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Recap of last episode
- In the last episode, we discussed the various types of performance testing, how they are different, and some of the benefits that come from running a successful performance test.
Summary of this episode
- You are in for a treat today…. I’m going to review the MacBook Pro that I bought off of Groupon. I’m going to talk about the reason why I chose this exact model, what it came with, and the upgrades that I had planned for it when I bought it.
What’s in it for you?
- After listening to this episode, you will have a better understanding of this model of MacBook Pro so that you can determine if it is a project that you would want to undertake for yourself.
- I have been watching a lot of youTube videos on several channels where the host buys and upgrades a mac (of some make or model).
- It seemed like it was not that bad of a project to undertake if you had a little bit of handiness and chose the right model.
- After watching what felt like 200-300 videos, I found on Groupon the model that I finally bought.
- It was a mid-2012 uni-body MacBook Pro 13” model.
- Besides the fact that the company that was fulfilling the order took forever to send me the laptop, it is a pretty good little machine.
- I had a Dell before that and it was just too big to get in my backpack to take on trips.
- I was looking for smaller laptop that I could take with me on trips so that I could record podcasts episodes from remote locations.
- I unboxed the laptop and what was supposed to be a refurbished grade-A actually had a couple of tiny dents in the cover.
- So I crank it up and it boots with no problem.
- It took about 5 minutes to get to a login prompt.
- Some of the specs that this thing came with: 4 GB RAM, core I5 processor, 500 GB 5400 RPM drive.
- That is so not what I was hoping for.
- Now comes the upgrades that I had planned.
- So trash the RAM and upgrade to 16 GB.
- Swap out the hard drive for an SSD.
- I would love to swap out the processor but the board that came with it would not support a newer processor.
- So back to YouTube to watch a couple dozen more videos on the best way to upgrade the macBook and I’m finally ready.
- I pop it open and the ram upgrade goes pretty darn easily.
- I then pulled the hard drive out and started to swap it for the SSD…….tada……I don’t have the correct screwdriver to remove the posts that hold it in place.
- So off to Amazon to order a complete set of micro tools which takes a week to arrive.
- Then I try it again. Boom. I take the SSD where I had already copied the drive contents to and it popped right in.
- Go figure. If you have the right tools, and follow the instructions, things just work.
- So now I get the hardware straightened out and what do I find…..this sucker boots up in under 45 seconds.
- From 5 minutes to 45 seconds. I like that improvement.
- I tested it with a bunch of the core apps and it was pretty snappy.
- Not stellar but not bad.
- I ran the performance metrics and guess what I found out.
- My expectations are pretty low apparently.
- The benchmarks on this thing are really low.
- But you know what….I’m not using it for gaming…I’m not a gamer….and I’m not doing 4K video editing on it….so for what I need it is what I’ll call sufficient.
- If you choose to do this type of project yourself, you will need the following:
- uni-body MacBook Pro (a model that is upgradable, check before you buy it)
- A SCSI SSD transfer cable
- A SSD drive
- New memory cards (check the model you want to see what the main board memory capacity is)
- A toolkit with specific screwdrivers.
- This project only works because of the model of MacBook Pro that I selected. So buyer beware!
- The mid-2012 uni-body MacBook Pro is the last model that is upgradable by the buyer.
- All of the newer models have chipsets and memory that is soldered to the mainboard.
- So…..you have to send your laptop to Apple to have it upgraded (for a cost).
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