By industry and end user standards, the fastest performance available on the Mac platform has generally been found on the MacBook Pro product line. However, with the introduction of the Apple iMac 3.4GHz Quad-Core Intel-Core i7 (27-inch – DDR3) Mid 2011, Apple created a desktop every bit as fast as its recently released quad core MacBook Pro models released early in 2011.
Apple iMac 3.4GHz Quad-Core Intel-Core i7 27-inch was technically considered to be a ‘configure to order’ upgraded version of the standard 27 inch quad core i5 iMac. The iMac 3.4 GHz i7 was powered by a Quad Core 3.4 GHz Intel “Core i7” I7-2600 (Sandy Bridge) processor with a dedicated 256k level 2 cache for each core and an 8 MB shared level 3 cache. With a “Direct Media Interface” (DMI) that “connects between the processor and chipset” at 5 GT/s and replaces the system buss.
If only the processor was customized, model is configured with 4 GB of RAM (1333 MHz PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM), a 1 TB (7200 RPM) hard drive, and AMD Radeon HD 6970M graphics with 1 GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory.
• 27-inch (viewable) LED-backlit glossy widescreen TFT display with support for millions of colors Resolution: 2560 by 1440 pixels
• FaceTime HD camera, which supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to a 30-inch display (2560 by 1600 pixels) on an external display as well as support for extended desktop and video mirroring modes
• Built-in stereo speakers
• Two internal 17-watt high-efficiency amplifiers
• Headphone/optical digital audio output (minijack)
• Audio line in/optical digital audio input (minijack)
• Built-in microphone
• Support for Apple iPhone headset with microphone
• One Thunderbolt port on 21.5-inch iMac
• Two Thunderbolt ports on 27-inch iMac
• Mini DisplayPort output with support for DVI, VGA, and dual-link DVI (adapters sold separately)
• One FireWire 800 port; 7 watts
• Four USB 2.0 ports
• SDXC card slot
• Slot-loading 8x SuperDrive with 4x double-layer burning (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Dell Inspiron Duo Convertible Tablet Memory Upgrades
Dubbed as the new convertible, the Dell Inspiron Convertible Tablet PC converts from being both an easy to use touch based tablet to a more conventional notebook PC all with a twist of the LCD display. Rotate the display depending on your computing needs. Never have to ask yourself which notebook you should buy or which tablet to buy because this stylish device satisfies both your notebook PC and tablet needs in an all in one design eliminating the need to buy or worse, carry two devices for your portable computing needs.
The memory upgrade options are rather limited for this unique and portable netbook but you can, and should max out the Dell Inspiron Duo to the maximum memory of 2GB by uprading the one memory upgrade slot with a 2GB DDR3 1333Mhz sodimm ram upgrade for the Dell Inspiron Duo
Dell Inspiron R Laptops
Unlike the Duo netbook or tablet above, the Dell Inspiron R laptops are the perfect solution for both home and office computing thanks to unique features such as switch lids to customize the appearance of your Dell Inspiron notebook. (Personally, I think switch lids or any other sticker for you notebook is a complete waste of money, but to each their own)
Dell Inspiron 14R Notebook Memory Upgrades
Starting at just $499, the Dell 14R is currently the cheapest Dell notebook you can buy in 2011 in the ‘R’ lineup of Dell notebooks and offers some impressive features for the price: 14 inch HD LCD display, 2nd generation Intel Core i3 processor, 640GB hard drive, 6GB of Memory and the option to upgrade the Dell 14R to 8GB maximum using an 8GB Dell Inspiron 14R 8GB Memory Upgrade Kit guaranteed to work with your Dell 14R notebook computer.
Dell Inspiron 15R Notebook Memory Upgrades
Like the smaller Dell 14R, the 15R from Dell offers more screen real estate, a second generation Intel i3 processor running at 2.2 GHz, a 640Gb internal hard drive and 6GB of RAM as standard equipment all for a sale price of just over $500, which isn’t too bad a deal on a Dell. Understandably the Dell Inspiron 15R is one of the best selling notebook computers from this well known name brand notebook computer manufacturer. While 6GB of RAM installed from the factory is a respectable amount, the Dell Inspiron 15R will perform even better with a Dell Inspiron Upgrade and 8GB of RAM for the Dell 15R is so cheap it makes sense to upgrade the RAM on your Dell 15R. For further savings you can sell the old ram in your Dell and apply the proceeds to the newer and bigger Dell 15R Memory Upgrade Kit.
