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New Apple Updates

by nick on June 13th, 2012

The new MacBook Pros look interesting.

Here’s my quick thoughts and suggestions, most expensive first:

  • Get the base model MBP Retina and upgrade to 16GB RAM. At some later point upgrade the SSD to one from MacSales ( Similar to the Aura Pro Express ) if you need/want bigger/faster. ($2400 + SSD upgrade estimated at $360 or $800 for 240/480GB).
  • Get the 15″ base model non-retina, upgrade to 16 GB RAM and 240 GB SSD from MacSales. ($2200 +/- 50)
  • Get a 15″ previous generation refurb upgrade to 16 GB RAM and 240 GB SSD from MacSales. ($refurb_price + 410 +/- 50)

If you primarily work from a single location, get a 24″ – 30″ monitor. You may be able to get away with using HDMI and save yourself some adapters. Consider the Apple 27″ only if you have to have it. Dell makes better stuff for the money. The biggest consideration for the Apple monitor is the built in Thunderbolt dock. Add a (very expensive) Thunderbolt RAID array and you’ve got fast external storage, a large screen, and grab-and-go power.

If you must have an iMac, use MacSales’ Turnkey Program. Upgrade RAM to 16 or 32GB, put in a 240GB SSD drive, a 3TB HDD, and external eSata. It will cost you around 1000 to do so, but unless you’re comfortable messing with laptop internals (which is essentially what an iMac is) don’t bother. For what it’s worth, I’d be hesitant to do much with an iMac besides a RAM upgrade. I’d probably end up sending my iMac in for MacSales to do hard drive upgrades.

Those are my thoughts. Ask me for more details if you have any questions. Good luck and happy shopping

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