Questions about international Mac purchase

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Tired8281, Feb 4, 2010.

  1. Tired8281 macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2010
    Hi. I've decided it's about time to buy myself a Mac. I usually live in Canada, but I'm currently visiting the US. I feel it's pretty likely that there will be an update on Tuesday, so I plan to buy a week from Monday when I am in Las Vegas (if I'm wrong, and there is no refresh, I'll probably still buy, as I need a new computer regardless). I do have a few questions...

    1. If I buy a Macbook Pro 13 at the Apple Store in Las Vegas, can I buy AppleCare in Canada when I get home (as opposed to buying it at the time of purchase, in the US)?

    2. Will Apple Canada cover a US-purchased Macbook Pro, or will I have to go to the US for service?

    3. If I go cheap and get the lowest options for RAM and HDD (for the Macbook Pro 13), can I upgrade them myself later without voiding my warranty?

    4. What would be the drawbacks of only getting 2GB of RAM? I tend to perform two or three tasks at a time on the computer, rarely more.

    5. Is it worth it to get the Apple Remote? I watch a lot of media, and I used a USB-connected remote control on my old Windows computer (I don't have it anymore).

    Thank you very much for your considered advice.
  2. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    I believe that the warranty is global. I've had no trouble with getting my US-purchased, self-upgraded MBP fixed under warranty in NZ.
  3. RudyGrow macrumors regular

    Dec 12, 2009
    3. Yes

    4. It will be slower than 4gb? I myself had a machine with 2gb of ram, but upgraded it to 4gb. The difference isn't tremendous, but it is noticable.

    5. I would, or get an iTouch/iPhone (they can double as a remote.)

    Hope my input is something of use :)
  4. Tired8281 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2010
    Well, I guess I was wrong about the 9th, and I'm getting a current-gen (unless Apple really surprises and updates later this week...I pull the trigger on the 15th).

    How much slower is slower, when it comes to 2GB of RAM versus 4GB? I know it's hard to quantify, but I've never used a machine with more than 2GB of RAM, and I found the 2GB machines (admittedly, with Windows and Linux rather than OSX) to be crazy fast, and they all had processors that were much, much slower than a Core 2 Duo. The only terribly taxing task I tend to undertake is video encoding...will that be strongly affected by a lower amount of RAM? I'm just trying to get an idea of whether or not I could handle having only 2GB of RAM for six months or so before I upgrade, or if it would be too annoying.

    Another question...can Mac read NTFS-formatted disks?

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