Baby Got Mac(Book Pro)

by Chuck Toporek

A couple weeks ago, a shiny new MacBook Pro landed on my desk, and Holy Crap what a difference a new Mac makes!

17 Comments

dan
2006-04-05 12:46:43
Coming from Ti PowerBook it is going to feel like new macines suck te juice out of the battery. TiBooks were the last great laptops when it came to battery life. At I also use ThinkPad which gives me only 2 and half hours of battery life and that is with a huge extended battery. So don't feel too bad about your new book's battery.
Small Paul
2006-04-05 15:07:37
Funny that: dual core processor, 5,400 RPM hard drive, and the battery life isn;t great? Whoda thunk it? :)
Victor Panlilio
2006-04-05 17:55:21
I have a colleague who has the Dual 2GHz MBPro, 2GB RAM, 7200rpm HD, and he just installed BootCamp, made a 10GB NTFS partition, put XP Pro SP2, Office 2003 Pro on it, bound to our domain, connected to our office wireless, then paired his Bluetooth headset on the Windows side and tried Skype. Some of our Windows-using developer colleagues are now thinking of getting themselves Macs after seeing this. Sweet.
Lieven
2006-04-05 18:39:07
I am not sure what you call not so great battery life, but on my 2Gb 2.0Ghz MBP with 7200rpm drive I get 3 to 3,5 hours with the Energy saver set to Normal (that is without any energy saving measures). When I turn off Airport, Bluetooth and lower the display lightning, I can squeeze out another extra hour. Don't know, but I find that pretty impressive.
ediathome
2006-04-06 02:52:17
Maybe the battery issue has something to do with your MSOffice use? On my PB G4 the battery has a much shorter life when I run Office so I always close it as often as possible. Maybe Rosetta adds to this effect even more?

2006-04-08 17:09:20
Can you please tell us whether there is humming noise or unusual noise in this computer. thanks
Oliver
2006-04-27 06:31:17
oliver.lahrolt@baymedia.co.uk


I am currently finding Microsoft Office almost unusably slow, especially PowerPoint
Am i missing something obvious ?
Is anyone else having this problem ?

Eric
2006-07-13 12:13:48
I have been running BOOT CAMP for 3 months now and have been very happy with it. Only one glitch, when I language learning programs from a website (on windows) and am on headphones I have noticed the laptop speakers do not turn off by default with the headphones plugged in.


Anyone have suggestions?


thanks

wendy grossman
2006-08-24 17:02:49
do you know if the macbook uses a sony battery the one they are recalling?
Glass
2007-01-15 07:50:11
What you are saying is that software is becoming the least important component in the systems or at least so commoditized that it sells for pennies per erg. That means the money goes elsewhere. In a sense, this is a return to the early days of computer science when software was an afterthought. Sun means to get money from hardware but that isn't working so far although it might. That market is extremely sensitive in the cost/reliability dynamic. http://www.glass-products.org
unquote Rome
2007-01-25 08:39:15
A couple weeks ago, a shiny new MacBook Pro landed on my desk, and Holy Crap what a difference a new Mac makes!
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Tareq G.
2007-02-12 01:00:25
I agree very much that a new computer makes a huge productivity difference. Especially if you haven't had a new portable system within the last 2-3-4 years.


I just recently got the MBPro 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM, 120HD (5400 rpm) & 256MB ATi Graphics Card. It's great, no glitches so far, even with Win XP SP2 installed via Boot Camp.


But in the case of battery life, it gives me somewhere between 3-4 hours (depending on what i'm doing exactly). Keep in mind Bluetooth, Wireless Access & Screen brightness play a dramatic role with battery life.


Whenever you get a new notebook, the first thing you should is charge the battery to 100% and leave it an extra 5-10min then use the notebook and discharge the battery fully then do a complete charge. Follow this cycle for about 3-4 times. This will give your battery optimum lifetime.


Try it and let me know (tareqg[at]gmail.com).

Rich M
2007-05-26 15:49:00
I agree that it is a great machine, But I don't see how some of you are getting 3+ hours of battery life out of it. I only get a little over an hour in OS X, 1:15 in Linux, 48 minutes in WinXP, and an awful 43 minutes in Vista WITHOUT Glass (38 minutes with glass). And they are STILL using Sony batteries...
ThE bARD
2007-06-02 05:28:48


WARNING:


IF YOU WANT A STRESS FREE LIFE AND ARE NOT INTERESTED IN TAKING ANGER MANAGEMENT CLASSES OR LEARNING TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION THEN DO NOT BUY AN APPLE COMPUTER PARTICULARLY A MACBOOK PRO UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.....OVER 18 MONTHS APPLE HAVE GIVEN ME 4 REPLACEMENT LAPTOPS.
1ST Powerbook lasted 5 days
2nd Powerbook had flickering screen
3rd Powerbook had unexplained s/ware problems
4th replacement was MACBOOK PRO.(had to be returned as the memory card incorrectly correctly).


BEST FEATURES:
Overpriced
Safari memory leaks so you have to force quit browser.
Crashes - so you have to pull the battery out to switch off
They get unbelievably hot to touch
They are noisy - the fan comes on A LOT (not helped by safari memory leakage)
Mail preferences change - view etc
etc etc etc


ThE bArd

Kyle
2007-06-03 11:45:32
I love my Macbook Pro and Apple has never dissiponted me. Love bootcamp, and the machine. And I dont even have to go to anger management classes. Sorry, The Bard some people just have bad luck. And if most people love there mbp's dont scare potential mac users with having a stressful life. Mine has been MUCH less stressful after I got mine.
Kyle
2007-06-03 11:45:47
I love my Macbook Pro and Apple has never dissiponted me. Love bootcamp, and the machine. And I dont even have to go to anger management classes. Sorry, The Bard some people just have bad luck. And if most people love there mbp's dont scare potential mac users with having a stressful life. Mine has been MUCH less stressful after I got mine.
Kyle
2007-06-03 11:45:52
I love my Macbook Pro and Apple has never dissiponted me. Love bootcamp, and the machine. And I dont even have to go to anger management classes. Sorry, The Bard some people just have bad luck. And if most people love there mbp's dont scare potential mac users with having a stressful life. Mine has been MUCH less stressful after I got mine.