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Will upgrading my mid-2010 Macbook Pro solve all of my problems?

My mid-2010 Macbook Pro doesn't handle streaming video or huge Excel files well. Would a comprehensive upgrade solve my problems, or am I better off buying a new computer? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Mar 18, 2014 - 18 answers

Purchasing an Macbook Air?

I need a new laptop. Replacing my old MacBook Pro. Considering a MacBook Air. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Feb 9, 2014 - 18 answers

Is the 13" MacBook Air the right laptop for me?

Needing to get a new portable, because the battery in my workhorse laptop is borked, I ordered a refurbished 13" MacBook Pro - which I am typing on at the moment. So far, it seems fine for what I need, but I was wondering whether the hive mind could think of a better solution. Generic snowflake detail inside. [more inside]
posted by running order squabble fest on Jan 24, 2014 - 10 answers

Mac-less in Seattle (but hopefully not for long)

I know everyone asks the "which mac?!" question constantly, but it's a bit of a moving target, isn't it? I am looking to replace my 2008 MacBook (aluminum). I know that the recommendation is to buy either the Retina MBP, or the MBAir. But would I be shooting myself in the foot if I bought a non-Retina MBP? Caveat: Can't really wait months and months for the next and newest--this is my work computer and I can't afford to have it crap out without a replacement. [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on Dec 30, 2013 - 15 answers

Developer looking for high-performance portable dev laptop

I'm a software developer who is finding himself more and more in need of a very powerful, very portable machine. Here are my requirements: Now, I've checked out the new MacBook Pro and I can spec it out this way, but it'd cost 3k. I'd insist on 16 GB for the MBP as I would be running parallels and doing windows dev with visual studio, and would dedicate at least 8GB for that environment. What I want to know is, does such a machine exist other than the MBP?
posted by pennstatephil on Nov 19, 2013 - 27 answers

13 or 15 inch macbook for Ableton Live?

I want to buy a new Retina Macbook Pro for live performances with Ableton Live. For all other purposes I'd go with the 13-inch model because it is more portable, but I'm worried that 1) the screen will be too small to see all the tracks, or 2) the dual-core processor won't be fast enough compared to the quad-core in 15-inch models. Can anyone speak from experience? Was a 13" good enough?
posted by scose on Oct 28, 2013 - 12 answers

MacBook for College Student?

My friend's daughter is going off to college to major in media studies. What would be the best MacBook -- new or used -- for her? Ideally it would be able to handle video editing, while still being light. It needs to be as cheap as possible, but it should run Mountain Lion so she can get through most of her college career without having to replace it. What do you suggest? (NB The "Mac" part isn't negotiable.)
posted by lore on Aug 3, 2013 - 22 answers

LCD on 2009 Macbook has gone, worth repairing or give up on it?

Had my Macbook since mid 2009, it's one of the white ones. [more inside]
posted by rinsemedown on Jul 25, 2013 - 6 answers

Computer for my mother, a light user

My mother's macbook is old and she needs a newer one but I don't know much about macs. [more inside]
posted by birdseye on Jul 3, 2013 - 18 answers

Cheapest Place to buy new MacBooks?

Looking to purchase a new, non-refurbished 13.3" MacBook Air with the following specifications: 128 gb flash storage 1.7 ghz Intel Core i7 processor 8 GB RAM Apple store for education has it for $1279. Any website that would have it any cheaper? I've checked amazon and new egg and neither have the exact model I want. Probably can't get it any cheaper, but just wanted to check. Thanks for your help!
posted by sunshine37 on Jun 29, 2013 - 9 answers

My MacBook is dying, do I replace or go desktop?

Hi there, I have a mid-2009 MacBook Pro, which is getting noticeably slower, the battery needs replacing and the fan is extremely noisy. All this has lead me to believe that this laptop is coming to the end of its "natural" lifespan and I will soon be due an upgrade (however I accept I may be wrong here). Coupled with this, I am about to move into a new place, meaning I will have a lot less need for a portable laptop, since I will be working from home most days. With this in mind, I was thinking about getting a desktop iMac as my "main" computer and using my old MacBook as and when I needed to. So my question is, should I... A) Attempt to prolong my MacBooks life by having it serviced / refurbished, and buy a desktop monitor to plug it into when I work from home. B) Buy a new MacBook Pro, and a desktop monitor (because this would be cheaper than the third option, which is to...) C) Buy a desktop iMac, and continue to use my old MacBook as a spare / portable option. Thanks.
posted by FuckingAwesome on Apr 14, 2013 - 15 answers

How do I sell my Macbook Pro without getting screwed on the price?

I've gone to some of those sell-your-laptop websites and I always get a quote for half the original price of my Macbook Pro. [more inside]
posted by Cybria on Mar 21, 2013 - 10 answers

Should I buy a new or refurbed MacBook Air?