Dell Inspiron 17R Notebook Memory Upgrades
At $549 for a 17 inch notebook* the 17 inch Dell Inspiron 17R might just be the best deal in the Dell Inspiron lineup. With the big screen, perfect for both work or play and fast Intel core i3 processors the Dell 17R takes the high performance specifications of the 15R and adds more screen real estate – a perfect screen size for gaming or spreadsheet or graphics work. 6GB DDR3 memory comes standard with this big screen notebook from Dell, but like the 15R and 14R you can and should max out the RAM on your Dell Inspiron 17R with an 8GB DDR3 1333Mhz notebook memory upgrade. Dell RAM is price the cheapest it has ever been in 2011. If you have been waiting to buy a Dell or memory now is the perfect time to do both.
Dell Inspiron 15 Notebook Memory Upgrades
The Dell Inspiron 15 notebook is aimed at the lower end of the Inspiron notebook lineup and is the cheapest or lowest priced Dell notebook available today. At $399*, it’s hard to compare or even get a better deal on a notebook in 2011 – the Dell Inspiron is that good. Perfect for light home use or just ever day computing such as blogging or facebook, the Inspiron 15, (not to be confused with the faster 15R) offers a 15 inch LCD display, roomy keyboard and the option to buy it in one of two colors the plain 15 inch notebook is one of the better notebook deals available today. With a fast 2.53Ghz intel Core i3 processor an 3GB of system memory as standard this cheap notebook offers a significant value and by adding more ram to the Dell Inspiron 15 you can increase the speed of this cheap dell notebook even more as this notebook by Dell will accept a maximum of 8GB of DDR3 1333Mhz RAM and if there is a Dell notebook that’s in need of a ram upgrade, the Dell Inspiron 15 is it. 3GB of RAM is not enough RAM in 2011.
Dell Inspiron 14z Notebook Memory Upgrades
The Dell Inspiron 14z is one of the thinnest notebooks to come from Dell in their home and home office line and at $599, this small notebook is half the price of an Apple MacBook Air with a similar footprint. The Dell 14z offers a small and sleek design with less size and weight than the other Inspiron notebooks in the Dell notebook family, yet while keeping the costs down you can buy a Dell 14Z for not much more than a Dell Inspiron would cost and yet features a fast 2nd generation Intel®Core™ processor i3-2330M (2.2GHz) with Intel HD Graphic 3000 and 4GB of RAM as standard equipment. 4GB of Dell Memory is fine for light tasks, but I suggest you upgrade Dell 14z Memory to 8Gb of ram. RAM for any Dell is cheap now and doubling the Dell Inspiron RAM will only optimize the Dell notebook performance so that your 14z will run even smoother and faster.
Where To Buy Dell Inspiron Notebook Memory Upgrades.
All Dell Inspiron models listed above require the exact same memory: DDR3 1333MHz sodimms, and with the exception of the Dell duo , all Dell Inspiron notebooks can max out at 8GB of RAM by buying two 4GB ddr3 1333Mhz sodimms or one 8GB Dell Inspiron Memory Upgrade Kit.
** In our increasingly mobile, fast paced society–the need for processing speed on laptop and notebook computers has created a second issue of importance for end users: longer battery life. With business and professional users of the Apple product line travelling more and working increasingly from venues outside the office cubicle the need for longer battery life was increasingly important.
Apple introduced the Apple MacBook Pro 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 15” in the summer of 2009 to address this issue with its “innovative built-in battery for up to 40 percent longer battery life.”
In the past, a longer lived battery meant adding more bulk to the computer, a major selling point of the Apple MacBook Pro2.8GHz 15” was the fact that this model and those subsequent extended useable wireless battery power to seven hours on a single charge without adding to the size, weight or price of the unit. Distinguished by “Adaptive Charging”, the new battery iteration promised to deliver up to 1000 recharges before reaching 80 percent of original capacity. This innovation was at the time nearly three times the lifespan of conventional computer batteries. Not only was longer battery life attractive in terms of end use, the increasingly “Green” conscious consumer could well appreciate that longer battery life means fewer depleted batteries and less waste. Further appeal to the environmentally minded, this model along with the entire MacBook Pro line up achieved EPEAT* Gold status and meets Energy Star 5.0 requirements a new standard for environmentally friendly notebook design.
The Apple MacBook Pro2.8GHz 15” included the equally green LED backlit display, renowned for its greater color intensity with a 1440 x 900 standard resolution; the processor a speedy 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 6MB shared L2 cache. This model also featured the glass Multi-Touch™ trackpad, an illuminated keyboard, an SD card or ExpressCard slot, a FireWire® 800 port and state of the art NVIDIA graphics married with a 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo processor, a 500 GB hard drive.
The Apple MacBook Pro2.8GHz 15” offered the following features:
Apple MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Intel Core i7 17-inch was first introduced in spring of 2010–and continued to more than adequately fill the need for longer battery life charge by featuring the introduction of groundbreaking 10 hour battery.
