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tranp
20th June 2009, 12:52 PM
While the increase in processor speed isn't much (including architecture changes), I can see that it's better in every other area.

Sorry, trying to talk myself out of getting one. :crazy:

reemixx
20th June 2009, 12:56 PM
Short answer: a definite yes.

Slightly longer answer: it depends entirely on what you use your MacBook for.

Huy
20th June 2009, 12:59 PM
2.26GHz/2.53GHz is much faster than your 1.83GHz/2.0GHz.

The bus is 1066MHz using DDR3. Faster than the 667MHz DDR2. Don't forget you can throw 8GB of RAM into these bad boys.

It's a great upgrade. Definitely with the unibody from a 3 year old machine (Late 2006 to Mid 2009).

tranp
20th June 2009, 01:05 PM
2.26GHz/2.53GHz is much faster than your 1.83GHz/2.0GHz.

The bus is 1066MHz using DDR3. Faster than the 667MHz DDR2. Don't forget you can throw 8GB of RAM into these bad boys.

It's a great upgrade. Definitely with the unibody from a 3 year old machine (Late 2006 to Mid 2009).

Exactly why I'm interested! I've already done what I can with this MB - 2gb/500gb hdd.

tranp
20th June 2009, 01:06 PM
Is the 2.53 worth it over the 2.26?

samuelowens
20th June 2009, 01:13 PM
Is the 2.53 worth it over the 2.26?

Not as much as dropping a 7200RPM HDD in would be. (EDIT - if it was me, I'd buy the base model and spend $100 getting 4GB RAM and $130 on a 320GB 7200RPM HDD)

As a general rule, processor upgrades are expensive for the extra performance you get.

Personally, I'd stick 4GB RAM (3.3GB visible on Merom models) and a new 7200RPM HDD into your existing MacBook and make do until quad core laptops start making an appearance in 12 months-ish (well, this is what I've done :))...

jusrus
20th June 2009, 03:27 PM
Not as much as dropping a 7200RPM HDD in would be. (EDIT - if it was me, I'd buy the base model and spend $100 getting 4GB RAM and $130 on a 320GB 7200RPM HDD)


I've just made EXACTLY the move you are talking about. Haven't upgraded the RAM yet, I'm hoping that the 4gb chips will drop before I can't take 2gb any more.

I'm finding the speed of this new machine a lot better than my 2.16ghz BlackBook with 3gb RAM.

The HD swap was a lot of work (too may screws) but easy enough.

Now to migrate the mail....First attempt didn't work for some reason - all mailboxes apart from my InBox as well as all my account settings didn't come across.

Grrr.

ParisHilton
20th June 2009, 03:31 PM
2.26Ghz Pro go harder than my 2.4Ghz BlackBook?

lazydesi
20th June 2009, 04:40 PM
YES , go for it

dekco
20th June 2009, 04:54 PM
if price is a concern, look for older 13" MB that retailers will be eager to get rid off.

St Cornelius
20th June 2009, 05:03 PM
yeah it is, i would do the same

jusrus
20th June 2009, 05:24 PM
And from a squiz at fleaBay, the last gen MBs (particularly the black ones) still garner a good price....

dekco
20th June 2009, 05:39 PM
the blackbooks seem to have some kind of following, alot of them dont go for cheap on ebay

ParisHilton
20th June 2009, 05:47 PM
I think people like them because they don't have the "HEY LOOK AT ME I HAVE AN APPLE LAPTOP LOL" factor as much. Personally I couldn't care less, I have them as they were the top spec 13" laptops available at the time...

dekco
20th June 2009, 07:12 PM
since you have the blackbook, you can always get a tidy figure for it (if you are willing to put up with dicks on ebay)

Rogerthatv2
20th June 2009, 10:03 PM
Picked up my new 2.26GHz MacBook Pro 13" today from David Jones, loving it! It is replacing my mid 2008 MacBook 2.1GHz machine.

Have not had a huge chance to play with it yet as it is still migrating all my info across but just the feel of it was enough to push me over the edge.

Could have got a unibody 13" MacBook for $1700 but the $199 extra was worth the new battery life, screen, illuminated keyboard and processor speed to me.

Only 4 hours to go until I can really try it out...

kevinnugent
20th June 2009, 10:35 PM
Picked up my new 2.26GHz MacBook Pro 13" today from David Jones, loving it! It is replacing my mid 2008 MacBook 2.1GHz machine.

