Pre-Retina MBP 13" vs 15" reliability

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

  1. tanphu194 macrumors newbie

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    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.
    Thanks.
     
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    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 68020

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    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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