Upgrade MBP or buy MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by shamrock1213, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. shamrock1213 macrumors newbie

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    I will be headded off to Law school in two months and I need to do something about my 15" MBP 2.4 C2D. At a minimum I need to replace the battery as it has been giving me warnings for the past few months and the power cords as the sheeting around the MagSafe connector is coming loose. I also have yet to upgrade the machine from the stock 2gb of ram and have designs on a ssd drive.

    Do people think I will be better off making these upgrades on my 3 year old machine, or should I wait and get the new 13" MBA? I am leaning towards the MBA because of the weight, size, and battery life, but any weight savings are likely to be mitigated by my textbooks. I could not find any benchmarks on the likely candidates for the new processors. Will there still be a large difference in performance with the LV and ULV chips as there was with the normal power i5s?

    Also, does anyone remember what this generation really got for battery life when new (4 hours?).

    Thanks for any suggestions.
     
  2. h00ligan macrumors 68030

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    13" MBA refresh would be great for law school....but a acklit keyboard would sure be helpful when you are up all hours finishing work.
     
  3. fkhan3 macrumors 6502

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    You have to figure out how much it would cost to upgrade RAM, get a new battery, and new power cord. Maybe take it to the Apple store and see how much they will charge for replacing the battery. Cost wise it may not make sense to put lot of money on 3 yr old machine unless you want to keep it for a while.

    As far as MBA is concerned, you will love the portability and power of this machine. Actually it would be perfect for what you would be doing. When I was a student, I would've loved to own a MBA. I used to carry around 8lbs laptop with books.

    If I were you, I would just replace the power adaptor and sell the MBP and pick up the upcomming MBA.
     
  4. Darien Red Sox macrumors regular

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    Power adapter will run you $79
    http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC556LL/B?fnode=MTY1NDEwMQ&mco=MTc0NzA0MjY

    The battery is about $129.00 on Apples website, although if you go in to the genius bar and get it from them it may be cheaper.

    Memory would be about $70

    Your looking at a total of $280 before the SSD, which will cost you at least another $100.

    All of this is a lot of money to put into a computer that is out of applecare.
     
  5. shamrock1213 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, this is the biggest thing I would miss from my MBP. Hopefully Apple hears the people clamoring for it and decides to add the feature. I wonder if there is a size issue with it as I can't believe they would hold back on the feature for market segmentation.
     
  6. dagamer34 macrumors 65816

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    I'd wait for the MBA. It'll probably be good enough for 90% of what you need it to do.
     
  7. bozz2006 macrumors 68030

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    I've never understood why people are so psyched on the backlit keyboard. Do people actually look at their keyboards??? :confused:

    Anyhow, I think if you need to buy all that stuff for your old computer, your money would be much better spent on the MBA. When my old 2008 aluminum MB dies, it's going to be replaced by a MBA.
     
  8. palpatine macrumors 68040

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    digitize your books. Read on ipad or kindle dx. get a refreshed maba 11 in a few days when it comes out. you are all set! given your needs, an mbp seems like a waste of money and weight.
     
  9. palpatine macrumors 68040

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    the backlit keyboard is cool to look at. surprisingly, i am keen on it as well, even though i usually don't go for such things or do my work in caves. also, when using shortcuts (all the time) i tend to look at the keyboard.
     
  10. bozz2006 macrumors 68030

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    It is cool to look at. But the screen most certainly illuminates the keys enough to see them in the dark. I'm sorry for hijacking; I just have a chuckle every time somebody's on here sweating the illuminated keyboard as a make it or break it feature. Not saying the OP is doing that, by the way.
     
  11. palpatine macrumors 68040

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    yeah. i like it and all, but i could live without it :)
     
  12. shamrock1213 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's not make or break, but not having the backlit keyboard will definately seem like a step backwards.
     
  13. ahdickter macrumors 6502

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    Are you a gamer? If so, then definitely go for the MBP, otherwise an MBA will do you justice.
     
  14. h00ligan macrumors 68030

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    One isn't always sitting at a desk with hands on home keys...and even in the dark it can be difficult tofund home with no visual cue.

    I'm a 80wpm touch typist and still used blkb to get oriented.
     
  15. s.hasan546 macrumors 6502

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    ive helped a good amount of my friends with their law school briefs; etc. IMO, why would you need a backlit keyboard when your up late finishing work late for law school? In my experience you need other lights on anyways since your consulting your textbooks, court case; etc, while your writing on your computer. It's only nice when your late night browsing doing nothing. Don't worry you wont have too much time for that in law school ;)
     
  16. s.hasan546 macrumors 6502

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    agreed.
     
  17. mofunk macrumors 68000

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    yeah sometimes you can see the top row. If you have more than one Mac, and each one has a different layout, then yes you need to see the keyboard.



    OP I would go with MBP because you don't have to spend extra $$ for accessories. Not having a disc drive would bug me.
     
  18. Chiuy macrumors 6502

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    Forget backlight keyboard. This is why we invented desktop lamps?
     

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