Got my self a MacBook…

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by alphaod, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. alphaod macrumors Core

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    So I finally moved from a piece of shhh…

    Yeah I never posted one of these, but I figured I'd do that now that I just bought a polycarbonate MacBook today. What can I say; I love this machine; it's pretty fast and it does what I need!
     
  2. iknowyourider macrumors 6502a

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    :eek:Why didn't you do a simple MRoogle search? You already posted this a dozen times! Just Kidding.

    Did you get the new 2.0?
     
  3. claimed4all macrumors 6502

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    Polycarbonate Rules!!!

    You made a wise choice.
     
  4. alphaod thread starter macrumors Core

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    Yeah; I was wanting to get a Mac mini for a while; then I said why bother; then I looked at the Marketplace and ebay for good deals; I couldn't justify spending $700 for a used machine. So I closed my eyes…

    No seriously; yeah I needed a compact "desktop" so this is what I got. I didn't have a monitor for a Mac mini anyways. I'll probably give it to my mother when the PowerBook I gave her to learn with breaks.

    This computer is kicking ass. And it's got Firewire. :D
     
  5. claimed4all macrumors 6502

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    Never thought firewire was a big deal, until I started using it for External Drives, it makes a world of difference speed wise, I see why there was an outcry for removing it.
     
  6. alphaod thread starter macrumors Core

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    Had Apple kept Firewire in the aluminium MacBook, I may have considered it.
     
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  8. Bob Loblaw macrumors regular

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    I just got my polycarbonate MacBook on Friday. My very first Mac! And now, of course, I'm completely addicted. I'm at work right now on my Windows XP office computer and I am miserable. I wish we had iMacs here.
     
  9. GfulDedFan macrumors 65816

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    I have the 1,1 Core Duo and wanting to upgrade to the new 2.0 NVidia equipped one but I just can't justify the purchase yet because mine runs so well and still has AppleCare. If it were to have some sort of accident though........:cool:

    Congrats on yours and enjoy!
     
  10. tubbymac macrumors 65816

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    Grats on the purchase. The updated plasticbook with the nvidia card is probably Apple's most reasonably priced computer yet.
     
  11. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    If only the white MacBook had the new trackpad it would be perfect.
     
  12. alphaod thread starter macrumors Core

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    Then it really wouldn't be worth $300 for just the unibody.

    Now have a few gripes about this computer after using it for a full day:
    1) Keyboard feels mushy and cheap; I was complaining about the chiclet keys before because these keys felt cheap; then they put it on the unibody machines and I thought I was wrong—now I'm sure these keys just suck.
    2) Trackpad button is kind of unresponsive; don't care about multitouch since I've never used it in the first place; I like keyboard shortcuts.
    3) View angles on the screen as just abysmal.
    4) Edges are pretty sharp; people complained and I thought it was just people being silly and all; I don't even rest my wrist on the edges, but sometimes brushing against it hurts.

    And then a few more issues probably just with this computer:
    4) Battery doesn't sit flush; it's sticks out by about 1mm on the side where the coin-slot is.
    5) Lid is definitely not even straight; forget the complaints about the lid sticking up on one side; this whole thing is shifted to the right my about 2mm—that's pretty bad I can feel the sharp edges when the computer is closed.

    What I like:
    1) Terrific battery life; I never knew the battery could last this long.
    2) Powerful yet, modest; can take to class and around and people don't even look at me anymore; I like that.
    3) Plays anything and everything I've thrown at it so far.
    4) Very quiet, runs cools, and no funky noises.
    5) I can finally use the computer lying down on the bed with the computer angled up!
    6) It's ready for Open CL.
    7) It's got Firewire!

    Somethings I can't really complain about:
    1) Comes with a good amount of RAM for most people; 2GB is enough for almost anything. I've had a few times I've needed more than 2GB, but just a few, so I don't see the need to upgrade. Maybe if the opportunity arises, I may buy more RAM.
    2) I don't know how good or bad the stock HDD was because the first thing I did was swap out the HDD for a 250GB model I had lying around.
    3) AC adapter is the same size as the 85W adapter and there are no markings that indicate the wattage on the adapter; now I have to check to make sure I bring the right adapter around.
    4) I now have to spend like $200 on adapters: miniDisplayPort to VGA, to DVI, to DVI dual-link; miniDVI to VGA, to DVI; Firetruck this shhh.

    Anyways, I love this machine otherwise and I'll probably keep it; well until my mother asks why I have 4 computers and then I'll have to give this one to her. :rolleyes:
     
  13. uiop. macrumors 68020

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    Congratz on the purchase. I can agree with the mushy keyboard feel...I used my sister's MacBook for a day and was surprised. I think as a whole, the computer is built cheaper than the MacBook Pro, rightfully so.

    Wait...so people looked at you because you had a MBP? Interesting. I wish it worked that way where I live. ;)
     
  14. JamesGorman macrumors 65816

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    congrats on the purchase. The mush feeling of the keyboard is exactly why i opted for the alu macbook, I just thought the build quality was much better than the polycarbonate whitebook, but hey, whatever you like. congrats again on buying the mac:)
     
  15. GfulDedFan macrumors 65816

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    In the case of using the 85W with your MacBook, you're fine. It's just the other way... don't use the 65W with your MBP.
     
  16. mknawabi macrumors 6502

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    Is polycarbonate the new euphemism for plastic? ;)
     
  17. JamesGorman macrumors 65816

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    I just like to sound smart:p
     
  18. alphaod thread starter macrumors Core

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    It's even worse when I travel; people give you that look.

    Polycarbonate is a specific type of plastic.
     
  19. kabunaru Guest

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    For $300 less. :eek: How surprising! :D

    Just had to put that there.
     
  20. JamesGorman macrumors 65816

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    excuse my stupid question lol, but what type of look are you all talking about?
     
  21. mknawabi macrumors 6502

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    I knew that... And your point is? ;)
     
  22. dL. macrumors 6502

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    Is Firewire really that much faster than USB 2.0? I thought the bottleneck of most external hard drive isn't in the transfer rate of the port itself but rather the rpm of the hard drive.

    dL
     
  23. dL. macrumors 6502

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    I strongly agree. I'm just waiting for some alu Macbook refresh then I'm jumping on the alu boat. I don't care about FW as I've never used one myself.

    dL
     
  24. JamesGorman macrumors 65816

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    I dont believe it is a whole whack faster, but i think it has more to do with the sustained transfer rates. USB fluctuates a lot more than firewire would.
     
  25. alphaod thread starter macrumors Core

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    Just stating the facts; not sure if you knew or not; I can't detect sarcasm in your questions.
     

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