It’s finally November, and you know what that means. One extremely delicious day is the only thing on people’s minds: OWC Garage Sale day! OK…OK. Thanksgiving Day might be on your mind, too. But luckily, you can take advantage of both.
We’ve got a wide variety of products that are ready to move, and we have no doubt that we have something that’s perfect for you. So don’t leave any of these deals on the table, like you do with that jellied cranberry sauce (really… if that stuff was any good, people would eat it more than once a year).
Enjoy this month’s feast of deals!
As always, items are “first come, first served” and of varying limited quantities, so you’ll want to act quickly. Quantities are limited to that which is on hand and items automatically count down and ‘disappear’ as sold out. Sorry… no rain checks.
After securing a 13-inch model and 15-inch model of the new MacBook Pro with Retina display that was unveiled Tuesday at Apple’s special event, we’ve done some benchmarking with each model to get an early look at how the new PCIe SSDs perform.
2013 13″ MacBook Pro with Retina Display
- 128GB SanDisk SSD
- 312.9MB/s write
- 728.6MB/s read
2013 15″ MacBook Pro with Retina Display
- 256GB Samsung SSD
- 676.7MB/s writes
- 728.6MB/s read
The 256GB Samsung SSD in the 15″ model offers about a 400MB/s increase in write speeds over the 128GB SanDisk SSD as our 13-inch model was configured.
Pining for a new MacBook Pro with Retina display? You’re not the only one. The new MacBook Pros are powerful and most anybody I know who’s worked on the previous generation loves the screen quality and the thin size. There are a few things to take into consideration when getting a Retina MacBook Pro: screen size, memory, storage, and let’s not forget… the all important work/backup external drive.
The 13” model comes in 3 base options:
- $1,299.99 – 2.4 GHz i5 processor, 4GB memory, 128GB Solid State Drive
- $1,499.99 – 2.4 GHz i5 processor, 8GB memory, 256GB Solid State Drive
- $1,799.99 – 2.6 GHz i5 processor, 8GB memory, 512GB Solid State Drive
The 15” model comes in 2 base options:
- $1,999.99 – 2.0 GHz quad-core i7 processor, 8GB memory, 256GB Solid State Drive
- $2,599.99 – 2.3 GHz quad-core i7 processor, 16GB memory, 512GB Solid State Drive
Essentially the price increases among the models get your more memory and a larger SSD. Memory is soldered to the motherboard, which means you can’t upgrade later, period. SSDs on the other hand can be upgraded in the future if you find yourself in need of more storage later. We’re working hard on providing an SSD upgrade that’ll allow you to expand your Retina later on, as we currently offer SSD upgrades for the 2012 Retina models, and plan to offer upgrades for the new ones as soon as we can. Article Continues…
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 | Author: OWC Larry
The MacBook Airs are currently the most advanced portable Macs that Apple is shipping. Utilizing the latest, energy-efficient, high-performance Intel Haswell CPU coupled with PCIe flash (SSD) storage, these units are a leap above every other model Apple currently offers with the exception of the iMacs, which got their refresh a few weeks ago. Even so, this doesn’t make the MacBook Air the current ‘high end’ of the line-up.
Many people, especially those who need the additional connectivity and storage offered by the MacBook Pro range, view the MacBook Air as the entry-level laptop; they prefer the MacBook Pro for its additional power and connectivity. But it’s now October 2013, and updates to this range are well past due. For example, where is the 2013 MacBook Pro with Retina display? When will we see the update of the MacBook Pro (non-retina) to the new Haswell platform? And what about the Mac mini? All of these machines could use a serious refresh.
We’ve never made it a secret that OWC SSDs will take your Mac’s performance to new heights. But many users think that a shiny new Mac or PC is needed to pair with that supercharged SSD in order to get great performance from your machine.
But as the folks over at Mac Performance Guide pointed out in a recent post, older machines can still get a ton of mileage – at high speeds – simply by dropping in an SSD!
The author of the article outlines his installation of a new NewerTech battery and an old SSD in to an aging white plastic-model MacBook. By simply putting in the new battery and SSD, the machine has a new lease on life. The poster even recommends an OWC SSD as the “go to” candidate for anyone in a similar situation!