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Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by boostmiser, Apr 13, 2010.
What was the deal-breaker for you to pass on the 13"?
Though I might have gone with it if it had gotten a res-bump.
Resolution. 1280*800 really doesn't cut it anymore.
I want to vote for CPU and GPU. Neither are enough of an upgrade, especially considering the other offerings out there that show what IS possible.
CPU, Graphics, and anti-glare.
BTW, where does Apple come off charging MORE for the anti-glare option? Do you or do you not get less hardware in the form of the missing glass panel ??
Still not sure if I am going to pass, but if so, I would say "a combination of the above".
It's a tie between the CPU and the lack of 7200 RPM HDDs.
I'm so damn disappointed. I was looking to get a 13" ASAP, but with these crummy specs I may as well wait and see what the refreshed standard Macbook looks like spec-wise.
The GPU is also disappointing, but it's not a deal breaker.
LUCIDEDIT: If it had had either of the aforementioned deal breakers for me, I would have settled ( would still be bitching, but I would have settled).
CPU plain and simple, the GPU would be fine for me. But to get a price hike along with yet another C2D really hurt. Its £1000 in the UK and thats a serious wedge for a c2d laptop (albeit the best designed 13" in production). I am still undecided about whether to order or not. The initial anger/frustration has now passed and I have gone madly scouring the web for a windows alternative, but I just can't bring myself to do it. At least I have my iMac to use, but seriously miss the convenience of a laptop since selling my 2.26 C2D MBP.
What to do...................
I'm sure there are many in the 'combo' pack (me too) but I wanted to isolate the real deal breaker...the one thing you can't live without on this refresh
Maybe you could live with the cpu but must have the high-res screen for photo editing? Maybe you could live with the cpu and glossy screen but not the gpu since you are a gamer? You get the idea.
anti glare and cpu options are the real issues. otherwise the update was fine.
anti glare is close second.
Unfortunately it was the price increase for me, everywhere else seems to have gotten same prices and maybe cheaper for the base 13" model, whereas the UK has gotten a £99 or so increase.
Maybe i'll see what eBay/refurbs has to offer me, I still want a 13" just at a lower price.
why the GPU? Apple actually upgraded it in comparison to the CPU
So does anyone think that there will be a minor refresh sometime before school starts up in the Fall? And if so, do you think they'd ditch the C2D and put in an iX chip?
I'm really disappointed they didn't throw in an i3 or i5, or at least give the option. Do you think they may bump the 13" to one of these by Fall?
I doubt it...they went through the trouble of getting a custom (albeit underwhelming) graphics solution made specifically to work with the Core 2 setup. They won't be updating these for a while.
The 13" won't be my main computer. Performance isn't what I'm concerned about BUT that doesn't mean I'm happy about the lack of the i3. And just how good is an i3 over the offered 2.4 C2D? I really want to what we're missing. I do like seeing the 10hr battery because I was telling my friend how I wished the 13" had the battery life the iPad got.
I'd also like to see a matte option as well. I'm okay with the glass screen. I love the glass screen on my iMac over my G4's matte screen. Images are sharper.
But I'll still buy one when the free iPod promo comes back this summer.
UK prices are disgusting. It went up from around £900 to £1000 for the base model. In the US, the Base model is $1199 which works out to about £770. I am not going to pay £230 more for something that is £230 less... It's as if we're paying for what has been upgraded on top of the old prices.
For that £230 I could get a new ipod or something else. Unless I get a friend to bring one back for me from America, I'm not going to be ripped off.
To add, I'd be paying £1000 for a C2D laptop... Eh?
I totally agree with you. I was up for paying the premium for the apple product, as long as the price stayed the same/dropped. However, when it went up in the UK and stayed the same in the US I was furious.
Unfortunately I don't have any friends in America to buy me one, nor do I want to go through the hassle of import dax/duties by importing one.
Missing Option on Poll
To be fair, I think the poll should have included an option for people, who are in my position. While slightly disappointed in the processor, I have put off buying a replacement for a long time and do not find any of these traits to be an absolute deal-breaker. I need the most portable MBP available and will be buying the 13" despite it's minor flaws.
Seems like a good update that will keep the core market very happy. What do people really need with a iX processor, increased resolution and antiglare screen on a 13" laptop?!?
Some people want power and portability in a 13" laptop. Is that really so surprising? For some, it's not even that you need those upgrade, but the fact that you are still paying a premium price for a laptop with.. let's just say non-premium specs. Not to say that this hasn't been the case for a long time, because Apple are known for doing this, but it is frustrating this time round.
I drank the kool-aid after the announcement and put my Macbook Pro on sale. Now a few hours after the effect has worn off, and I think I won't swap after all. Not a sufficient upgrade for the whole machine.
Who knows. The angst is kind of amazing to me. I mean we're talking a MACBOOK PRO portable at $1200. This is pretty much Apple's entry-level notebook. I had to use an education discount to get my $1799 MBP three years ago, and it didn't have these specs.
I was amused in another thread that had performance on certain video games. Let me tell you that if you want to play these top-notch games, DON'T GET A NOTEBOOK. They're really not made for it. The processors get so much hotter running that stuff and I'm thinking playing WOW so much on mine has probably contributed to its recent troubles. I'm also betting it's part the old video adapter and part "stuff just breaks."
Apple really dropped the ball on this one.
I love how every other tool on MR uses the reference of a mass suicide to iterate his or her petty distaste of everything apple does.