Is a lighter MacBook likely?

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  1. razbox macrumors newbie

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    I just got a new MacBook black today via the website, and after 3 hours have decided to return it.

    Whilst it's a gorgeous machine with lots of great things, the main problems for me are:
    1. software problems - eg wmv files not playing very well, Microsoft Office still slow, I have to pay to get Universal apps like Final Cut Pro...
    2. the battery gets very hot - too hot for lap use
    3. but worst of all, it's too heavy for me to lug around the world on my travels...

    I guess I'll have to continue using my Dell X1 which is only 1.2kg (but it's slower, boring, and I have to put up with Dell & Windows).

    Are Apple likely to bring out a light machine? I had one in the 90s, a Powerbook Duo 280c!
     
  2. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    If Apple comes out with something lighter and less expensive, it would likely be in the education niche.

    The MacBook is nice, but can't quite compete with the Dell for school contracts.

    However, I wouldn't count on too much smaller or lighter -- just less expensive.
     
  3. interlaced macrumors 6502a

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    I hope they make a lighter Macbook. I wanted to get one myself but I thought about the same issues you did. Also, I want to wait until at least the new revs.
     
  4. cyberdogl2 macrumors regular

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    hopefully the new revs will come before the educational promotion ends. That said, no, a lighter Macbook doesn't seem that likely.
     
  5. Danksi macrumors 68000

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    There's always a trusty ol' 12-inch iBook/PowerBook. :)
     
  6. Bubbasteve macrumors 65816

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    I really hate to come across as a jerk but I don't really think that 5.2 pounds is that heavy to carry around, especially if it's going to be carried in a backpack of some sort.
     
  7. Josh396 macrumors 65816

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    I agree. For the feature of the Macbook I don't think 5 pounds is that heavy at all. I have books for school that weigh more.
     
  8. cyberdogl2 macrumors regular

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    i also agree. i mean, you're not gonna be lifting it the whole time you're using it. Perhaps a gym membership is in order.
     
  9. zap2 macrumors 604

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    Come on its what 5.2 pounds? Unless you have a disablity, a 5.2Lbs should not make that big of a deal.. but if it does to you pick up a iBook
     
  10. coffey7 macrumors 6502a

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    +1
     
  11. bodeh6 macrumors 6502a

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    If you complain of the weight of the MacBook my suggestion is to work out. just over 5 lbs is not that much. My little sister who is almost 1/2 my size lugs here 7.9 lb Dell around campus all the time in her backpack.

    WORK OUT!
     
  12. JimmyB248 macrumors regular

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    1. Flip4Mac have just released a beta universal program that would let you run the WMV files juuust fine. Microsoft Office I have used myself on a MB and it really isn't that slow, and you need it so bad that you'll change back to a Dell, why don't you just install Bootcamp and run it off XP, full speed that way I believe.
    You have to pay for FCP? You're kidding right...you expect it free?

    2. Google this, some people have reported a plastic covering on the hinge that traps the heat, my own MBP can get quite hot, but not that bad really.

    3. Come on...

    :D
     
  13. FleurDuMal macrumors 68000

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    It is quite shocking the way Apple make people pay for its software. How they get away with it I'll never understand :rolleyes:
     
  14. Spectrum macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, but:

    A: it is heavier than both the 12"iBook and the 12"PB it replaces.
    B: by going intel, they could have made it really svelte.

    Not everybody needs a 2.0Ghz Core Duo, but many people would appreciate OSX. Apple could use the ultra low voltage 1.67Ghz CD chip, keep the integrated graphics, drop goodies like FW800 (;)), drop the glossy screen, drop the iSight, drop the optical in/out, make the battery smaller/lighter to match the ULV chip, and keep the 2.5" drive (with multi-sized options).

    I would love the power of a 15" PB (or better) in a sub-4lb package. And I'm sure many would pay a premium for such a light machine. Ultra-light Sony's are not at all cheap, and this would run OSX :).
     
  15. calebjohnston macrumors 68000

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    I really can't believe the things people complain about. It's like 5 pounds. How much lighter can it get?
     
  16. Spectrum macrumors 6502a

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    The 12" PB introduced, what, THREE years ago, was 4.6 lbs.

    I'm not saying they (Apple) can make it sub-5lbs for the same price, but they certainly could make a lighter (if more expensive) laptop.
     
  17. MacsomJRR macrumors 6502a

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    I think they are going to stick with this model for a while. A smaller, lighter laptop doesn't seem possible right now considering the size of the MB.
     
  18. FleurDuMal macrumors 68000

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    Perhaps Apple didn't see much of a market for them in the ultraportable range? Although of course there a many exceptions to this rule, from what I can tell most of Apples customer-base are either students or professional/amateur digital artists. Neither of these I don't think would really appreciate a stripped down, very basic notebook where must performance was sacrificed for size.
     
  19. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Yes... but it has a smaller screen and battery. And an aluminum case.

    I think 5.2 pounds is pretty good, given all that it provides. Heck, people'd probably even buy it if they bumped it up to 5.3 pounds and added a decent graphics card.
     
  20. Maxiseller macrumors 6502a

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    Are you guys kidding suggesting the OP go to the gym and work out? What absolute nonsense.

    Have you considered that, while i agree, 5 pounds isn't that much - it IS a lot when combined with a couple of other textbooks, and all the other things that one tends to carry in a backpack. Throw in a flask and lunchbox and you have a regular posture killer.

    Sony, Dell and many other manufacturers make light notebooks. The fact is (fanboys aside) Apple needs to step up to the mark.
     
  21. zap2 macrumors 604

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  22. Spectrum macrumors 6502a

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    Not really. OSX works plenty fine on a 1.67 single-core G4 Powerbook. Going dual-core at the same speed should be more than enough to see a better performance in areas where it is most noticeably lacking on the PB (e.g. fast multitasking).
    Fair points.... dropping the other stuff might trim some costs (although keeping them would help justify the higher price needed to cover costs of a more niche product).

    End point is: if they dropped the guts of a Macbook (with a ULV 1.67chip) into a 12"PB, surely there would be room to spare, and thus-case weight to be saved.
     
  23. zap2 macrumors 604

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    Ya, i forgetting the power of these new intels:rolleyes: But i'd love a 12'' intel Mac.
     
  24. benthewraith macrumors 68040

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    No, it wouldn't compete with Dell for school contracts, but I actually found out you spend more on laptops with school contracts than you do with actually just getting the laptop sometimes. I got two hundred off my Mac. :)
     
  25. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Well, given that (a) Apple makes but one consumer laptop and will only make one for the foreseeable future, (b) the MBs are selling like hot cakes, and (c) people are already complaining about the lack of 'decent' graphics, I don't think anyone should be holding their breath for a smaller, less featured consumer laptop to arrive on the scene.
     

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