Salute to the MBP of yore

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Dented, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. Dented macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2009
    I've commented a couple of times recently on the butterfly keyboard threads to idly joke about the fact that my 2009 MBP's keyboard is still fine... and it got me thinking about what a great computer the whole thing still is.

    The mac I'm typing on now is a mid 2009 Macbook Pro 13". I bought it new in October 2009 and chose the slowest processor option - a 2.26 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, but the most RAM you could buy from Apple at the time - 4GB - and the biggest 500GB hard drive, all running Snow Leopard. It was my first mac, and was meant to replace both our doddery old laptop and my desktop tower as the main and only family computer, for work, itunes, browsing etc. Things like gaming and video editing were never on the cards and still aren't, but I wanted a good fast machine for general use that was going to last some years and not fall apart, and that's exactly what I got.

    As the years passed and Apple first started selling OS X updates cheaply, and later giving them away for free, I always kept up to date, always installing the new OS over the old - this machine hasn't seen a clean install since 2009. Naturally enough things started to lag and creak as newer software demanded more power. In 2016 I finally succumbed to a hardware upgrade and doubled the ram to 8GB and swapped in a 512GB SSD, cloning the old drive across seamlessly. Immediately the speed of everything increased tenfold and it genuinely booted, loaded apps and multitasked faster and better than it had ever done.

    That pretty much brings us up till this past weekend when, finally tired of the annoying little limitations in El Capitan (the last officially supported OS) I went unofficial and used dosdude's tool to install High Sierra. Once again I'm running the latest iWork and Office 365 apps, latest Safari, etc etc - and this machine is running them all well.

    So here's a machine with a ten year, 100% reliability record. Its keyboard is perfect. The unibody enclosure, the trackpad, all absolutely perfect and as solid as the day they were made. The screen still looks great to me and the Geforce graphics never had a recall. The ten year old battery, which I tested today, still goes for 2.5 hours - which is about what most ordinary laptop batteries lasted in 2009. Thanks to the non-soldered design it has twice the memory that Apple would even fit in 2009, and a storage medium that's many times faster than any computer made then. Then there's the other differences to modern day macs - it still has a Superdrive meaning I can burn CDs and DVDs, it still has Magsafe for when the kids trip over the lead - kids who are younger than the MBP I should add. It has a relatively slow but universally acceptable USB 2 port (two of them), it has an SD card reader right there on the side. It even has function keys. So... is it possible that this is the best MBP Apple ever made?
  2. jandrso macrumors member


    May 21, 2019
    Fl, US
    I would argue that my Mid-2010 MBP 15" 6.2 is, since it is running in an un-cracked environment. But potato-potatoe. Mine is 1 year newer with the same design features and I love the uni-body, superdrive, sodimms, display, essentially all the features you stated above. Really the best overall machine made. Plus... I replaced the sata drive with s Samsung SSD with smashing results. The machine is really a speed demon. Solid, unrecalled, timeless.

    But... I love the feel of the new 2018-19 butterfly keyboard. The trackpad is superb. The weight compared to the 2010 is night and day. My battery on the 2018 lasts 10-12 solid useful hours. The 3 year old replacement in the 2010 lasts 4. The truth is, we don't need SuperDrives anymore nor the SD slot. We now have better battery life, better (by an order of magnitude) processors, better graphics, better O/S, Touch Bar...I love it.

    So as much as I appreciate the nostalgic gracefulness of the 6.2's from that era, it seems like a Model T next to the 2018.

    I hope you don't feel like I'm dissing your machine. I was trying to agree with you and I feel like I hijacked your thread.
  3. AppleHaterLover macrumors 68000

    Jun 15, 2018
    Diminshing gains, plus software is getting more efficient by the minute.

    A 2000 PC would be awful in 2010.

    The best 2010 PC (Core 2 Quad, 4GB of RAM, 9800GTX etc.) is still a decent machine today! Not just your Mac.

    Nevertheless it's outdated. And it's so heavy you can use it as a weapon if you hit someone with it.

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