For the last six months to a year my Mid 2010 MacBook Pro has had the “Replace Soon” message in the battery status. It was still in good enough condition for me to get an hour or two out of it with normal web browsing. With the age of this MBP, I didn’t want to drop any more money into it. I had recently added memory and an SSD hard drive, which was the best thing anyone can do to an “older” computer.
The biggest issue I have been facing is the constant noise from the CPU fan, especially when watching videos, playing minecraft, or participating in Google Hangouts. After doing so reading on the interwebs I decided that maybe it was a good idea to do this last upgrade. So, yesterday I just went for it! I called the Apple store to see if they had any in stock, and how long it would take. Surprisingly, they said they could do a “same day” repair, and it would only cost about $129. Next, thing I did was to make an appointment and get in my car.
It took about 2 hours to get the repair done, which wasn’t too bad. It gave me time to check out the new Mac Pro (I CAN HAZ!!) and see some of the other systems up close and personal. I am in the market for a new Mac so I had to to thoroughly sample all the goods, so-to-speak
The result of the Mac Book Pro battery replacement is…..drumroll please……. AWESOME! My MBP runs much cooler, and of course the battery lasts nice and long like before. The CPU fan doesn’t come on nearly as much as it did yesterday before the upgrade. So, if you have an older MacBook or MacBook Pro I would say:
- Get the extra RAM
- Get the SSD
- Replace the Battery
This will add a couple more years to this system, and will be perfect as a hand-me-down system for my son.