Observations on switching from Lenovo/IBM T400 to MacBook Pro 15"

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Yossarian, May 29, 2010.

  1. Yossarian macrumors member

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    For what it's worth I'd like to share some observations on what it's been like to switch from a Lenovo T400 (a work horse 'business' machine) to a 15" MBP for work (development) and personal use.

    Mac Wins:
    - The physical build of the machine is remarkable, the keyboard/screen etc just seem like they're from a completely different specification of machine.
    - 'Sleeping' the machine is very smooth, the T400 would always take some time to go into sleep and coming out would be unusable for a good 15 seconds. The Mac drops in/out of sleep mode in 2-3 seconds each time
    - The sound the lid makes when it closes, it's like closing a drawer on a high quality piece of furniture where the T400 was a clicky/crunchy snappy sound of cheap plastic
    - Itunes is now usable, on Windows it is a dreadful pig of an application even on a dual core machine with 4GB of RAM.
    - Battery life while not in netbook levels is excellent and the magnetic power connector is one of the most simply pleasing pieces of industrial design I've seen in a while & I'm quite clumsy so it'll probably save the machine at some point.
    - It's faster. My apps build about 30-40% quicker in IDE or in ANT.
    - Having a proper terminal and BSD tools rules and actually fits very nicely in the whole OS paradigm. I thought it might be jarring to jump from a *nix terminal to the Mac Finder but it is not.
    - Audio quality whilst still being a laptop is leagues up on the Lenovo.


    PC Wins:
    - The Mac is far heavier in my bag, though should've predicated that given the materials of the two machines
    - TortoiseSVN is a killer SVN application, the Mac ones i've used so far are pretty clunky by comparison.
    - Exchange integration sucks with Mail and Entourage, MS Outlook is an excellent application.
    - Macbook doesn't seem to want to use my phone as a modem over HSDPA
    - I can work faster in a code editor on my PC but maybe that'll change. I miss the HOME/END buttons that jump to the start/end of the line but I suppose I can map some key combos to do that.
    - I don't quite get the Finder yet, I'm more efficient moving around the PC filesystem and the moment.
    - I need a decent project-oriented IDE, not necessarily to integrate to build but to browse large projects. XCode doesn't seem to be up to it as it's crashing when I add the files to the project.

    So recommendations for code editors, SVN clients & Exchange integration solutions would be welcome.
     
  2. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    TextMate makes a good code editor, definitely give it a try.

    As for Outlook, it's coming in the next version of MS Office for mac 2011 (to be released later this year).
     
  3. akramer macrumors member

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    ctrl-a/ctrl-e or cmd-leftarrow cmd-rightarrow (the latter don't work in some apps like Adium - they change tabs)
     
  4. Yossarian thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the shortcuts tips and the editor suggestion. I'm trying TextMate and BBEdit, they seem pretty good to me so far.
     

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