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    Default 2009 MBP 13" a good upgrade from a 2006 C2D MB?

    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.
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    Short answer: a definite yes.

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

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    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).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huy View Post
    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.
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    Is the 2.53 worth it over the 2.26?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tranp View Post
    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 )...
    Last edited by samuelowens; 20th June 2009 at 01:18 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by samuelowens View Post
    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.

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    2.26Ghz Pro go harder than my 2.4Ghz BlackBook?

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    YES , go for it
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    if price is a concern, look for older 13" MB that retailers will be eager to get rid off.

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    yeah it is, i would do the same

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    And from a squiz at fleaBay, the last gen MBs (particularly the black ones) still garner a good price....

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    the blackbooks seem to have some kind of following, alot of them dont go for cheap on ebay

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    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...

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    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)

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    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...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerthatv2 View Post
    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!).
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    Quote Originally Posted by kevinnugent View Post
    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...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerthatv2 View Post
    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....
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    Quote Originally Posted by samuelowens View Post
    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?

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