The setup that I am considering

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dpru, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. dpru, Feb 24, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2011

    dpru macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2010
    Hey all,

    I wanted your opinions on the setup that I am considering.

    I am thinking about getting the 13" MacBook Pro, replacing the hard drive with a 7200 RPM 500 GB hard drive myself, and buying an external 24" display to set alongside the MacBook Pro whenever I am at my desk (not an Apple cinema display as those are crazy expensive).

    My questions:
    - I've found this site that explains how to replace the hard drive in a unibody MacBook Pro. By doing this, do I void any warranties?
    - How do you think the MBP 13" with the integrated Intel graphics can handle the dual display? Although I would love 1440x900 on my 13" MBP, I figure I can deal with 1280x800 as long as I have a nice dual monitor setup.
    - Would you suggest a 15" MBP (with no dual monitor setup) over a 13" MBP with a dual monitor setup? My uses: I am a developer, and will use this computer for at least some development. I am a casual gamer, but not a heavy gamer (I like to play Starcraft 2 every once in awhile). (Side note: I assume it would be possible to get SC2 to display on the external monitor and not the 13" MBP display?). Also, I am considering dual booting OS X and Windows 7.

    Finally: What other computers are out there that you think compete well with the 13" MBP? The HP ENVY looks very similar spec-wise, although its display resolution is actually slightly lower than the 13" MBP. Are there any 13" or 14" laptops out there that have:
    - higher res than 1280x800 (other than the MBA of course)
    - 7200 RPM 500 GB hard drive

    Thanks for the help in the decision making process!
  2. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010

    Theres a video tutorial on OWC. It doesn't void the warrantee.

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