rMBP - good deal?

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  1. Tomerco, Jul 9, 2013
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    Tomerco macrumors member

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    hey guys im looking into buying a new laptop for college.
    what do you say about this?
    http://www.macmall.com/p/Apple-MacBook-Pro/product~dpno~9418743~pdp.iadfdhc

    is it worth the 1599$
    should i wait for the haswell update?

    the only problem is that i live outside of the us and macs where i live are super expensive.
    my sister lives in the us and she pays me a visit around september,
    so she can get me a mac cheap...
     
  2. tgi macrumors 65816

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    That's pretty good. Can't even get it directly from Apple for that price.

    $1,759 at Apple.com w/ education pricing. Keep in mind you will get a $100 gift card.
     
  3. tgi macrumors 65816

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    If you need/want the Mac in Sept when your sister visits. Just get whatever is available at the time. No use in stressing over Haswell when we don't even know the release date.
     
  4. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    twice the storage for $50? thats a great deal, remember you can't upgrade the storage in the rMBP so get the bet you can afford now.
     
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  6. fskywalker macrumors 65816

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    Yes! The processor is 2.5 versus the other one that is 2.9, but double size SSD makes more sense to me !
     
  7. jread macrumors regular

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    I have that exact same machine, from the exact same site... for the exact same price :)

    It is a great deal and it's a great machine; I love mine. From what I've learned of the Haswell rMBPs so far, I am not impressed enough with the performance for it to be worth the wait to me. I'm glad I got the current generation at a great discount. I can only imagine that around September the prices will be even better :)
     
  8. tgi macrumors 65816

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    These guys make it look easy.

    http://y2u.be/V3_x18MYRw0

    cliffs - guy opens up rMBP and upgrades SSD.
     
  9. fskywalker macrumors 65816

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    I have done myself the SSD installation and removal twice on rMBP and it is pretty easy to do, just need to have the right Torx screwdrivers and follow the instructions shown in that video (or any other similar YouTube video).
     
  10. squeeks, Jul 10, 2013
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    Thats right, i was thinking about the Ram..sorry...but you still have to pay over $500 for the upgrade drive.
     
  11. leftywamumonkey macrumors 6502a

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    faster ssd!!!
     
  12. jread macrumors regular

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    Yes, but based on what I saw with my Haswell MBA, it isn't that much faster
     
  13. Tomerco thread starter macrumors member

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    The only thing keeps me from buying it is that people say that the intel 4000 chip is underpowered, and the screen ir issues...
    I dont live in the states therefor i wont be able to replace it if the screen has issues
     
  14. fskywalker macrumors 65816

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    Just buy an issued 15 inch rMBP with a Samsung screen!
     
  15. Tomerco thread starter macrumors member

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    15" is too big to carry with me to school every day,
    also its quite a bit more expensive...
    even so how can i tell if the unit has a samsung display in it beforehand?
     
  16. fskywalker macrumors 65816

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    If you buy an used rMBP, by running a script you can tell. On a new (sealed) 15 inch rMBP you can't tell. On the 13 inch rMBP you can't tell neither since there is not a run script.
     
  17. leftywamumonkey macrumors 6502a

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    The Haswell MBA's are getting nearly 800MB/s read and write speeds. That's way over what SATAIII can handle. That's much faster.
     
  18. bobbydd21 macrumors regular

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    Although this is true, most users generally will not notice any difference. In benchmarks and specs it is more impressive. However. SSD drives are so so fast now that the difference between SATA III and PCI will only be noticeable in specific things, that many users will never do.
     
  19. jread macrumors regular

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    I'm not denying that on paper the PCI SSDs are faster. However, there is a difference between spec masturbation and "real feel", and the seat of the pants experience was the same for everything I tried between the two machines.
     
  20. leftywamumonkey macrumors 6502a

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    Sure, it's true that if you're only going to be launching applications and doing general tasks, the difference is minimal, but you can't neglect it simply, because it won't be significant to most people. I mean, take 802.11 AC on the Macbook Air for example, are the majority of the consumers going to benefit from it? No, still it's important to mention since there are people who will benefit from the technology. My point is that it can be a difference maker.
     

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