New MBP 13" 2010 Refurb or 2011

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Wicked1, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. Wicked1 macrumors 68040

    Wicked1

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    I am on the fence of getting a new MBP 13", just trying to determine if getting a 2010 2.66 model is better then the new 13" with the i3 or i7 as I am not a fan of Intel IGPU.

    Gave the Wife my uMB because I wanted a newer unit with FW800 and she doesn't need anything fancy.
     
  2. mac1984user macrumors 6502a

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    I am not the best person to respond to this, because I've not had the best experience with my upgrade from a 13" MBP mid-2009 to the 13" early-2011. I'm on my THIRD unit in a month due to flaws with the other two. Even though this one is not presenting the same problems as the previous ones, there are a couple things I still have complaints over. First, my Superdrive cannot verify a single Dual Layer disc burn without presenting some kind of errors. I have no real way of knowing if any of those discs work. Second, as others have stated, the new MBPs seem to run hotter than previous incarnations. I figure my temperatures are around 15 to 20*C hotter performing the same tasks as my 2009 C2D machine. So, if you're alright with older architecture, I would be tempted to buy a refurbished model. I'm just disappointed that I gave up my 2009 MBP to my housemate. Now that she's seen my problems, she has NO interest in selling it back to me! =)
     
  3. propalitet macrumors member

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    If there was a decent price difference I would say go for 2010 (I have 2011) but if you can get the $999 Microcenter deal I would say go for it.
    But I wouldn't advise anyone getting the i7. It will run even hotter and louder, and for that money, you can get a refurbished 15". Or an SSD. Or go for a weekend vacation somewhere. The i7 processor power you will notice only if you do video editing or similar processor heavy tasks. It is not quad core so there won't be any noticeable performance increase with virtual machines.
     
  4. Wicked1 thread starter macrumors 68040

    Wicked1

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    A Refurb 2010 13" with the 2.66 is only $1019 or I may spend a few more bucks and go for a 2010 15.4" MBP with the i7 2.66 they are only $1599.

    I think I will wait a while on the new i series chips and integrated GPU until Apple gets everything back together, I am sportin' a 2009 uMB 2.4 C2D and it works perfect, I was just hoping to get a minor bump in GPU and FW800
     

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