My MBP: 1 year old!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by hdsalinas, Dec 26, 2007.

  1. hdsalinas macrumors 6502


    Aug 28, 2006
    San Pedro Sula, Honduras
    Hello Friends

    Last Christmas, Santa,.... well actually me, myself and I, got me a MBP (santa did not give me one cent). Besides an Apple II that I briefly used in college this was my first mac. It was also my first notebook and it replaced my home built Pentium4 desktop system and has become my only computer since. I am a freelance designer and needed something more powerful and portable.

    I will try to give you guys a impression of my experience with a mac this first year. I have used windows since windows 95 so I guess that makes me a switcher.

    Transition from a desktop PC to a Mac notebook.
    I got rid of my desktop and everything that I had for it a replaced it with my MBP. Thinking that I would never get used to a laptop keyboard, I got an Apple wireless keyboard. It turns out that the MBP's keyboard is the best keyboard that I have ever used in a laptop. After a few months I found myself using the built in keyboard more than the full sized one (and I must say that Apple's wireless keyboard is very good too).

    One of the things that I found priceless was being able to take everything with me, all my current and previous projects, right into my clients office and preview and edit them right on the spot quickly. In my field it is very important to communicate to your clients that your a professional and a serious creative designer. Every client that I visited was very impressed with the look of my MBP which helped me convey that 'professional" image that few windows laptops would have had.

    If you were a PC user before, specially if you built your own systems, you will remember constantly upgrading your PC. From better video cards to USB video cameras, it seemed that you would never end adding more gadgets. I had a mess of cables collecting dust hanging behind my desk. With my MBP I got everything that I need (well maybe all but the printer). I dont need to buy more stuff for it. I did however add more ram which was pretty easy to install.

    Software, games and Windows:
    They say that there is not as much software for macs than there is for Windows. Yes its true, but I found the software written for mac better designed and was pleasantly surprised to find more software for mac than I expected. There is more software for mac than PC users would make you believe, they just dont know. All the adobe apps that I need are there and work great. I always preferred Firefox in windows but found Safari a lot better. There is nothing that can be compared to iLife in the windows world, at least that came built in to a PC. I have about 8 years worth of pictures in iPhoto and find it the best software for organizing them. I have since upgraded to iLife and iWork 08 and I am very pleased.

    Games? Well, I dont own any games for mac. I am not a gamer. I get bored after 5 minutes playing a game. So this is not an issue for me. I did however installed windows though bootcamp and tried a few games and was very pleased with the performance. I really thought that I would use the windows XP partition more than I actually did. Eventually I felt that the windows partition was a waste of 40GB of HDD space so I deleted it. I am glad to say that I have been windows free for the past 8 months or so.

    Hardware issues:
    Not everything has been a honey moon. During the 1 year of using my MBP I have encountered a couple of issues. First the power button no longer sits flush with the surface of the mac. It is slightly slanted on the left side and although it works fine, it looks odd on a $2000 computer. The latch button has started to peel a little. I think that they should have used the magnetic latch from the macbook.

    A few weeks ago I started to notice that my battery life was pretty lousy. From a full charge it would only last about half an hour. According to the system profile my battery capacity was down to about 2200 mAh. Soon my mac would start to shut down when the battery had around 40% of juice left. I got very concerned and contacted a local Apple dealer (there is no Apple store in Honduras). Even thou I did not get the mac from them, they were very helpful and once they ran their tests on my my mac, they agreed to contact apple for me and order a replacement battery. They told me to give them 3 to 4 weeks for the battery to arrive from Apple. It turned out that they sent me an email in less than a week telling me that my new battery had arrived. They did not charge me a cent since it was still under warranty. I am very impressed with the service and support I got from them and apple. My MBP feels as new as before.

    I have also upgraded to Leopard. I find it faster than Tiger although It seems to have a few bugs here and there. I love spaces and quicklook. Cover flow is nice but I am not sure how useful it is. Contrary to popular opinion, I find the new stack folders very useful and I used them all the time. I must say however that I did not use folders in tiger's dock. I love the look of the new dock, folders, and the general facelift.

