Why all the negatives??

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by millertime021, Apr 13, 2010.

  1. millertime021 macrumors 6502a

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    So on the all the new posts about the MBP there are about the same number of Positive ratings as there are negatives.

    Whats the deal?

    Is it mostly people mad about the 13" not being upgraded to an ix processor.
    And is it from people who have MBPs that are under a year and a half old so they don't see this as a big upgrade?

    I'm just curious because I've been looking forward to this upgrade so I can up my iBook G4.

    Is this really that bad of an update to the Pro line?
     
  2. techound1 macrumors 68000

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    In your case, no.

    Lot of peeps wanted one that would cook dinner, too. :p
     
  3. petsk macrumors 6502

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    Well, the waiting was long and I was expecting a bit more than this. They are lacking behind their competitors but they still charge you 2 times more.

    The updates are overall insignificant, especially on the poor 13 inch model (wish I'm not interested in anyway before a high-res screen is released, and that will never happen).
     
  4. millertime021 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well yes, it would be great to have one cook for us. haha

    And I'm looking at the 15" one, so I really don't care about the update or lack there of, to the 13".

    I hate the look of the screen for some reason. The dimensions.


    I just didn't wanna get one of these and have the next update be in 4 months and be 3x better.

    But I guess so is life. haha
     
  5. joina macrumors member

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    a GT330m is just not enough....dont compare with sony their 330m are all in 1024mb....at apple you have to get a high-end 15 or 17 and it it still 512.
     
  6. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    The amount of dedicated ram is an annoyance at high resolutions but Apple laptops don't really have hi-res displays. More important is the pitiful GT330m is really a mediocre mid-range card not much better than the 8600 and 9600 from years past no matter how much ram you throw in.

    There are much better ATI solutions in the same thermal range as this weak card. For $1800 to $2300 these systems should have at the very least an ATI5830.

    Cheers,
     
  7. definitive macrumors 68000

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    here's what's happening:

    the pc-to-mac people (long time windows users) know what's up, and are displeased with the insignificant update and the price hike.

    the apple fanboys who put unibody and the apple experience at the top of their priorities list in a computer only see that something "new" has been released by their gods at apple, so they're happy and are saying "haters gonna hate."
     
  8. joina macrumors member

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    some people said 330 is still in some 1600eur sonys that is why i said at least give a 1024 GT330. well, i wish we can have ATI 5XXX too but i know apple wont give good GPU
     
  9. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    Sony is the Windows version of Apple. Charging $$ for style while providing lower spec GPU. The recent FW to F transition is a perfect example. I abandoned Sony for my gaming rigs two years ago because of their slavish devotion to style over graphics prowess.

    Tis indeed sad that Apple and Sony will never change. They have many, many customers who will pay for style over substance.

    Cheers,
     
  10. cmChimera macrumors 68040

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    People will always find something to whine about. That about sums it up.
     
  11. The Samurai macrumors 68000

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    OP

    People will always moan. No one is perfect in life. I put money down that if the 13" MBP's got the quad core - people would say "WTF WHERE IS BLU RAY" or "WTF IS USB 3" or "WTF SO EXPENSIVE, OMGZZZZR".

    It always happens. Every refresh.

    Its usually the final stage.
     
  12. millertime021 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Haha ya that's what I'm thinking. Especially in the computer market. Yes I'd like to have all these features but really. It's not absolutely a must.
     
  13. illmatic715 macrumors newbie

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    No it's not, I'm happy with all three. People are just greedy. It's impossible to satisfy everyone.
     
  14. drew0020 macrumors 65816

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    Greedy is Blu Ray, USB3, etc. Asking for a processor that is newer than 3 years old in a 13" Pro laptop is not greedy. Just because some people are foolish enough to love it because Apple did it doesn't make it right.
     
  15. Amnak macrumors 6502

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    Right but people saying the core i 3,5,7s are old is greedy sure they are what some three + months old but I don't see what's replacing them.
     
  16. Jiten macrumors 6502a

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    Although what you say is true, I don't think the complaints are unreasonable.
     
  17. rnb2 macrumors regular

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    Case in point - saying that the Core 2 Duo in the 13" is "3 years old". The basics of this generation are more like, what, 16 months old? And until January, it was the best line of processors for laptops. Is it bleeding edge? No, but it may be the only chip that meets the necessary TDP to not overheat in the 13" MBP - the Core 2 Duos have a TDP of 25 watts, vs. 35 for all of the current i3 and i5 chips.
     
