Things You DISLIKE about the Alum. Macbook?

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  1. HappyDude20 macrumors 68020

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    I've had my white Macbook (late 2006 model) for almost 3 years now and i'm super close to getting the new aluminum macbook.

    When they were 1st introduced last year I thought it looked a bit ugly and more importantly didn't look like it could handle my rough day to day lifestyle. My white Macbook has survived tumbles, falls at home, school desks, flights in japan, when I slipped on the great wall of China, and even falling one story from the 2nd floor of the Sears Tower in Chicago. These past few years i've seen my Macbook fall, while i've gotten that feeling in heart gasping hoping it would survive each fall.

    Well, now that these Macbooks are now considered "Pros" (Obviously new Macbooks will come out in 2010) with the new SD slot, etc etc...i'm now seeing the aluminum Macbooks as a new potential computer for me.

    I'm still not thrilled about how they look, and have seen numerous threads on MacRumors about dents and marks on their aluminum Macbooks, but with Snow Leopard coming out soon I can't help but want a new 13inch Macbook Pro since it has the multi touch trackpad and...oh baby, the 7 hour battery life.

    My current white macbook, almost 3 years in has gone through 817 charges. On just the battery, my Macbook will stay powered on for 3-4 hours while just working on a documents within Pages or reading PDF's. 2 Hours doing web browsing and 1 hour watching movies on Hulu, DVD player, or YouTube...You can see why the 7 hour battery life makes me happy...


    Well, rather than asking "What do you love about your Macbook" since it seems i'm aware of the benefits of the alum. macbook, i'm wondering what you aren't too crazy about?

    Hell, if you think there's even something awesome I haven't discovered leave a post too...
     
  2. Surely Guest

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    Seriously? How do you accidentally drop a laptop from the 2nd floor of the Sears Tower?


    I think the new MacBooks that you are referring to will be netbooks.


    The only thing I dislike about the new MBP's is that I don't need one yet.
     
  3. MedHead macrumors regular

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    I've had mine for like 5 months now and my only complaint is i cant put it down. I'm hooked! :p

    On a serious note...

    The screen annoyed me at first but now Im so used to it I find matte displays a bit dull. Other than that I say get one!

    Oh and if you're really worried about dents a speck or incase hard shell should help.
     
  4. HappyDude20 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Very true, i've been thinking about my differences between want and need. I do not need this new alum. macbook, but want...sure, why not?

    Apple will most likely replace my White Macbook for the new alum. one and want to see what to expect. As I originally mentioned, the wants would be the 7 hour battery life, multi-touch trackpad and just to have the latest Macbook.

    Is it just me but outside of the Apple Store, I just don't see people with white Macbooks anymore?

    As for the Sears Tower incident, I was vacationing and my GF and I were running away from security trying to leave the building, I guess at a moment of despair I saw on opening and threw my InCase backpack with Macbook inside outside the window to the street. Picked it up outside and left. I threw it padded side down so the Mac inside would fall into a more cushion-y landing.

    In China, at the great wall, we snuck in alcohol (Bi-Jaio) (Spelling?) into the Great Wall and got drunk at this steeple like ending of the wall. It started raining so we walked down this really slippery slope at this funny angle. Slipped, not wanting to get hurt I purposely fell onto my back where my Macbook was in my incase backpack, all the pressure of the fall absorbing into the backpack...yet Macbook good as new.

    I love the durability of this thing, for a moment wanted an AIR, just cause it's so light but need the features of the macbook like optical drive, etc.
     
  5. Surely Guest

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    Yeah, I love how they chase you out of the Sears Tower. It was my favorite part of my visit there.

    Dude, what?
     
  6. HappyDude20 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Well, I killed someone up there...

    ....
    ....

    But this is what really happened:

    We were "being disruptive" during our visit. security came over, gave us a warning. Still continued being loud and actual police came over to talk to us. First question I asked was if we were being placed under arrest. They said no but needed to have a talk to us in some security room. Then they would escort us out. I figured since we were already going to be escorted out, that there would be no point in even talking to them. We told them we'd just leave, since we'd already spent an hour at the top and seen all the sights, so we just bolted. Originally I did this w/o warning my GF, but she quickly followed. I didn't think they'd chase after us but they did. they even yelled behind us saying we couldn't run in the building, liability and whatnot... About 2 floors lower one actually yelled "Stop! You're under arrest!"

