Is buying a macbook pro with solid state hard drive worth the extra money?

I need a laptop for college and I'm trying to decide whether I should stick with the 500 gb hard drive the pro comes with or spend $315 to get 256 gb in the solid state drive. I go to a liberal arts school so I won't be doing engineering or any graphic design, I'll probably use my laptop most for music (itunes and possibly a few compositions), internet, papers, powerpoints,and I'll probably have different tabs open at the same time. My only worry is that with a regular hard drive I've heard it's easy to break if you move it around a lot and I'll be taking my laptop to and from class and around campus.

3 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    Forrest,

    Go with the solid state drive. It's quieter, creates less heat on the computer, and lasts a lot longer. Be sure to back up everything routinely on an external hard drive or Time Capsule! You can save money by using the education pricing or the refurbished section. A 2.4 ghz i5 processor with 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD should fit your needs perfectly!

    • Answered by Marshall M from Aberdeen
    • Aug 9, 2014
  • Absolutely the solid state drive is much faster loading. It is less likely to break since it doesn't have the moving parts like the hard drive does. So yes. I have had both and the SSD is much better.

    • Answered by Rhonda S from Little Rock
    • May 1, 2015
  • I think so, Increase in loading time and programs is worth it to me.

    • Answered by Edgar G from Beverly Hills
    • Aug 16, 2014