Originally Posted by sc_markt
My girlfried is getting close to switching to a MacBook pro and I can't now support this move. Why? Because of the following:
1) Integrated graphics
2) Soldered on Ram
3) Soldered on HD
4) No DVD/CD drive
5) No Ethernet connector
6) No Anti-glare screen option.
WTF is Apple thinking and doing? iOS7 with it's pre-teen look is another Apple blunder in my opinion.
Actually soldered on RAM is more reliable. Buy what you THINK you are going to use moving forward.
Soldered on SSD, agan, more reliable. Buy what you THINK you are going to use moving forward.
No DVD means, you buy the external DVD since most people aren't even using DVDs anymore since most content and apps are download only, it's a more reliable way of doing things. If you buy (and retain) the external DVD, you only plug it in when you use it. Plus, if the external DVD dies and it's out of warranty, it only cost $79 to buy a new one rather than hundreds of dollars for the internal w/labor. it's more reliable, it allows for longer battery life to not have one built in, plus they are making the unit thinner, creates less heat, yada yada yada.
Thunderbolt is the most versatile i/O on any computer, there is an inexpensive adapter to change Thunderbolt 1 or 2 to become a ethernet.
If you use ethernet at your home or office and you always want that connection, Belkin makes a Thunderbolt docking station that not only gives you an ethernet port, but it also gives you more USB 3 ports for other devices you can keep connected on a separate bus, plus a Thunderbolt pass through for other Thunderbolt devices (PCI chassis, RAID drives, Thunderbolt monitors, etc) to always be connected at home or office. I have one on my iMac, it's GRRRRRREAT! Probably the best add-on to a laptop.
I see no downsides on upgrading to the MacBookPros.
Anti Glare? I don't think it's as bad as glossy screens used to be. Pretty trivial.