So I got a new MacBook...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Chone, Sep 9, 2006.

  1. Chone macrumors 65816


    Aug 11, 2006
    To replace my PowerBook G4, I originally intended to get a MacBook Pro but ended up with a MacBook (black base model), in a nutshell: the computer is beautiful, the only thing I´m missing is the X1600 the MBP would have had, despite being a full 2 inches shorter than the old PBG4, its really unnoticeble since the resolution is the same, the keyboard is very comfortable to use although a little cramped, the computer is very fast and responsive and thats with 512MB, even non universal apps open and work faster than on the old PBG4 (which I found pathetically slow), the trackpad feels a lot nicer and its wider and has the scrolling and 2nd click features.

    Overall I´m loving it, I´ll miss the X1600 since it would have been really nice for games on WindowsXP but the GMA950 is fast enough for the GUI (though there is some lag here and there), overall a very nice machine, I´m really liking it, currently I have Parallels on it and that works fast though I´m installing WinXP through bootcamp and see if the GMA950 can play The Sims 2 and Warcraft III (is there a universal patch for WC3 yet?) comfortably (games which would be really useful to have an extra computer to play them on)

    Summary: I like the MacBook very much, the only thing I dislike would be the GMA950 and maybe the cramped keyboard a little, this however is not a gaming machine and for what I will use it for, its a beast, besides, I like the black styling a lot and the cool nifty features like magsafe connectors and the like make the upgrade over the PBG4 VERY worth it.

    And some pictures :)

    P.D: That mousepad is not nearly as dirty as that picture would make it seem :eek:
  2. J@ffa macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2002
    Behind you!
    As far as gaming goes, you might want to think about getting an external keyboard and mouse. It's so much easier - even if you only get an external mouse, it's immensely superior to playing with a trackpad and laptop keyboard, which as you say is cramped and a bit awkward, at least in my experience.

    Edit: Ok, scratch the mouse idea, you posted the picture as I posted, haha! Maybe just the keyboard then. That does look very nice though!
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Congratulations. The blackbooks look very nice!
  4. The Tuck macrumors 6502

    The Tuck

    Jun 8, 2003

    You're going to love that little machine. I'm jealous! MacBooks are incredible in almost every way.

    My one complaint with them I think, is that the edge of the case is a little rough and sharp. Just using them in the Apple Store, it seems like it would hurt your wrist over time just leaving you hands resting for typing.

    Has anyone else noticed this?
  5. Chone thread starter macrumors 65816


    Aug 11, 2006
    They kinda are now that you mention it but so far they have not been a problem, I did not even notice they were sharp until you mentioned it :) but then again I have not done any long typing sessions or anything yet.

    By the way, I'm installing Windows now, so odd seeing those low res blue screens on a sleek Apple computer like the macbook :p the process though was very quick to set up, I had to create a slipstreamed sp2 windows xp install disc but Bootcamp was very easy to use, honestly, I did not expect a partioning utility to work so seamlessly but it did.
  6. Buschmaster macrumors 65816


    Feb 12, 2006
    I noticed that early on, but you really don't rest by it, and it's not as bad as you'd think anyway when you do...
  7. mikesk8 macrumors member

    May 17, 2006
  8. sikkinixx macrumors 68020


    Jul 10, 2005
    Rocketing through the sky!
    the difference in speed between the macbooks and the g4's is amazing isnt it? enjoy ur new toy! Sims 2 doesnt work so awesome with stock ram (kinda laggy), but with more it should work better :)
  9. timnosenzo macrumors 6502a


    Jun 21, 2004
    ct, us
    Congrats! Which model PowerBook did you have previously?
  10. TheBusDriver macrumors 6502

    Dec 24, 2005
    Am I the only one who thinks Blackbooks should have a black magsafe cord? Maybe they should make a black mightymouse too.
  11. dornoforpyros macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2004
    Calgary, AB

    no, it's not a bad idea, but you gotta remember Apple doesn't offer black iPod docks & USB cords. So I don't see them doing it, it would be nice though.
  12. Chone thread starter macrumors 65816


