likely spec of the new MBP?

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  1. fluidedge macrumors 65816

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    so we all know it's coming soon, would anyone like to speculate on the spec?

    I'm thinking:

    15"
    2.4/2.6 GHz Penryn
    2GB/4GB Standard/Option
    250/320GB HDD
    64GB Solid state option (V. Pricey)

    17"
    2.8 Penryn
    2GB/4GB Std/Optn
    250GB/320GB Std option
    no solid state option (people getting the 17" will need space)

    Thats about it, nothing very exciting, spec wise - just overall bumps on most options.

    What do you *think* will be the spec, not what would you *like* the spec to be (so no blu-ray wingers please)
     
  2. iDAG macrumors 65816

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    It will be 2.5GHz and 2.6GHz Core 2 Duo with only 2GBs of memory in each model with 160GB and 200GB hard drives. I think you are a little too hopeful. ;)
     
  3. Shannighan macrumors 6502a

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    i have a couple problems with this

    i dont think any of the pro line will get the ssd, they just are not big enough and since most pro software is 2- 40 gigs in size and osx is like 20 gigs, it just wouldnt be practical.


    the processors sound about right though i dont think the 17" will come standard with 2.8 ghrz.

    the hard drives are too big to be standard.

    i think it will be 160/ 200gig standard 15.4"
    200gig standard 17"

    im hoping for a 1680x1050 15.4" panel upgrade option.
     
  4. iDAG macrumors 65816

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    I would hope that soon Apple will increase the resolution in their displays. I'm starting to see other computer companies come out with computers with the same screen sizes but with a higher resolution screen.
     
  5. Shannighan macrumors 6502a

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    please show me a computer company that comes standard with a 1680x1050 resolution
    or even show me a computer company that has a laptop with a 15.4 screen that has a 1440x900 resolution!
    i have looked at so many laptops and they all have 1280x800 screen resolutions (yes i am aware of companies like alienware and voodoo that have high resolution monitors, but the prices are also extremely high)

    sorry, im trying to "attack" yu, but so many people think that all these companies are using higher resolution screens when they are not.
     
  6. iDAG macrumors 65816

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    The MacBook Pro has a 1400x900 resolution screen on the 15.4 inch.
     
  7. josh4184 macrumors newbie

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    Long Time Reader, First Time poster... The dell XPS1530 offers a high res 1680X1050 screenw/2mp camera for a 100$ as a option.
     
  8. Shannighan macrumors 6502a

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    here is a list:

    ALL 15.4" screens:

    Alienware and they had a $2150 computer with a screen resolution of 1440x900
    upgrade option for a 1920x1200 screen for a cool $300 more.

    VooDoo pc mere $2716 with a screen resolution of 1440x900

    Dell: $1000- $1400 stock all with 1280x800 res

    HP: like $450+ all 1280x800 res

    Sony: $950- $2200+ all 1280x800

    Gateway: like $750- $1600+ with 1280x800

    Lenovo higher end models did offer 1680x1050 res with upgrade to 1920x1200 ($200), these ran at up to $1600+ but the base mdoels used 1280x800 at about $600+

    you see what im getting at? all the major companies dont use these higher resolution monitors, none offer upgrade service. and the ones that do offer same or higher resolutions cost more.
     
  9. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000

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    Resolution is a killer feature for me. I have a macbook 1280x800. If they stay at 1440x900 that's one major reason for me to upgrade gone. (I"m looking at a 15" please let there be an optional hi res option)
     
  10. Ant1-Hero macrumors regular

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    new video card?

    im very happy with mine, just curious
     
  11. Skyldig macrumors regular

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    Seriously... the WSXGA+ (1680*1050) resolution is a must for any computer today that want to call itself highend. Even for the 15.4".

    I really don't know any good US computersites since i'm from Denmark, but allthough we're usually a bit more expensive that US and bigger European countries, i can find at least 50 15.4" WSXGA+ (1680*1050) computers in the pricerange $1200-$1800.

    EDIT: Tried seachin' a bit.

    This is a Lenovo computer selling for $1379 with the 1680*1050 resolution on a 15.4" screen. (It was actually the first computer i clicked on at PCWorld.com so it wasn't hard to find)
    http://www.pcworld.com/product/specs/prtprdid,47414368/thinkpad_t61_notebook.html
    This is just an example...
     
  12. weyus macrumors member

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    I'm a little confused at the resolution talk on the MBP.

    I have a Dell Inspiron 8500 laptop from May of 2003 w/a 15.4" LCD display that does up to 1920x1200. This is the machine that I plan to replace with a MBP as soon as possible.

    So I'm surprised to see that the 1900 resolution on the MBP is a special option (unless of course it was for me 5 years ago when I bought my Dell).

    Are we talking about the "normal" or "standard" resolution that the MBP _best_ supports or are we talking about the _possible_ resolution values.

