02-06-2013, 07:32 AM
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Anyone thinking of upgrading their laptops with an SSD? Today and tomorrow, Tiger Direct has a great deal on the 520 Series (240 GB)after rebate. It's originally $299, but with rebate, it's selling for $189 until tomorrow.

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I had to pick one up for myself.

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 02-06-2013, 08:49 AM
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That's a great deal. I'm glad to see SSD's are dropping in price.

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 02-06-2013, 12:16 PM
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(02-06-2013, 08:49 AM)Dave Wrote: That's a great deal. I'm glad to see SSD's are dropping in price.

It really is a great deal. This is their top of the line SSD. The 330/335 models can be found for $150 during quick sales, but this is their best model below the price of the budget model. Me likey.

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 02-06-2013, 12:26 PM
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It's a great deal on one of the best SSDs out there.

I'd get one for my iMac (there is a place for an SSD for the OS etc) but good lord, tearing this beast open isn't a job for me any more. I can't imagine what Apple would charge me at a store to add one.

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 02-06-2013, 12:27 PM
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(02-06-2013, 12:16 PM)mcgils Wrote:
(02-06-2013, 08:49 AM)Dave Wrote: That's a great deal. I'm glad to see SSD's are dropping in price.

It really is a great deal. This is their top of the line SSD. The 330/335 models can be found for $150 during quick sales, but this is their best model below the price of the budget model. Me likey.

I'd jump all over it if it wasn't a rebate deal. I've had an issue most every time dealing with Tiger Direct and NewEgg rebates. Either sell it to me minus the rebate cost or I'll spend a few bucks more to not have to deal with a rebate.

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 02-06-2013, 12:30 PM
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(02-06-2013, 12:26 PM)wingdo Wrote: It's a great deal on one of the best SSDs out there.

I'd get one for my iMac (there is a place for an SSD for the OS etc) but good lord, tearing this beast open isn't a job for me any more. I can't imagine what Apple would charge me at a store to add one.

Actually, if they do it like most everything else, they give you the tools and show you how to do it in front of them. I got the battery replaced in my MBP the other day and a fella brought in a SSD and the Genius guided him through the installation on a MBP. As always, YMMV, but it's a trend I've seen a lot lately.

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 02-06-2013, 02:11 PM
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(02-06-2013, 12:30 PM)Dave Wrote:
(02-06-2013, 12:26 PM)wingdo Wrote: It's a great deal on one of the best SSDs out there.

I'd get one for my iMac (there is a place for an SSD for the OS etc) but good lord, tearing this beast open isn't a job for me any more. I can't imagine what Apple would charge me at a store to add one.

Actually, if they do it like most everything else, they give you the tools and show you how to do it in front of them. I got the battery replaced in my MBP the other day and a fella brought in a SSD and the Genius guided him through the installation on a MBP. As always, YMMV, but it's a trend I've seen a lot lately.

Yikes. The whole 27" screen needs to come off for the SSD insertion. hmmmm now that has me totally wondering. I mean if they walk me through it, I guess there'd be no charge. I could probably up the internal RAM slot to 16GB as well to give me 32GB total RAM.

http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other+Wor...IM27SSD11/

OWC NOTE:
While OWC encourages the DIY philosophy, this is a very difficult install that requires advanced skills. If, after watching the how-to video, you are not fully confident of your ability to add an SSD to your 2011 27-inch iMac, you can choose to have OWC "Do It For You" via our Turnkey Upgrade Installation Program.

I mean the freaking kit has suction cups for screen removal. I've taken my MBP apart a number of times. This beast scares the bejeebus out of me though.

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 02-06-2013, 03:38 PM
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(02-06-2013, 02:11 PM)wingdo Wrote:
(02-06-2013, 12:30 PM)Dave Wrote:
(02-06-2013, 12:26 PM)wingdo Wrote: It's a great deal on one of the best SSDs out there.

I'd get one for my iMac (there is a place for an SSD for the OS etc) but good lord, tearing this beast open isn't a job for me any more. I can't imagine what Apple would charge me at a store to add one.

Actually, if they do it like most everything else, they give you the tools and show you how to do it in front of them. I got the battery replaced in my MBP the other day and a fella brought in a SSD and the Genius guided him through the installation on a MBP. As always, YMMV, but it's a trend I've seen a lot lately.

Yikes. The whole 27" screen needs to come off for the SSD insertion. hmmmm now that has me totally wondering. I mean if they walk me through it, I guess there'd be no charge. I could probably up the internal RAM slot to 16GB as well to give me 32GB total RAM.

http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other+Wor...IM27SSD11/

OWC NOTE:
While OWC encourages the DIY philosophy, this is a very difficult install that requires advanced skills. If, after watching the how-to video, you are not fully confident of your ability to add an SSD to your 2011 27-inch iMac, you can choose to have OWC "Do It For You" via our Turnkey Upgrade Installation Program.

I mean the freaking kit has suction cups for screen removal. I've taken my MBP apart a number of times. This beast scares the bejeebus out of me though.

