Speaking of room...
Speaking of room, Apple apparently couldn't figure out a way for the SD card slot to fully accept an SD card, as do millions of digital cameras and other devices. When inserted as far as it will go, it sticks out a good half-inch.
If you have a wonky tri-wing screwdriver, removing the internal battery is easy
After removing the MacBook's bottom plate, removing the battery is a simple matter - as long as you have that aforementioned oddball tri-wing screwdriver. The battery, by the way, is rated at 60 watt-hours, compared to 45 in the "unibody" MacBook. Specs say seven hours compared with the older battery's five.
The stock drive is a mere 160GB, 5,400rpm deal - you'll want to upgrade
Removing the hard drive is straightforward as well - as long as you don't mind removing a butt-load of screws to get it loose. Upgrading RAM is also a simple matter. And if you've ever looked at Apple's RAM-upgrade pricing, you already know that you can find far, far better prices from any number of trusted online SO-DIMM sources.
Yes, all that crapola fits inside that slim aluminum case
There's a lot more to the full teardown, of course - iFixIt's efforts take 16 steps and are illustrated with 33 photos. If you're going to rip apart your new $1,199 purchase, we highly recommend that you follow their step-by-step instructions. ®
Apple's 13in MacBook Pro in online strip tease
@Hard to use
>That all seems preety hard to use. I mean swapping the harddisk when the old one fails is a typical >user task, just like replacing a toner cardridge.
The average computer user uses their computer and takes it to PC World or somewhere when there is a problem.
Anyone who can change a toner cartridge can surely use a screwdriver.
Hard to use
That all seems preety hard to use. I mean swapping the harddisk when the old one fails is a typical user task, just like replacing a toner cardridge. Although looking back at my experience with Apple computers, you would consider putting the logic board on quick release, too.
Laptop drives hit 500GB some time ago. When I bought my MacBook, I bought a 500GB drive to go with it. It's easily user-replaceable. I paid less than £100 for it. Apple charge £160.
I paid the slight premium for their RAM to get it upgraded to 4GB, but I wouldn't have paid an extra 60% for a drive upgrade - that's just silly.
Sticky out SD Card
Personally I think it's a good idea to make the sd card slot as shallow as possible in this case (when it's not supposed to sit in the machine for long periods of time - ala ssd netbook) - that means when some muppet (and there's a good number of them) tries to stick a micro sd or some other smaller format into the reader the chances of getting it out are greatly enhanced.
I couldn't tell you the number of memory cards I've had to pull out of the wrong slot with a couple of very small precision screwdrivers to avoid sending the whole laptop away for strip down/repair. The last one that happened to the motherboard had to be replaced cause the reader was soldered to the motherboard and completely busted by the time the card was removed.
It does make you wonder how some people procreate if they can't even find the right hole on a laptop.
@ Chris Haynes - Mine's a 15-incher though
really? What about your laptop tho...