I’m a veteran Mac user, but even though I’m still very excited about newer Apple products regardless of its iPhone, iPad or iMac. I have had several different computers both PCs and Mac computers. The Mac computers have mainly been MacBooks. This is my current computer:
My current Mac is a MacBook Pro, Early 2011 (MacBookPro8,2). With following configurations:
PROCESSOR: 2.0GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7
MEMORY: 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM – 2x2GB
GRAPHICS CARD: AMD Radeon HD 6490M with 256 MB GDDR5 memory
OPTICAL DRIVE: 8x Double-Layer SuperDrive
DISPLAY: MBP 15″ High Resolution (1680×1050) Glossy WS Display
HARD DRIVE: 120GB Intel® SSD 510 Series
Notice I’ve upgraded the display and the hard disk. I really like the optional High Resolution upgrade. The increased resolution really allows me to get a better overview and work faster. I don’t think I could work as effective on a 15” screen with a lower resolution.
The hard drive upgrade, and switch from a traditional disk to an SSD, makes my computer boot in exactly 15 seconds. That’s not that important because my computer is rarely turned off. The SSD is really useful when I work, because I often save a lot of files to my hard drive, and then it just makes my computer respond a lot quicker in many scenarios. I really feel it when it comes out of hibernate in less then 1 second – a lot quicker then my last Macbook without a SSD.
Some people might argue 4GB is too little. I couldn’t disagree more. I have been running multiple tests with all sorts of software to try to make it use all my memory and it’s almost impossible. The only program I’ve had issues with eating all my memory was Football Manager 12 for Mac – but that’s just because it seems to have a very bad memory leak.
All in all, I see no need to upgrade my current Macbook Pro. It can run anything I throw at it, except newer games. I love it!