With a 27" screen and suction cups, I'd be scared out of my mind. There are too many variables, and it has to be packed really tight.

(02-06-2013, 12:27 PM)Dave Wrote:
(02-06-2013, 12:16 PM)mcgils Wrote:
(02-06-2013, 08:49 AM)Dave Wrote: That's a great deal. I'm glad to see SSD's are dropping in price.

It really is a great deal. This is their top of the line SSD. The 330/335 models can be found for $150 during quick sales, but this is their best model below the price of the budget model. Me likey.

I'd jump all over it if it wasn't a rebate deal. I've had an issue most every time dealing with Tiger Direct and NewEgg rebates. Either sell it to me minus the rebate cost or I'll spend a few bucks more to not have to deal with a rebate.

This does concern me, but even if they screw it up it was approaching the price point that works for me. I already have it submitted online and I'm should have the rebate in two weeks. The rebate is only $27 if you expedite processing (which I did), but I'll let you know...

My thinkpad is gonna fly!

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 02-07-2013, 05:38 PM
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I'd been toying with the idea of trading my MBP with 8GB of Ram for a MacBook Air with 4GB of ram and a SSD. Mountain Lion just like any other OS craves RAM, so I think I'll just buy an SSD Drive and throw it in my MBP (since I already have 8GB). The only reason to get the Air is that it's lighter and has an SSD.

As for the Suction cup things, it's not so bad. I've taken my iMac apart a couple of times to upgrade the HDD and clean everything out and it sounds a lot worse than it really is. I went to a tech demo for the new iMacs and for the Retina MBP's and I'd be terrified to remove one screw from either of them. They're by far the most compact tightly fitted computers I've ever seen.

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 02-07-2013, 08:33 PM
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Yeah I have a 2012 iMac. I've taken every MBP I have ever owned apart and even replaced a screen on one, but I have no desire to take this thing apart after watching the videos.

I'd love to have the OS and one of my games on the SSD but I'm not doing it myself.

And I don't do mail in rebates.

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 02-08-2013, 06:40 AM
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(02-07-2013, 05:38 PM)Dave Wrote: I'd been toying with the idea of trading my MBP with 8GB of Ram for a MacBook Air with 4GB of ram and a SSD. Mountain Lion just like any other OS craves RAM, so I think I'll just buy an SSD Drive and throw it in my MBP (since I already have 8GB). The only reason to get the Air is that it's lighter and has an SSD.

As for the Suction cup things, it's not so bad. I've taken my iMac apart a couple of times to upgrade the HDD and clean everything out and it sounds a lot worse than it really is. I went to a tech demo for the new iMacs and for the Retina MBP's and I'd be terrified to remove one screw from either of them. They're by far the most compact tightly fitted computers I've ever seen.

We have an MBP too, and I didn't go with the Air because it has no dvd drive. I teach, and there's still a lot of media on dvd out there. Streaming is great, but I need to be able to pop in a dvd if the network is down sometimes.

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 02-15-2013, 08:37 AM
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If anyone is on the fence about an SSD, jump on it. I put one in my MBP and it flies now. Bootup takes about :08 and opening programs takes less than a second

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 02-15-2013, 12:29 PM
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(02-15-2013, 08:37 AM)Dave Wrote: If anyone is on the fence about an SSD, jump on it. I put one in my MBP and it flies now. Bootup takes about :08 and opening programs takes less than a second

just installed mine! +10000000

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 02-15-2013, 12:48 PM
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(02-15-2013, 12:29 PM)mcgils Wrote:
(02-15-2013, 08:37 AM)Dave Wrote: If anyone is on the fence about an SSD, jump on it. I put one in my MBP and it flies now. Bootup takes about :08 and opening programs takes less than a second

just installed mine! +10000000

I'd be curious to see an SSD performance on a PC versus a Mac. How much RAM do you have in your thinkpad Sean? I've got 8GB in my Work iMac and 8 in the MBP and I'm amazed at how much quicker restarts and shutdowns are as well. My MBP used to take about :30-:45 to shut down. With the SSD, it's 1-2 seconds.

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 02-17-2013, 11:19 AM
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I have 8gb in the thinkpad. I'll have to check my times. It's much faster, but I haven't clocked it yet.

(02-15-2013, 12:48 PM)Dave Wrote:
(02-15-2013, 12:29 PM)mcgils Wrote:
(02-15-2013, 08:37 AM)Dave Wrote: If anyone is on the fence about an SSD, jump on it. I put one in my MBP and it flies now. Bootup takes about :08 and opening programs takes less than a second

just installed mine! +10000000

I'd be curious to see an SSD performance on a PC versus a Mac. How much RAM do you have in your thinkpad Sean? I've got 8GB in my Work iMac and 8 in the MBP and I'm amazed at how much quicker restarts and shutdowns are as well. My MBP used to take about :30-:45 to shut down. With the SSD, it's 1-2 seconds.

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