    We pushed everyone running down the escalators, after I already threw my backpack out this little window that seemed to be under construction. Of the 3 cops chasing us, 2 looked...not outta shape, but I def. knew I could outrun them. One of them looked like he'd been training for such an event and grabbed my wrist but you know. I was 20 @ the time, now 21. I'm guessing the cops were...35-40?

    GF made it outside, grabbed a bag, got into a taxi and got out a few blocks later, I was then paranoid thinking cops would put out an APB on all Taxis you know? Then just walked like half a mile to Navy Pier.

    Ah, good times.

    Hey, I recently heard that the Sears Tower was going to be renamed since some large corporation bought it...true? I'm too lazy to Google.
     
  7. iLog.Genius macrumors 601

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    Uhh...sure? LOL a lot of unnecessary actions in the Sears tower no? And what do you mean by Apple will replace your MacBook?
     
  8. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    Apple will not replace your 3 year old MacBook as it is out of warranty and especially not if it has had user damage.

    i can understand making a nuisance in Sears Tower and running from security, kids will be kids and ive certainly done stuff like that… but throwing your laptop bag out of the 2nd floor… WHATTT?
     
  9. HappyDude20 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    During the time it seemed like the situation called for it.

    Hey, I escaped the cops.

    Anyways, as for the replacement MAcbook. I've went to the Apple Store a few days ago, after 3 repairs within the past 3 months and the manager said that when I go in on Wednesday that I can surrender my current white macbook for a new aluminum one. I still have AppleCare and they said that people call all the time yelling at the employees upset with their problems. He said the rule is that if Apple replaces the macbook, they normally replace it with the very same model. But he said since I was nice and not rude to him and another employee that he'd let me give in my white macbook for a 13 inch alum. macbook pro.
     
  10. doug in albq Suspended

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    Thread of the day....

    Sounds like you are destined to dent your new (refurbished) MetalBook Pro
     
  11. vilim12 macrumors regular

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    Sounds like your whole thread is a lie, but whatever

    have fun with the macbook. itll have lots of cool dents trust me
     
  12. HappyDude20 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Aww.

    I find it really interesting ppl care about other ppl online in these kinds of things. We had fun, obviously I wouldn't date a fat chick and I have a fun memory. I didn't start this thread to talk about that experience, I did however to hear what people that have a Macbook Pro don't like too much about their baby.

    I could obviously say something negative back at you guys, but where would that get me online? ah, lol.
     
  13. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

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    I think you're "embellishing" things a bit. There's no way you're getting a new MBP for that 3 year old whitebook of yours.

    If you do I want that Apple guy's name so I can turn his ass in. No wonder the mac line is so overpriced.
     
  14. ABEAR macrumors newbie

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    His story is pretty entertaining, and I'm pretty sure none of us know him well enough to flat out say he lied.

    Who cares that he ran from the cops? I bet he has better stories then any of you guys because your all so pessimistic to try to have any good time!

    Plus on top of that, no one even answered his question.


    I personally can't see ANYTHING wrong with the macbook aluminum's. I love mine, the only thing that bothers me is that it doesn't have firewire, which has now been fixed. I would like better battery life too, which has also been fixed.

    The new macbook pros are perfect for you man, trust me your gonna love it.
     
  15. philamac macrumors regular

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    I dislike the DRM in the aluminum macbook, or rather all new macs. It has made it impossible to use cheap KVMs since cheap KVMs do not adhere to HDCP.
     
  16. HappyDude20 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Ahh! I know, damn it.

    I think i'd put up with it having the new aluminum macbook with 7 hours of battery life than my white macbook. Though white macbook was my 1st mac, and definately my best computer i've ever owned.

    I'm not gonna deal with you.

    Thanks for the support man.

    I could've sworn the longer battery life had been around before the early June updates, no? Maybe that was just the 17inch Pro?

    We'll see, I won't be satisfied till I'm actually walking outta the Apple store with the new Macbook.

    @ the time when we were running away from the officer...he got close enough to grab my wrist but I "spasmmed" it away. My InCase backpack has a big ol' handle on the top center, where the cop could have easily grabbed it, stopped me completely and pretty much throw me violently on the ground.

    I threw it out the window knowing he then would not be able to grab and throw me down; I didn't want him having that advantage. I threw it out over a year of owning the Macbook, already having dropped it a few times knowing it would be able to withstand a big drop in the backpack.

    He could've just grabbed that handle and ...well, damn.
     

