Questions tagged [hardware-recommendation]

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Do SuperDrives work with IBM computers?

Do Apple USB SuperDrives work with IBM compatible computers? If not, are there any advantages for buying a SuperDrive compared to a generic USB DVD drive?
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Using SD Card as external storage for Macbook Pro retina

I am getting a new Macbook Pro retina display with 256GB flash storage. The capacity may be a little bit too tight, but I should be able to manage it. I am considering to get a 128GB SD card as a ...
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Use my old MacBook Pro as a Rack Console

I'm just getting into using number of cheap server racks. I look into rack consoles and they look pricey for this particular work I'm doing. Do you know if I can turn my old MacBook Pro (early 2011) ...
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Do I really need to replace my MacBook Pro?

I have an early 2011 (8.2) MBP (i7@2.0Ghz) which I've upgraded to 16Gig memory and 512 Gig SSD. I am a heavy CPU and IO user: vagrant, Vmware Fusion, external display, Office, various IDE's (Xcode, ...
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Which parts of MBA-13" mid-2011 can be upgraded?

Which parts (if any) in Macbook Air 13" mid-2011 can be upgraded to either: an original part from a later version of Macbook Air/Pro or a third-party component which has a better performance/extra ...
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Is it safe to use styluses with iPads?

I know my question sounds stupid but I can't imagine scratching my iPad mini screen! I have iPad mini (Retina Display) and I'm considering getting Applydea Maglus stylus. But is it safe to use ...
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Can anyone recommend a hw/sw combination to allow me to preview a Component input with audio on a Mac?

Trying to find a way to take component video and audio output from a device, and preview it on-screen in a window. We don't need recording or encoding capabilities, but we would like as low latency ...
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2013 MacBook Pro Retina 13“ vs MacBook Air 13” [duplicate]

I am considering buying a 13" MacBook. Please note that this would be my first Apple device. The two the options that I am considering are: MacBook Air, 2013, 13", 128GB SSD, 1.4GHz dual-core Intel ...
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What video cards are compatible with Mac Pro (Original) 1,1?

Anyone know which video cards are available/supported/will work on the Mac Pro (Original) from December 2006 also known as MacPro1,1 in the system profiler?
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Is there a good docking solution for Macbook so far?

I have been looking for a good Macbook docking solution for months The Belkin Thunderbolt Express Dock doesn't seem like a good option based on the reviews on Amazon.com. I also noticed that there ...
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Mac support for Blu-Ray

I would like to buy an external Blu-Ray drive. I have a specific model in mind (the LG CP40NG10), but I'm open to suggestions if anybody has a different one they recommend. The documentation says ...
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Apple Macbook pro differences

What is the difference between an Apple Macbook pro ME 293LL/A and an Apple Macbook pro ME 293D/A?
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Renewing iOS Developer Program with Lebanese credit card

Since I emailed apple three times now and shockingly got no response at all, I am laying out my problem here. I am trying to renew my developer program using a lebanese credit card that has a ...
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Can I replace optical drive with 2nd hard disk on MacBook?

I have a unibody MacBook, late 2008 I think. The optical drive failed and I wondered about adding a second hard disk. Is this simple to do?
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How do I make sure I purchase the correct replacement gfx card for my iMac?

I have a 24" Early 2009 iMac, and it has a faulty graphics card (detailed here). I'm obviously no longer under warranty or applecare, and I'd like to try to replace the part myself. I'm unsure about ...
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Which SSD Thunderbolt Product For Main Boot Drive for my iMac?

So I have a 2012 iMac. I got the base model 21.5" which means I have a painfully slow 5400 RPM hard drive. The pure SSD option would have cost $1,300 ($1 more than the $1,299 base price) if I could ...
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Can I use a Mac Pro for my office and run Parallels for my Windows-based ERP software?

I have a small business that runs a Windows-based network. I'm wondering if I can set up a Mac Pro, with virtual servers, and use Parallels for my ERP software? Basically, can I have a Mac-based ...
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What hardware does Xcode storyboard performance depend on the most?

