Returning MackBook Pro - Not Satisfied

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by product26, Nov 25, 2006.

  1. product26 macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2005
    I just finished restoring my macbook pro to factory settings and repacking it. I am going to call apple in the morning, cancel my apple care, return the macbook to comp usa and pick up a Mac Pro.

    The MacBook Pro was a very fast machine when it came to processing. But as soon as the hard drive got bogged down, so did the rest of the computer. And the optical drive, S...L...O...W. Much slower than the drive in the 12" powerbook that I am using now. Granted, this powerbook does not burn DVDs, but it's not worth the performance hit.

    The clincher was the screen. It seemed to have too much of the matte coating, as if there was a layer of something between the outside and the actual pixels. It made it look really grainy and overall annoying, almost like jpeg compression, or noise from a fast ISO speed on a camera. The backlight was a little uneven, but nothing terrible. The screen on my 12" powerbook is crystal clear, is not grainy and has perfect backlight.

    Also, I already have a 20" cinema display that would see much less use had I decided to keep the macbook pro. Not to mention the overall size, portability and usability of my 12" powerbook is more along the lines of what I look for in a portable computer.

    The bottom line is, I am not going to spend that much money and not be happy. Spending the extra $250 (or so) to get a much faster machine is going to leave me much more satisfied.
  2. NJuul macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2006
    Well, not much to say, you've made up your mind, and your arguments are sound.
    No reason to buy a high-end laptop if it wont do what you need it to do.
  3. akadmon Suspended

    Aug 30, 2006
    New England
    Good decision. I didn't go as far as actually buying a MBP, but I did waste 3 months waiting for the C2Ds to be released. I should have bought my Mac Pro in August! My advice to anyone who already has a working older laptop and/or a good external monitor: get a Mac Pro. You'll sleep easy for years to come :D
  4. dpope macrumors member

    Sep 5, 2006
    I just bought a MBP C2D and am very happy with it. Granted my processing needs are not significant but I performance wise it seems very good. The one piece of useful information I have for you is that there have been a number of threads regarding the graininess issue you mentioned. Apparently, from what I recall, the issue is more likely a firmware issue with the Ati X1600 and not an issue with the display itself. One poster said he/she had researched this on many non-mac sites and found similar problems on many pc laptops that all used the same graphics card. I actually tried to check for this when I bought my laptop but so far haven't been able to notice it if its there. You might want to look into some threads before making a final descision.

    These are the threads where this is discussed: and

    Good luck, whatever you end up doing.
  5. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    I'm not sure what magic Apple did to make the 12" PB screen as crystal clear as it is, but I haven't seen any laptop with a screen like that lately.

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