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    Jun142012

    Why I ordered a MacBook Pro - More RAM, SSD, and Pixels

    I love my MacBook Air that I bought as part of a switch from Windows.

    The MacBook Pro is announced and I wasn't interested at first, but after thinking for a bit, I could use three things.  More RAM, More SSD space, and More pixels.

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    There is plenty of news like how the MacBook Pro is aimed at the heart. Really? You think this is the issue?

    The new MacBook Pro with Retina Display is not a particularly practical unit. It appeals to your heart, not your head. I will grant the argument that it is practical for a very small set of media professionals. The $2,199 low-end model, though, only comes with a non-upgradable 256 GB SSD drive. A media pro can blast through that piddling amount of storage space in no time at all.

    With a heavy heart, I have decided not to the buy the gorgeous new MacBook Pro with Retina Display. I lust after the idea of 2,880 by 1,800 pixels gloriously showing off my awesome photos of the Grand Tetons, Half Dome and small children running from the cold droplets of a sprinkler system under a hot summer sun.

    The MacBook Pro is getting bad reviews as hard to service.

    Apple's new Retina display MacBook Pro has been taken apart and examined from the inside, revealing that the RAM is soldered onto the logic board and cannot be upgraded, and that the proprietary solid-state drive memory was supplied by Samsung.

    The details come from iFixit's extensive teardown of the next-generation MacBook Pro, which the site published on Wednesday, just two days after the new notebook was announced. The solutions provider took particular issue with the design of the new MacBook Pro with respect to repairability, giving it a lowest possible score of 1 out of 10.

    Why did I order a MacBook Pro after all this news?  

    Versus my MacBook Air.  More than 4GB of RAM would be really nice.  The 4GB is getting painful.  256GB of SSD is just too constraining.  Everybody talks about the display with more pixels, but that is less of an urgent need.   My eyes aren't screaming for more pixels.  Seeing the world a bit fuzzy is OK for abstract thinking.

    So, I took the leap and placed an order for 16GB of RAM with 512 SSD.  This is a significant upgrade from the MacBook Air I have.  The Air is fine, but I need more RAM and SSD space.  I don't live all in the cloud.  Do you?  

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    I just ordered the new 15" Samsung Series 9 with a Core i7, 8GB memory, 256GB SSD and 1600x900 resolution, price was around $1800 it's also 1LB lighter than the MacBook Pro, thinner (0.58") and has a 10hr battery. Storage wise, 512GB would be nice, but my current laptop only has 80GB of SSD, so 256GB will feel like a lot (for a while).
    June 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNik Simpson

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