Is the MBP a desktop replacement?

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  1. Spies macrumors regular

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    Just asked a friend and he didn't think so because its not 'chunky' enough, but I thought desktop replacement referred the the power of the computer in which case it would be? Also if it can't be used on your lap without discomfort it's not a laptop in my oppinion.

    Can anyone post their thoughts on this?
     
  2. Lau Guest

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    I see "desktop replacement" as a comment on the power and the screen size, personally, rather than chunkiness. It's a good thing it's not chunky, whichever way you look at it. :)
     
  3. jacobj macrumors 65816

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    The term definately refers to the power of the machine, not the thickness of it. I would argue that the MBP is an iMac replacement, so I suppose the asnwer is yes it is.

    Of course if you mean a PowerMac Quad with the top-of-the-line GPU in it, then the answer is no.

    I don't like the term "desktop replacement" anyway. It is all so dependent on other things that the term is misguiding at best and just plain wrong at worst.
     
  4. kretzy macrumors 604

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    Yeah, it just means it has the ability to replace a desktop computer without too much loss of power. I guess chunkiness used to be associated with a laptop "desktop replacement", but the times they are a changin'
     
  5. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah, that's not very cool logic. I mean, the mini is a desktop yet it's not chunky. So, who's to say a desktop replacement has to be chunky...
     
  6. Spies thread starter macrumors regular

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    So are there many people here who use it as a DTR?
     
  7. kretzy macrumors 604

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    Well I only have a laptop, so I guess in a way that has replaced my need for a desktop. Also, seeing as the specs of the new MacBook Pros are essentially the same as the iMac they in a way "replace" desktops. They do not however act as a replacement for a PM.
     
  8. mark! macrumors 65816

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    Apple doesn't call them laptops, they call them 'books' or 'notebooks'.
     
  9. kretzy macrumors 604

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    They are still referred to as laptops as far as I know. And I've never heard them called just "books". :confused:
     
  10. mark! macrumors 65816

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    PowerBooks iBooksMacBooks
    that is what I meant by adding the 'book' part.

    Apple hasn't called any of their notebooks a laptop for a while, but everyone else refers to them as laptops, ...including me. But I was just mentioning it...
     
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    The MBR is only a proper DTR laptop if it had a better graphics card (like the X1800M). At the moment it is more in the thin notebook category.
     
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    It depends on what you're doing with your desktop. The majority of computer users don't come close to maxxing out their CPU and memory that often.

    I've used a Powerbook G4 for the past 2 years rather than having a desktop at home without any problems. There have been a few times where slightly more speed would have helped (encoding video etc) but they haven't been regular enough for me to give up the portability factor.
     
  13. jadekitty24 macrumors 65816

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    Wow...that made me laugh out loud. Not chunky enough? I guess I missed that in the "Desktop Requirements" manual.
    Anyway, I personally don't consider my Powerbook to be a desktop replacement. I use it for mobile computing. A desktop is a desktop and a notebook is a notebook. There's certain advatages and disadvatages to each.
     
  14. NeuronBasher macrumors regular

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    It is absolutely a desktop replacement. My previous desktop is an Athlon 64 3200 with 2GB of RAM, 300GB of HD, and an nVidia 6800 Ultra. I do not miss it one bit -- my MBP is considerably faster. Granted, part of that is the simple joy of being able to use OSX as my primary desktop again, but even taking that into account it's a very capable replacement for the vast majority of desktop users out there.
     
  15. loveAffair macrumors newbie

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    the MBP is very powerful. the performance (especially considering it's a mobile chip) is basically on par with an amd x2 4200+. once a lot of the mainstream software becomes universal binaries, this thing will fly. on native app-testings, the core duo was basically on par with a powermac dual-processor g5. i saw this link somewhere but don't have it now

    but here's the core duo compared to 2 amd x2 chips

    http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=2648&p=14

    i ordered mine yesterday 2.0ghz 7200rpm hdd. And i definitely will be using it to replace my desktop (ancient pc :( ) but will still might need to use it at times. i was actually saving money to build a custom pc with an amd x2 because i wanted it for gaming. but once the mbp's came out, i had a change of heart. if you're in the hunt for a laptop, the mbp is a great choice.
     
  16. Spies thread starter macrumors regular

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    MBP Hard Drives are 5200rpm aren't they? That's why they're slightly slower than the imac's that require lots of disc i/o?
     
  17. StarbucksSam macrumors 65816

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    Personally, I think anything bigger than than 12" iBook is a desktop replacement... so in my mind, YES.
     
  18. loveAffair macrumors newbie

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    the standard hdd for the MBP is a 80gb and 120gb hdd @ 5400rpm, for the 1.8ghz and 2.0ghz respectively. i chose the 2.0ghz MBP and changed the hdd to the 100gb @7200rpm drive. it is bto (built to order). kinda like customizing the MBP. it adds $200/$100 for the 1.8ghz/2.0ghz.

    hope this clears any misunderstanding. :)
     
  19. sunfast macrumors 68020

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    I'd consider it powerful enough to use as a desktop replacement, certainly.

    In fact I plan to replace my iMac with a smaller MBP (if we ever get one) and an external display.
     
  20. Spies thread starter macrumors regular

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    I meant 5400rpm :eek:
     
  21. nbs2 macrumors 68030

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    To echo a lot of others, i think DTR-vana is achieved when you have a lappy that will do sufficient that you do not need to get a desktop. For me, that means that my PB/1.25 is a DTR (even if I could use a bit more RAM).

    To be a general DTR, I think I understand your friend's point - it doesn't "feel" like a DT. I think a general DTR has enough power that a reasonable buyer would think "This is a great deal! I get a DT and lappy for just a little more than a lappy would normally cost!" So yes - I say the MBP is a DTR.
     
  22. nylon macrumors 6502a

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    I definitely think the MBP is worthy of being a desktop replacement. However, I'm a little confused why they made it 0.1 inches thinner than the previous powerbook, since the thinness of the machine causes it to forego a DL Superdrive. That was a bonehead move if I ever saw one.
     
  23. Chaszmyr macrumors 601

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    The MacBook Pro has a very fast processor and graphics card, as well as an option for a 7200rpm hard drive. Moreover, it has DVI-Out that can drive a 30'' display. It may not be a Quad PowerMac replacement, but it's most certainly a desktop replacement in every relevant way. As for the size of the machine meaning anything independent of the specs and upgradeability, that's just idiotic.
     
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