Have not had a huge chance to play with it yet as it is still migrating all my info across but just the feel of it was enough to push me over the edge.

Could have got a unibody 13" MacBook for $1700 but the $199 extra was worth the new battery life, screen, illuminated keyboard and processor speed to me.

Only 4 hours to go until I can really try it out...

All the easier to write travel blog entries with too. Especially with the lit up keyboard (you know how the sun sets so quickly in France in October!). :)

Rogerthatv2
20th June 2009, 11:14 PM
All the easier to write travel blog entries with too. Especially with the lit up keyboard (you know how the sun sets so quickly in France in October!). :)

Spot on, needed some assistance in reducing the tax bill and the white one is nice but the .5kg weight reduction and the keyboard will make the blogs that little easier...

tranp
21st June 2009, 10:29 AM
Picked up my new 2.26GHz MacBook Pro 13" today from David Jones, loving it! It is replacing my mid 2008 MacBook 2.1GHz machine.

Have not had a huge chance to play with it yet as it is still migrating all my info across but just the feel of it was enough to push me over the edge.

Could have got a unibody 13" MacBook for $1700 but the $199 extra was worth the new battery life, screen, illuminated keyboard and processor speed to me.

Only 4 hours to go until I can really try it out...

I think I will do the same very shortly.... the MacBook is the only thing that looks out of place on my desk....

jleetj
23rd June 2009, 03:42 PM
Not as much as dropping a 7200RPM HDD in would be. (EDIT - if it was me, I'd buy the base model and spend $100 getting 4GB RAM and $130 on a 320GB 7200RPM HDD)

As a general rule, processor upgrades are expensive for the extra performance you get.

Personally, I'd stick 4GB RAM (3.3GB visible on Merom models) and a new 7200RPM HDD into your existing MacBook and make do until quad core laptops start making an appearance in 12 months-ish (well, this is what I've done :))...

Will using a 7200 HDD cause a drop in battery life?

samuelowens
23rd June 2009, 04:16 PM
In practice, it's six of one, half a dozen of the other regarding battery life.

~Coxy
23rd June 2009, 04:24 PM
Will using a 7200 HDD cause a drop in battery life?



Nope.

dekco
23rd June 2009, 11:35 PM
i would be more worried about the heat. the last time i did an upgrade on a asus laptop, the damn hdd overheated and i had to mill extra holes for ventilation

mushroom
24th June 2009, 02:13 PM
I've also got a 13" MBP and it is great. Finally something to replace the old G4 Powerbook!

As far as 7200rpm hard drives, I'll get back to you. I bought an external hard drive enclosure and a 320GB 7200rpm Hitachi Travelstar HDD with the intention of swapping out the internal hard drive. To be honest, I'm hesitant to make the swap. The drive vibrates and heats up quite noticeably in the enclosure, and I'm a bit worried it will do the same in the MacBook. I don't want to lose the almost silent operation that it has currently got.

Once I get around to duplicating the drive and installing it, I'll let you know. If you don't need an external hard drive in the mean time, you might be better off waiting until you almost fill the internal drive and then buying a Solid State Drive. Hopefully they'll be bigger and cheaper by the time that happens!

mushroom
27th June 2009, 06:08 PM
Ok, I mirrored the original drive onto the new one and installed it.

There is a tiny increase in vibration, nothing to worry about and I wouldn't have noticed if I wasn't expecting to feel it. Battery life seems to be the same as before, though the computer reports a pretty short battery life after right after startup (2hrs), however this jumps back up to 4+ hours after a couple of minutes use. I don't recall this happening with the old HDD.

General useage (opening apps etc.) seems similar- maybe a tiny bit faster, copying files seems marginally faster. Temperature feels the same after extended normal use.

The only thing I'd be concerned about would be extended heavy HDD use. While making the mirror copy, the 7200 drive got hot to the point that you could barely touch it! I wouldn't want this to happen inside my mac.

So I still feel the same- I'd say if you need more space get a 500GB 5400rpm drive. The extra RPM doesn't make much difference. Wait for cheaper SSDs if you want better performance.

tranp
28th June 2009, 09:28 AM
I've decided to go for the 15" 2.66 model. The size difference isn't that much and it will just last longer overall.

It's funny listening to recent switcher sales drones trying to sell Macs to the general public. I miss the PPC days when Mac people actually knew their stuff.