" with all the bells and whistles I can get in my budget.

    Looking to spend $1400-1600. I used to do a lot more Logic work, and still do a fair amount of audio/video control via Qlab. Other than that, the normal junk one does when typing their lives away (word processing, internetzing, light Steam games). I'm just curious if anyone has made the jump to a smaller computer and what their experience is. By every metric, the MBa i7 is a "better" computer than my current rig.
  2. Natzoo macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2014
    Not sure where i am
    the MBA is fine, upgrade to 8gb of ram. Or just get the rMBP. Your call retina screen or non retina screen. Also the rMBP is more powerful
  3. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    A refurb 15" rMBP would fit your budget, the main disadvantage would be lack of a dedicated GPU (which the Macbook Air doesn't have either). However, you'll get bonuses such as a retina display, fast SSD, better battery life, and a thinner/lighter laptop compared to a classic unibody MBP.
  4. austinpike macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2008
    If the core2duo has the horsepower you need (sounds like it does,) why not try to milk it a little longer? An SSD and a clean install will do wonders for it. You can get a 256GB for $100 or less and a generic battery for $20.

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