Resolved New Laptop On Trade...Did I Do Good? Upgrades?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Gizmo22, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. Gizmo22, Apr 3, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2012

    Gizmo22 macrumors regular


    Oct 22, 2009
    Midwest USA
    Reference this thread for the start...

    In summary, had an early 2009 17" Macbook Pro with Matte screen, 640GB, 4 GB memory, etc. and a Speck satin case.

    Through the local Craigslist I ended up getting an early 2011 13" Macbook Pro, i5 2.3, 320GB, 4GB, so on and so forth. Also received an iPad 2 16 GB wifi as well. Straight up trade, my 2009 17" MBP for their 2011 13" MBP and iPad 2.

    What do ya think? I have found I greatly miss the matte screen as my reflection is always showing up in the data sheets I'm looking at, but other than that, I love it.

    My second question runs off of that...I have a 80GB Intel X25 G2 SSD and 8GB 1333 G. Skill memory. I couldn't run the 1333 memory in the 2009, but the 2011 works it just fine. I now have the 80GB SSD installed as well.

    Is there anything else I ought to be looking for (other than a larger SSD)? I believe all current Apple computers are limited to SATA III right?
  2. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    Sounds like you answered your own question.

    Besides... whatever anyone else thinks... would that change how you feel about the swap? Would the gear you got in the trade work any differently? Also it's worth noting this is s done deal. All water under the bridge.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Bottom line - If you love it, then its a good deal.

    Upgrading the ram and storage is really your only options and it appears you have done this.
  4. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    you have to like the deal more than anyone else
  5. hafr macrumors 68030

    Sep 21, 2011
    As I understand it, he doesn't want to know what others THINK about the deal, but rather if he made an economically sound deal or not. As in, was his 17" worth more or less than what he got for it?

    But, as someone said, there's no point in asking afterwards - the deal has been made.
  6. mfuchs88 macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2011
    At this point, I wouldnt even want to know because if you're happy, then you can't really get any happier. But if people say you made a bad deal, you get buyers remorse. I think you made a good deal and should forget about what others think because it could cause you to be upset if it's not what you like. Enjoy your new babies! :)
  7. Gizmo22, Apr 8, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2012

    Gizmo22 thread starter macrumors regular


    Oct 22, 2009
    Midwest USA
    This, precisely. I am still interested in knowing, despite the deal having been made, because I keep an Excel database of funds invested into technology related items.

    I'm happy with the deal. The 13" feels like a netbook compared to moving around the 17". That said, I live in a very liberal, hippie-esque college city where people buy G5s for 200% of their value. I think I could have sold the 17" for a good chunk...$300 to $400 more than it was worth. The 13" I could maybe get $1000...maybe $1100...despite its true value being closer to $850 or $900.
  8. Medic278 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 1, 2012
    New York
    Its a pretty good deal. The 13" is a capable machine and once you get used to the size you'll be really happy with it. Also the new processor will show you a performance boost that you'll enjoy. I would upgrade the RAM, I have 8GB in my 2011 13" and it flies right along. The fact that you got an iPad 2 is just icing on the cake in my opinion.
  9. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    I think it's a good deal if consider that you're happy with it.

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