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MBP 17" Mid 2010, a good value?
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Jul 1, 2012, 04:00 PM
 
I found a good deal on a MacBook Pro 17" 2010 and would like to get some feedback on this particular model so I can ponder about it.
Are there any well-known issues with it, recalls…?
Is the battery user serviceable or should one bring it to Apple to get it replaced.?
Was the NVIDIA GeForce GT330M any good.?

Anything else I should be aware of such as RAM topping at 8 GB (fact) display wearing down too fast (fear), 2011 model being way a better value, et cetera…

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Jul 1, 2012, 04:08 PM
 
The 2011 models are significantly faster (in terms of cpu performance) than the 2010 models. I was a bit unlucky and I had to get a new machine in 2010 rather than 2011, so I missed out on four cores (rather than two), each of which is faster than the ones I have.

If I were you, I'd opt for a 2011 MacBook Pro.
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Jul 1, 2012, 04:53 PM
 
Agreed entirely.

When the low-end 13" MacBook Pro is faster than the previous-generation high-end 17" MacBook Pro, the previous-generation one really has to be a *sensational* deal to be worth considering.

Feb. 2011 (Thunderbolt) models or later, FTW.
     
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Jul 1, 2012, 06:02 PM
 
Agreed Feb. 2011 (Thunderbolt) models or later. It will take 2x8 GB RAM.

An SSD is strongly recommended, via Apple or via retrofit.
     
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Jul 2, 2012, 03:09 AM
 
Thanks guys. It was a good deal, way below its mac2sell value but I will pass.
     
   
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