Umm Macbook Pro... Same old design?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by MacTruck, Jan 10, 2006.

  1. MacTruck macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2005
    One Endless Loop
    The macbook pro really should have had a new design. Keeping the look of the old tired G4 was NOT a good idea.

    Badass specs on the macbook pro though.
  2. jmsait19 macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2004
    I agree... I was totally hoping for a great new design, or at least something thinner. Its an entirely different beast from the PowerBooks, so needs an entirely different look.
  3. adk macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2005
    Stuck in the middle with you

    What's entirely different about it besides the dual core?
  4. MacTruck thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2005
    One Endless Loop
    Let's see:

    - Brighter screen
    - Different Resolution
    - Camera
    - PCI express slot
    - PCI Express graphics
    - New graphics card
    - Different ram
    - DIfferent front side bus
    - Different OS
    - Different latch
    - Different Hard Drives SATA
    - Infrared Sensor and remote

    Same case design.

    That said. Anyone want to buy my powerbook? Its for sale.
  5. ericssonboi macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2005
    Anyone wanna buy mine too?
  6. MacTruck thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2005
    One Endless Loop
    It needs a new design. Here is what I would like to see.

    - Removable hard drives. With this intel cpu I can install xp on a seperate hard drive and swap them when I need to. I must have I think.

    - Removable Superdrive. Let me have accessories like another battery, another hard drive or the option to upgrade my superdrive later.


    - Something more rugged than this cheap aluminum that bends if you look at it wrong.


    - A power button on the outside of the case so I can power it on when hooked up to a monitor without having to open the damn lid.

    - Dual DVI ports so I can use 2 monitors. The video card supports it so why not?

    Am I wrong folks?
  7. MrSugar macrumors 6502a


    Jul 28, 2003
    All very valid points, well said.
  8. ozone macrumors 6502


    Feb 18, 2004
    Ontario, Canada
    Personally, I really like the look of the current PBs - very sleek, and I pretty much work exclusively on the PC side of things. I find Sony - which is probably the closest to Apple from the Windows side - to be, well, odd looking many times. Everything's great, except for one thing. A lot of the PC makers seem to have funny ideas of colour, design aesthetic, etc. Fujitsu, however, does put out some really cool looking smaller notebooks.

    That being said, I agree with MacTruk... Apple could have done other things to increase the modularity of the MB Pro. My HP tablet allows me to easily swap out the hard drive, change the ram, connect to a dock, etc. And almost all of it is on the bottom anyways where you can't see the connections and tabs anyways.

    If Apple wants to be a bit more business friendly, easier upgradability is key, especially since many PC users like me will not be restricted to Apple specific hardware anymore.
  9. Flowbee macrumors 68030


    Dec 27, 2002
    Alameda, CA
    Is it 1 inch thick?
  10. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    It's a similar case design, but not the same obviously. You can't exactly shove a bigger display into the same case.

    I don't see the look as tired at all. It's quite good compared to all of the others out in the market place.
  11. Counterfit macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    Those all add weight and thickness.

    "cheap aluminum" is an oxymoron. Also, it handles large drops better than polycarbonate or steel.
    You should have the display open anyway to vent the heat.
    Probably because there'd be no place to put it.
  12. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    I'd have liked to see a mini-drawing tablet; or a stylus so you can use the current touchpad as a tablet. Would be great if you had to work on fine detail etc and didn't want to lug a big one around.

    I don't mind that it's the same design. It does still look pretty good; I'm just concerned about the loss of a FW port. I know it daisychains but when I'm importing video from the camcorder to an external drive, it's much easier to have the camcorder on the FW400 port and the hard drive on the FW800 one.
  13. emaja macrumors 68000

    May 3, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    You guys finally get your PB updates, it is not even shipping yet, and you already have a list of complaints about what it does not have.

    I guess I should have expected that...
  14. BearRanger macrumors member


    May 23, 2005
    Deep in the Woods
    There's a lot to like about the new MacBook Pro. But it seems like it's a transitional product. For the first Intel laptop it looks pretty darned good to me. It's not everything I'd like, but it's more than good enough.

    There's no proof yet, but if Apple did just use an Intel motherboard this is perhaps the best that could be expected. That probably also explains the lack of Firewire 800, as others have pointed out. Using an Intel motherboard allowed Apple to get to market at the same time as other laptop vendors.

    What will we see if Apple has the time to design its own board around an Intel chipset? That's what I'm looking forward to seeing.

    New MacBook Pro the first Tuesday in June.
  15. dotdotdot macrumors 68020

    Jan 23, 2005
    The new MacBook Pro looks like the PowerBook G4 but its the little things that mean they changed it.

    First, it is thinner than the G4. Which makes it look better.

    Second, it has an IR reciever and iSight, along with bigger screen and new power adapter, as well as different interior and better specs.
  16. Marky_Mark macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2005
    Eh? Powerbooks bend and dent, iBooks bounce harmlessly. ;)
  17. Malfoy macrumors 6502a


    Nov 1, 2005
    How much you 2 sellers looking to get for your powerbooks? (This is a feeler post)

    And a new case would have only been cool had it been black or carbon fiber. With that said, I'm glad they kept the same case, but wish they had another mouse button.
  18. -Escher- macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Why they are so stubborn and keep with this single button mouse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Why not 3 or 4?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
  19. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    Am I the only one that thinks the case looks darker? Looking at pictures of the MacBook on the AppleStore gives the view in a lighter area than the pictures.

    It definitely looks darker than the PowerBook.
  20. jono_3 macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2005
    i think the g4 pb design is excellent. but who knows - maybe the mbp is the ibook replacement and we still have another pb replacement to go.:rolleyes:
  21. Spectrum macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2005
    Never quite sure
    The problem is not that there isn't a second (or third, or fourth) mouse button, but the fact that even OSX requires a second (or third, or fourth) button for some actions.

    IMO, it's the OS that needs streamlining, not the computer that needs "enhancing".

  22. Str8edgepunker macrumors 6502

    Nov 4, 2001
    Philadelphia, PA

    Anyway, I'm happy that they kept the same design of the Macbook Pro. I mean there are tons of changes under the hood such that people might get scared if it looks completely different than before.
  23. -Escher- macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Mousepad...would be great to see it as a MOUSEPAD!
    And besides: I though they would be releasing a wireless mighty mouse at MWSF!!! I can't imagine miself using even a desktop with a wired mouse!!
  24. Mechcozmo macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    I agree on everything you say. I'd like to have seen a FW800 port remain... or at least replace it with a FW400 port!

    Those don't fit on laptops. And it is Apple philosophy. And iScroll 2 kicksass.

    What does OS X require a second mouse button for? I've never needed to use one... and Apple's interface guidelines state that everything should be accessible to one button ONLY.
  25. emaja macrumors 68000

    May 3, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    And Apple always strictly follows its own guidelines, right? The general GUI is rife with examples of Apple bending its own rules.

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