Tech Specs Model: MC373LL/A CPU: Core i7 2.66 GHZ RAM: 4 GB (max 8GB) Hard Drive: 500 GB SATA 5400 RPM Video: NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 512MB memory Screen: 15” Hi-res (1680x1050) screen with the anti-glare (Matte) finish.
The cost before tax (which Apple does charge) was $2,349.00. After I bought $130 for 8 GB of Ram (2 x 4GB SO-DIMMS) my total cost was $2,479. (if you don’t include the time it took me to install the RAM)
Hopefully this blog post will serve as a nice “look-back” post to see how far we will have come in 5 years when this brand new laptop right now will be antiquated and “quaint”. For now though, I’ve got a lot to learn about Mac to start to be as productive on Mac as I was on Windows.
Why Mac? Certainly not due to all of their marketing materials, which are ridiculous. Here are some of my reasons for choosing a Macbook Pro:
- I have no mobile development device. Just my net book, whose screen size is so small, it is barely enough to read items in my Google reader, let alone develop.
- My main desktop is having intermittent power problems that I have been unable to diagnose. The laptop will serve as an alternate / debugging machine for my desktop.
- Desire to learn the Mac OS environment
- Ability to develop for any platform (iPhone, Windows, Mac, etc.) from a mac laptop