A Few questions

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Hetalia, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. Hetalia macrumors member

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    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Apple%A...218646127726&skuId=5430505#tab=specifications

    This is the Mac I bought. I have a few questions? Not sure if I bought a new 2010 model or a 2012 one? so...

    Where can I find out when my Mac was manufactured?
    What is the difference between my Mac and the retina display ones
    Did I overpay or is that a good price?

    Again I a new to macs and new to computers in general I don't know much. I just wanted a good reliable computer. And I heard Macs were good computers. So far I absolutely love this computer.
     
  2. defektion macrumors regular

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    You paid about the average price for a base 2012 13" Macbook Pro. You saved about $60 bucks.

    If you want to maximize the full potential of your computer, I suggest an SSD upgrade & max out your ram which is 16GB.

    You'll enjoy your laptop for years to come! :)

    Enjoy your new laptop!
     
  3. dinggus macrumors 65816

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    Go to the website below, enter your serial number.

    http://www.powerbookmedic.com/identify-mac-serial.php

    The difference between your Mac and the Retina:
    1: Display
    2: Price
    3: I've been told they don't have a CD-ROM drive
    4. I've also been told they use flash HDD.

    Don't quote me on 3 and 4. I'm just telling you what I had to listen to when someone was bragging about buying their MBP Retine for $2k with AppleCare, telling me a Mac Mini is a waste of money.
     
  4. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    According to the discription it has the Intel HD4000 graphics, previous models had the HD3000 or something else, so it's a 2012.

    Probably China. My older 13" MBP says right on the bottom. "Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China."

    Display resolution and a standard SSD vs the HDD in yours.

    Like the others have said, you paid just under the standard retail price. I've seen them on sale for as low as $949, but that was over the black friday weekend.
     
  5. Hetalia thread starter macrumors member

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    I looked on Best Buy.com and it says DVD/CD drive not included. So it must be true. Not sure for the HDD though. I don't understand Apple's reasoning behind not putting CD ROM drive in a computer that costs that much. Maybe there is something I don't know. I didn't buy Apple Care. I just bought the $100 accidental protection policy from Best Buy. Don't think that covers if it gets stolen though. Just damage. Thank you for the info everyone. I was just wondering. Like I said I am very satisfied switching over from Windows to Mac. I love my Macbook!
     
  6. dinggus macrumors 65816

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    I've used my iMac CD-Rom once, for a fresh install. Everything is on App Store and everyone uses a mp3 player.
     
  7. Hetalia thread starter macrumors member

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    iMac CD Rom?
     
  8. dinggus macrumors 65816

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    The CD Rom in my iMac...
     
  9. Hetalia thread starter macrumors member

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  10. dinggus macrumors 65816

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    Sorry it's 2am and I'm irritated with the gym. Haha.

    iMac is the desktop.

    But what made you get a Mac?
     
  11. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    To make the computer thinner, something had to go. Apple has a utility that allows you to use the optical drive in another computer on the same network.
     
  12. Hetalia thread starter macrumors member

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    I heard they were good computers, and they were very reliable. I have a iPhone and a Ipad and I fell in love and I needed a new computer for school. something that will last. Do I need to buy a Mac Mini also with this?
     
  13. dinggus macrumors 65816

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    Mac Mini is another desktop computer, but no accessories (that I know of).

    You'll be find with the laptop.
     

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