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Max on Macs
Mar 8, 2006, 05:19 PM
Hi guys,

This thread is just about my first impressions of the MacBook Pro. I've only had it 5 hours or so but I've had time to set it up and have a little look around.

Firstly the packaging, very slim, nice box, nothing particularl special but it's exciting to unwrap :D

Then there's the machine itself. It's amazingly thin. You've seen the photos, but you really need to see and feel the real thing to get how thin it is. It's thinner, I think, than the Samsung X series, which are the thinnest PC laptops I've known. And even if not thinner, it's much nicer looking than any PC I've ever owned, seen or heard of. The new power adapter is a bit bulky, but I've read somewhere that this has to do with the higher wottage of the new system, so I guess that's not something that could be avoided. The magnetic power connector is cool - something to play with when in class :D

Now down to what it's like to use. Now I have never used a G5 ok. The only other mac I've owned is a PowerBook G4 12-inch 1GHz from March 2003, so all of my comparisons are with that machie. Firstly, the speed. It's incredibly quick compared with the old G4. Even with Microsoft Office (which runs under Rosetta at the moment/ it performs at least as well (and I think better) than the G4 did. The keyboard - the backlight is the coolest thing, ever. I sat around switching the lights on and off for a while, then realised I was being a prat and got back to work. The screen is amazing. As thin as that of the old G4, but so much sharper, much better colour, and incredibly bright for a laptop display (heck, it's as bright as my LCD monitor). Wireless signal strength is better than that of my G4. Where I am now I am getting 4 bars whereas in the same place I would get 2 witht he G4. I've read about wireless issues with the Intel amcs but I haven't experienced any so far. And then there's the iSigit and PhotoBooth. The iSight is better than my stand alone webcam (some Logitech QuickCam thing) and yet it's a tiny little lens integrated into a uber thin display! Amazing. And the effects in PhotoBooth are a laugh. Now we just need Microsoft to release a Microsoft Messenger that supports webcams (iSight) for mac, since most of my contacts use Messenger rather than .Mac (since they use PCs mostly except the designers and any other sensible ones).

Things to moan about. Well, the only thing I can moan about is the trackpad. It's lovely and big, which is awesome for scrolling things. I like the way it's completely flat on the top of the machine, rather than being indented like on the G4. Only problem is, it's not. The top right corner sticks up a bit. I don't want to get my dad to drive me all the way to Manchester just to sort out a slightly sticking out trackpad, so i might call AppleCare tomorrow and see what they say.

So yeah, I can take photos tomorrow if anyone wants. I will report on battery life at some point, but right now it's claiming 1h 35m with Xcode, Safari and MS Word open and the display set to full brightness (and having been like this on battery for about 45m).

Thanks
Max



goodtimes5
Mar 8, 2006, 05:34 PM
I'm curious as to how the screen compares to the other PC laptops out there with the XBrite (I think that's what they call them) screens. Those screens are just so damn bright and sharp that it puts my iBook screen to shame.

Congratulations on the new laptop. Jealousy abounds.

Max on Macs
Mar 8, 2006, 05:39 PM
Hi,

I think you're talking about Sony's X-Brite and X-Black technology. I have had several Sony laptops with this technology as well as Samsung, Fujitsu, Toshiba, AlienWare and others, and while some of the Sony ones might be very slightly brighter, I really don't have any issues with this thing, much better than most laptop displays.

Hope that helps

blckout20
Mar 8, 2006, 05:39 PM
I'm still waiting for mine to ship but I'm glad that it sounds like it's great. This wait is becoming unbearable even though I ordered it only like a week ago. It's due to arrive at the end of the month, this is the longest March ever. What are your specs on your new MBP.

Max on Macs
Mar 8, 2006, 05:45 PM
Hi there,

Mine is the basic model (which is far from basic). That's the Intel Core Duo 1.83GHz, 512MB DDR2 RAM, 80GB SATA drive, SuperDrive and Radeon X1600 graphics. The only thing I might upgrade in the future I guess is the memory to 1GB, but I don't think I'll need it just yet. I also got .Mac and AppleCare Protection Plan. I went to the shop in Manchester to buy mine though. I didn't want to order online - looked at the site, 2 to 3 weeks shipping, and nearly fainted. But the shops are pretty low supply - the man who looked like he was responsible for these things said they only had 4 left and that I was very lucky to have gotten one.

ero87
Mar 8, 2006, 05:46 PM
haha i had to look up "prat" (sorry, i'm american) with safari's built-in dictionary... and apparently, it means:
1) a person's buttocks
2) brit. An incompetent, stupid, or foolish person; an idiot.

Just another reason to love macs :) i'm glad you like your mbp!

Kingsly
Mar 8, 2006, 07:18 PM
I am so jealous. I don't know why I even read these reviews, it is torture.
Apparently I am a masochist.

Great review, by the way.

m-dogg
Mar 8, 2006, 07:32 PM
good to hear your reception is nice!

After G
Mar 8, 2006, 07:41 PM
I am so jealous. I don't know why I even read these reviews, it is torture.
Apparently I am a masochist.

Great review, by the way.No kidding. I want a new Mac so badly, after getting to use a Quad G5 that wasn't mine. That thing was awesome.

deebster
Mar 9, 2006, 08:37 AM
haha i had to look up "prat" (sorry, i'm american) with safari's built-in dictionary... and apparently, it means:
1) a person's buttocks
2) brit. An incompetent, stupid, or foolish person; an idiot.


LOL, and I thought I was a true Brit.

I've never heard prat used to describe someone's buttocks.

You live and learn :)