Swimming with the Razorfishes

Sunday, June 10, 2007

An Observation and a Question


Kudos to Apple for rolling out such a nice package around Intel's Santa Rosa chipset. The $1,999.00 15" model is good value for the money.

That being said, what is with the bone-headed RAM configuration?

One of the selling points for the new laptop is that it will accept 4 gig of RAM. Nice, except that apple charges $750 to add 4 gig. That is insane. You could buy the RAM yourself for $350 (Apple's volume allows it to buy the RAM even less expensively). Even worse, Apple will sell you the laptop in two memory configurations: a 1 gig chip in each of the top and bottom slots, or a 2 gig chip in each of the slots (the $750 option).

So you waste $300 on Apple's strangely expensive RAM, or you get the 2 gig configuration. I don't know if this laptop is differently designed, but previous MBP models didn't provide access to the lower slot. I also don't know if this hardware requires installing RAM in pairs. So purchasing the 2 gig option effectively limits you to 3 gig, even if you are willing to throw out a the chip in the top slot.

This is crap. Apple should provide more flexible memory configurations, or should stop gouging people. They had, for a while, abandoned this asinine policy of overpricing RAM, but it seems Cupertino is backsliding. Is there any reason for this limited configuration other than fattening profit margins?


Once Leopard is released and the OS is 64-bit clean, will I Be able to put 4 gig of RAM in my 2.16 GHz Macbook Pro, or is there some dipshit hardware reason why I'm limited to 3 gig?


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