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Anto
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4081 posts since 19/1/12

27 Mar 2014 16:38
I'm still debating on which MB to get.

I've never been 100% sold on the new rMBP because of the storage space. 128GB are a joke and even 256 aren't that much if you consider a mid\long term use for the machine. (I don't intend to replace it in 5/6 years).
You can obviously store all your stuff on external drives, but that actually goes against my idea of laptop\portable computer. I don't want to have all that extra things to carry or on my desk.
Same, imo, can be said for the cloud storage. You have to rely on the internet connection, and i don't think we're already in an era where internet is always fully accessible.

At this point my choice would be the 256GB for 1249£ (even more in €).

But why shouldn't i consider a good old MBP?

It has almost the same specs of the rMBP (but the Haswell microprocessor and the retina display; useful? i'm just the average user), with 500GB storage space.
It can even be spec'd out to an i7 Dual-Core 2.9 Ghz with turbo boost to 3.6 Ghz, 8GB ram and still be cheaper than the rMBP at 1199£.

In addition to this, the latter can be repaired and upgraded by the user as it can be disassambled and it's SSD ready, which means that you could even put a SSD in it when prices will go down, and up the ram to 16MB. Not that i'm able to do that mind, but i or someone else for me could do that.

I might get the machine on the edge now buying the 256GB rMBP, but that's it and that will be.

Can anyone please tell me that i'm being blind and\or missing something, and that paying more for less is the deal?

Thanks!
Olraks
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930 posts since 4/2/05

27 Mar 2014 16:48
Got an early 2008 MB still going after all this years upgraded my RAM. Replacing my old HD with a SSD and removing my CD mount for another HD.

Was put off with the new MB after seeing My GF's one havin problem after two years.

But I am seriously considering the new Mac Pro. Got one at work and works like a dream.

Also anyone had experience buying Apple abroad (US)? Going there next month just wondering if its cheaper or works out the same after the state tax.
paint.ldn
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709 posts since 20/11/11

27 Mar 2014 16:54
nice one andy
Anto
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4081 posts since 19/1/12

posted 27 Mar 2014 17:01, edited 27 Mar 2014 17:01
Olraks wrote: Also anyone had experience buying Apple abroad (US)? Going there next month just wondering if its cheaper or works out the same after the state tax.

It's always cheaper, even including the state\city sales tax.

In order to properly save you don't have to declare it upon arrival at customs office. Buy it, throw boxes away and be ready to prove it was already yours.

Personally i wouldn't do that with anything else than a laptop
Olraks
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930 posts since 4/2/05

27 Mar 2014 17:30
Anto wrote:
Olraks wrote: Also anyone had experience buying Apple abroad (US)? Going there next month just wondering if its cheaper or works out the same after the state tax.

It's always cheaper, even including the state\city sales tax.

In order to properly save you don't have to declare it upon arrival at customs office. Buy it, throw boxes away and be ready to prove it was already yours.

Personally i wouldn't do that with anything else than a laptop

Cool I was thinking of buying the Mac Pro over and there might be tricky wouldn't want to just bang it in with my checked-luggage.
DuffMan
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14389 posts since 21/2/07

5 Apr 2014 13:30
Anyone who bought theirs through the HE link who wasn't actually a student used the 3 year warranty? Just wondering if they might check. I could get my bro to buy it who's actually at uni still if that would make things easier.
DuffMan
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14389 posts since 21/2/07

7 Apr 2014 16:08
Anyone used their 3 year warranty at all?
themistake
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10855 posts since 20/2/06

7 Apr 2014 16:16
nope they dont check. they even changed mine to my name as it was in a friends name. this was 2010 however.
deuce
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14097 posts since 21/1/08

7 Apr 2014 16:21
didn't check mine, although mine was only a broken charger cable. no questions asked. in and out jobbie
Rirawin
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9581 posts since 17/7/05

posted 7 Apr 2014 16:54, edited 7 Apr 2014 16:54
DuffMan wrote: Anyone who bought theirs through the HE link who wasn't actually a student used the 3 year warranty? Just wondering if they might check. I could get my bro to buy it who's actually at uni still if that would make things easier.

I doubt they'll bother checking if you're a student or not if you're returning an item under their 3 year warranty. All they care is whether it's still within the warranty period or not.
quest
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3759 posts since 11/7/11

10 Apr 2014 13:13
Can anyone recommend a hardcase/shell for 15" MBP retina, alternatives to Thule Gauntlet?
FTP
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330 posts since 7/1/12

29 Apr 2014 21:03
anyone know where I can get a macbook screen repaired? trying to find alternatives to apple's £350+ fee.
andymakesglasses
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20641 posts since 26/1/06

29 Apr 2014 22:06
I have these sites bookmarked, never used any of the them though.

http://www.macking.co.uk/repairs/

http://www.2ndchancepc.co.uk/repairs.html

http://www.applemacparts.co.uk/store/repairs.php

http://www.thebookyard.com/apple_mac_repair_diagnostic.php
FTP
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330 posts since 7/1/12

29 Apr 2014 22:21
Thanks mate, emailed a couple of them.

schtoop
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13042 posts since 9/4/07

29 Apr 2014 23:34
definitely got some spyware of some sort on my mac displaying ads on every webpage, whats a good program to get rid?

first time i've had this problem

cheers
FTP
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330 posts since 7/1/12

29 Apr 2014 23:38
what browser you using?
FTP
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330 posts since 7/1/12

posted 29 Apr 2014 23:41, edited 29 Apr 2014 23:41
You could try ClamXav to scan your Mac.

http://www.clamxav.com/
candidate
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2463 posts since 12/11/06

29 Apr 2014 23:43
my battery is expanding inside my macbook anyone dealt with this outside warranty? am i gonna have to pay for the fix? the touchpad has almost popped out of the macbook/keyboard is popping out too??
candidate
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2463 posts since 12/11/06

29 Apr 2014 23:44
schtoop i had a similar problem and it was an extension i had on chrome, so if you're using chrome check your extensions especially ones to stream netflix usa
Anto
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4081 posts since 19/1/12

30 Apr 2014 00:00
Battery problem happened to me about one year ago on a 5 years old white MacBook. Went to the Apple store thinking that that wasn't normal and i could get a new one for free but they told me that it can happen and obviously battery replacement was outside any kind of warranty.
If you can remove the battery, ie MacBook black\white, or you can do it on a unibody mac (just a few screws), do it and get a new one on Amazon or eBay.

Schtoop, that sounds an extension problem. Safari\Chrome > Preferences > Extensions > Turn Off all of them, or check the ones you didn't install