Ever use your notebook in public?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Fazzl, Aug 15, 2007.

  1. Fazzl macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2007
    Any of you use your computers in public? I have had laptops for years and still hardly ever take them to starbucks etc.
  2. XheartcoreboyX macrumors 6502a


    Jul 3, 2007
    i take it to Costage cafe like weekly,its very cool to use it in public and have fun surfing the net and chatting while have a coffee cup =),and all girls stare at the bright apple in the back lol:D
  3. teflon macrumors 6502a


    May 28, 2007
    Well my mb is the first laptop that I can take to public without the battery dying or generally embarrassing myself. My last laptop's battery lasted all of 3 minutes after less than 2 years of use :(. However, my mb is a pleasure to take out :D. I used it couple of times in the airport. I'm not too big on taking my laptop to starbucks and whatnot. My clumsy nature's gonna cause me to spill drinks all over the poor mb.
  4. 2fives macrumors regular

    Nov 7, 2006
    Surrey BC
    Never bring it out in public, over to friends sure. I'm not in school or need it for business, just mess around web surfing so I really don't need to bring it anywhere with me, just cool to play on at friends.
  5. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    My PowerBook comes everywhere with me and I'll happily sit in a cafe and use it.
  6. UrsaMajor macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2007
    Sure, that's why I got a Macbook for the portability. If you're concerned with someone stealing it get a lock. They take standard lockdowns (that hold in front of the headphone jack) you can loop around a table leg (check fleabay or you fav.computer dealer)

    Mine probably runs a greater risk at home where I'm eating my breakfast, holding coffee in one hand and typing lefty with the Macbook wobbling back and forth on the sofa cushion.
  7. Doylem macrumors 68040


    Dec 30, 2006
    Wherever I hang my hat...
    As a landscape photographer, I sometimes need to upload photos while I'm away from home, so I'll take my MBP into a pub and have a beer. But I don't want to impress people with a shiny computer (that's what my natural wit and rugged good looks are for :) ), so I retreat to the quietest corner.
  8. Akira1980 macrumors 6502


    May 27, 2007
    San Diego
  9. BioChron macrumors regular


    Jun 13, 2006
  10. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    Yes, university and sometimes in the centre of Oxford.
  11. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    This is an odd thread. Sure, I take mine out all the time. That's what it's for, right?
  12. dcv macrumors G3

    May 24, 2005
    I don't actually take my MBP out very much at all. Yes I've used it at the airport and coffee shops etc, taken it to work or other people's houses but for the most part it stays at home. If I had an ultraportable mac I'd be more inclined to carry that about!
  13. 7302473 Suspended

    Jun 11, 2007
    Not going to lie, i like to show off I have a mac :D hahaha

    When I walk into Starbucks or else where I make sure that the way I am holding the case it is in shows the apple logo to everyone lol

    Or at school I always pull out my macbook for absolutely no reason
  14. TsuaSai macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2006
    i carry mine mostly when I travel. Never had any issues. But in and airport or anywhere else I never let anyone watch my stuff. I carry it with me every time I have to pee. Not even good friends I would hate for them to start chatting and it get stolen. But thats just me.
  15. dsnort macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2006
    In persona non grata
    I do at times, if I have time to kill and something I need to get done.

    I would probably take it out more in public if I would clean it more often!:(
  16. quovadis macrumors regular


    Oct 30, 2006
    in PA
    I use it on a regular basis at our local Starbucks.
    It gets a lot of appreciative stares from patrons!
  17. Doctor X macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2007
    It is why I got a laptop in the first place.

    Now that places are becoming wireless, I take it everywhere--even to a local pub.

    I have had a few people remark about the "upside down :apple:" shinning in the darkness. . . .

  18. FleurDuMal macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2006
    London Town
    There's nothing more enjoyable than browsing the web on my Macbook whilst drinking a coffee at the Rays Jazz Cafe above the Foyles bookshop, whilst people watching all those walking down Charing Cross Rd.

  19. mpw Guest

    Jun 18, 2004
    I've used my MacBook all over, anywhere I can get a WiFi signal. Airports, McDonalds, car parks, the street, coffee shops, sitting in office doorways at 2am 'cause there was WiFi, back of a London cab at traffic lights giving the driver directions from Google Earth, checking a bus timetable at the bus stop etc. etc. My local coffee shop had a PC but it was always in use so I bought them a WiFi router so I could surf there on my MacBook. I'd take it with me even more if it where Asus U1F or Vaio TZ sized.
  20. Doctor X macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2007
  21. ezzie macrumors 68020


    Sep 7, 2006
    Baltimore, MD
    i don't take her out much, but then again i'm not the type to go to a coffee shop and hang out. :eek:

    when i'm traveling for work i have to dump photos, so i'll go have lunch and clear off my cards...but i never feel like people are paying attention to the fact that i'm using a mac. oh, and occasionally when i'm waiting to be picked up from a hotel i'll use my MBP in the lobby to check my e-mail.
  22. angrygolfer macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2007
    The only time I used mine out in "public" was when I was waiting on line for my iPhone on release day.
  23. cobravap macrumors regular

    Oct 30, 2006
  24. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    I use mine in public occasionally, in semi-public (e.g. at the University) frequently. It's funny that four year old iBooks still get notices and compliments. :)
  25. nateDEEZY macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    As often as I can, and as long as it's free. ;p

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