MacBookPro:Way cool or a big incovenience?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ggp759, Jun 24, 2007.

  1. ggp759 macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2007
    This is my first post. I have been a Windows user for years but I am thinking of giving Mac a go. I have my mind set on a 2.4 C2D 17' MBP with hi res glossy display and 7200 rpm HDD. Primarily I use my computer for watching large HD files be it 720p,1080i,1080p in mkv format. Also i use newsleecher a LOT. The reason i want to switch to Mac is their superior operating system and build quality. Is switching to Mac a good move as far as the tasks i want to use it the most are concerned? Thanks in advance. I hope this is the right forum for this kind of topic
  2. ggp759 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2007
  3. JellyFish macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2007
    I think it will be fine for that though I don't use mine for that. Right now I'm doing a ton of streaming video to my TV as I just bought an Apple TV and it totally kick ass.

    Don't worry about leaving Windows. With these new intel macs, Windows is there if you want/need it via Bootcamp or Parallels. So whatever you were doing on your old windows computer can be done exactly the same on your new mac.

    So I say go for it. With a new macbook pro, you will have it all - Mac OS X, Windows and even Linux if you want it via Parallels.
  4. ggp759 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2007
    Thanks for the reply. I am at the verge of buying one I just need a little reassurance.
  5. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    I vote way cool.

    However, I'll give you one piece of advice: DON'T get a glossy screen. They suck. Go matte, instead. You will thank me later.
  6. ggp759 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2007
    I am not quite sure about that. I have a matte screen now for my PC and when i watched the same video file on a glossy laptop i was surprised by how much better it looked.
  7. JellyFish macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2007
    I went with matte for mine as I cannot abide glare. It drives me crazy! Your mileage may vary but I will never use a glossy screen. I just can't stand the reflections.
  8. whateverandever macrumors 6502a

    Nov 8, 2006
    It's all a matter of preference. I was using a Matte screen for a year and thoroughly enjoyed an upgrade to the glossy screen.

    I like the glossy better, but right now I'm stuck with the Matte :/

    Ah well.

    But yeah, you'll enjoy the Mac for what you're doing.
  9. thegrandmaster macrumors regular


    Feb 3, 2007
    I had a glossy and a matte MBP playing some Disney clip right next to each other in the Apple store yesterday. Glossy looked so much better to me, more vibrant and it made the matte just look dull next to it.

    If you want to watch some serious video, go for the glossy imo. :D
  10. ggp759 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2007
    Glad that the mkvs do work on a Mac just as good as Vista:)
  11. pdra05 macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2007
    Melbourne City, VIC, Australia
    If you're going to watch lots of movies/videos, definitely go for the glossy display. I personally don't think that the reflection on the glossy displays would be that bad.. :)
  12. whateverandever macrumors 6502a

    Nov 8, 2006
    Yep, just download VLC and you're set.
  13. ProstheticHead macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    I've been using my dad's MB for a while now and I will say that the glossy screen is great... when it is dark in the room around me.

    The glossy screen reflects just about any and every source of light there is when you're not in a dark room.

    So I'm very happy with my matte screen iMac for the time being.
  14. Nick012 macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2007
    man, glossy screens are awesome. Glare has never been a problem for me and I use my macbook all over the house. The colour on a glossy beats a matte hands down.
  15. Kamera RAWr macrumors 65816

    Kamera RAWr

    May 15, 2007
    I'm where I need to be
    Ahhhh... "Glossy vs. Matte" again. Seems like each have their supporters. Anyway, I think (and hope) the OP will be very happy with his/her MBP. Hope you get it soon, congratulations and welcome! :D
  16. ggp759 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2007
    Thanks. Glad i sorted the mkv file issue.
  17. BackInTheSaddle macrumors regular


    Aug 20, 2002
    Olympic Peninsula, WA
    I used to fall into the pro-matte camp. I owned or worked on most every variation of PowerBook...12/15/17-inch...TiBook, AlBook, whatever...

    Then, I bought a MacBook with a glossy screen...I absolutely love it! Vivid colors and no problems with glare to speak of. And, I can use it comfortably even when stuck in sardine-class on an airliner.

    I have heard all of the arguments against glossy, particularly for graphics designers. Well, I never trust the screen calibrations for color anyway (too easy for mistakes) so I prefer hard proofs as it is.

    Soooo... I think for most people, glossy is fine...still a user preference so pick what you like. But I don't agree with the view that it is a mistake to go glossy (or matte, for that matter).
  18. Max Payne macrumors 6502a

    Oct 27, 2006
    Brisbane, Australia
    If you want to use your Mac to watch movies, buy a MacBook and a 23" or 30" display instead of 17" MacBook Pro. My two pence. :)
  19. RainCityMacFan macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2007
    I say WAY COOL.

    A bit expensive compare to your average Dell PC but the price is way worth it or even a bargain from what I seen in from the Apple Store.

    As for the Matte vs Glossy, I'll probably go with the glossy screen since I have anti-glare glasses/transitions.
  20. Tech607 macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2006
    From a glossy screen user that does video work, some in HD, the glossy is fine. Some people make a big deal of the glare but to me it is not bad. The Matte screen is so dim I just could not take it. Rich colors is what I wanted when looking at my video and the glossy gives me richer colors.

    One thing you will love is the integration of all the software and when doing video that is important.

    Look you will love your Mac, above the stuff you normally do you will find yourself interested in doing more because the OS and its bundled software makes doing more things so easy.

    Enjoy your new computer!
  21. ggp759 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2007
    Anyone running newsleecher on the mac through emulation? I know there are other clients native to mac but as far as this is concerned nothing beats newsleecher and it's supersearch service.
  22. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    Just get the MBP already. It is not only way cool. It's bitchin'.
  23. JonnyP macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2007
    I just brought a MBP recently coming from a PC.. and its the best investment..

    way cool!

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