Please help me choose one of these models of 2011 MB Pro.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by shash1977, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. shash1977 macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2011

    I am an IT professional and use my MacBook Pro almost 16hrs in a day - at work, home and when traveling. I primarily use my macbook for heavy browsing, streaming videos, downloads, iTunes, Windows 7 on VMWare which is used primarily for MS Office & Outlook, Photoshop, aperture for editing my pictures.

    I currently have the 2010 model of the 13'' MacBook Pro 2.4GHz with 8GB RAM. I am now considering an upgrade primarily for 2 reasons:

    -- Faster processor available in the base 13'' models
    -- I want to upgrade my HDD to SSD and there is no option to get an Apple SSD unless I do it at the time or order. It's important for my SSD to support Trim, which I heard is not supported in non-Apple SSDs even with Lion

    I am hoping to get about $900 for my old MB Pro on eBay.

    Here are the options I am considering in the 2011 models:

    1. 13'' 2.3GHz with 8GB RAM & 256GB SSD
    2. 13'' 2.7GHz with 8GB RAM & 128GB SSD
    3. 15'' 2.0GHz with 8GB RAM & standard HDD

    For my use, which of these models make most sense and will I see a significant increase in performance in upgrading my current model to any one of these, and assuming that's a yes, does the price difference between these 3 models justify itself? Will I see a significant difference in response times between the 3 models above?

    Specifically, I want to know if its better to get a i5 with 256GB SSD or a i7 with 128GB SSD, and does the i7 truly show the increase in performance for my use?

    Thanks a ton!!
  2. Apple Expert macrumors 65816

    Jan 31, 2010
    I would be shocked and floored if you got 900 for your MBP. I'm thinking 700'ish.
  3. Apple Expert macrumors 65816

    Jan 31, 2010
    If your an IT professional, you should already have the answer. :rolleyes:
  4. Minhthien macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2011
    I even sold an older version of the MBP for 900 last week! It was the 2.26
  5. dmccloud macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2009
    Anchorage, AK
    A coworker of mine just sold his mid-2009 13" MBP 2.53GHz for 1000, so that price isn't entirely out of the realm of possibility.
  6. Apple Expert macrumors 65816

    Jan 31, 2010
    I stand corrected.
  7. JasonR macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2008
    Funny, I could have bought a two month old current generation base line Macbook Pro 13" for $950. lol...

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