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Mac Air vs. Pro 13"?

I'm in the market for a new personal laptop and have decided to switch to OSX after a lifetime spent on Windows. Trying to pick between the Mac Air and Pro w/ Retina, both 13"? [more inside]
posted by serelliya on Apr 20, 2014 - 26 answers

MacBook Pro Battery Life Question

Greetings - I "inherited" a MacBook Pro last year. It was a Apple MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.4Ghz from Spring 2008. So it was 4 years old when I got it and I was told that the battery was dead and as long as I kept it plugged in, it worked fine, however, I would need a new one. So last year, I purchased a new battery and installed it. However, I am still noticing that the battery life is horrible. It seems like when I am using it to type a document or check emails and surf the web, etc, I literally can watch the battery drain. I would assume that it might hold a charge of about an hour and a half maybe? Is there any way I can "test" it to see what my actual battery life if? To ensure there isn't something else going on? Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks,
posted by dbirchum on May 3, 2013 - 13 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

Replace a Mac MD313LL/A 12" Macbook Pro keyboard

Replace a Mac MD313LL/A 12" Macbook Pro keyboard for a handicapped neighbor and I know very little about recent Mac tech. [more inside]
posted by Samizdata on Feb 1, 2013 - 4 answers

MacBook Pro i5 vs i7 -- Prius body with Lamborghini guts

Which one to get: Macbook Pro i5 duo core, i7 duo core or i7 quad core [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Jan 22, 2013 - 11 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

Which Mac for me?

Should I get the 21.5 inch iMac or the 13 inch Macbook Pro? (Or something else?) [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias on Feb 22, 2012 - 19 answers

Help me with me new (used) MacBook Pro

Inherited a MacBook Pro! Looking for some help/guidance for a PC user. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Feb 17, 2012 - 15 answers

Time Capsure vs Network Accessible Storage

What is the right apple/mac storage solution for me? [more inside]
posted by YukonQuirm on Nov 10, 2011 - 8 answers

Denied by my own! Help!

I "don't have permission" to go into the desktop XP folders on my network from my Windows 7 laptop, but the reverse is fine. Help me? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Sep 1, 2011 - 13 answers

Are SATA 3Gb/s and 1.5Gb/s hard drives interchangeable?

My computer (Macbook pro 4,1) has a Serial ATA (1.5Gb/s) bus. Can it use a hard drive that has a speed of 3gb/s? [more inside]
posted by radiocontrolled on Jul 5, 2011 - 4 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

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

[Mac OS X Filter] Slouching towards disk repair

My Macbook Pro (Mac OS X, v. 10.5.8) began operating v e r y slowly, with Firefox (v. 3.6.9) running. Help me solve this mystery, and figure out how to repair my disk without having to pay Big Store. [more inside]
posted by simulacra on Sep 11, 2010 - 24 answers

Does a 3 mm height difference matter for Macbook pro hard drives?

Will the 15" Macbook Pro 4.1 (early 2008) be compatible with a 2.5" Form Factor internal hard drive that's 12.5mm rather than the standard 9.5mm? [more inside]
posted by Phire on Dec 4, 2009 - 10 answers

Using factory restore disc after factory set RAID 5 configuration change

Will changing/removing a factory (DELL) set RAID 5 configuration from a home desktop PC interfere with rebuilding the OS (XP Pro) from the factory restore discs? [more inside]
posted by lyam on Nov 19, 2009 - 5 answers

Backing up a messed up older Mac?

Best method/software for efficient, non-annoying backup for a slightly older Mac (G4 running 10.3.9)? [more inside]
posted by southvie on Oct 28, 2009 - 4 answers

Final Cut Nightmare

Final Cut Nightmare [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Jun 18, 2009 - 8 answers

How can I make a rad Stop-Motion animation in Final Cut

How can I make a stop-motion animation in Final Cut Pro from a series of many photographs? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by andromache on Apr 24, 2009 - 6 answers

Processor upgrade worth it?

New Shiny 17-Inch MacBook Pro: Is the upgrade from the 2.66Ghz to the 2.93Ghz processor worth the US$300? [more inside]
posted by Fuzzy Dog on Apr 2, 2009 - 17 answers

Hot 4-Way Mouse Scrolling (FCP edition)

What's the best mouse to use with Final Cut Pro 6? [more inside]
posted by andromache on Nov 10, 2008 - 6 answers

Help My Mac Tell Me When to Blow My Nose ...

I'm looking for a Mac OS X application that lets me quickly, without a clunky UI or 500 steps, tell the Mac to pop up an alert at specific times of day, with the ability of recurrence. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Mar 24, 2007 - 27 answers

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