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Apple touted the MacBook Pro 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7 17 inch as the next significant upgrade in processor speed, stating that “17-inch MacBook Pro models are up to 50 percent faster than the previous systems”. The i7 processors used Intel’s state-of-the-art 32 nanometer process, integrating the memory controller and Level 3 cache for faster access to system memory. Hyper-Threading technology improved data throughput by creating virtual processing cores, while Turbo Boost optimized performance between the two processor cores, accelerating the system from 2.66 GHz to 3.06 GHz for intensive dual core tasks, and up to 3.33 GHz for single core tasks.
Apple also kept cranking out the graphic innovations in true Apple style with the introduction of the then new automatic graphics switching technology that toggled between powerful NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M and energy efficient Intel HD Graphics processors resulting in crisp graphics capable of supporting the most demanding 3D games, creative software and technical applications. The new graphics technology automatically determined which processor a particular application required and switched instantly to deliver high level performance. By integrating hardware and software closely, Apple was able to deliver the lauded 10 hours on a single charge of the built in battery.
Apple touted the MacBook Pro 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7 17-inch shipped with the following features standard:
17-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1920 x 1200, antiglare display;
2.66 GHz Intel Core i7 with 3MB shared L3 cache;
4GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 8GB;
integrated Intel HD Graphics + NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M discrete graphics with 512MB of VRAM;
500GB serial ATA hard drive running at 7200 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
a slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
Mini DisplayPort (VGA, DVI and HDMI adapters sold separately);
AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
Gigabit Ethernet port;
iSight video camera;
three USB 2.0 ports;
one FireWire 800 port (FireWire 400 compatible);
ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot;
audio line in (analog/digital);
audio line out/headphone (analog/digital);
glass Multi-Touch trackpad with inertial scrolling supported
and illuminated keyboard;
built-in, 95WHr lithium polymer battery; and
85 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.
Software bundled on the Apple touted the MacBook Pro 2.66 GHz Intel Core i7 included
Mac OS® X Snow Leopard®, and iLife®, Apple’s innovative suite of applications for managing photos, making movies and creating and learning to play music.
Standard RAM as shipped: 4
Maximum Memory Allowed: 8GB
Number of slots: 2 each memory slot can hold DDR3 PC3-8500 with a maximum of 4GB per slot.
Memory Type Required: DDR3 PC3-8500, DDR3 (non-ECC)
Apple MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 17-inch debuted along with its 15.4 inch sibling in June of 2007. Touted as the go-to laptop/notebook for on the go professionals and creative types, the Apple MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 17-inch offered the latest iteration of the Intel Core Duo processor at 2.4 GHZ with 4MB of shared L2 cache, an 800 MHz frontside bus and 2GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM memory, allowing memory heavy professional applications such as Final Cut to run half again as fast as the previous models.
Already loaded with an expansive 17 inch LCD display, 1680 x 10 50 resolution with support for millions of colors, the MacBook Pro 2.4 GHz also offered the optional 1920-by-1200 high-resolution display, providing over “30 percent more screen real estate than the standard 1680-by-1050 display” per Apple.
The Apple MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 17-inch was rated EPEAT Gold and Energy Star certified.
The 2.4 GHz, 17-inch MacBook Pro, for a suggested retail price of $2,799 (US), included the following features:
160GB Serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
a slot-load 8x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) optical drive;
NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 256MB GDDR3 memory;
DVI-out port for external display (VGA-out adapter included, Composite/S-Video out adapter sold separately);
built-in Dual Link support for driving Apple 30-inch Cinema HD Display;
built-in iSight video camera;
Gigabit Ethernet port;
built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR;
ExpressCard/34 expansion card slot;
three USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port, and one FireWire 400 port;
one audio line in and one headphone out port, each supporting optical digital audio;
infrared Apple Remote
85w Apple MagSafe Power Adapter.
Apple MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 17-inch shipped with Mac OS X version 10.4.9 Tiger–touted by Apple as the most successful Apple OS release in the company’s history. 10.4.9 Tiger included over 150 features, among them: Safari™; Mail, iCal®; iChat AV; Front Row; Spotlight; Dashboard (which returned the concept of desk accessories, now termed “widgets” to the Mac OS); the Automator scripting tool; Voiceover; Quicktime 7; Dictonary (based on the New Oxford American Dictionary); Grapher graphing tool; Xcode; Quartz Composer; AU Lab (developer tool for missing audio units), as well as New versions of Unix apps cp, mv, and rsync (which supported files with resource forks); and Photo Booth. iLife ’06–Apple’s much honored suite of lifestyle applications including: iPhoto®, iMovie® HD, iDVD®, GarageBand™ and iWeb™ was also included in the installed software bundle.
Standard RAM as shipped: 2 GB
Maximum Memory Allowed: 4GB
Number of slots: 2 Each memory slot can hold DDR2 PC2-5300 with a maximum of 2GB per slot.
Not to exceed manufacturer supported memory.
Memory Type Required: DDR2 PC2-5300, DDR2 (non-ECC)