What don't you like about the new Aluminum MacBook (besides no FW)?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by DrivinWest, Jan 4, 2009.

  1. DrivinWest macrumors regular

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    Hey guys,

    First and foremost, let me say that I LOVE my new Aluminum MacBook. It's well on its way to replacing my old 12" PowerBook G4 as my favorite laptop ever. That said, there a few things that irk me about it and I'm sure other users have their gripes as well.

    My dislikes:

    - Two USB ports is sufficient almost all of the time but occasionally I find myself wanting more. I suspect that this will soon be remedied when I get my new 24" LED display (that my girlfriend bought me for Christmas!).
    - The battery, and battery life, are a step backwards. The new one runs dry more than 20 minutes faster than the old one. I hope that higher capacity batteries are available soon.

    What are your thoughts?

    -DW
     
  2. svndmvn Guest

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    people seem not to adore the loose battery cover,Display even though LED backlit, having to buy the 2.4 for the backlit KB, some keys that are slanted, some other stuff, but all of this seems to be product dependent.
    oh, the gloss too.
     
  3. DrivinWest thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oh yeah, the loose battery cover... Mine has always been relatively tight and now that I've got a Speck case on it I'm unlikely to ever notice if it degrades :p

    Slanted keys? That's a new one to me but now that I look at it... yeah, some of my function keys aren't quite level.
     
  4. svndmvn Guest

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    both of the issues are fixable
     
  5. MacJenn macrumors regular

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    The horrible screen they put in them. It is a freaking joke. A Walmart $600 Dell has a better screen. Only the fanbois defend Apple of this. Everyone else laughs at the baby monitor screen on such an otherwise decent laptop.
     
  6. acfusion29 macrumors 68040

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    Both issues have been fixed by Apple. I bought a MacBook on launch day, and it had slanted keys, dust under the screen and the battery cover was only slightly loose. I had this one exchanged a few weeks ago because I had several problems. It was exchanged with one that was built in the 1st week of December and it has none of the problems that I mentioned above (dust under the screen, loose battery cover or slanted keys).
     
  7. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    I didn't much care for the screen on the MB, either. Not with the money Apple charges for it. Ditto about returning mine for a pro, just to get a decent screen.
     
  8. Tinknock71 macrumors 6502

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    A 12" wide-screen would have been nice, compact like the 12" Powerbook was. I didn't mine the thickness of it, was the perfect size.
     
  9. svndmvn Guest

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    I understand what you're saying, but you're playing Apple's game. Have you also tried the plenty calibration profiles on this forum? I know you'll still have horrible blacks, but the contrast would be more pleasant.
     
  10. MacJenn macrumors regular

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    No matter how many calibrations you try the screen is still a piece of trash. I will never understand why people pay so much for such low quality then defend it to make themselves feel better. The screen is a total joke.
     
  11. aurevoir macrumors newbie

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    I don't like how you have to buy the more expensive macbook to have a backlit keyboard. What a joke. The 2.4ghz one should just be higher specifications, not extra features.

    Also, just curious as to why some people are complaining about the screen? The gloss can be slightly annoying in some environments, but apart from that?
     
  12. svndmvn Guest

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    colors washed out and terrible blacks on most Macbooks. The Blacks thing is unsolvable. The screens are anyway brighter than the old ones, and I guess the color accuracy is the same.
    The backlit Keys are the new Superdrive, until October you could only have a DVD burner from 1200 upwards or something similar. I guess if Apple kills the polycarbonate Book there will be two versions with backlit keys and one without. And it is obvious this is coming, no one knows when though.
     
  13. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    Yes, I did try the calibration profiles found on these forums and it did help but didn't solve the crappy screen problem. Let's face it, we're ALL Apple's bitches on this matter. I'd just wish Apple were a little bit more honest and forthcoming about the inferior screens on the MB's.
     
  14. MacJenn macrumors regular

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    I guess if you have low standards then the Macbook's screen looks alright. I hate that people pay that much and get a cheap screen. I don't think they should get the superior screen like the Pro has because it is cheaper and it is built for people who don't do anything intensive (which is why it is popular with the teens and college kiddies--people on a budget--of course they will deny this and say they like it because of the size--it is because they couldn't afford the best), but it still should have a
    much better screen than it does now.
     
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  16. elppa macrumors 68040

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    [1] The Panel
    [2] No Larger Screen (or Resolution) Option (14"/15") or 1600 x 900px
    [3] No dedicated graphics option (if required)
    [4] Lack of colour / finish options (black for example), Apple will sell a lot of these, and they'll all look the same.

    The fit and finish is very good, SSD option is nice, backlit keys are nice and the easy access to the HDD and RAM is nice.