Time for a new (to me) laptop! I know this isn't that complicated, but I hate computer shopping. Please give me your wise advice on what to get and where to get it. [more inside]
posted by aka burlap on Feb 11, 2013 - 16 answers

Finding the perfect Mac laptop for an indecisive Windows-based web developer

I'm a web developer / eLearning developer on Windows 7 looking to: 1) Get a Mac because I need to be able to test sites quickly and easily on my own; 2) Get a Windows-bootable unit that can act as my backup machine when my Asus throws a tantrum as it did this week; and 3) Get a reasonably portable Windows-bootable laptop that can handle Photoshop and other resource hogs so that I can work on it at client sites without having to barely squish the Asus (aka "The Clydesdale") into my largest backpack. Ideally, I could get all three in one machine that wouldn't cost the earth. Please join me as I anguish over the MacBook Air, the MacBook Pro, the Mac Mini, and other options. [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Dec 15, 2012 - 16 answers

Can you help me upgrade my MacBook Pro (late-2008) hard drive?

Need advice on how to update an older MacBook Pro with a new hard drive. I have a late-2008 MacBook Pro: 2.53 GHz, 320GB hard drive, 8GM RAM (4GB in two slots). My drive is getting full and I don't have the cash at the moment for a brand new laptop. Should I replace the optical drive with a SSD? Or just upgrade the regular hard drive with a new one with 750GB or 1TB? [more inside]
posted by barnone on Nov 23, 2012 - 16 answers

Spilled water on my MacBook Pro and it's still making noise. What's happening?

Spilled water all over MacBook Pro. I turned it off to dry it out, but it's making horrible crackling sounds. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by serialcomma on Oct 27, 2012 - 26 answers

Encase my laptop-- please!

Does anyone make a stylish laptop case? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Oct 16, 2012 - 15 answers

Help with fixing or replacing my laptop.

Is my laptop toast and if so, what should I replace it with? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten on Jun 28, 2012 - 19 answers

My laptop is a magic dust-creator!

Why does my laptop seem to produce its own dust? [more inside]
posted by violetish on Jun 13, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me get a new Macbook as soon as possible?

I want to buy a new Macbook Pro as soon as they come out. Today I saw some reference online to "advance booking." What is this and how do I do it? I feel like I'm missing some secret that everyone else is in on... [more inside]
posted by ootandaboot on May 28, 2012 - 6 answers

Controlling the MacBook heat in LA

MacBook heatsink repair tech needed in Los Angeles - Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by chambers on May 23, 2012 - 6 answers

Laptop can no longer hold a battery charge

What does it mean if overnight my 5 year old MacBook Pro stopped working without being connected to power? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Apr 23, 2012 - 17 answers

How to buy a Mac laptop on the cheap?

How to buy a Mac laptop on the cheap? And when? [more inside]
posted by juliewhite on Mar 27, 2012 - 8 answers

Windows to the soul, or time for something new and Airy?

Should I get a MacBook Air or stick with Windows? I may be getting a new laptop for school and I want to get the best, most portable one... but I have never had a Mac. What should I get? [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune on Jan 10, 2012 - 28 answers

Laptop theft prevention

How secure is this Spyder laptop lockdown device? [more inside]
posted by etc. on Dec 16, 2011 - 7 answers

Best option for emergency mac replacement

Need specific mac buying advice: I marinated my 2008 MacBook in coffee this morning and will likely need to replace it after work today or tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by midmarch snowman on Nov 30, 2011 - 19 answers

Help me to secure my local Imac network.

I can't seem to password protect my local network for my Imac & Mac laptops. Help me, please. [more inside]
posted by jammy on Nov 21, 2011 - 16 answers

Best lock for my laptop?

Laptop lock question. Yes I know you people hate locks, but please bear with me! [more inside]
posted by radioamy on Sep 14, 2011 - 13 answers

Should I get rid of my password?

I have Prey installed on my MacBook Pro to assist with tracking my laptop if it's ever stolen. My question is... should I still have a password? If I want the best chance of finding the laptop, wouldn't I want the thief to USE it and log onto a WiFi network to assist with locating it? [more inside]
posted by smitt on Aug 24, 2011 - 15 answers

help computer

How much should I worry about laptop heat with a Macbook Pro? [more inside]
posted by neuromodulator on Aug 19, 2011 - 11 answers

Wrist cooling solution for laptop user?

I'm overheating because my MacBook Pro's wrist areas get very hot. What's the best way to fix this? [more inside]
posted by gentle on Aug 4, 2011 - 12 answers

Is my MacBook battery a ripoff?