I'm considering upgrading my MacBook Air to a Pro in the interest of getting better performance out of Xcode development experience. Right now using Xcode 5 seems ok for writing code. However ...
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New iMac (mid 2013) storage options

I recently purchased a maxed out iMac: NVIDIAGeForceGTX780M 4GB GDDR5 3.5GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM-2X4GB (upgrading to 32GB myself) 256GB Flash Storage ...and I'm ...
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When would the US apple store provide Unlocked iPhone 5S?

The iPhone 5S won't be released where I live until maybe a month or two. I would like to get my hands on one from the US (better prices than UK) but I want it to be unlocked. Apparently only the ...
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On the lookout for an iPad 2 case that integrates a keyboard but doesn't block the camera

I currently have an iPad 2 with a Smart Cover. I am looking for a keyboard that can be attached to the device so that I will always have the keyboard with me in a convenient manner. Some requirement ...
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Replace power supply on late 2005 G5

I recently bought an old G5 to use as a server. Whilst there the guy had another G5 that I bought for spares. The 'spares' G5 is a newer model with better GPU / CPU etc so I intend on swapping them ...
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What cases exist for the new iPad (3rd generation) most similar to Apple's 1st generation case?

I am looking for cases that fit the full size iPad with retina displays (3rd and 4th generation) and function similarly to the original black case from Apple for the first generation iPad. The ...
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Anything to watch for when buying a 2009 MBP?

I have the option to buy a 2009 13" MBP for $500 - mid 2009 with the 2.53 GHz C2D. At this point, I'm leaning towards it (I'd be using it for iOS development). I know it's been well taken care of. ...
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iPad portable printer

I have a project running on a iPad and my client have decided to print a document on his clients and with that I'll need to find a portable printer for iPad. I have searched on Canon and HP and ...
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Are non-Apple lightning cables and power transformers safe to use?

I need to buy an Apple 12W USB Power Adapter for my iPhone 5. In eBay you can find replicas for one third of the price. Do you know if these can ruin your phone? I am more cautious about a third ...
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Which presentation remote controls are OS X compatible with Powerpoint?

I'm looking for a remote control to use for controlling a Powerpoint presentation, and want it to be compatible and reliable w/ OS X. Any recommendations on one that functions well with Powerpoint?
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It is 2013. Is it feasible to purchase an iPhone 3GS for telephony and skype?

I'm thinking about getting an iPhone for a friend whose vision is decaying because of the possibility of making it display large text. However, the budget is very tight, buying a new iPhone is out of ...
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magic mouse vs other mouse for graphic design

I've saw some review that the apple magic mouse isn't recommended by designers. How do you find the magic mouse in your daily graphic design work? Would you recommend it? If not what are some good ...
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Is Apple Cinema Display 27" Thunderbolt good choice for software developer? [closed]

I am a software developer currently working on a Macbook Pro Retina 15". The Retina display on my Macbook Pro works well for me. I am considering a 27" Apple Thunderbolt Display. Is the Apple ...
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Buying a Macbook pro retina 15", RAM or storage? [closed]

I'm a web developer but I use a lot Photoshop and video editing software too and I'm about to buy a Macbook Pro retina 15" 2.4GHz. I'm not sure if I should upgrade to 16GB of RAM or to 512GB of ...
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iPhone 5 Lightning to USB Cable - Is it safe to use replicas? [duplicate]

I need to buy a Lightning to USB cable for my iPhone 5. In eBay you can find replicas for one third of the price. Do you know if these can ruin your phone? If I use an original power adapter, a ...
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Can I put a 7200 RPM hard drive in my MacBook Pro?

I have a 2009 15" unibody MacBook Pro. It came with a 250GB, 5400 RPM hard drive. Will a 7200 RPM drive make it overheat? I have read somewhere that putting a 7200 RPM hard drive in the MacBook Pro ...
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Will this hard drive work with my 2009 15 macbook pro unibody?

