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Buying new retina macbook pro

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Nov 19, 2012 6:49 PM

I'm getting a new retina macbook pro and I was wondering if I could ask for a Samsung make at the store before buying it. Thanks

MacBook Pro, iOS 4.3.3, MacBook Pro (15-inch Early 2008)
  • Ziatron Level 4 Level 4 (3,255 points)
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    Nov 19, 2012 8:57 PM (in response to Oscar Flo)

    The retina Macbook has NO DVD drive.  I would buy the non-retina Macbook, it has a built-in DVD drive.

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,800 points)
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    Nov 19, 2012 9:20 PM (in response to Oscar Flo)

    You could try - there are an number of people on the Retina IR thread that have asked, specifically, for Samsung displays and have been able to open up to three boxes in hopes of finding one. You may get lucky, you may not. The IR problem isn't universal although it seems more prevalent on LG monitors than Samsung - while the Samsung monitors seem to have the problem of display yellow or pink tints on the screen.

     

    I just wouldn't buy a Retina display right now - although I'm sure that there are tens of thousands of happy oweners, I've heard of too many problems on these boards to buy one yet.

     

    Just my 2¢...

     

    Clinton

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,800 points)
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    Nov 19, 2012 11:14 PM (in response to Oscar Flo)

    Sure - if you buy the non-Retina model you have dozens of choices of SSDs to install - some under $400 (don't pay Apple's ridiculous prices!). You can also upgrade your RAM to 16GB: that's what I'm running - 16GB of RAM and a 512GB Crucial m4 SSD - super fast.

     

    Oh, and I would go with the high-res antiglare model - it's the one thing that I wish that I'd purchased with this machine. Users who have them love them. It was a $250 option when I bought my MBP (in March of this year) but it's now a $100 option.

     

    Give the Retina display machines a while - I'm sure that they'll be up to par in another year or two.

     

    Clinton

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,800 points)
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    Nov 19, 2012 11:29 PM (in response to Oscar Flo)

    The MBP has only two RAM sockets, so I have 2 x 8GB sticks. I have Corsair and can recommend their Mac Memory from Amazon, but I really like Crucial memory the best (I suppose because I love my Crucial SSD so much).

     

    And, yep, the high-res glossy is the same as the high-res antiglare - I just wish I'd purchased the antiglare: my MBP is just unusable in strong light (90% of the time now, though, it's tethered to my desk since I got a new Apple Thunderbolt Display).

     

    Good luck,

     

    Clinton

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,800 points)
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    Nov 19, 2012 11:38 PM (in response to Oscar Flo)

    You'll be more than happy with it, I assure you. Even my Thunderbolt Display has a glossy screen - but then I use it in a fairly dim room and have never had any problems with the 'gloss' on it.

     

    Enjoy your new MacBook Pro!

     

    Clinton

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,800 points)
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    Nov 20, 2012 1:36 AM (in response to Oscar Flo)

    I have the 512GB m4 model - it was $600 when I bought it in April, now it's down to under $400 <<sigh>>.

     

    But you could, if you have external drives, get by just fine with a 256GB. After I (finally) took about 178GB of music off of my internal drive, I only use about 135GB...

     

    Clinton

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