Power hungry but Worth the Upgrade?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by NuclearBiscuit, May 24, 2010.

  1. NuclearBiscuit macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2009
    I need some expert advice:

    I'm a photographer working on a late 2008 MBP 15" 2.4 upgraded to a 7200 HD and 4GB of RAM. The system performs well enough for my Photoshop needs, but I'm constantly dismayed by the battery life.

    My question for the you technocrats is the value of upgrading to this new customized machine, especially in terms of battery life:

    15" 2.4 i5 w/ 500HD @ 7200 + 8GB Ram

    Would I see a significant increase in battery life from the old MBP or would the increased HD speed and RAM make the difference negligible? Ideally, I'd like to get at least five hours out of the machine on one charge.

    Thanks for your help.
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    The new one would easily get +5 hours unless you're doing something intensive. If the battery is what you ask for, then it's worth it
  3. candamo macrumors newbie

    Oct 4, 2008
    I sold my Late 2008 a couple of weeks ago for the same reason, if you got the money. DO IT.

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