MacBook Pro advice

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by kindablue15, Mar 29, 2015.

  1. kindablue15 macrumors newbie

    Mar 29, 2015
    I'm looking to purchase a new macbook pro. Was likely going to go with the 13", 2.7 ghz, 256 gig hard drive build. I was wondering what the general consensus was around here on RAM. Upgrading the RAM from 8 to 16 gigs has a 200.00 price tag attached. Would this upgrade be noticable 3 years down the road?

    I'm hoping to keep the device for 4 years ish. I don't have any fancy needs. I do the typical word processing, streaming, videos, photos, etc. Mostly I just want to keep the machine updated so I can organize my life between the laptop and iphone.

    Hopefully I'll be moving from the US to England next year. I'm assuming the laptop will work well over there as well?

    Also, does anyone around here have any experience with The Mac Corner? I was planning on buying from them, and trading in a 2009 iMac in the process to chip a few hundred in store credit off.

  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    You won't notice the RAM

    See here for RAM needs

    It'll work fine in the UK, you'll just need a 3 pin plug adapter or a new power cord (just the first bit not the power supply unit).
  3. kindablue15 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 29, 2015
  4. theluggage macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2011
    Yes... you'll just need the appropriate cable or plug fitting for the mains adapter (you don't need a new adapter). The expensive way is to get the international travel adaptor kit: Cheapskate way is to get a generic UK mains plug to "figure 8" (C7) plug lead which will plug into the Apple mains adapter, just not elegantly. Or use a regular US/UK plug adapter (most mobile electronics these days is happy with 240V, its the hairdryers that tend to go up in smoke...)

    One thing to consider is if you're moving permanently: before you spend a fortune on software from the US App Store, you should research what Apple's policy is re. switching your App Store account from the US to the UK. (Short term there's no need to change). (I don't know the answers to this)
  5. Kajje macrumors 6502a


    Dec 6, 2012
    I asked this to Apple support. They said, switch if your store credit is finished. Or don't switch at all. Been living outside of the US for 5+ years and topped up iTunes credit with US vouchers (thanks mum) uncountable times. Switching to local store now and then to download local apps. Never had any problem.
  6. z31fanatic macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2015
    Mukilteo, WA USA
    If you plan on keeping the computer for 4 years, then $200 more for the 16GB model will be worth it in my opinion.

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