"no upgrades for it or repairs possible, poor design"0.5 starson by Charoite72
Pros: - quiet
- quick start up
- excellent display
Cons: - unrepairable (battery glued in, for example)
- non-upgradable memory or RAM
- no optical drive
- High cost
Summary: I returned my macbook with retina display to the store for a non-retina one because I bought it assuming I could upgrade later over the 256 GB memory.A couple typos. I meant at the end:
The RAM & Hard drive is literally permanently soldered in place. The battery is glued in place with the wire from the touchpad on top of it. So in a few years when you way want more hard drive memory or RAM? or the battery has a glitch? No chance. There are no repairs or upgrades possible for it.
Yes, it's good for this week and month, maybe this year, but the designers forgot there to plan ahead and remember that technology DOES actually change/ improve in terms of hardware at a pretty fast clip these days.
You pay a lot more for a model that has a much shorter shelf life compared to the non-retina one that actually HAS the optical drive and is upgradeable and customizable.
I'm surprised the reviewers did catch on as this is a MAJOR flaw in that the day after the novelty of the flashy display wears off, and you may likely need to deal with actual hardware matters, of which you won't be able to.
Updated on Nov 16, 2012
I'm surprised the other reviewers did NOT catch on as this is a MAJOR flaw in that the day after the novelty of the flashy display wears off, and you may likely need to deal with actual hardware matters, of which you won't be able to.