new MacBook user-impressed

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by cschmelz, Mar 7, 2008.

  1. cschmelz macrumors 6502

    Jun 6, 2007
    I've ALWAYS been a 'Pro' mac product user. My current desktop machine is an older but still great PowerMac G5 dual with 4gb of RAM and the Apple 24 inch screen (video/photo work) and my previous laptop was a Alumibook G4 at 1.67ghz. I found my old Powerbook to be getting too slow for what I wanted it to do and I'm not a patient man waiting for the spinning beach ball to go away. I had been waiting for the new MBP to come out w/ multitouch and was convinced that is what I wanted, but when the update came I and saw the black MBooks down to $1050 my wife was able to convince me to save the $1000 and get the MBook instead (hadn't really considered the MB previously as I don't care for the white casing and wasn't going to spend hundreds of dollars basically for the black casing.

    I had heard a lot about how bad the keyboard was, how slow the video is, etc. so it was with some fear I clicked the order button on the apple refurb store and ordered my 2.2ghz blackbook.

    I initlally thought, man, this thing isn't really much faster than my VERY old 2gb RAM 1.67 G4! Big delays in surfing, slow Flash video, etc. It took me a bit of time as an ALL PowerPC guy to realize quite a bit of my software hadn't been updated to intel specific/Universal Binary files so I assume I was over-utilizing the legacy Rosetta converter. Clearing out a few old Safari plugins and replacing others with UB/Intel versions fixed that issue.

    The REAL change occured when I went from the woefully inadequate 1gb of ram to a full out 4gb. WOW! This machine is now as fast (or even faster) for every day tasks than my dual G5 PowerMac! What a difference for $95 from OWC!

    I'm VERY pleased with my purchase (and savings of $1000 over a new MBP)
  2. DaBrain macrumors 65816


    Feb 28, 2007
    ERIE, PA
    WTG Congrats! I just go my black refurb a few days ago and it came with 2 gig ram. I wonder how much dif for every day stuff adding another 2 gig would make?

    IM very happy with mine also, Just curious what the difference would be like running 4 gig of RAM instead of 2 Gig? Anyone have any experience doing just that on a 2.2 gig intel macbook?
  3. pyr0sphere macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2007
    Toronto, Canada
    Check your Activity Monitor to see if you even need more RAM

    Also check if your page out amount is high

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