Oct 13 2012
Apple MacBook Pro 13″ 2.5GHz Dual-Core i5 (MD101LL/A) $1,199
 

13.3 MacBook Pro dual-core Intel Core i5 2.5GHz  8GB RAM  500GB 5400-rpm hard drive  Intel HD Graphics 4000  Mac OS X Lion

One would think that it would be hard to improve on a great line of products, but year after year the team at Apple find a way, and they have added some powerful features to the next-generation of their MacBook Pro line of laptops. This 13 MacBook Pro (MD101LL/A) has everything youve ever looked for in an Apple computer, plus a whole lot more. Extremely fast processor upgrades, integrated HD graphics, super fast hard drive storage, USB 3.0 connections, and more. This generation of the MacBook Pro is ready for high-level performance. Top-of-the-line processors.The 13-inch model also speeds things up with either the 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 or the 2.9GHz Intel Core i7 the fastest mobile dual-core processor available. With Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6GHz, these processors bring more power to everything you do. Learn more about processor performanceThe very latest graphics.The new integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 processor boosts performance by up to 60 percent. That extra power gives you a smoother, more fluid experience than before. Its still highly efficient, too, so you get long battery life when youre out and about.The fastest, most versatile I/O in a notebook.Imagine accessing multiple streams of uncompressed HD video from your MacBook Pro at speeds that let you edit an HD feature film in real time. Thunderbolt technology allows you to connect the high-performance peripherals that make it possible. Ultrafast and ultra flexible, the Thunderbolt pipeline is up to 12 times faster than FireWire 800 and offers unprecedented expansion capabilities.FaceTime HD camera. Say hi in high def.Get more of your friends in on the fun with crisp, widescreen HD video. The picture is so clear, it will look and feel almost like youre in the same room. You can make 720p HD calls from your MacBook Pro to any Mac with a FaceTime HD camera. You can also make video calls to iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch, and other Intel-based Mac computers.Multi-Touch trackpad. Be more hands-on.The Multi-Touch trackpad is the most natural way to interact with whats on your screen, and the smooth glass surface gives you plenty of room for gestures. Pinch to zoom in and out, swipe to flip through photos, rotate to adjust an image, and much more. The buttonless design lets you click anywhere. And if youre coming from a right-click world, you can right-click with two fingers or configure a right-click area on the trackpad. The more you use the Multi-Touch trackpad, the more youll wonder how you ever did without it.A long-lasting battery. Charge less. Do more.MacBook Pro delivers amazing battery life. And thats with more powerful processors and faster graphics than ever. An energy-efficient processor architecture with an integrated video encoder, along with automatic graphics switching in the 15-inch model, helps improve battery life. So you can get up to 7 hours on a single charge.Its very well connected.MacBook Pro automatically finds available networks and allows you to join them.


Apple MacBook Pro 13″ 2.5GHz Dual-Core i5 (MD101LL/A)


Apple MacBook Pro 13″ 2.5GHz Dual-Core i5 (MD101LL/A) Standard

Here is how I did it:

1. Check to see if your local Fry’s has the Macbook Pro in “theoretical” stock. This means the frys.com site says that it is in stock but then when you order it and select in-store pick up you end up with an email that tells you it is NOT available. Also, you should be able call the local number and ask if the SKU# 7091541 is in stock and on sale for $999. The phone agent should confirm what the frys.com check says which is “available”. This is clearly some glitch in the Fry’s database but this is perfect for the price matching.

This is very important because BestBuy calls Fry’s to make sure it is in stock but they call the same number you do. This is part of their Price Match Policy. Products need to be in stock at a competitor’s store.

2. Call the BestBuy.com sales line at 1-888-237-8289 and place a phone order for in-store pick up on the Macbook Pro. Tell them you want them to price match Fry’s and tell them which local store says the have it. Once the phone agent confirms it they will take your payment information and charge your card and have it ready for pick up at your local BestBuy store. If for some reason they give you some crap about their Price Match Policy NOT working for Apple products you should ask to speak with a manager because that is NOT the case. Their policy does include Apple products!

On a side note: I ran into this issue while inside an actual BestBuy store and the sales associates passionately defended the fact that their policy does NOT cover Apple products. That sounded odd to me because the policy has an entire section dedicated to Price Match Policy exceptions and Apple products were not mentioned on the policy at all as an exception. <-- This pissed me off because I walked out of the store and had to go through the phone order instead which took an extra 30-45 minutes. 3. Go to your local BestBuy and pick up your new Macbook Pro!

Fry’s has a current deal for $999.99 a savings of about $200.

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