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Apple store question + Pro vs Air question.
greazy
Brisbane, Queensland
4613 posts
So I'm trying to buy a mac book air and want to get the $1600 option but with a 2.13 processor but can't. What's the deal with the Apple store not letting me upgrade from a 1.8 to a 2.13 processor if I choose the $1600 option? The $1950 (which is just more hdd space + more ram) lets you upgrade. Is this apple just being d****?

http://store.apple.com/au/browse/home/shop_mac/family/macbook_air

Also anyone know of any promo's/coupons/can hook a brother up?
02:20pm 29/03/11 Permalink
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Mordecai
Victoria
733 posts
Pretty much apple being d**** would be my guess.
02:24pm 29/03/11 Permalink
teq
Brisbane, Queensland
10367 posts
you are way better off ringing apple to buy it
you get 0 chance at a discount if you buy online

I always ring to do a computer/server order, just hit them up over the phone for a better price and they will usually do it
especially if you have an ABN
02:36pm 29/03/11 Permalink
Midda
Brisbane, Queensland
6470 posts
Is it true that they all clap when you buy your first Mac at an Apple Store?
03:06pm 29/03/11 Permalink
greazy
Brisbane, Queensland
4614 posts
teq: I did. The guy said some crap about a premium product and comparing it to windows and they never do specials which "undervalue" the product.
03:11pm 29/03/11 Permalink
Raven
Melbourne, Victoria
5163 posts
Yeah, you gotta buy the high end one to get the 2.13. That's Apple for you :(
03:13pm 29/03/11 Permalink
Raven
Melbourne, Victoria
5164 posts
Yeah, you gotta buy the high end one to get the 2.13. That's Apple for you :(
03:13pm 29/03/11 Permalink
teq
Brisbane, Queensland
10370 posts
i got $200 off my macbook last year greazy, and a further $80 or so off my ipad
03:25pm 29/03/11 Permalink
BillyHardball
Brisbane, Queensland
12004 posts
Educational store discount or gtfo.

Also, you can usually buy an iPod Touch and then get the full price back on it via rebate deal. Then you can sell your iPod for close to full RRP, and save even more on your laptop.
03:31pm 29/03/11 Permalink
Splash
Brisbane, Queensland
2667 posts
It's because of how the macbook airs are built

they don't use normal ram sticks like other macbooks/laptops, everything is soldered on to the motherboard

I guess Apple could make a heap of different variations of ram/cpu/hdd size but that would be a PITA so they've just kept it simple
03:53pm 29/03/11 Permalink
greazy
Brisbane, Queensland
4617 posts
Thanks splash. That's a more reasonable answer.

I've changed the title of the thread because I've got more questions. What do you guys think is better:

a) mac book air http://store.apple.com/au/configure/MC700X/A?mco=MjEyOTY4ODY @ $1600 or
b) mac book pro http://store.apple.com/au/configure/MC700X/A?mco=MjEyOTY4ODY @ $1400

I know the advantages of an air is that it's light (something like 700g lighter than a pro) so it's perfect for traveling but I honestly don't do a lot of travel for it to matter that much. I'm more after a laptop which I can take home and bring it to work. The most resource intensive thing I'll do is probably basic photoshop and maybe a few games here and there.

I'm leaning more towards a pro because of the power but at the same time I think to myself that I don't really need all of it because ill just be using it for internet/word/something else.

