My shiny new Macbook Pro (A review from a long-time MBP user)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by wahgnube, Nov 29, 2008.

  1. wahgnube macrumors member

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    Hello everyone,

    I know I am a little late to the party, but I've finally posted a review of my (ridiculously) shiny new Apple MacBook Pro: 2.8GHz C2D, 4GB RAM, 320GB hard disk. Actually, it's less of a review and more of a comparison with my existing first-generation Macbook pro.

    In case you're in the same boat as me and looking to upgrade, perhaps you'll be interested in what's different, what works, and what doesn't!

    Long story short: I like the machine but I can't stand the reflective screen.
     
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    Congrats and may both you and your MBP live long together and prosper.

    Cheers and good luck
     
  4. xpovos macrumors 6502a

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    You're a good writer, and I enjoyed reading your well-written review. As a fellow owner of both models, I tend to agree with most of your views, although I don't find the new screen to be as bad as you do.

    Thanks for the review. :)
     
  5. ChrisN macrumors 65816

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    I was so focused on getting the new MB but I think I will get the new MBP for Christmas. I am so excited :) and congrats btw.

    ChrisN
     
  6. wahgnube thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks, and I'm glad you liked it (and mostly agree!) xpovos.

    I have to admit I was being a tad theatrical when it came to critiquing the screen, but I also think how much its reflectivity affects different people depends upon the specific lighting of the places they use their computers. In my environment, it does disturb me.
     
  8. wahgnube thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks, and good luck with your decision-making ChrisN.
     
  9. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

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    MBPs are fairly new to Apple... how is it you're a long-time user? ;)
     
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    I don't notice the reflectiveness of the screen at all above 4 ticks of brightness. but in class I leave it at 1 tick all the time because I have some 5 hours of class to get through, so I close it when I'm not typing and such. It's my note-taking machine.
     
  12. Next Tuesday macrumors 6502a

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    Fixed it. Damn windows.
     
  13. six.four macrumors 6502

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    works fine on my pc
     
  14. wahgnube thread starter macrumors member

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    By definition, right? I've used one since it was released; wouldn't that be a "long-time" by the MBP's lifetime? :)
     
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    Awesome review! :D
    Glad to see a post about the new MBP where it wasn't somebody talking about a problem or complaining
     
  16. wahgnube thread starter macrumors member

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    I am not sure why it isn't opening. Does anyone else have a problem?
     
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    The link worked okay for me (MBP classic running OSX 10.5.5, Firefox 3.)
     
  18. iParis macrumors 68040

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    The link worked fine for me. PC/Windows XP/Safari

    EDIT: It also worked fine on my 2G iPod touch 2.2
     
  19. wahgnube thread starter macrumors member

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    OK, then the problem must've been something specific to Next Tueday's setup (which has since been fixed).
     
  20. wahgnube thread starter macrumors member

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    Glad you liked it! (Though about 20% of the piece was dedicated to complaining.) :)
     
  21. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

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    Haha, I suppose if you look at it that way.
     
  22. MowingDevil macrumors 68000

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    You know how dog years work out to about 7 human years (not really true but I'll use it here for the sake of a comparison)...well its the exact opposite in 'computer years.' :D I'd say anyone who has used a computer for over a year is a long time user when you consider the lifespan is about 5 years *max*.
     
  23. wahgnube thread starter macrumors member

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    After being requested some performance benchmarks in another forum, I've updated my MBP comparison with Cinebench results for both machines.

    The newer MBP is substantially faster.
     
  24. mullman macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the review, good read.

    FWIW I used a PowerBook 140, then a PowerBook 180c before moving onto the Duo line (with dock).
    I guess that makes me a near fossilized Apple laptop user. :D
     
  25. wahgnube thread starter macrumors member

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    Glad you liked it!
     

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