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

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    Hi,

    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

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

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

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

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    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

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    I stand corrected.
     
  7. JasonR macrumors 6502a

    JasonR

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

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