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WolfMB2008

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Not really tech savvy or understand this but what is the difference between:

MacBook Pro 15"
2.4Ghz Core i5 Dual Core, 4gb, 500gb hard drive

and

MacBook Pro 13"
2.3 Ghz Intel Core i5, 8Gb, 320gb hard drive.


Which one is better for purchase?
I'm looking at the 15" but I wanna know if its worth it or stay with the 13" & get a solid state drive?
 

Naimfan

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The 15" is from 2010 and has had a number of issues with the graphics card failing.

The 13" is a 2011 model and uses Intel's integrated graphics (HD3000). I'd go with the 13"; if you need a 15" look for a Mid-2012, which so far seem to have fewer issues.
 

WolfMB2008

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I'll go with the 13", what ssd should I get? I was looking at same
The 15" is from 2010 and has had a number of issues with the graphics card failing.

The 13" is a 2011 model and uses Intel's integrated graphics (HD3000). I'd go with the 13"; if you need a 15" look for a Mid-2012, which so far seem to have fewer issues.

I'll go with the 13",
I'm thinking about getting a SSD today after picking it up. What ssd should I go with? I was looking at the 500gb Samsung model?
 

Samuelsan2001

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I'll go with the 13", what ssd should I get? I was looking at same



I'll go with the 13",
I'm thinking about getting a SSD today after picking it up. What ssd should I go with? I was looking at the 500gb Samsung model?
Do remember that the 2011 13 inch only has usb2 not usb3 so if fast connections to hard drives etc is a priority be warned, to be honst if you can find a 2012 13 inch for a similar price go for that for the usb3 if nothing else.
 

WolfMB2008

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Do remember that the 2011 13 inch only has usb2 not usb3 so if fast connections to hard drives etc is a priority be warned, to be honst if you can find a 2012 13 inch for a similar price go for that for the usb3 if nothing else.

MacBook Pro 13" 2.4GHz Core i5 Dual Core
4GB RAM (upgradable to 16GB)
500GB Hard Drive
Intel HD Graphics 3000
Wi-Fi & BlueTooth Built in
Dual Layer Super Drive (DVD/CD Writer)
USB Ports
FireWire 800 Port
Thunderbolt Port
SDXC Card Slot
FaceTime HD camera

would the specs for this be 2012? I looked it up it says 2013 on apple
 

Naimfan

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MacBook Pro 13" 2.4GHz Core i5 Dual Core
4GB RAM (upgradable to 16GB)
500GB Hard Drive
Intel HD Graphics 3000
Wi-Fi & BlueTooth Built in
Dual Layer Super Drive (DVD/CD Writer)
USB Ports
FireWire 800 Port
Thunderbolt Port
SDXC Card Slot
FaceTime HD camera

would the specs for this be 2012? I looked it up it says 2013 on apple
The Samsung 500 GB SSD is a good one.

That's a Late 2011 model that does not have USB3. Samuelsan makes a good point with respect to USB3 - it's a LOT faster than USB2, and the 2012 models represented a noticeable upgrade from the 2011 versions (whether Early 2011 or Late 2011).

You can tell a 2012 model by the graphics - it will have Intel HD4000 graphics (a worthy improvement) as well as USB3, and the base model's processor was 2.5 GHz.
 

WolfMB2008

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The Samsung 500 GB SSD is a good one.

That's a Late 2011 model that does not have USB3. Samuelsan makes a good point with respect to USB3 - it's a LOT faster than USB2, and the 2012 models represented a noticeable upgrade from the 2011 versions (whether Early 2011 or Late 2011).

You can tell a 2012 model by the graphics - it will have Intel HD4000 graphics (a worthy improvement) as well as USB3, and the base model's processor was 2.5 GHz.

So the spec I posted isn't 2012? I can't seem to find a usb 3.0 anywhere lately, thats within my budget. But if I do want ssd, since Samsung isn't gonna work? will crucial work better?
 

Samuelsan2001

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So the spec I posted isn't 2012? I can't seem to find a usb 3.0 anywhere lately, thats within my budget. But if I do want ssd, since Samsung isn't gonna work? will crucial work better?
Samsung SSD's are great no worries there and crucial make some good ones too.