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zigzagler
20th June 2014, 05:25 PM
Hi guys,

Ok, got the green light from the accountant to buy a new laptop.

Currently using a 2009 MBP 15" running on 8Gb RAM/250GB HDD attached to a 24" monitor - changed battery once. Don't think I'm ever gonna carry that for travelling next year.

Also using MBA 13" mid 2012 - doing alright but not enough HDD & not powerful enough for some heavy video editing (camtasia).

So, initially I'm aiming to wait for the new MacBooks later this year (since there's so much rumors about newly designed 12" & stuff) but having read through the news, it's not likely gonna be launched till Sep or just before Christmas.

I've been reading a lot of good reviews about the MBP 13" Retina unit being somewhere between the 2 MB that I'm currently using & since I HAVE TO BUY IT before 30th June 2014.

Here's some of the deals that I've came across:

Buy MacBook Pro with Retina display 13.3" 2.4GHz | Read Reviews | Dick Smith Online Shopping (http://www.dicksmith.com.au/apple-computers/apple-macbook-pro-with-retina-display-13-3-2-4ghz-dsau-xa1158) + SSD + RAM Upgrades from OWC?
Buy MacBook Pro with Retina display 13.3" 2.6GHz | Read Reviews | Dick Smith Online Shopping (http://www.dicksmith.com.au/apple-computers/apple-macbook-pro-with-retina-display-13-3-2-6ghz-dsau-xa1160)


These deals are running out next Monday & I'm not sure if there's gonna be any other JB 10% offer soon?

My questions are:

Are the RAMs soldered in or are they interchangable?
I can't seem to find the 16Gb RAM upgrade kit anywhere, is it only available through Apple?
Are they any other better price deals out there at the moment? ie Myers / DJ / JB vouchers etc.???


Thanks in advance!

samuelowens
20th June 2014, 05:35 PM
My questions are:

Are the RAMs soldered in or are they interchangable?
I can't seem to find the 16Gb RAM upgrade kit anywhere, is it only available through Apple?
Are they any other better price deals out there at the moment? ie Myers / DJ / JB vouchers etc.???


Thanks in advance!

1. It's soldered
2. Yes, because the RAM's soldered
3. If you have an ABN, you can order at least $1000 worth of DJs gift cards at 10% off using the code EOFYDM through their Corporate Services area. Because DJs electronics is run by Dick Smith, a further 10% discount applies. This gives you a 19% discount all up.

Dick Smith's offers end on 30 June.

Corporate Services -David Jones (http://www.davidjones.com.au/Corporate-Services)
Macbook Pro 13" 2.6ghz | David Jones (http://shop.davidjones.com.au/djs/en/davidjones/macbook-pro-13-26ghz)

zigzagler
21st June 2014, 09:21 AM
Hey Samuel,

Thanks for sharing!

How come dick Smith site offer ends 23rd june?

This is inconsistent with the offer you showed on DJ site.

Have you purchased the gift card from DJ before? Is that 10% off a standard offer for an holder?

Cheers,
Rob

samuelowens
21st June 2014, 12:39 PM
Dick Smith's site said 30 June yesterday. NB they are doing 15% off today on some Macs.

I have done 1 purchase of DJs gift cards through my dad's business ABN. It's not a standard thing to get 10% off though; it ends 12 July.

zigzagler
23rd June 2014, 02:08 PM
Ok...DJ 10% eCard - Checked!
DJ 10% Discount - Checked!

MBP Retina 13" Product Life Cycle - Not Checked!

iPhone, iPad, Mac Buyer's Guide: Know When to Buy (http://buyersguide.macrumors.com/#Retina_MacBook_Pro)


What are the likelihood of Apple changing the whole unibody to something new this year for MBP???

Should I just buy the gift card & wait for the next round of update & 10% discount OR do I just get the "approaching end of product cycle" model???

Now I'm in a dilemma....

lawrencium
24th June 2014, 09:55 PM
What are the likelihood of Apple changing the whole unibody to something new this year for MBP???

Should I just buy the gift card & wait for the next round of update & 10% discount OR do I just get the "approaching end of product cycle" model???

Now I'm in a dilemma....

It is expected that Apple will update their Retina MacBook Pros this year, though most likely around September-October.

This (http://www.macrumors.com/roundup/macbook-pro/) website has a reliable overview and prediction, based on Apple's update cycles of previous years.

Buttercup
25th June 2014, 04:36 PM
I'm probably the least qualified person to offer advice but I do remember reading that the new Macbook Pro's don't have a disc drive. If that's important you may want to consider the previous model. Jen

Dog Knight
27th June 2014, 11:22 AM
So with the Retina MBP, nothing internally is really upgrade-able. Max out whatever you can manage when purchasing it as its what you're going to be stuck with for the life of the laptop.

And yes Buttercup, they no longer contain optical drives.

zigzagler
28th June 2014, 11:28 AM
Hi Samuel,

Just wanna say thank you for sharing the info. I've just got myself the cheapest macbook pro 13 in town! A whopping 21% off in total! Thanks to dick smith 11% sale!