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  17. Vulcan macrumors 65816

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    As an owner of an aluminum MBP, I'm pretty much satisfied with the machine. When I bought the machine, I was upgrading from a '08 WhiteBook, so I'm coming from a similar situation as you.

    Things I don't like though? Huh. I haven't been able to get seven hours of battery life as advertised. More like 5. Additionally, the lack of a 9600M GT is a bummer, not that the 9400M isn't plenty powerful. Oil shows on the keys regardless of how clean your hands are and the screen easily collects fingerprints.

    Overall, the machine is awesome. There's this those few flaws that bug me.
     
  18. Wicked1 macrumors 68040

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    unibody Aluminum MacBook Pros and Cons

    Well I started with the uMBP the 2.53 model in early 2009, great machine fast, graphics are great, unit worked perfect, however it was too heavy and too big for my likes. I then decided on the uMB with the 2.4 and backlit keyboard, what a great machine, fast, light, easy to use, works for 90% of the apps I use, I did upgrade the drive to a 320GB 7200 RPM Hitachi, also upgrade to 4GB Ram, was well worth the switch. I do some photo stuff with my Canon Rebel XTi, some video editing, some light gaming, and web design, so we are 100% satisfied because it does what I need it to.

    I think it was a well designed notebook with a great mousepad, although some might not like it. This MB runs XP so much faster then my high end HP notebook, it runs all apps great no antivirus which is cool.

    Of course this is all my opinion however it works for me, I am not a fan of the new ones even though they have a better screen, because I like to replace my own hard dives, and I am not sure there is going to be a really big difference in the battery, and the CPU is a minimal upgrade considering it still uses 3MB of cache.

    Good Luck
     
  19. opinioncircle macrumors 6502a

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    Windows is Windows man, you should probably look out for some AV software IMO.

    Maybe you guys know this, but does the new uMBP accepts SDHC in the SD card reader?
     
  20. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Sorry but- the Sears Tower story is BS. I've lived in Chicago for 16 years, and used to work next to the Sears Tower. First of all, the windows don't open. Second of all, if a window were indeed "under construction", you wouldn't be able to get near it, since the first windows in the Sears Tower are 4 stories up (see photo). They would have the area by that window blocked. And lastly- security is very tight there. You wouldn't have escaped, believe me.
     

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  21. Surely Guest

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    The story seemed made up to me too, Lee.

    I think he's confused between a Sears and the Sears Tower....... maybe he was outrunning a store security guard........
     
  22. HappyDude20 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    This is an interesting point you bring up. I've never had too much trouble with my white macbook regarding oil stains and dirty marks. I'm not saying I wash my hands before using my Macbook everytime, hardly. But I do go through this repeating weekly mantra of cleaning my macbook. When I first got it I remember washing my hands all the time thinking, "Why did they make it white?!" But it doesn't pose too much of a problem. . .Except, I'll hesitate to take it out if I know its dirty and needs a good cleaning if I'm like at a StarBucks and i'm sitting right next to a cute girl. I know, I know, but it's true. :eek:

    Its good to hear you enjoy it and with all the heavy work you do it seems like I should enjoy it throughly as well. I like to switch the HD too, the 80GB that came with my original was too small, then went up to a WD 500GB HD.

    :]

    lol, bravo for looking that up. But trust me, it happened. I've been to Chicago only that one time, well, I don't remember the names of the st.'s The window opening portion was i'm guessing north of the tower. I remember there being like a eating food court kinda thing on a lower level on a main street where many, many people walk...I remember there were a lot of shops, well to the north of that is where the contruction was happening at the time.

    Lmao. That was good.

    http://searssucks.files.wordpress.com/2006/11/sears-2.jpg
     
  23. Dr.Chris macrumors newbie

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    I've only had mine for a few weeks, and the only complaint that I can come up with is that while using the touchpad my hand rests right on the front edge, and the edge is sort of sharp. It just cuts into my hand as it rests there. Other than that, PERFECT!
     
  24. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    Well I have the fifteen inch Macbook Pro, the most recent revision. And the only parts I don't like are:

    • only one FireWire 800 port there should be two on separate busses
    • All of the ports are on one side, so I can't mouse left handed (I'm trying to train myself...)
    • All of the function keys have already been assigned functions. It would work much better with just one more row of keys.
     
  25. leekohler macrumors G5

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    I'm sorry- I know that building, and I don't believe you. There's nothing there like you are describing. There is no food court either.
     

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