Doh!!! New Macbook Pro options

My shiny new 17″ Macbook Pro arrived this morning. I’ve been busy getting everything wrapped up in order to make the transition from my G5 PowerMac, so I wasn’t paying attention to the news. A friend just emailed me about the new build-to-order options available today on the Macbook Pros.

The base model / pricing is the same as it’s been, but Apple now offers an option to bump the processor to a 2.6GHz Core 2 Duo (+$250) and the hard drive to either a 250GB 5400rpm (+$150) or a 200GB 7200rpm (+$200) drive.

A 200MHz difference in processor speed isn’t that big of a deal. In fact, I’m not sure if I would have paid the extra $250 for it. But, I most definitely would have chosen the 200GB 7200rpm drive. I paid $150 to have mine upgraded to a 160GB 7200rpm drive.

Whenever you buy a computer, you know it generally won’t be too long before a new model comes out. That’s just how the computer industry is. But, it would have been nice to at least get my top-of-the-line Macbook Pro out of its box while it still was top-of-the line. :(

Oh well, that’s the way it goes. I’m still excited to get my new machine up and running. I still have some preparations to make before migrating.

Oh, and they introduced new Macbooks as well… which now share the same Santa Rosa-based architecture as the Macbook Pro. They also have a faster front-side bus, updated video card, and can take up to 4GB of RAM. It’s much improved over yesterday model.

3 thoughts on “Doh!!! New Macbook Pro options”

  1. You can trade yours up for the new ones. Apple’s long standing policy has always been that if you purchase a product and said product gets an update within weeks of your purchase, you can trade up for free.

  2. Thanks guys. I considered calling Apple. I wasn’t sure what their response would be, considering the pricing didn’t change and technically they didn’t come out with a new model… just a couple of extra options on upgrades. I also noticed that if you select either of those upgrades, the shipping jumps from 24hrs to 2-3 weeks. Looks like they aren’t quite ready to ship those yet.

    The extra drive space would have been nice, but I decided to just keep this one. I think I’ll be happy with it. And, I just can’t stand the thought of sending it back and waiting a few weeks for a replacement. I was so ready for an upgrade. ;)

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