Who all uses their Macbook is their primary PC? Do you have issues?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Kinkokoro, Sep 20, 2007.

  1. Kinkokoro macrumors member

    Apr 12, 2007
    Do you have problems with using your Macbook as your main computer? Are there (certin) limitations that bug you?


  2. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
  3. Quiara macrumors regular


    Sep 17, 2007
    Mine is my main machine, too, and I've had no issues. I have the midlevel MB: 2.16GHz C2D, 120GB HD, 1GB RAM, SD, etc. It's a fabulous little machine. I'm very happy.
  4. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    13.3" isn't as big as 20", but then again I can't use a 20" computer in my bedroom as well as my living room.

    The notebooks are almost as powerful as the desktops, so you really aren't losing much by going down the MacBook path :)
  5. Quiara macrumors regular


    Sep 17, 2007

    If you add an external monitor, you're not really loosing anything. External monitor, keyboard and mouse and you've got a desktop. ^_^
  6. cmuench macrumors member

    May 15, 2007
    I have a 2.16 Macbook with 2gigs of RAM and 120gig hard drive. Plus I have a 120 external. Also I have a 20" monitor and a wireless MM. Plus a new keyboard. So I think of my macbook more as a desktop that I can take anywear :)

    Oh yeah. Plus I have parallels with vista business
  7. jaydub macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2006
    I use my MBP as my primary machine, and my big PC at home is mostly just a storage server. I can connect to it via RDC if necessary, but for the most part my MBP is my main machine.

    That said, the only issue I've had is running out of hard drive space, but that's (relatively) easily remedied.
  8. damienvfx macrumors regular


    Jul 28, 2006
    Los Angeles, CA
    I use my MBP C2D, 2.33 as my main home computer and my work computer. I have a 24" monitor with bluetooth MM and keyboard. It works great! I even play WoW on this thing.
  9. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
  10. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Aug 1, 2004
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    My MacBook is my primary (and in fact only) computer, and I've no issues at all with using a laptop. The only possible quibble is that with certain apps I'd maybe benefit from a bigger screen – stuff like Photoshop or Illustrator for example, where there are a lot of palettes floating around. Mind, this is easily rectified by hooking the mac up to a bigger screen, and the apps themselves run very smoothly.

    But really I've no complaints at all so far.
  11. Templex macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I use a MacBook Pro as my primary (and only) computer, and have had no issues with that whatsoever.
  12. bijou macrumors regular


    Sep 7, 2007
    MBP as my primary, with a Dell 2407-HC, bt keyboard and mouse added when at the desk.
  13. Dybbuk macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2006
    MacBook as my primary, no external monitor, no problems.
  14. mankar4 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 23, 2007
    i do, with a dell 2407 wfp external monitor. No problems, except that microsoft office for mac is a bit buggy (especially excel). Also, you probably will want an external hard drive if you are going to be using lots of window's only apps through bootcamp, as you might need to if you are into gaming or engineering.
  15. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
  16. phungy macrumors 68020


    Dec 5, 2006
    MB is my main machine. See pic.

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  17. mBurns macrumors 6502

    Oct 3, 2006
    Sounds sweet. How does the MBP run with the 30" display (much hotter, etc)? Also, are there any hiccups with the graphics card when running in dual monitor mode?

    I know: lots of questions! I'm debating investing in a 30" display.
  18. Zegna macrumors member

    Dec 4, 2006
    North America
    I have used mine daily since late last year, and every second with it has been a real pleasure.
  19. CalBoy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    I use a macbook pro, and it's a great machine. As a student, I find the notebook to be great. I think you'll find that the macbook is a great machine that can do quite a lot.
  20. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

    Jiddick ExRex

    May 14, 2006
    Roskilde, DK
    Lots of issues depending on the screen. Basically I can have only 5 days of uptime with it because various apps just hang or freeze when I plug in and out of my external monitor.

    I have a nasty habit of running +20 apps at the time and I guess the instability is a RAM issue mostly.

    Still I have doubts buying a MBP later on because I am pretty scared that the same instabality will surface yet again.
  21. ale500 macrumors regular

    Jul 9, 2007
    My MB is not my primary computer, but I use it at the Uni almost everyday, several hs. It is my first Mac, so took me a bit to get custom to it. I came from Linux (not that I dropped it), so I'm a bit more open minded regarding GUIs. But I really like the console :).

    Complaints : well, the keyboard behaves strange. compared to Linux. The Fx keys are weird, and do not behave the same in an external kbd as in the MB. But that is almost solved, with a little of practice.

    The screen has a bit of limited viewing angle. Especially vertically, and I'm quite tall, so when it is sitting at a desk, I have to curve my back to see properly. At home I use it with an external monitor, so no issue. My other laptops have better viewing angle.

    I have no other complaints. Works well, fast, properly viewed the screen is very nice and not as glossy as my one of my other laptops.

    Sadly, for what I do, I'd be better with a MBP (screen size). I do programming, a bit of Flex Builder, Netbeans.

    I'm already considering my next Mac, mid next year :) :apple:, and lusting at every new Mac. :apple:
  22. Artagra macrumors member

    Sep 6, 2007

    Bleh that's frustrating..... what external screen do you use?

    I routinely keep my macbook on for 10 days + without a reboot (only occasionally closing firefox) with 15 or so apps open, plugging in and out of an external screen 2 or 3 times a day and I haven't had any issues. What LCD have you got?

    In response to the original poster - I use my Macbook as my only machine and have no major issues. Once thing I would recommend if you are used to desktop machines is to get a 7200rpm hard drive - personally, I can feel the (relative) sluggishness on a 5400rpm drive.

    Otherwise, I would say buy the real Apple keyboard. I'm using a different external USB keyboard at the moment, and the positioning differences between the mac keyboard and windows keyboard for Apple/Windows key etc make using shortcuts a bit of a hit and miss affair.

    Finally, an extra adapter is definitely a plus. I had one for my previous Sony, and I found being able to leave one plugged in, nicely routed on my desk and having a second in my laptop bag was a big convenience booster.
  23. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    No problems at all. I use it side by side with an XP laptop and well, the MBP is the obviously the most dependable. My MBPs Safari Browser has only crashed once since the beginning of July, IE on my XP laptop has crashed entirely too many times, more than I could ever count in the same time.

    It does everything I ask it to do and always wants more. Can't wait to get a second one so I can dump PCs completely.

    My MBP main uses are internet and occasionally editing a few photos in Aperture and managing music on my iPhone. Another laptop handles my iPod (just makes things easy that way for now).
  24. Cybergypsy macrumors 68040


    May 16, 2006
    Central Florida!
    I for the last couple of years have used nothing but laptops, I love them because IF there is a hurricane or bad weather, I can throw it in my trunk and go :)
    I Use a MBP but had the macbook and that was good too :)
  25. jackc macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2003
    I still use my PB 1.33 12" as my primary computer. I'll finally be upgrading to a MacBook when the new ones come out. Got a nice external monitor and I'm good to go. Unless you really need the extra power of the latest desktop, it just isn't necessary.

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