Advice?
05:43pm 29/03/11 Permalink
BillyHardball
Brisbane, Queensland
12005 posts
Pro.
05:58pm 29/03/11 Permalink
scuzzy
Other International
14373 posts
Pro if you intend to use it for work whilst you sit in starbucks
Air if you want to sit in starbucks without the requirement to do work
06:02pm 29/03/11 Permalink
teq
Brisbane, Queensland
10373 posts
buy an air if you want a machine that is good and portable but not hugely powerful
buy the pro if you want a good laptop, still very portable but nowhere near as light as an air
06:16pm 29/03/11 Permalink
scuzzy
Other International
14374 posts
I'm using a Macbook Pro right now, and I'm not even in a Starbucks!
06:22pm 29/03/11 Permalink
kryzil
Adelaide, South Australia
103 posts
In same boat actually. Everyone seems to suggest getting the 13" 128gb model with 4gb of ram. I would on;y be doing work or watching you tube or web browsing. I have a desktop PC if i want to play games or do anything else. A large amount of the speed on the Air comes from its SSD which obviously adds a huge improvement.

Though you could just add a SSD to the Pro. But i like the ultra portability facotr of the Air thats why i am leaning towards it.
06:25pm 29/03/11 Permalink
m3nt4l
Brisbane, Queensland
680 posts
I'm using a Macbook Pro right now, and I'm not even in a Starbucks!

At macca's using the free wifi?
:P
06:25pm 29/03/11 Permalink
RockitMan
Brisbane, Queensland
5988 posts
I just bought a 13" Pro on education store (they dont even check if ur a student) then bought an OCZ 120gb SSD for $250, installed that and put the 5400 rpm hdd that came in the macbook pro into an external case to use as my backup. Also got a free 8gb ipod touch which i sold for rrp as billy previously suggested.

I never even turned the computer on with the 5400rpm in it but can tell u with the SSD it's silly fast. Boots up in 17 seconds, everything works instantly, fantastic.

Also bought a case from huzzk.com which is really good and free shipping, 2 day delivery.

Chose the MBP over the Air as I wanted something that can handle all my needs both at home/office and on the road.
06:38pm 29/03/11 Permalink
greazy
Brisbane, Queensland
4619 posts
Slightly confused about the ipod touch deal. What?
06:41pm 29/03/11 Permalink
Opec
Brisbane, Queensland
7123 posts
Pro
07:08pm 29/03/11 Permalink
RockitMan
Brisbane, Queensland
5989 posts
If you buy through the education store u get 10% off + a free ipod touch if u buy before the end of march. Just google apple australia education store.
07:09pm 29/03/11 Permalink
Jayman
Brisbane, Queensland
308 posts
I was in the same position and went with the Pro. I take it from home to work. I drive to work so it's not like i'm lugging it around a lot, but I like to be able to move around a bit with it when I'm there. It may not be super light like an Air, but it still has a nice slim profile for moving around.

No firewire on the air, no gigabit ethernet (I use this quite a bit for move files around, it's a lot quicker), no backlit keyboard. Chuck in an SSD and it will kill the Air for speed. The Air has a bit better screen res and it's really unfortunate it's not and upgrade for the 13" Pro, but that's about it. Unless you're commuting on a train or a bus I'd go the Pro.

The Air is also mid to late product cycle. I'd expect a new sandy bridge based Air not too far away.
07:13pm 29/03/11 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
31624 posts
dell
09:15pm 29/03/11 Permalink
TicMan
Melbourne, Victoria
6810 posts
Have PM'd about instant discount super coupon code!
09:18pm 29/03/11 Permalink
BillyHardball
Brisbane, Queensland
12006 posts
FYI I regularly ride with my Pro in my backpack. I also carry clothes and other bits and pieces. I ride between 14-20kms and the weight is no hassle.
10:35pm 29/03/11 Permalink
RockitMan
Brisbane, Queensland
5990 posts
greazy scope out this thread from a couple of weeks ago regarding the best MBP options: http://www.ausgamers.com/forums/general/thread.php/3026127
10:46pm 29/03/11 Permalink
jmr
Brisbane, Queensland
7086 posts
Swing that s*** my way dave
03:12pm 30/03/11 Permalink
greazy
Brisbane, Queensland
4622 posts
Yeah I'm getting a pro. Still no clue about the ipod rebate.

Just checked out that thread about MBP. Did the price of SSD hdd's go up or something? 128gig is $320.
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