Need Advice: Which MBP to upgrade to & other Q's?

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  1. MLO

    MLO Notebook Enthusiast

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    If your current MBP is non retina and has a hard drive (HDD) instead of a Solid State Drive (SSD) you can see a notable performance upgrade by switching and will breath new life into the machine until next year when the 32GB MBP come out. I have a 2009 MBP 13 Mom has a 2012 MBP 13 both non retina and we did this upgrade and it was like we bought new computers.
     
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    PYREXSWERVE Notebook Guru

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    I have the same one as your Mom has I believe. Yeah, i know these newer computers will definitely enhance my life. Confused though, which do you recommend or are you saying to wait until next year for the 32GB version?

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    MLO Notebook Enthusiast

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    My opinion is if you're going to drop big bucks on the MBP and you can hold off until next year you may as well wait for the MBP that people wanted, not for something that is effectively an overpriced MBAir. Dropping in a SSD will be like night and day and will get rid of the beach ball. If you don't use the optical drive at all then you can buy an adaptor and move your hard drive to that spot putting the SSD into the original hard drive spot. For my mom she kept the optical drive, my self since my optical drive was on the fritz and I'd replaced it with an external BR-DVDRW it made no sense to keep the internal DVDRW. I don't know if you would see any performance hit putting the SSD into the optical bay, and OSX doesn't care which drive it boots from so it may be easier to just yank the optical drive and put the SSD there.

    Maxing out the specs on the MBP likely means you will have a usable notebook for several years depending on your needs, my 2009 MBP 13 is still quite usable after 8 years. Sure a cheap notebook will do the same now, but the way I look at it, I likely would have had to replace this notebook 2 or 3 times already and I'd have ended up paying what I paid for this notebook in the first place.

    Edit: I find some office programs do use a bit of processor. Also a lot of webpages like Facebook and such are intensive pigs. Many people aren't aware of the resources some programs and webpage plug ins use.
     
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    PYREXSWERVE Notebook Guru

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    Very useful information. Thank you MLO
     
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    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    Given the usage, I don't think that would matter much. The reason to upgrade is the newer Macs are significantly lighter and offer better LCDs. If you're happy with your current MBP, tossing in a SSD will make it much more peppy.
     
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    Thanks for chiming in. I appreciate it.
     
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