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  1. #1

    Default Where to buy MacBook Pro?

    OK - new to the Mac world and have not owned a MAc yet. Looking to purchase but not sure where from.

    Options are:
    * Apple Online Store
    * Reseller like Zero Three or Digital Appeal (local for me)
    * Shop such as JB HiFi, Dick Smith or Myer
    * Overseas and ship to Aus

    After the recent price drop I think purchasing locally is looking good.
    Where do you take your MacBook Pro to for service if you buy from shops like JB, DSE, or Myer - or resellers?
    Where I am likely to get the best price?
    Will I get it quicker if I purchase from an Apple Store?
    What about options such as larger HDD - such as 500GB 7200rpm - should I purchase aftermarket? If so, which brand - are any OK?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by willp30 View Post
    After the recent price drop I think purchasing locally is looking good.
    Where do you take your MacBook Pro to for service if you buy from shops like JB, DSE, or Myer - or resellers?
    Where I am likely to get the best price?
    Will I get it quicker if I purchase from an Apple Store?
    What about options such as larger HDD - such as 500GB 7200rpm - should I purchase aftermarket? If so, which brand - are any OK?

    Thanks.
    Firstly welcome to the forums

    I would personally use the Apple online store, you can use the MacTalk link in my signature so that The forum gets something back from your purchase!
    To get the best price you should use the education store and you will get a small ammount off the price, other than that most places sell everything at the same price.
    If you buy from the Apple Store a stock standard model you should receive it within a few days, usually the day after they ship it out to you.
    You can upgrade the HDD in the checkout if you want to but they would have to custom build your MBP for you and would take longer, you can purchase the HDD separate from somewhere else and put it in yourself however.

    Hope this helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by willp30 View Post
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    Where do you take your MacBook Pro to for service if you buy from shops like JB, DSE, or Myer - or resellers?
    Where I am likely to get the best price?
    Will I get it quicker if I purchase from an Apple Store?
    What about options such as larger HDD - such as 500GB 7200rpm - should I purchase aftermarket? If so, which brand - are any OK?
    ...
    service: any service provider by apple (usually companies specialising in Mac will be your point of service (next byte, mac1, etc)
    price: educational store or wait for companies to do 10% off. Sometimes you can check our clearance models, and bash price down abit.
    availbility: fastest will be from a brick and mortar store. walk in, pay, walk out provided they have stock, if you are after something more exotic, like 17" matte, faster hdd, etc. you will have to wait sometimes
    otherwise apple store is pretty fast.
    its your machine, and you are allowed to do what you feel comfortable. i will have no problems with aftermarket parts as long as it works.

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    I have bought a few machines from DSE. They seem pretty happy to match education price if you ask, in both my cases I have asked for 10% and they have given me that (although on the last one it took a little poking). And lets not forget the instant gratification you get in a real store

    Unless there is a listed sale elsewhere Apple don't move on price (or so I'm led to believe). From what I understand 10% is about as good as it gets.
    As for upgrades, RAM and HDD can be done after market cheaper than through Apple if your happy to install them yourself.
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    To help with the hard drive...

    You can buy one from Mac if you want a custom system. I went for the DIY which was fairly easy but you will void warranty (?) if you do it yourself.

    If I can install a hard drive in a MBP any one can Good Luck! and welcome.
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    Thanks for the responses.

    From what I have read on the forums here - upgrading RAM and HDD does not void warranty.....
    On that note, does the RAM and Memory need to be certain brand or type to be compatible with the pro?

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    Quote Originally Posted by willp30 View Post
    Thanks for the responses.

    From what I have read on the forums here - upgrading RAM and HDD does not void warranty.....
    On that note, does the RAM and Memory need to be certain brand or type to be compatible with the pro?
    You most definitely will not void the warranty if you do it yourself, but obviously those parts are not covered by Apple if something goes wrong with them. The entire procedure is detailed in the manual you get with your MBP.

    The ram has to be DDR3 1066mhz SODIMM. Try Mactalk Sponsor Laptop | PC | Computer Memory Upgrades - RamCity for some good deals on 2*2GB Sets.

    You will need some small screwdrivers and a Torx size 6 Screwdriver to switch over the HDD. I did it with my MBP 13", very simple, just be careful with the screws from the bottom plate of the MBP as they are VERY small and easy to lose. I didn't but I've heard some horror stories.

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