Cheapest / smartest way to upgrade new Macbook?
November 20, 2012 3:34 PM Subscribe
Help me navigate buying and upgrading a new Macbook Pro. Can I upgrade the HDD or RAM myself without voiding the warranties, or am I stuck paying the Apple tax for more HDD and RAM?
posted by grobstein to computers & internet (10 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I am planning to buy a new Apple Macbook (probably a Pro, but you can answer for any current model). When I last bought a Macbook, both the hard drive and RAM were easily user-serviceable. So back then the smart thing to do was buy the default configuration with the cheapest HDD and least RAM, and then order commodity HDD and RAM from Newegg and swap them yourself. That way you got a Macbook with a better than default configuration, without paying the big margins Apple charges for computers with bigger HDDs and more RAM.
It seems to be a different world today. The current-gen Macbook Pros and Macbook Airs are more tightly put together, and it looks like in order to replace the HDD and RAM you have to open up the case. I've done that before but I don't like to do it. Furthermore I'm concerned that it would void the warranty on the new laptop.
I feel like I understood all of this really well the last time I bought a computer, but I am kind of at sea now.
So my questions are:
- Is there any current-model Macbook where HDD or RAM can be replaced without opening the case?
- Does opening the case on a current-gen Macbook Pro (or otherwise) void the warranty? Would it void the Applecare extended warranty?
- If doing it myself is a bad option, what else is a smart and economical way of upgrading a new Macbook's HDD and RAM above the basic configurations?