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It all depends on your needs, but having SSD was the biggest noticeable upgrade for me on my Mac.

I have the last gen 13" MacBook Pro c2d (2.4, 4GB). I don't do anything that intense- just some photo editing, web browsing, and random ez steam games and WoW sometimes. Once I put a SSD into my ODD drive slot (with an adapter), it was just so fast, I didn't see myself needing much more processing power.

I have played with the newest gen MacBook airs, and they are so snappy. I haven't really seen much need for a new CPU in my laptop, as my desktop (and most users on OCN) are pretty beastly.

Apple typically has pretty normal upgrade cycles, even when new tech comes out. I feel it's a little early for an Air update. I also doubt there'd be an upgrade in SSD space this early. I'd say stick with what you have.
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Originally Posted by DNytAftr View Post
y




i just use it for notes in class, web browsing, movies videos etc.. desktop is for the gaming, video editing/riping and such.

Then, I see no reason to upgrade to the newer version. I'm still rockin' a c2d laptop 1.8ghz, and it's great. Paired with a 7200rpm WD black laptop hard drive, it boots plenty fast.


If I were you, I wouldn't even think about getting the refresh, unless you have the money too, then what the hell.
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If it helps, just remember apple do a 12 month refresh cycle. So the latest will always be beaten in 6-12 months.

*snip*

(Bad spelling and grammar, I'm at work. Don't judge)
haha, yeahh.. i was looknig for a replacement for my last macbook, since at the time my girlfriend stepped-on/fell-onto/ "crushed"/dented my last one. but i guess im just going to wait a year or 2 to buy another .. hopefully there wont be another >year refresh cycle
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It all depends on your needs, but having SSD was the biggest noticeable upgrade for me on my Mac.

*snip*

I have played with the newest gen MacBook airs, and they are so snappy. I haven't really seen much need for a new CPU in my laptop, as my desktop (and most users on OCN) are pretty beastly.

Apple typically has pretty normal upgrade cycles, even when new tech comes out. I feel it's a little early for an Air update. I also doubt there'd be an upgrade in SSD space this early. I'd say stick with what you have.
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Then, I see no reason to upgrade to the newer version. I'm still rockin' a c2d laptop 1.8ghz, and it's great. Paired with a 7200rpm WD black laptop hard drive, it boots plenty fast.


If I were you, I wouldn't even think about getting the refresh, unless you have the money too, then what the hell.
yeahh i guess ill just wait for the next one . i guess i just felt a little jipped
since i been having alot of problems with mine right now (been in for repair for almost 2 weeks now and actually .. still going to be there till wed-friday).

honestly i thought it was going to be another 2 year refresh cycle (since the last one came out in ~2008 ) but i guess it was a less then year for the refresh

But of course its a great laptop i would say, its been meeting my needs .. when its not at the apple store
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You'll be fine with what you have. Sandy Bridge wasn't available when Apple released the current gen, and the C2D was probably their best option at the time.
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You can just self repair them

They really aren't to hard to fix. Minus that screen. *shivers* bad bad thoughts. Well compared to an acer LCD replacement anyways.

I doubt it will be another 2 years. Especially with all the force intel is putting behind it's new chips and tech. Think ivy bridge and thunderbolt next refresh. They are going to be damn powerful one can only hope.
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You can just self repair them

They really aren't to hard to fix. Minus that screen. *shivers* bad bad thoughts. Well compared to an acer LCD replacement anyways.

I doubt it will be another 2 years. Especially with all the force intel is putting behind it's new chips and tech. Think ivy bridge and thunderbolt next refresh. They are going to be damn powerful one can only hope.
New MacBook Airs have the Ram sodered onto the Logic Board. Also, the SSD is a special mini PCIe connector. The display is also a bit complicated. Self repair on these is not the best way to go - especially if you have the 1yr warranty with it or AppleCare for the 3 years.

Either way, good choice OP on keeping what you have. I was debating switching to MBA from my MBP when they came out... but SSD in my MBP satiated my thirst for now.
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New MacBook Airs have the Ram sodered onto the Logic Board. Also, the SSD is a special mini PCIe connector. The display is also a bit complicated. Self repair on these is not the best way to go - especially if you have the 1yr warranty with it or AppleCare for the 3 years.

Either way, good choice OP on keeping what you have. I was debating switching to MBA from my MBP when they came out... but SSD in my MBP satiated my thirst for now.
Yeah, macbooks + ssd are very good and the unibodys on the MBA and MBP's have a great feel to it.

Now im just debating if the extended 3 year warranty is worth it ($180 at my university store) .. but i think i prob will. I looked at the bill to repair my Airs logicboard 2 times and it came to $871.18 ($396.59 logicboard +$39 labor). geesh @_@ good thing its still under warranty.. if i had to pay that i could almost buy an 11 inch air with it
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^**** that's ridiculous. I've never owned a mac before and am thinking of getting the air - how common is it for them to need repairs? I've owned half a dozen different thinkpads and have never had issues with a single one, and I still run my older t61 and t500 from time to time.
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^**** that's ridiculous. I've never owned a mac before and am thinking of getting the air - how common is it for them to need repairs? I've owned half a dozen different thinkpads and have never had issues with a single one, and I still run my older t61 and t500 from time to time.
i got one of the first models out (1-2 weeks after launch), which had a logic board defect (i believe with the cpu volts), but it was suppose to have been fixed in January/december, so the ones out now shouldnt have an issue. ive owned a mac for 4-5 years now and only had to have them fixed this one time (my other macbook had a software issue i didnt know how to fix). but ive also had to have my power block replaced, but if its within warranty it, just go into a store and they will give you a replacement at no charge (same thing with their computers issues/logic-boards).
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