Looking for some opinions (that's dangerous) from others who have reached this point. I do all my photo and video editing on my 2010 (2.66) MBP. Pretty simple requirements. I use Capture One Pro and NIK for all my photography and iMovie 09 (hate the latest version) and the GoPro editor for all my video. It's not heavy stuff but as the file sizes have increased with my D750 and the video has gone full HD with the 750 and GoPro the 2010 MBP is starting to show it's age. It still gets the job done but it can be pretty slow chugging through a large HD file. I need more storage space as well to work with files before I upload or offload them to external sources. So...I think I have 3 basic options. 1. Upgrade existing 2010 MBP with 480GB SSD and replace optical drive with 1TB 7200 RPM hard drive. (I've already maxed out RAM). 2. Purchase a 2012 - 2013 MBP off the used/refurbished market with suitable specs. 3. Hold out and purchase a new MBP when funds are available. Any opinions out there? For #1...I know the SSD will speed things up. Will I see enough performance increase to get another 2yrs out of the 2010 MBP. I'm looking at roughly $300 to update. (this is what I'm most interested in) For #2...A 12 or 13 model will certainly give me better performance but the savings isn't really that great over a new one and then 2yrs later I'll be in the same boat again. Not sure if it's worth it and I don't have a line on a "great deal". For #3...Duh, of course I want a new one. I'm guessing there are no performance issues on new ones. Just not eager to spend the cash when the 2010 is still producing (just slow...especially on video). BTW, I'm only interested in laptops. I've used everything over the years and a laptop suits me best. I'm not the type to upgrade often. We still have a 2007 iMac that we use. I tend to keep them to the bitter end.