  18. drew0020 macrumors 65816

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    Fair point but Apple waited an extraordinary long time to update these computers. I can understand a C2D in the Macbook but not the Pro. Apple should have figured something else out or dropped the price accordingly. $1,199 and $1,499 are way too expensive for these machines in my opinion.
     
  19. yensteel macrumors regular

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    I think the updates are well worth the wait.

    However, The biggest mistake that Apple has done is not implementing USB 3.0 in any of their products yet.
     
  20. kasakka macrumors 68000

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    1GB VRAM would do absolutely no good for that card. It's not powerful enough to run anything at high enough resolutions to warrant that much VRAM. 512 MB is plenty. Other manufacturers simply boost their specs with the more = better ethos, just to make their machines seem better on paper.

    And the C2D being 3 years old is a bit silly. There have been several improvements to the tech over the years. The old E6400 I had ran at much higher voltages and put out more heat than my much newer Q9550.
     
  21. GregGebhardt macrumors 6502

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    It is just the way people are these days. Maybe it is the economy but there are all kinds that complain, whine and bash.:mad:

    Maybe they are just protecting their "old" equipment and rationalizing why they should/can't buy new.:confused:
     
  22. firsttimemac macrumors newbie

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    Do you even hear yourself. The 2.4 is the exact same processor that Apple had implemented in the 2008 model.

    And just because the Apple gods would have little trouble handling the extra heat that does not mean that they can give us this old tech at 1500$.
     
  23. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    If I understand the situation correctly, Apple is in between a rock and a hard place with this Intel vs NVidia situation.

    Given that they are probably going to stick with Intel processors for the long term, they only had a few choices as far as CPU/GPU goes:

    1) Stick with the old generation of processors which do not include Intel graphics built in, allowing Apple to use a better integrated graphics solution from NVidia and avoid the added cost of putting two GPUs into their entry level machines.

    2) Move to the new processors from Intel which have integrated graphics built in. These graphics are probably fine for something like the non-pro Macbook but for anyone wanting to run Photoshop or other apps they would need to add a discrete GPU. As far as I know only NVidia offers a discrete GPU solution that integrates with Intel's graphics system and allows them to be switched back and forth via software for maximum battery savings.

    Therefore, every Core i5 and i7 Macbook Pro got a discrete 330M GPU. This also explains why the entry level 15" got bumped up in price since the new architecture pretty much requires a discrete GPU for this class of laptop.

    I would imagine that when the plastic Macbooks gets upgraded to i series processors at some point in the future they will just use Intel's integrated graphics.

    The only thing that I think Apple could have done better would have been a third version of the 13" MBP with a Core i5 and the 330M for around $1599, and drop the 2.66 13" to like $1399. I'm not sure though how many serious Pro buyers Apple gets on the 13", I have a feeling that they are vastly outweighed by college kids who prefer the base line MBP over the MB, so it might not justify the cost of designing a completely different logic board and cooling system.
     
  24. cmChimera macrumors 68040

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    That's Intel's fault, not Apple's. See what I mean? I'm amazed by the number of people complaining about this, when they haven't done a shred of research.
    Forgive them for giving an already powerful computer more power, a custom graphics card that it's never had, and 10 hours of battery life. No offense, but in my opinion the people complaining about the 13 inch are being pretty ridiculous. If you want more power, go for the 15 inch. And before someone says, OH WHY SHOULD I HAVE TO OMG!? Because you always did. The 15 and the 17 inch notebooks were always more powerful. You were always sacrificing screen real estate AND power using the 13 inch. And then of course the next argument is, well it's ancient technology. Get over yourself, seriously. One of the computers I see thrown around here as an awesome PC, is the Alienware M11x.....Have you even bothered to look at its processor? BTO OPTION is a Core 2 Duo.

    1. 2008 model came out less than 2 years ago. Way to do math.

    2. The graphics card is brand new, and custom made.

    3. Again, they should apologize for not melting your lap or desk, and giving you a quality laptop. Bad Apple.
     
  25. shambo macrumors 6502a

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    I did warn people many moons ago to future-proof last year with the most advanced bad boy you could afford. Now all that wait is over and for what exactly, nothing significant.
     

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