Quick question: worth upgrading to 7200 rpm on new MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by TheBigApple2006, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. TheBigApple2006 macrumors regular

    Feb 20, 2006
    The upgrade is only 50 pounds for me (UK Edu) to 7200 rpm 200 GB hard drive. I was wondering what the impact is on battery life, will 7200 rpm suck more juice than a 5400 rpm drive, if so how much? Would people recommend the upgrade? Many thanks!
  2. aforty macrumors 65816


    Nov 27, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY
  3. Gunga Din macrumors 6502

    Jan 1, 2008
    Old Trafford
    One guy that runs a site for Apple info/product reviews said he wish he picked up the 7200rpm HD instead of the 5400rpm when he ordered his MBP in Nov.

    He thought the 5400rpm was a bit too slow. I've never used a 5400rpm drive but I'd go for the 7200rmp myself.
  4. zepharus macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2007
    Having used both... you will notice a pretty big difference between 5400 and 7200.

    The 7200rpm drive makes file transfers, load times and the such feel much snappier... for $50 on the 2.5 model its not a bad deal.
  5. PDE macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2005
    It does make a difference, but it also produces more heat compared to the slower drive and that's not great on an already warm notebook! And it's right under the left palmrest so you notice it too.
  6. TheBigApple2006 thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 20, 2006
    Thanks for the note...heat not really an issue, since I use the bluetooth keyboard-mouse combo, so I very rarely use the palmrest...seems like its worth the extra 50 pounds, will probably go for it as I wouldn't mind slightly snappier Hard disk operations...
    All in all, a nice upgrade. The 7200 rpm is cheaper, new proc, multitouch hopefully non yellow LED screens...not bad at all :)

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