    Granted, 1920x1200 on a 15" screen is pretty brutal on the eyes :).

    Please educate me on how best to evaluate display specs. on the MBP.

    Thanks,
    Wes
     
  13. Shannighan macrumors 6502a

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    when you say your laptop can do up to 1920x1200 do you mean your actual screen resolution is at 1920x1200 or your laptop can support an external monitor at a resolution of 1920x1200, because i am not aware of a dell computer that has a 15.4" screen at 1920x1200 all are 1280x800


    go into the display setting and see what it says for your main display.
     
  14. 7even macrumors 6502a

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    The Dell Inspiron 8500 that he mentioned did indeed come with a WUXGA (1920x1200) screen :p

    Dunno about you guys, but I prefer 1440x900 on a 15" screen. Higher resolution is usually better, but 1680x1050 begins getting a bit small :p
     
  15. weyus macrumors member

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    Main display supports 1920x1200 and I'm typing to you using it even though my eyes are starting to water a bit :).

    Relevant quote from http://compreviews.about.com/cs/laptops/gr/aaprDellIn8500.htm

    "This screen is truly amazing with a total resolution of 1920x1200 which surpasses many desktop displays."

    Maybe Dell's gotten cheaper since 2003? This machine was the top of the line back then. And really only started to show its age about a year ago, if that.

    Wes
     
  16. Skyldig macrumors regular

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    Actually the Precision M4300 has the option for a WUXGA (1920x1200) display for $149 more. The 1680x1050 costs $70 extra.

    I really get disappointed if the newest Macbook Pro doesn't have 1680x1050 as standard, and 1920x1200 as optional.

    EDIT: damn... i'm to slow. Yea the 8500 has it too.
     
  17. weyus macrumors member

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    I'm looking at my order confirmation and it doesn't appear that I purchased the 1920x1200 as an option. But I'm sure it's possible that I did. I don't remember.

    Anyhow, I just don't want to feel like I have to pay to get what I had 5 years ago on this one aspect of the system.

    BTW, just in general, do I need to be careful which resolution I choose to "optimize" to on the MBP when I first get it? Apparently, this was the case with the Inspiron and I think I chose 1920 which is totally crazy, but the screen does look the best with that setting ('course I never use it :]).

    But just wondering if there's some decision that I need to make about resolution when I first get my MBP, finally, after all this freakin' wait :).

    Thanks,
    WG
     
  18. Shannighan macrumors 6502a

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    ooh i never checked the buisness models


    a 15.4" panel at 1920x1200 would be a little intense!
     
  19. Skyldig macrumors regular

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    Well... that something i can only agree on. It would be impossible to find the mouse ;) 1680x1050 will be sufficiant for most people on the 15.4" model. I really hope thay include it. :apple:
     
  20. weyus macrumors member

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    Why would we compare against Dell business models when we're talking about a MacBook _Professional_ model? That's just crazy talk ;).

    WG
     
  21. NKA macrumors member

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    I suspect the main problem at the moment is that Leopard is not Resolution Independent. Apparantly it was supposed to be, but the feature got delayed/dropped:mad:

    In all versions of Windows Win2k through to Vista on Hi-res screens 1600x1200 etc. you can change the DPI so the OS renders the screen using a larger scale. On Windows the default DPI is 96. The Mac OS I believe is set at 72DPI. By upping the DPI in windows everything on the screen is scaled. This included fonts, icons, dialogs etc. It can be a bit hit and miss in Windows as some applications are build by dev's that are not aware of Hi-Dpi settings.

    Currently on my Laptop (16" 1600x1200 + 1920x1200 external) I have the DPI set to 144DPI (150%). A lot of Windows users make the mistake of just changing the font and icon sizes, and then complain that they get eye strain:eek:

    I have seen there's some Terminal code for OSX 10 that allows you to use resolution indipendence to some extent. Hopfully OSX 11 will be fully Resolution Independent.

    Neal
     
  22. Eric Lewis macrumors 68020

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    my friend works for apple and got these specs


    Macbook Pro 15" 2299
    -2.8ghz
    -500gb drive
    -4gb ram

    Macbook Pro 17'' 2999
    -3.2ghz
    -1TB drive
    -8gb ram


    Ships in FEB
     
  23. Shannighan macrumors 6502a

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    that was the funniest thing i have ever read
     
  24. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    And where exactly are Apple going to get a 1TB laptop drive from that they can sell for $2999 along with all of the other components?

    As for the specs, I don't know if anyone else has noticed but Apple phased out nVidia graphics from the iMac line, perhaps the MacBook Pro will be next to get the shitfest that is the Radeon HD 2600 :(
     
  25. Eric Lewis macrumors 68020

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    its so true

    ill post some elevator pictures!
     

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