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Any reason to wait on purchase?
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crazeinc
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Jul 21, 2009, 07:33 AM
 
I'd like to upgrade my 13" MacBook 2Ghz core duo to the new 13" 2.5Ghz MacBook Pro and wanted to know if there was any reason to wait?

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Jul 21, 2009, 08:22 AM
 
They were recently released, so now is still a good time to buy. Here's a page with more info:

Mac Buyer's Guide: Know When to Buy Your Mac, iPod or iPhone

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Jul 21, 2009, 09:57 AM
 
Unless you want to wait until early 2010, there is no reason to wait
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Jul 21, 2009, 10:57 AM
 
Since you have a functional macbook--I think that's a reason to wait. Even though the line was just updated, it will be updated again, and again. You'll get more value out of your current computer if you wait and will truly have a more advanced computer when you do upgrade.
     
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Jul 21, 2009, 04:22 PM
 
Doubt we'll see a 13" update shipping until early next year.
     
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Jul 22, 2009, 12:25 AM
 
The only thing to wait for is the first weekend of August ... It's a tax free weekend in a lot of states ;-)
     
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Jul 22, 2009, 03:37 AM
 
Originally Posted by Big Mac View Post
They were recently released, so now is still a good time to buy. Here's a page with more info:

Mac Buyer's Guide: Know When to Buy Your Mac, iPod or iPhone
That's a great page, thanks for the link.
     
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Jul 22, 2009, 03:44 AM
 
It's a nice overview. But take it with a grain of salt. And ask here before trusting it (or any 'rumors') blindly.
     
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Jul 22, 2009, 03:44 AM
 
Originally Posted by Zeeb View Post
Since you have a functional macbook--I think that's a reason to wait. Even though the line was just updated, it will be updated again, and again. You'll get more value out of your current computer if you wait and will truly have a more advanced computer when you do upgrade.
You're correct it's functional, but it's an early model macbook, seems to have its fan running constantly and I feel a bit foolish dealing with the limitations of an 80G hard drive these days. The ridiculously long battery life of the new model is also quite appealing since I work out of cafes most days.
     
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Jul 22, 2009, 03:47 AM
 
Actually, I do have one question regarding the new 13". I know it's a unibody, but is there any way in the future I could upgrade the 500G hard drive to a SSD at some point without voiding the warranty? I can't really justify the additional cost at this point.
     
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Originally Posted by crazeinc View Post
You're correct it's functional, but it's an early model macbook, seems to have its fan running constantly and I feel a bit foolish dealing with the limitations of an 80G hard drive these days. The ridiculously long battery life of the new model is also quite appealing since I work out of cafes most days.
That's perfectly fine reasoning.

Just for the record, swapping the HDD on that 13" MB is a cinch. The MB was designed so pretty much any user can swap the HDD within five minutes using just a screwdriver and a coin.
http://creativemac.digitalmedianet.c...e.jsp?id=45088

And HDD are really cheap, too.
500 GB, 7200 rpm, $120 shipped
500 GB, 5400 rpm, $90 shipped
320 GB, 5400 rpm, $60 shipped
( Last edited by Simon; Jul 22, 2009 at 04:26 AM. Reason: typo)
     
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Jul 22, 2009, 03:51 AM
 
The harddrive is user-replaceable, just like that of your MacBook. You don't void the warranty if you replace the built-in harddrive with another harddrive or SSD.

YFI, my 15" first-gen ProBook does not have a user-replaceable harddrive, so I had to pay for the upgrade. Yes, I could have done it myself, but I would have voided Apple Care. I'm glad Apple has moved to user-replaceable parts across the line-up (with the exception of the battery?!).
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Jul 22, 2009, 03:57 AM
 
Great, thanks for the info guys.
     
   
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