Old MacBook Pro Costs More Than Retina MBP With Same Specs

iRobby

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Old MacBook Pro Costs More Than Retina MBP With Same Specs



Apple really wants you to buy into their beautiful Retina display future. So much so, that if customers want to buy an old style MacBook Pro with the same specs as the new MacBook Pro with Retina display, they’re going to have to pay an extra $300 to get it.*That extra $300 comes with an optical drive, one extra pound of aluminum, and a lower resolution screen, just so the fatty MacBook Pro can keep up with its slimmer sister everyone’s drooling over, but hey, at least you’ll still have an Ethernet port.
 

Astroboy907

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Old MacBook Pro Costs More Than Retina MBP With Same Specs

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Apple really wants you to buy into their beautiful Retina display future. So much so, that if customers want to buy an old style MacBook Pro with the same specs as the new MacBook Pro with Retina display, they’re going to have to pay an extra $300 to get it.*That extra $300 comes with an optical drive, one extra pound of aluminum, and a lower resolution screen, just so the fatty MacBook Pro can keep up with its slimmer sister everyone’s drooling over, but hey, at least you’ll still have an Ethernet port.
Oh, and a way overpriced $1000 512 SSD. Aftermarket is maybe $500, and then you can sell you old drive....
Then its cheaper :D
 

Revelation78

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Oh, and a way overpriced $1000 512 SSD. Aftermarket is maybe $500, and then you can sell you old drive....
Then its cheaper :D
Aftermarket 512GB SSD are easily over $600. That is if you look at one that is rated highly in reviews and supports SATAIII, you know the stuff that matters...


I remember back in Dec when I paid $550 for a 240GB SSD. Prices have come down since then...
 

TheMacBookPro

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May 9, 2008
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This has been posted about 5 times already...

basically, of course it's going to be more expensive if Apple charges $1000 for a 512GB SSD. Go aftermarket and it'll be cheaper.
 

sweetbrat

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Aftermarket 512GB SSD are easily over $600. That is if you look at one that is rated highly in reviews and supports SATAIII, you know the stuff that matters...


I remember back in Dec when I paid $550 for a 240GB SSD. Prices have come down since then...
You can get a Crucial M4 512GB SSD for $399 right now from Amazon, $420 from Newegg. That's SATA III, and while not a Samsung, is very reliable and highly rated.
 

Revelation78

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You can get a Crucial M4 512GB SSD for $399 right now from Amazon, $420 from Newegg. That's SATA III, and while not a Samsung, is very reliable and highly rated.
Fair enough. I also agree that Crucial is a good brand.

Though keep in mind the drive you looked at writes a lot slower(256MBs), thus lower price. Now, with that in mind, for the average person the read speed is the most important; let's ensure though that we are comparing apples to apples.

An SSD that has read and write speeds over 500MBs will cost you over $600USD.
 

boto

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Fair enough. I also agree that Crucial is a good brand.

Though keep in mind the drive you looked at writes a lot slower(256MBs), thus lower price. Now, with that in mind, for the average person the read speed is the most important; let's ensure though that we are comparing apples to apples.

An SSD that has read and write speeds over 500MBs will cost you over $600USD.
Sandisk Extreme SSDs are $434 for 480GB and they hold more than 500MBs read/write speeds, whereas another good vendor is Corsair. The Corsair Force GT 480GB is $560 and is one of the best SSDs available in the market. Also, is it true that the new MBPs uses Samsung 830 SSDs? I would like to clarify before making the purchase.
 

Revelation78

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Sandisk Extreme SSDs are $434 for 480GB and they hold more than 500MBs read/write speeds, whereas another good vendor is Corsair. The Corsair Force GT 480GB is $560 and is one of the best SSDs available in the market. Also, is it true that the new MBPs uses Samsung 830 SSDs? I would like to clarify before making the purchase.
I have heard good things about Sandisk. Corsair is another good brand, but alas you are also comparing 480GB vs 512GB.

The fact of the matter is, if you look for a reliable and well reviewed drive that is 512GB and has read and write speeds over 500MBs you will pay over $600.

Prices are coming down. Like I said earlier I paid over $500 for a 240GB SSD months ago that had read and write speeds over 500MBs.
 
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