You know, as we enter 2011 I’m beginning to wonder the same thing as for what I do here on ramseeker – could my MacBook could easily be replaced by a much cheaper windows PC? I’ve had a notebook PC for a few years now where it’s served as an underused and underappreciated iTunes music server, but as recent as just last evening I began to wonder if I could do what I do on a much cheaper windows PC instead?
The 13 inch MacBook Pro is the newest and most popular notebook on sale today, so there’s lots and lots of Apple fans that would much rather pay for the Apple brand and there are a few reasons why in the long term the Apple Mac might be the better buy.
The Mac Operating System
The Mac/PC ads that were so popular both on TV and online a few years back featuring Justin Lon and John Hodgman highlighted the advantages of the Apple software, and when it comes to innovation I think Apple gets the nod. Apple tends to lead the way with newer technology than Windows. The Mac OS tends to be, admittedly from a Mac-centric perspective, more intuitive.
More Built in Software
Or maybe better designed built in software might be a better way to state this. The included apps such as iLife, Garage Band, iMovie and the like tend to get better over the years and are also upgraded every year. There’s also iTunes which is software not for downloading and playing music but Apple computers tend to work seamlessly with other Apple products such as iPods and iPhones.
The Mac is Virus Free
Somebody’s going to chime in on this I know, but I’ve never been wiped out by viruses in the many many years I have owned and loved Apple computers. This may be the deal breaker right here, as with Windows you have to add and renew expensive antivirus software programs to be virus free. My Apple Macs have always just worked from the day I took them out of the box to the days I have sold or upgraded my Macs. When it comes to Macs they just worked for me.
I guess it all comes down to what you do and how important your computing needs are. If all you do is facebook and email, then any old windows PC and most smartphones today are up to the task. With the Macs, you pay more up front – as much as triple the costs of a windows PC, but it’s my opinion you get a better built and thought out product that’s more intuitive to use. But the downside of this is you’ll pay for it up front, and if you don’t have the cash then perhaps you should consider buying a windows PC.
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Your Mac Will Tell You What Memory You Need.
But, all joking aside it’s pretty easy to figure out what memory you need for your 2010 MacBook Pro (or any Apple computer, now that I think of it).You could always ask me.
In the top left corner of your Apple MacBook 2010 is a little Apple logo, that if you click it you will see a menu item called About This Mac. It’s the very first menu item you see when you select the Apple Menu, so it’s pretty easy to find. After you have selected the menu, up pops a window that looks similar to this:
On this menu, you will see that it will tell you what version of the Mac OS you are running, what your processor speed is and how much and what type of speed memory you have already installed in your MacBook Pro. In my case, I already have the maximum MacBook memory installed as I’m typing this on a 2008 MacBook Pro, and at the time, 4GB of RAM was a lot of memory (how times change)
The more info button will bring up the system profiler which will tell you that you’ve got two memory upgade chips installed and some other technical jargon that, in my opinion you don’t need – as you now have all the data you need – you know your MacBook Pro processor speed, memory type and speed and how much ram you already have installed.
Now all you need is to find a memory store that will help you find the right ram for your MacBook Pro. I’ve got a great list of memory stores here but for this example I will use crucial technology as they offer fair prices on ram and have an easy to use memory upgrade finder.
Off we go to Crucial, where we select our Computer Manufacturer, Model Name, and processor speed – all things your Mac already told you you have, and you’re returned with information about your particular model such as memory type for your MacBook Pro (which we already know) and how many slots and the maximum RAM your MacBook Pro can recognize, stuff we didn’t know.
If my MacBook Pro only had 2GB of RAM installed, I now know that I could max out my RAM on my MacBook Pro by replacing the 2x1GB memory upgrades with bigger memory modules, and in this example that would be two 2GB memory modules for MacBook Pro which would maximize the RAM in my particular Apple MacBook Pro.
And once you have bought your MacBook Pro RAM Upgrade, it’s easy to install the MacBook memory yourself with common household tools that will not void your warranty. You can find how to upgrade your Apple RAM from Apple as MacBook Pro Memory Upgrade instructions are included in the manual that came with your MacBook Pro.
It’s that easy to find the right memory for your MacBook Pro.
I tend to pay more attention to the 2010 Apple iMacs, as that’s where you will get the most bang for your buck as the older iMacs might be so low in value that it’s not worth it to add more RAM to your iMac and you might be better off just selling your old iMac on eBay or Craigslist and buying a new iMac altogether if the memory upgrades end up costing you more than your Apple iMac is worth, it might be something to consider.
Which iMac Do You Need To Buy Memory For?Where to buy iMac memory depends on many variables including whether you value the best price on ram you can get, or maybe you don’t mind paying more for iMac RAM and are willing to spend more on name brand ram, such as Crucial or Kingston RAM. But whatever you decide – cheap RAM for iMac, or the more pricier stuff – there’s one thing you have to determine first and that is:
There’s many ways to do this and some memory sellers even offer a small application you can download that will help you find the right iMac Memory you need, or if you know the speed of the computer you need to upgrade you may have enough info to use the memory configurator the ram stores offer.
One way to determine what RAM you need to buy for any Mac, and not just Apple iMacs is to use the good old Apple Menu to tell you: In the top left corner of your Mac is About This Mac, and when you select this menu item a window pops up that tells me what speed my current iMac is running at:
An example, although not an Apple iMac is my MacBook Pro which uses 1066 DDR3 SDRAM DIMMS:
You will see I am using a 2.4Ghz MacBook Pro that already has 4GB of DDR3 RAM installed which is in this case, the maximum RAM I can run, but also you now have the processor speed and memory type and speed for your Apple computer.
Where to Buy Apple iMac RAM
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Armed with this information you’re now ready to shop at any number of memory stores where you can use the search function or memory configurator functions to find the right memory upgrades for your Apple iMac, as you now know what speed your iMac runs at as well as how fast the RAM is for your iMac – two critical factors to determine when buying RAM for iMac.