Fast forward to 2016, one of our other machines died. I wanted to "promote" this one to daily use, but its performance was so bad I spent quite a bit of time researching new laptops (including a possible switch back to Windows, with Apple *again* abandoning the moderate range of the market). I'd assumed that this system's 2GB should be enough (and also that 3GB was the maximum, based on my other, slightly older MacBook), but then I learned that (1) Yosemite barely functions on 2GB, and (2) that 6 gigabytes, not 3, is the maximum on this system. So I decided it was worth the risk to spend some money and try to save this Mac.
Well, I've never gotten so much bang for the buck before. Even though this laptop is 7 years old, it functions as well as a NEW machine now. In, fact, it actually browses the web much faster than a Celeron-based budget Windows 10 laptop that we bought recently for another purpose. Boots fast, very responsive in use, handles multiple open apps and tabs with ease. This upgrade was worth every penny, several times over! I should have done this two years ago.
OWC's step-by-step upgrade videos make the job super easy, and honestly it would have been pretty easy even without the video. Just yank the battery, remove 3 screws inside the battery compartment and you have access to the memory bays. Just press a lever to pop out each memory module, press the new ones in, screw the memory/hard drive cover back in and replace the battery. Seriously just a 5 minute job. Part of the reason I'd waited was that I dreaded taking my MacBook apart to do this, but as it turns out you don't open it all the way up. Really, it could hardly be easier.I would recommend this item to a friend! Customer Videos:
Don't stress, their combined package of 4Gb and 2Gb of RAM just clicks in and works, so we're very happy. It's given an old laptop new life.I would recommend this item to a friend!
Now, I coupled the RAM upgrade with a new 1 TB SSD, so I can't claim that all the speed increase is due to the memory improvement, but it would most likely still be limping in some respect without it. As it is, now it is FAST and and I am in love with my little macbook, and it does everything SO WELL and SO FAST!
Definitely recommend the memory upgrades from OWC.I would recommend this item to a friend!
I upgraded to 6Gb of memory and did a clean install of Yosemite, and now my old clunker of an iMac has a new lease of life. It's not instantaneous by any stretch, but whereas before I'd have to wait 10-15 seconds for iTunes to open, and 15-30 seconds of 'beachball' when I scrolled through a page of photos, now my wait times are down to a couple of seconds. So for me it's a usable machine again.
Best $100 upgrade I've ever done.I would recommend this item to a friend!
Best regards from FRANCE.
Sincerely, Olivier.I would recommend this item to a friend!