    Aug 11, 2006
    I had a 2004 15" Powerbook G4 1.5ghz with 512mb RAM and a 9700 Mobility, they were the previous model before the last PowerBook, it was alright but it doesn't compare to the MacBook at all, I did like the Alu styling and the keyboard though...
  13. JMies419 macrumors 6502

    Aug 24, 2006
    I agree with you. They also need to mac a silver mighty mouse and magsafe cord for the macbook pro too!! :D
  14. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    I don't. I love the black and white contrast, reckon it looks cool.
  15. XP Defector macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2006
    Loving my White MacBook as well, the screen is absolutely stunning. I currently have a picture of a butterfly resting on a green leaf for my desktop, and honestly it appears as though someone has replaced my moniter with a real photo. I think Apple has made the right decision in going with these new screens, the old matt ones just look so dull now.
  16. timnosenzo macrumors 6502a


    Jun 21, 2004
    ct, us
    Oh thats not too bad. Now, going from my old 550mhz TiBook to my new MBP... THAT was a big jump! ;)
  17. gadgetgirl85 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2006
    Wow love the computer! I came close to a black MB but went the MBP instead. But those machines are tops :D
  18. Chone thread starter macrumors 65816


    Aug 11, 2006
    Windows installation went without a hitch, I only had Windows XP SP1 so I had to slipstream SP2 into it, then it was all very easy, I repartitioned the drive, no problems, burned the drivers cd, began installation, used the drivers cd, updated a few things on my own and about 10 minutes into I had forgotten I was using a Mac, the experience is so seamless and even the built-in iSight was supported, MacBook is a VERY fast computer in Windows... even with 512mb it felt just as responsive or maybe even faster on certain tasks as compared to my P4 1GB rig, now if only it had a decent videocard :rolleyes:

    I plan to upgrade it to 1GB soon but as it is MacBook is a good machine, my only significant complain is the GMA 950 but otherwise, its a great machine. Now I can truly say Apple is the best prebuilt manufacturer in the market bar none (and now it CAN be compared to others like Dell since Macs run WindowsXP perfectly), in fact Apples are the only prebuilts I have bought and will ever buy and I'll keep building my PCs.

    P.D: The 2.0ghz Core Duo beats the 3.2ghz Pentium4 by a whooping 2 minutes and 8 seconds in the 8M SuperPI calculation test, the gap only widens on the 16M and 32M tests.
  19. makismagoo99 macrumors regular


    Aug 17, 2006
    I'm very glad to hear that slipstreaming works since you have to have an SP2 cd for BootCamp. I'll be buying the twin brother of your MB soon and that was one of my concerns. Congrats and enjoy! :)
  20. MACDRIVE macrumors 68000


    Feb 17, 2006
    Clovis, California
    What do you think about the glossy screen compared to the PB_G4?

    And is yours the new revision 'B'?
  21. Pressure macrumors 68040


    May 30, 2006
    There is NO revision B . . .
  22. Killyp macrumors 68040


    Jun 14, 2006
    I must admit I thought the complete opposite. A friend of mine has just got a MacBook, and when you compare the two screens next to each other, the MacBook's is very edgy and overly-bright. I really prefer the Matte screens. It's just so much more natural to me...
  23. matttrick macrumors 6502

    Aug 28, 2006
    i wish macbooks had a real graphics card in them. that is probably the only reason i will be going pro. i like the size of the mb more, but i cannot justify integrated graphics :(
  24. apachie2k macrumors 6502


    May 23, 2006
    was MIAMI

    colorware sells them...wired and wireless bT mighty mouse in almost any color u can imagine...
  25. Shadow macrumors 68000


    Feb 17, 2006
    Keele, United Kingdom
    Can you do me a favour? Go on this website. Does the yellow seem to get "greenish" at the top, when the bottom is light yellow? My MacBook is like that-and its very distracting when in Photoshop. Its getting sent back anyway-it doesnt turn on sometimes. :(

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