Might wait for the 15" i7 MBP with 256GB Flash Drive

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Scott6666, Oct 27, 2010.

  1. Scott6666 macrumors 65816


    Feb 2, 2008
    As much as the Airs look cool, imagine in 6 months when some of this new tech moves to the 15" line? An i7 with the new flash drive tech could really fly and might be a bit lighter as well.

    How many Apples can Steve entice us all into buying?

    Got to be careful and not go to the Apple store or I'll be like the guy in another thread, had to buy, and is now sitting with his sealed box not knowing whether to open or return...
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    That already exists... We won't see a big change in design in the next 6 months.
  3. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
    Yeah, started to say....you can do this now by just buying a i7 MBP and putting in the SSD on your own, either by swapping out the hard drive or the optical drive. I've already seen users posting on here that have done that.

    I think this crop of MBA's is proving that the SSD is going to offer you far more bang for the buck than an upgraded processor. So you aren't likely to gain much by waiting 6-8 months versus just doing it now.
  4. hcho3 macrumors 68030

    May 13, 2010
    Prepare to pay 2000-2500 dollars for that premium laptop. 256GB SSD? I wouldn't rule out 3000 dollars price tag, either.
  5. GLS macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2010
    Not quite. Just go to Apple, configure a Core i7 2.66 and add a 256 GB SSD...comes to $2849.00

    Not cheap, but not $3,000.
  6. Scott6666 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Feb 2, 2008
    The SSD's are coming to the Airs with essentially no price premium. To get a $1700 air with 256GB SSD is cheap. Adding a 256GB SSD to an i7 is currently $650.

    Plus the Apple Flash Drive on a stick is MUCH smaller than the 2.5" enclosures that the drives come in now enabling them to make the MBP thinner/lighter a bit.

    So if the i7 15" MBP at $2,100 came with an 256GB Apple SSD on a stick, that would be nice and reasonably priced.
  7. Westyfield2 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2009
    Bath, UK.
    Erm, the MacBook Air customer isn't getting it instead of a MacBook Pro. They may well be the same customer, but that would be to supplement the Pro not replace it.

    I have a MacBook Pro 15". It's the 2007 one with a 2.4GHz Core2Duo, 4GB RAM, 500GB 7200RPM HDD, 1440*900 Matte screen.

    The 3 years AppleCare expired this summer.

    I very nearly went and bought the current one to replace it (2.6GHz i7 [though now there's 2.8GHz], 8GB RAM, 1680*1050 Matte screen), but decided to keep my current one going until the 2011 Sandy Bridge one's come out. Touch-wood it'll survive until then, it's had two keyboards/mice & two batteries & a new superdrive & a new logic board in it's life.

    I'm considering a MacBook Air. 11", 1.6GHz Core2Duo, 4GB RAM, 128GB Flash. This is as-well as my current (and future) 15" MacBook Pro.

    The MacBook Air does not replace a MacBook Pro. A 13" MacBook Air could possibly replace a 13" MacBook, but there is no way that the Air can replace a Pro.

    From http://www.anandtech.com/show/3991/apples-2010-macbook-air-11-13inch-reviewed:
    "For me, I’d have to own the 11-inch [MacBook Air], plus a 15-inch MacBook Pro plus my desktop. That’s three machines, plus a smartphone and I’d be set. I’d carry the 11-inch on most business trips, the 15-inch for big shows that I’d have to cover and any heavier work I’d do at home on the desktop. I don’t mind the setup, it’s just a costly setup to have."

    With regards to the idea of using Apple's Flash Stick instead of 2.5" SSDs..... as-long as they are after-market replaceable I'm OK with it. If you're stuck with the performance and capacity of the one it shipped with then no I'm not OK with it. I wouldn't get Apple's SSD in a MacBook Pro, I'd do it myself with an OWC one. Far better performance.

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