Should I Upgrade my MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by chriscrk, Oct 27, 2014.

  1. chriscrk macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2011
    Planet Earth (?)
    I currently own an early 2011 MBP (Purchased at the end of 2011 though), it runs well, however my battery is really worn out (I get the "Condition: Replace Now" notice), and the rubber on the charger is also wearing off.

    I don't know whether to spend money getting a new battery + charger and keep it, or get those and sell it and buy a rMBP, or try selling it as it is.

    Any suggestions?

    (It's barely going to be 3 years since I got it now, and I'm under the impression compute life spans are longer than that... But I'm afraid waiting too long to sell it will just make it lose value and I won't be able to sell it for much in the future)
  2. Icehawk, Oct 27, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2014

    Icehawk macrumors member


    Aug 8, 2008
    I'm lost.
    Replacing the battery on the non-Retina unibody isn't hard. You can get a battery off iFixit for $100. If you don't want to do the work, Apple will do it for not much more than that. A charger would be another 80 I guess.

    If it still meets your need, I wouldn't upgrade. I have mid 2009 13", and it's still a great machine. Just changed out the battery. I will be upgrading in the near future, but it's because my needs have outgrown mine.

    If I was in your shoes and going to sell mine or give it to someone else, I would change the battery and get a new charger.
  3. 556fmjoe macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2014
    I would just replace the battery. It costs $100 and only takes 5 minutes.
  4. GoingDark macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2013
    I would say you've still got a couple of years left in that MBP. A replacement battery is a lot cheaper than a brand new computer.
  5. Harry Muff macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2014
    2011 MBPs rock.

    My wife got her 13" model new, and since then I've put a 256Gb SSD and doubled the RAM to 8Gb. Regular cleaning using CleanMyMac and Onyx keep it running fast and smooth too.

    The only thing that needed changing was the trackpad. Oh, and it's on it's third Magsafe charger. Pieces of crap...

    The battery is showing around 70% health now and is easy to change if we ever need to. She mostly runs it on mains anyway.

    It runs Mavericks as fast as my late 2013 15" rMBP and is easy to work on unlike mine which has soldered everything and NEEDS Apple Care.

    So throw some money at the old girl (SSD, RAM, new battery), give her a clean install, and marvel at how fast she'll be after all these years.

    If you need another example of an old Mac just needing some TLC to bring it into 2014, I just installed Yosemite into my 2006 Mac Pro with help from the peeps on this forum, and I can't believe how fast and smooth it is.

    If my 8 year old Mac Pro can run be brought up to spec, so can your 3 year old MBP.

    Keep it, upgrade it, love it.
  6. SkimMilk168 macrumors regular

    Mar 19, 2014
    Well, if your '11 Mbp does not have the Radeon GPU then I'd suggest to change the battery and upgrade to a SSD.
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Personally, I'd sell the computer and replace it sooner then later, due to radeongate. Get an iGPU based MBP at this time, as Apple's track record for discrete GPUs is horrible.
  8. ghanwani macrumors 6502a

    Dec 8, 2008
    I had the same problem with mine just as I was approaching 3 years of ownership (around August/September last year). They replaced both (the battery and the charger) for me under AppleCare, and also the SuperDrive which had been acting up. So all in all, my AppleCare investment paid off.
  9. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    Sell it off as fast as you can and get an rMBP. Your model is one of those affected by Radeongate (if it's a 15"/17" model with a Radeon GPU).
  10. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    Neither of those are necessary and CleanMyMac has even damaged computers as per reports on this very forum. I recommend you uninstall both these apps as they can do more harm than good.

    See this thread for numerous reports of problems caused by CleanMyMac:

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