Is this laptop battery a ripoff, and how can I be sure? I bought a third party battery for my Macbook. It looks like the original 45Wh battery, but Coconut Battery (and the appropriate ioreg command) report the 'design capacity' as lower than it should be. [more inside]
posted by beniamino on Apr 27, 2011 - 10 answers

my macbook thinks its the frikkin messiah.

why would my macbook decide to power on some days, but play dead with me on others? [more inside]
posted by sammich on Jan 14, 2011 - 5 answers

Scary pixelated laptop display..what should I do next?

I have a Mac Book Pro 17inch..I have had it for about 2.5 years. The logic board had to be replaced around 3 months ago. Fortunately, apple fixed it gratis, since this model had "known issues" and it was handled under warranty even though it was out of warranty. It has worked fine since then, no problems whatsoever, until this morning when I tried to wake the computer --the screen was crazy looking and the cursor was frozen. Super horrifying since I haven't backed up in 3 weeks (I am a typical 60 year old user). I restarted and everything seemed ok except when I went to blogger (as a typical 60 year old, I maintain a blog)...there was an error message that cookies were disabled. HMMM. I got to the blog by googling myself and things seemed ok. [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow on Nov 21, 2010 - 9 answers

Macbook Pro or No?

I'm thinking about buying a used 13-inch aluminum Macbook (2008) or 13-inch Macbook Pro (2009+) on eBay. On paper, their specs seem quite similar. Any important differences I should know about? [more inside]
posted by puritycontrol on Nov 20, 2010 - 7 answers

I'm a PC person- wondering if I should I buy a Macbook Pro?

I've been generally a loyal PC user, but I'm thinking about getting a 13" 2.66GHz Macbook Pro. I'm looking for a lightweight and sturdy laptop to carry from class to class. For my purposes, is this the right laptop for me? [more inside]
posted by jennz on Oct 21, 2010 - 29 answers

Help me turn an old laptop into a doggy monitor

MacBook at home, VNC from work in order to use the webcam. [more inside]
posted by spacefire on Sep 29, 2010 - 7 answers

Apple flambe!

Asking for a friend: What is the best cooling station for a Macbook (13", not Pro)? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Aug 20, 2010 - 3 answers

What type of wirelessly accessible storage solution should I go with in my new home network? Details inside...

What type of wirelessly accessible storage solution should I go with in my new home network? Details inside... [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Aug 17, 2010 - 3 answers

Is a Macbook Pro worth the extra $150?

What's the advantage of a Macbook Pro over a Macbook? Does it justify the extra $150? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Jul 10, 2010 - 30 answers

Recommendations for new laptop with nice, sturdy hardware.

I'm thinking about replacing my 2 year-old 15" Macbook Pro but I can't find a non-Apple laptop that feels like it doesn't have cheap hardware. Am I missing something? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Jun 13, 2010 - 33 answers

Laptop + iTunes + NAS + Consolidation?

iTunes 9 seems to have killed the ability to disconnect from one's NAS library and re-consolidate when re-attached. Does anyone have a working solution? Details inside.. [more inside]
posted by SeƱor Pantalones on Mar 1, 2010 - 5 answers

Which apple should I bite?

Macbook vs. Macbook Pro: are FireWire and the aluminum exterior worth the extra $200? Is there another difference I'm missing? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Feb 22, 2010 - 17 answers

Sticky mouse button on my Macbook.

Cleaning (de-gumming) the mouse button on my Macbook? [more inside]
posted by nasty, brutish, and of average height on Jan 22, 2010 - 6 answers

Why does my Macbook battery only last half as long now, but is still at 97% health?

Why does my Macbook battery only last half as long now, but is still at 97% health? [more inside]
posted by snailparade on Jan 8, 2010 - 14 answers

Mac vs HP: The laptop question

Did I do the right thing buying a HP and not a Mac? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee on Dec 31, 2009 - 43 answers

What lightweight but powerful laptop should I buy?

Which light-weight yet powerful laptop should I buy? I like the Sony Vaio Z, followed by the MB Air and the Thinkpad X200. Am I missing any models? [more inside]
posted by bkudria on Dec 10, 2009 - 22 answers

Help me Bag an Apple

Looking for a good backpack for a 17" MacBook Pro [more inside]
posted by GJSchaller on Nov 19, 2009 - 17 answers

Mac and MMO's don't mix.

I'm a gamer. I bought a mac. After going through a lot of hassles with Boot Camp, I've decided to switch back. I'll get around $1700 for returning the mac... My question is, would it be better to buy a laptop around this price or sell my desktop as well to up my budget? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2009 - 14 answers

MacBook Unibody Floppy-Hinge Hacks?

The hinge on my partner's new unibody MacBook Pro is just-loose-enough to make using it in bed annoying. Solutions, cases or a hack welcomed. [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger on Sep 19, 2009 - 24 answers

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