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My 2 cents
Authored by: randalla on Oct 14, '08 09:11:01PM

I currently own a MacBook Pro (first of the peryn versions, with a Matte screen) and a late 2007 iMac 24". My personal opinion of this new model is that it's pretty sweet, and if I didn't have the MBP I would seriously consider getting one of these new models. Here's why:

1) From my experience with the iMac (glass/glossy) I know that it works very well in both natural light, incandescent bulb light and office florescent lighting. I've never had glare with it unless I had the sun directly on the thing (which nothing in my opinion stands up to).

2) The only hint of glare that I get is at the bottom corners of my iMac's screen and I believe it's more to do with the angle than anything else. It is pretty big.

3) My wife's MacBook, which is glossy obviously, never seems to suffer from a lot of glare in the situations that she's been around. She also is a professional graphic artist dealing with nearly all the CS3 apps on a daily basis.

4) The display port on the MB and MBP (not to be confused with the previous mini-DVI that my wife's MB has as well as my iMac) is a very welcome addition. Yes, it's not all that interesting to previous MBP owners since they had full DVI, but on the MB side of things (and I'm assuming future iMacs) it means that you can run full 30" displays and larger now.

5) The backlighting on the chicklet keyboard works a LOT better than the outgoing model's keyboard. This was from my experience with the MBA.

6) The graphics potential of the MBP seems almost too much. Good for gamers (me at times) and anyone else that can utilize the GPUs on it (3D, CS4, etc)

7) if it feels anywhere as rigid as the MBA, both the MB and MBP are going to be amazing to move around. To this day, I'm still amazed at how amazingly solid the MBA felt; how secure it felt in the hand. To me, having something that flexes when you pick it up to put it away gets old after awhile. Not that the previous generations did much, but they do in comparison to the air.

Now, here's my reservations on the MB:

My opinion is that you are getting less for the MB than the outgoing model. It's lost FW, and with it target disk mode. To me, the latter is more important than losing FW itself.

With that, it also seems more expensive than the previous model for what you get. My feeling is that this new fabrication process is still expensive, as well as coupling it with green technologies which is one of the reasons behind the glass screen (at least on the iMac). Those costs seem to be more pronounced on the MB than on the MBP.

Last thoughts:

The new track pad is something that I have to play with before I make any decisions on. If it works, then great, but if it turns out to be clunky when doing more complicated things, that's going to be a real show stopper to me when I go to get a replacement for my current MBP in a few years (they do last).

Adam.

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My 2 cents
Authored by: randalla on Oct 14, '08 09:13:04PM

One final thing: The pictures that have been taken of these new books I don't think do them justice. If you are lamenting them, that's fine, but you should at least give them the benefit of the doubt by checking them out first hand.

Adam.

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