There are a number of components in the MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Early 2011 that can be cost effectively upgraded.
- Memory: The MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Early 2011 comes with 4 GB RAM standard, and accepts a maximum of 16 GB. If your MacBook Pro is still running with only the stock RAM, upgrading will provide a dramatic performance boost. You can upgrade to any combination of two 4 GB or 8 GB modules for 8 GB, 12 GB, or 16 GB of total RAM.
- Hard Drive: 320 or 500 GB hard drives came standard with the Early 2011 MacBook Pro 13" Unibody. You can easily upgrade the drive to 1 TB or a lightning-fast solid state drive. Be advised, at the moment you need to use a piece of software to enable trim, called Trim Enabler—this involves some risk.
- Additional Storage: With the growing popularity of flash memory and cloud storage, you may find yourself rarely using the SuperDrive in your MacBook Pro. The optical drive can easily be replaced with a second hard drive or solid state drive using an optical bay enclosure kit. When installed, your additional hard drive will mount on your desktop just like an external hard drive.
The MacBook Pro 13" Unibody is clearly differentiated from other MacBook Pros by its smaller size. However, it does resemble its larger siblings, the MacBook Pro 15" Unibody and the MacBook Pro 17" Unibody.
MacBook Pros tend to look very similar, and it's important to know which machine you have before ordering any replacement parts.