    My MBP is the best computer I have ever owned. I have never been as satisfied and proud with any PC. After a year it feels as capable as any other. In fact the very same model today is only 0.06 Ghz faster. I plan on keeping it for at least 2 more years but I dont see why not squeeze a few more years out of it.

    I have seen my productivity go up ever since I got this mac. I design a monthly sales catalogue for a client and before I had my mac, I would take about 7 days to finish it, with my MBP, I have reduced the time to 5 days.

    If you are considering a mac for the very first time, I hope that my experience with a mac helps in your decision. I am just glad I dont have to put up with vista.
  2. tardinha macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2007
    I've only had my MBP (17" HiRes) since August, and I love it. I agree with pretty much everything you said above. I'm also a designer.

    I also got the 30" ACD, and there is nothing that compares. You're right, there's nothing else left to buy.

    I recently convinced a friend to get a MacBook instead of some ugly PC. She couldn't be happier. I then boought one for my girlfriend. She loves it. Next I will get one for my mother. And maybe an iMac or a Mini to replace the aging PC I use in the bedroom for TV/Movies etc.

    I couldn't be any more converted (I think I was always a Mac user, it's just now they cost less).
  3. jeff3221 macrumors regular

    Nov 14, 2007
  4. hdsalinas thread starter macrumors 6502


    Aug 28, 2006
    San Pedro Sula, Honduras
    I also want to get an imac or a mini for my parents. My brother made them get a gateway laptop. Is all right but you can feel the quality difference next to my mac. It came with Vista and is very annoying. Skype no longer works and is just a mess.

    My wife has a compaq presario notebook. It also came with Vista, and even thou she only uses it for internet and MS Word, she could not stand Vista. It was too slow for her laptop. I ended installing XP on it and even thou she is much happier with XP she rather use my MBP.

    One thing I dont miss about my Windows days, is having to reinstall windows every 6 month or so. It seemed that after a while XP slows down. I have not noticed this on the mac OS.
  5. Justinerator macrumors 6502


    Jun 26, 2007
    Redondo Beach, CA
    Guess what! As of 9:30 last night, i have used my MBP 1 year too!!!!:D
  6. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Come this February, my MBP experience will be a year old, although the MBP I own I got a free upgrade (handy to know folk in the retail business) to the Santa-Rosa model.

    The first thing I hated about my MBP was the trackpad - it took me so long to get used to it. All the other laptops I had used were not sensitive to motion speed (if you move your finger slowly, covers less screen than if you moved it fast). Once I got used to that, I couldn't use PC laptop trackpads because they are so useless with their functionality. 2 finger scrolling, the motion sensitivity and the size makes the MBP trackpad state of the art. I love it.

    I remember a few mates slagged me for getting a Mac - but after watching me use it, they admitted they felt tempted.

    It just is such a functional laptop.
  7. ronainsworth68 macrumors member

    Nov 8, 2007
    Adairsville, Ga
    I couldn't live without mine personally, it has converted four people and counting. Best computer I have ever owned.
  8. MicBook macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2007
    Mooresville, NC
    I've been a mac user for a year (as of Dec. 19) as well
  9. hdsalinas thread starter macrumors 6502


    Aug 28, 2006
    San Pedro Sula, Honduras

    Haa!!! Motion Speed! I never noticed this! I knew that there was something different on my track pad but I simply could not put a finger on it.:)

    Cool I learned something new today about my mac today.

    I love the trackpad too. I got used very quickly to the two finger scrolling and right clicking. I just wonder why did not they make the trackpad button flush with the surface of the mac. Its edge is so sharp that I could shave myself with it,
  10. DiamondMac macrumors 68040


    Aug 11, 2006
    Washington, D.C.
    My MBP hit the 1-year mark about 3 months ago

    It wasn't until recently that problems are starting to come up

    The battery is getting EXTREMELY hot these days and it is somewhat new at 2 months old (due to Apple giving me a free new one) and the processing of applications has slowed a little too. I did a clean install the other day and it sped it up but I am hoping to get another 10 months of use out of it
  11. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

    Feb 2, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    Great job on the little report I'm glad your happy with the machine I hope to keep my macbook for 3 years but we'll have to see. Right now I Have only had my macbook for about a month and leopard's becoming my worst enemy I really hope these bugs will be fixed soon!

    I hope you continue to enjoy your machine!

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