What are your favorite nuances of the MBP that you don't find out of box in other PCs

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Bobby Corwen, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. Bobby Corwen macrumors 68030

    Jul 16, 2010
    BRB I can just close the lid, and then open it it, and it will be like instant on or off no delay.

    BRB fastest boot times.

    BRB I can highlight a word and just use the built in thesaurus

    BRB I can hold down shift 4 and make a screenshot and it saves it to my desktop ready for uploading anywhere

    BRB built in text to voice reader with the tap of a button. Highlight text and read. Especially combined with Reader.

    (They don't have to be advantages that PC Laptops can't ever do, just as long as its not a typical feature that comes in box on most laptops. It can even be something that is executed in a way that encourages you to use it due to convenience. Also not talking about the major obvious ones like battery, trackpad, unibody)
  2. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Another one??

    How many threads do you need about this very same topic?

    Also, its Command Shift 4 not shift 4.
    And why does it say BRB before every line?
  3. Bobby Corwen, Jan 8, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2012

    Bobby Corwen thread starter macrumors 68030

    Jul 16, 2010
    The other one was confusing. I wasn't sure exactly what my question was so I rephrased it.

    BRB is a euphemism for non-chalantly trying to show off.

    Pretty much something that you enjoy or are proud of.

    I need help to put together a list of all those little things that add up to the elegant ownership experience. Little things that are too small to bring up on their own as advantages for ownership, but still there are so many of those little things that do add up, that it makes a difference.
  4. iDuel macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2011
    There is an edit button.
  5. D.T. macrumors G3


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    I've never seen BRB used in that context, er, I just assumed you were leaving between each line item :D

    Magsafe power connector. I think it's a fantastic design detail ... especially once you've had a notebook (or two) become unusable as a result of the power connector coming loose from the motherboard.
  6. Bobby Corwen thread starter macrumors 68030

    Jul 16, 2010
    Please keep this thread on topic. Thank you.

    It's people like above who derailed the last topic. Not a single on topic answer was given that day.


    Yeah true. Mag safe can seen gimmicky until I think back to how many of my own fathers Toshibas (3) had power connector problems
  7. Bobby Corwen thread starter macrumors 68030

    Jul 16, 2010
    Like what? Specifics? Anything software or hardware is relevant.

    Runs quieter than the average laptop is another one....
  8. Apple OC macrumors 68040

    Apple OC

    Oct 14, 2010
    do you think it was the thread that caused that? ... BRB to the topic ... the trackpad
  9. Bobby Corwen thread starter macrumors 68030

    Jul 16, 2010
    Another one is the plug and play nature of things. I have an external USB sound card and even as a song is playing, if I plug it in, the sound will auto switch to the sound card.

    I dunno if that happens now naturally on all WinPCs.

    Also when you plug in other USB items, it seems like the little thing on the bottom right of windows installing drivers takes longer than "instantly" sometimes right?

    Macs do still have better plug and play capabilities in 2012 right?
  10. bumzo1 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 31, 2009
    Dallas, TX
    The lack of preinstalled bloatware

    mission control/spaces/dashboard

    system wide spell check

    multitouch gestures

    easy to use system preferences

    mail client

    Apple care

    and damn good looks
  11. Bobby Corwen thread starter macrumors 68030

    Jul 16, 2010
    Strong entries!
  12. The Economist Suspended

    The Economist

    Apr 4, 2011
    I'm not sure where you're from but for everyone on the web BRB stands for "be right back".
  13. Bobby Corwen thread starter macrumors 68030

    Jul 16, 2010
    Think of them as bullet points...
  14. The Economist Suspended

    The Economist

    Apr 4, 2011
    That's… uh… odd. I use a MacBook Pro because I love OSX.
  15. Nielsenius macrumors 6502a

    Apr 16, 2011
    I just installed Windows 7 on my Mac. In order to get Windows completely up-to-date it took a number of hours of download, install, and reboot for hundreds of updates. Sure, Macs need updates. But, the task of updating isn't nearly as cumbersome as on Windows.

    Windows is fine, but OS X has that consistent, polished look that makes it a pleasure to use.
  16. 0000757 macrumors 68040

    Dec 16, 2011
    I've seen "brb" used in that context. Like for instance, sometimes when me and my friend are chatting and we see something cool like "AT&T gets ultra-super-mega-amazing phone" I'll be like "brb going to AT&T".

    • Backlit Keyboard
    • I can check the battery without needing to turn on the computer
    • bigass trackpad with multitouch

    That's it.
  17. TheJing macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2011
    Somewhere in Europe
    Haha! I did the same a few days ago. I only had the Vista disk and the Windows 7 Upgrade so I had to install Vista first and then 7. I think it took 6 hours to download and install almost 400 updates in total.
  18. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    I installed Win 7 on my 17" MBP 2011 and it took around an hour or less.

    Around the same as a clean install of OSX on a formatted disk.



    What a nebulous claim. Compared to what, exactly?
  19. 0000757 macrumors 68040

    Dec 16, 2011
    Windows 8 boots faster. :D
  20. jammypop macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2011
    That I don't have to take forever uninstalling all the rubbish that comes pre installed on PC's!

    That i then don't have to take ages updating Windows etc!

    Don't have to worry about viruses!

    Don't have to force the computer to have to close programs before it will shut down!

    Windows these days is just a behemoth that needs serious looking at!
  21. bdodds1985 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2011
    no ******** sofware like norton or windows :D

    multi touch when i do use the trackpad

    backlit keyboard

    easily replace the optical bay with a 2nd ssd, or hdd if your into that kinda thing

    the customization on so many levels

    system preferences and easy up keep

    quality of apple products

    not enough usb or 3.0

    no express card on the lower end models (a lot of pc's have them)

    dummy proofing for novice users (they spent the money, they can buy a book with it)

    constant changes, if it aint broke, dont fix it. my first mac ever, and it seems like they rushed into lion and took more out than putting more in.

    time machine. works for some, but i can manage a back up on my own without local screenshots and constant backing up hourly, daily, and weekly. (but to most, i see the bigger picture)
  22. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
    BRB :D

    Win 7 on my old macbook pro does the same.

    No. Not sure if Lion or Win 7 is faster currently, but without SSD Lion boots relatively slow. 20 seconds to desktop with a SSD is also not particularly fast.

    These are all features of OSX, and would be available on any PC if Apple would sell licenses for OSX. Has nothing to do in particular with the MBP.

    For me the most important feature of the MBP is that it can run OSX. The second important feature is the good quality of the screen and touchpad and of most other hardware components. It's difficult, but not impossible, to find other laptops with comparable or better build quality.
  23. bumzo1 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 31, 2009
    Dallas, TX
    oh and another thing that I ********** hate about windows, on a mac when a program freezes, its right click -> force quit, and BAM! its closed. On a PC it freezes, its ctr-alt-dlt, start task manager, end program, "are you sure you want to end the program" YES!, "windows is waiting for the program to respond" FFFFUUUUUU END NOW!!!!. This is my almost daily experience with windows vista, not sure if 7 does the same thing.

    Also for simple programs it is so much easier to install on a Mac
  24. quasinormal macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2007
    Sydney, Australia.
    I thank you very much for that tip. I don't know if windows has these type of features, but I'd be lost without Target Disc Mode and Screensharing.

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