Which is better, 2011 13" i7 or the new 2012 13" i5?

bbnj62

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Jun 11, 2012
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I need to purchase one of these and need advice on which is the better buy. My dilemma is the i7 on the old vs the USB 3.0 on the new.

Please advise.

Thank you
 

bbnj62

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Jun 11, 2012
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I use it for Internet, wp, photo editing, some video upload and conversion, nothing very intensive.

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You probably don't need either of them.
I need a new MacBook though. I keep them for a few years, so trying to figure out which is the better buy.

Thanks
 
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diamond3

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Oct 6, 2005
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I would think you would most likely benefit from USB 3 in the future then the slight difference in processor power. For a general user, you'll like buy or have bought a usb 3 peripheral before and that will save you minutes during a transfer over what would be seconds of waiting on the computer to process. Just my generalized thinking, obviously I haven't seen benchmarks between the two.
 
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stib

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Nov 28, 2004
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I'd like to know this too. Also curious if the spec bump from 2.5 i5 to 2.9 i7 is worth $300.
 
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bbnj62

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Jun 11, 2012
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Well, I went with the new i5. Hopefully a good decision.
 
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