Pre-Retina MBP 13" vs 15" reliability

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tanphu194, Jun 5, 2017.

  1. tanphu194 macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2017
    Hi all,
    My friend is in need of a budget MBP with about $350. I am doing some research comparing model year and size. According to my understanding, his sweet spot would be in the 2010-2011 year range, and the 13" MBP seems to have less problems than the 15" (2010 - GPU panic, 2011 - dead GPU). Please let me know your thoughts.
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    The 13 inch is a more reliable option and has great upgrade options 16gb RAM and two hard drives, at $350 see if you can push for the 2012 for that all important USB 3 port...

    An SSD will make them all run pretty damn quick too, my old 2010 is still pretty damn fast with an SSD in it.
  3. jerryk macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    If $300 is the top I would go with the 13" for the reasons you mention. Get a 2011 or 2012 for the faster SATA and thrown in an SSD.

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