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| p.1 #13 · Should I upgrade my aging MacBook Pro? |
I am currently using a 2009 MacBook Pro with a 2.66Ghz core2duo processor, 8GB ram and a 320GB system drive (little more than half full). It runs Lightroom, Photoshop, Safari, etc etc all well. However, I'm starting to see some lag at times and with emerging USB 3.0, better processors, etc I am wondering if I shouldn't upgrade my machine.
Disregarding any potential product updates, I'm considering a 13" MacBook Pro with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD drive (this would give me speed and reliability) and I would then move my LR and iTunes catalogs to external drives, unless my LR catalog is okay to stay on a system drive granted I have all my back ups off site.
This would not be an immediate upgrade, if at all.
My other option is to just put an SSD drive into my current machine and see how that fairs. I like to stay as current and "future proof" as possible. I'm not seeing any drastic short comings of my current hardware, just considering options and looking for advice.
A C2D is limiting in many ways, but if it is fast enough for your needs then adding an SSD will make the machine far more usable than before. A 480-512GB SSD is only in the $300-400 range now, and prices are dropping. You can always use the SSD in something else should you retire the old laptop later on. That being said, the Ivy Bridge i5 and i7 CPUs are in another league from a C2D.