I usually replace my laptop every three years as things tend to start getting a little long in the tooth around this time. Everything starts slowing down, there almost always seems to be dust everywhere and productivity starts to falter. As the proud owner of a 15-inch Macbook Pro I run my life/business(sometimes very little difference) on it so productivity levels need to be high. April would mark the three year anniversary of owning my machine and since I’ve been lusting after a Macbook Air or some cool new Windows 8 Ultrabook it was a perfect time to upgrade. I’d had ideas about getting an SSD for my laptop in order to speed things up but couldn’t really quantify whether somewhere between R1000 and R2000 was worth spending to get essentially very little benefit and I could have rather spent that money on buying a new machine. On a whim I decided to buy a Samsung 830 128Gig SSD drive and swap out my old hard drive.
For those not in the know, an SSD is basically a large flash drive that replaces your hard drive. A traditional hard drive uses a spinning platter to store data while an SSD (Solid State Drive) has no moving parts meaning less chance of failure as well as the benefit of speed and battery life. I was the most skeptical, how could this really speed up my computer so substantially?
Now that the dust has settled since the WWDC keynote, you might be hankering to get the latest Apple Macbook Air or Pro machine. How about the Macbook Pro with Retina display? Good news – Digicape has announced their pricing for the latest Macbooks. Here is a quick rundown of the new range, as well as a few things you should look out for. Our recommendations are in bold. Obviously power users will want to choose the biggest and best they can afford. If your job relies on the speed of rendering things, obviously you can ignore our recommendation. We are merely pointing out the models we feel are better value.
Let’s start with the Macbook Air with Ivy Bridge processor, still available in 11 and 13 inch sizes. Even though it might look the same as before, it now has the latest low voltage Intel processors, USB 3 support, an upgraded camera, and a better Thunderbolt chipset, which should theoretically allow you to connect more Thunderbolt devices. There is also a newer “MagSagfe 2″ plug. For the first time you can now also configure the Macbook Air with 8GB RAM, but that is a special order which will take a few weeks to reach SA. Standard config prices are as follows: (more…)