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1. Does anyone know if the Black Friday discount for the official Apple site stacks with the student discount for universities?

2. I'm looking at picking up the base 13" model for $1100. Will the i5 dual core (4 threads with HT?) be enough? I don't know how optimized MacOS is compared to Windows or Linux. My dual core laptop seems dated and I get lag surfing the internet.. so just wondering if that will be an issue.

3. The whole bottom plate opens out so I can replace RAM/HDD correct?

In general, does anyone have any recommendations? I will mainly use it for programming and some schoolwork in my senior design project in engineering. Thanks!
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1. No they don't typically stack up unfortunately
2. I have the i5 MBP 13" and everything runs perfectly, MacOSX is optimized to utilize all cores, everything runs smooth and quickly
3. Yes you can easily replace the memory and HDD

If you live any where near a Microcenter you can grab one for 999 instead of the 1100 with student discount - many SSD's don't work properly, I had a Vertex 3 and it would have pauses which are typical of SSD's that aren't all that compatible with the MBP. I upgraded to 8GB of memory and a WD Black 750GB 7200rpm drive (which will likely be very expensive right now) - if you don't need an optical drive, consider going to OWC (other world computing) and getting an adapter to have a SSD to replace the stock dvd drive.

All in all, i absolutely love my MPB, I think you'll enjoy it too smile.gif
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Ah.. guess I can't stick in any random SSD I want and have it work. frown.gif

I will check out Microcenter since I have one within 20 minutes drive.

Thanks +rep!



More inputs from others will be awesome.


Edit: Nice, Microcenter is $999 so it's $200 off normal price. Do they do sales for Black Friday or is it not worth it?
Edited by Blizzie - 11/12/11 at 12:04pm
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If all you are doing is school work, and you don't have an affinity for OSX, why not just buy something much cheaper?
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I have certain uses for MacOS functionality.

Programming for one on unix based terminal instead of having to boot linux or use VMware.
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1. No, and most likely only 3rd party official retailers offer significant black friday discounts.... in which case student discount is not applicable.

2.OSX Lion is exceptionally well at being efficient for multicore use.

3.Yes, the bottom plate is in removed in its entirety for hardware upgrades, just be sure to amazon the correct screw driver size.
 
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Originally Posted by Blizzie View Post

I have certain uses for MacOS functionality.
Programming for one on unix based terminal instead of having to boot linux or use VMware.

k, i was just asking, because you could get something significantly faster for $1k (SB quad+some sort of midrange GPU)

but if you need unix, and don't want to roll with linux, that's your choice.
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1. No, and most likely only 3rd party official retailers offer significant black friday discounts.... in which case student discount is not applicable.
2.OSX Lion is exceptionally well at being efficient for multicore use.
3.Yes, the bottom plate is in removed in its entirety for hardware upgrades, just be sure to amazon the correct screw driver size.

Thanks!
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k, i was just asking, because you could get something significantly faster for $1k (SB quad+some sort of midrange GPU)
but if you need unix, and don't want to roll with linux, that's your choice.

Yup.. indeed I know. thumb.gif
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