    So my suggestions to Apple would be in order of priority:
    [1] Don't skimp on the panel
    [2] Offer a 15" model
    [3] Offer 1600 x 900 BTO options
    [4] Introduce black aluminium or other colours. I'm not talking something as lively as nano chromatic here either, just a few options would be nice.

    My other suggestion would be to make one model of MacBook, available in a variety of sizes and screen resolutions. Pros might want a small screen, consumers may want a bigger screen.

    So you could get a cheap 15" screen (1280x800) version with integrated graphics or a fully specced out 13" version with SSDs, dedicated graphics and a 1440x900 resolution. Oh, and Firewire. All this could be customisable BTO, with some configurations for retail.

    Good:
    MacBook 13 (1280x800, 2.0GHz, 250GB, 2GB, integrated) ~ $1000
    MacBook 15 (1280x800, 2.0GHz, 250GB, 2GB, integrated) ~ $1000

    Better:
    MacBook 13 (1280x800, 2.4GHz, 320GB, 3GB, integrated) ~ $1,500
    MacBook 15 (1440x900, 2.4GHz, 320GB, 3GB, integrated) ~ $1,500

    Best:
    MacBook 13 (1440x900, 2.53GHz, 500GB, 4GB, hybrid) ~ >$2,000
    MacBook 15 (1920x1200, 2.53GHz, 500GB, 4GB, hybrid) ~ >$2,000

    Squabble over exact specs and prcing, it was just to give you the idea.
     
  17. elppa macrumors 68040

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    Back on topic:

    I was looking this up for another thread. Gizmodo did side by side shots showing the difference in the quality of the panel used by Apple for the MacBook 13" and MacBook 15":

    MB 13" vs MB 15" (full article)
    From the front:
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    MacBook Pro | MacBook

    From the Side
    [​IMG]
    MacBook | MacBook Pro

    MB 13" vs Air (full article)
    [​IMG]
     
  18. JamesGorman macrumors 65816

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    obviously there is no arguing with those pictures, but i just bought my macbook a few weeks ago and i have had not one problem with the screen. ive watched movies in the dark and in well lighted environments and i have to say that the screen has served me well in any location ive been in. I love the size of it, and although i wasnt to fond of the glossy surface when i first got it, i love it now and wouldnt trade it. Also why would some ppl exhange there macbook for the pro with the same specs? unless your doing video editing and need the extra 9600m video card, your really spending an extra 500 dollars for a minimally larger screen. I was going to go with the pro but when i put them side by side, the difference was noticable, but not large enough to justify a 500 dollar increase. Unless of course you will be using the second video card. And for the record i have used photoshop and other programs. as well as video editing programs and my macbook handles it extremely well..no lagging or slow downs at all.
     
  19. Ryuukumori macrumors 6502

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    Do the blacks on the MB shown in these pictures REALLY look that gray?

    I understand how it can look on the side. I have seen this on many PC laptops. Not all, just some I have seen.
     
  20. JamesGorman macrumors 65816

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    My Macbook shows blacks just fine. i havent had much problems, if any, with it at all.
     
  21. svndmvn Guest

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    No sense in comparing the MB to a MBP.
    I'd like to see the MB's screen compared to a Dell/HP or some other portable that costs a couple hundred less, because I'm pretty sure the price difference isn't due to Apple's "better" screen option, it's usually due to other expenses. I kind of doubt Macbooks' screens are a lot worse than anything out there, LED especially. The screen is probably decent which in a company's entry level portable is quite acceptable. What I'd find more annoying about screens are the stripe-issues with Macbook Airs and Bleeding on MBPs.
     
  22. mikethemovie macrumors member

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    Can you post some pictures of your macbook with the speckcase? You have the satin one?
     
  23. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

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    I was going to get a pro, but it WAS TOO BIG for work and the stuff I do, so yes I bought the Macbook for the size. I can afford the best, I just couldn't get it do to the VERY tight area I work in sometimes for work. If I even gain anymore wieight, that area is going to get tight.
    So saying people bough the 13 inch because they can't afford the pro is wrong. I also got the 13 inch because my daughter uses it at times and I don't want her breaking a $2000.00 laptop.
    Besides why would I buy a pro, waste my money for something I don't need? The Macbook works perfect for what I need, I'm not spending more money for something I don't need.
     
  24. tMac85 macrumors 65816

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    good god. another thread on this.

    please if youre gonna post on this dont post about....

    screen
    slanted keys
    loose battery cover
    that its not 12 inches
    or that backlit wasnt standard on both models.


    there are numerous threads on alllllll of these problems.
     
  25. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    when the screen is tilted away like in those pics......

    I never understood why anyone wants to watch a movie at an angle instead of simply adjusting it to be leveled with your eyes.
     

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