It was time to replace my mid-2010 MBP and this morning I did just that.
I was waiting for the news that came this week about the line so feel good about the decision, regardless of what next year brings
Through days of research, this morning a deal popped up on on Adorama via appleinsider.com (I assume US only). I thought I would share though it seems it is today only.
It's the former Top of the line 2.6 MHz, with 750M and 1 TB late 2013 model WITH 3 yr. Apple Care for $2899 US. And no sales tax if you're not in NY.
Since these aren't being built anymore, soon the 2.6s will be gone. I assume it will be the holidays before the 2014 models start showing more than $100 discounts.
Here is a link to save you the digging otherwise necessary. The price shows as $31xx but the coupon code AP08072014 applies the discount of the free Apple Care.
You do have to do the Adorama VIP sign up if your not already a member.
I hope it's ok I share this here. I have no disclaimers to make or anything, just a regular forum member here happy about what I think is a good deal.
I look forward to reporting back my BruceX time soon
PS there are other models as well from the late 2013 line, you'll have to go to the ad to find those.
Thank you for writing a post about it. I am thinking to buy a Retina too, they seem incredible laptops (we already discussed that on my topic).
Are you going to connect it to an external monitor? I am really curious to know if the Retina display helps you a lot during the visualitation of FCPX. Two displays are very helpful, but if you are not on the office the MacBook display must be a very good solution. Have you tried editing with the retina display alone?
Have you also tried to watch 1920x1080 clips at full screen? Are they blurry?
I have to show my clients Full HD movies so I am worried that they are going to see low quality clips.
Unless you have a multi-bay enclosure, a single ssd (not sad, need to add ssd to your dictionary to fix auto-correct) will not saturate a USB3 I/O port. You will not have any faster throughput on ThunderBolt unless you are setting up a RAID 0 with at least 2 ssds or ~ 4 hdds.
Congratulations on your new rMBP everyone.
I have a rMBP and I use an external 2nd monitor most of the time. Enjoy the extra real-estate.
Your welcome Gaddster,
I am just now getting a new 4 bay external enclosure, so if I may offer some insights.
I ordered this IcyDock "IcyCube model MB561U3S-4S (Not an endorsement just what I settled on)
I prefer to use soft RAID. Cost less, non-proprietary so you can just pop the drives into any enclosure and good to go. Hardware RAID, lose the hardware/firmware; lose your data unless you have an exact duplicate unit.
Not all USB3 units are the same. One thing to look for is USAP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) Also sometimes just called UAS. This is much faster throughput using less CPU resources. Some USB3 units are only BOT with high overhead.
Also make sure that internally the unit is using SATA3 (6Gb/s) not SATA2/1 or you will not get full speed from drives.
Bought a 2 slot dock that claimed to be USB3 but used SATA2 so sent it back. I use some docks for grabbing data and backups, easier than enclosures.
I also wanted hot-swap, internal power and fan(s). Many of the external power supply bricks are barely adequate for 4 drives.
Having just a bare multi-bay unit gives me the most flexibility for all the hdds I have laying around. RAID when I need, JBOD for other usage.
New unit should arrive this week.
Hope this helps, Greg
Well this is interesting. I had read a review/description of the above IcyDock product that stated it was USAP compliant, but after writing this post I went back and read the specifications with no mention of USAP support. I contacted Icy Dock and they confirmed that at this time it does not support USAP but are working on a revision that will, so I cancelled my order.
Anyone want to recommend a 4-5 bay JBOD enclosure that does do all the above?