Western Digital WD Scorpio Black 750 GB SATA 3 GB/s 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Internal Bulk/OEM 2.5-Inch Mobile Hard Drive i need to know if this hard drive will work with my computer? I have 8 GB of ...
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Are there any iPad accessories that vibrate, for silent alarms?

Are there any iPad accessories that vibrate, to permit the same kind of silent notification iPhones can?
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Is it possible to use 6GB of memory in my MacBook Pro 3,1?

The specifications of my MacBook Pro say the maximum memory supported is 4GB using two 2GB DDR2 667MHz each. However, some say that this model can support up to 6GB of memory, putting a 4GB Memory ...
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Game Cube Controller to USB

I just digged out my old Game Cube with a few controllers. Also, I found an adaptor on eBay which claimed to do this but is NOT Mac compatible. Do you know how to connect them to my Mac?
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Macbook Pro vs Macbook Air for IPad development [closed]

I have IPad and I want to buy Macbook for development simple programs for IPad. It will be my first Macbook and I don't want to spend too much many and look at Macbook Air 13' 128Gb. I'm just ...
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What type of bracket to use for HDD/SSD in optical bay? (MCE vs. OWC)

Looking for a bracket/adapter/caddy for installing a HDD/SSD where the MacBook Pro SuperDrive used to be. There are two general types: 1) Minimalist open-type brackets (in the truest sense of the ...
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Recommended MacBook Pro 13 (mid 2012) SSD upgrade?

I am going to buy the high end MacBook Pro mid 2012. I want to get an SSD, but the BTO options given by Apple are too pricey in my opinion. Which third party SSD (512 GB) are recommended (for ...
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How to upgrade HDD to SSD and replace the optical drive with HDD?

I am trying to understand the process of switching out my HDD for an SSD and then replacing my optical drive with the same HDD just removed in a late 2011 Macbook Pro 15.4". Is there any benefit to ...
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Recommendations for USB 3 ExpressCard/34 [closed]

There is a proliferation of portable and cheap portable USB 3 drives nowadays and nothing of the sort for Thunderbolt. I was wondering if it is worth my while getting an ExpressCard/34 USB 3 card for ...
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mac mini for software development

I intend to start to develop for Apple products. My question is if a Mac mini with the below configuration will suffice for this purpose. 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 2GB memory 500GB hard drive ...
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What is a good processor speed for FCP 6 real-time playback?

I currently have a 2.2GHz dual-core macbook pro (2007) and it doesn't seem to work very well with HDV 720p real-time playback. I am looking into buying a new iMac this or next year. What would be a ...
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External display with pixel density similar to macbook pro 17" (132 ppi)

I own a macbook pro 17" late 2011 which has a 1920×1200 display with a pixel density of 132 ppi. Yesterday I tried hooking up the display to an Apple Thunderbolt Display, and to my great ...
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Can't connect my Mac Pro4 to a Wifi

I've always had an Ethernet cable to connect to, until now. There is a wireless Internet signal at my location but I think this computer may not have the hardware to connect? I don't see the antenna ...
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SSD adapter for optical drive

I'm going to add a SSD drive to my macbook pro. I'm wondering if the optical drive adapter can have any influence on the disk speed, taking it down from a SATA III to a SATA II or I.
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What kit enables iPhone or iPad use for wearable computing?

I am wondering if there are wearable computer kits for the iPhone or iPad, or are there resources on how to do it. I would like to be able to, at a bare minimum, type text while walking, possibly do ...
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Which wifi repeater to buy that can be OS X configured?

I need to extend my Wi-Fi and would like the type that just plugs into the mains. I cannot find a repeater or extender that does not use Windows to configure. Is there a repeater or extender which ...
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Full size keyboard with built in stand for iPhone?

I'm looking for bluetooth keyboards for use with my iPhone. I'd like a full size keyboard that has a built in iPhone stand. Everything I've found so far with a built in stand is almost full size but ...