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Apple MacBook Pro Review (pics, specs) Discussion

Discussion in 'Notebook News and Reviews' started by crazyguy, Apr 17, 2006.

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  1. crazyguy

    crazyguy Notebook Enthusiast NBR Reviewer

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    The MacBook Pro is Apple's latest notebook and their first with Intel's new attempt at notebook dominance, the Core Duo. It represents the near peak of current notebook technology in terms of power, making only a few compromises for the sake of a slim profile and a better battery life.<br /><br />Read the full content of this Article: <a href='http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=2890'>Apple MacBook Pro Review (pics, specs)</a><br /><br />
     
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    Reize Notebook Virtuoso

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    Nice review, glad to finally have a good thorough one here rather than just previews. ^^

    I especially like how you added in the Boot Camp feature and how well it performs.
     
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    crazyguy Notebook Enthusiast NBR Reviewer

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    Thanks! If anyone (perhaps sitting on the fence on this one) has any questions I'll be checking this thread for the next couple of days.
     
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    snout Newbie

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    Thanks for the review. I'm trying to decide between this MBP and the Acer right now. What do you think about Parallels? Have any plans to use it?
     
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    Reize Notebook Virtuoso

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    Apple's generally have better Quality machines than Acers as I've seen so I'd go for the Apple.

    You may benefit from filling out the FAQ and posting it in the "What notebook should I buy?" forum.
     
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    althehotdog Notebook Enthusiast

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    hope that you will enjoy the os as much as i do. get used to it as its great.
     
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    jujube Notebook Deity

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    Thanks CG! Very nice review - I'm one of those sitting on the fence. This will be an ideal purchase for me on 2 fronts: going back to MBA school and working on my graphics design business.

    Your review have alleviated the battery & heat issue and confirm the underclocked GPU.

    Quick ? - How much RAM did you get? 1GB or 2?
     
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    Notebook Solutions Company Representative NBR Reviewer

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    Superb review! Too bad it scores bad in 3d marks compared to Acer...

    Charlie-Peru :)
     
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    -Tomy- Notebook Geek

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    Hey, great review.
    How is the gaming performance under windows, and can you use the optical audio connections in windows as well.

    Cheers
     
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    MysticGolem Asus MVP + NBR Reviewer NBR Reviewer

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    Wow, nice review!, awsome, you can run windows on bootcamp. :D

    This is one kool lappy, i think i saw one in my university, some guy had it, but i din't ask :(.

    Gotta love the dimensions and wieght!! wow.

    i'm not sure if you know, but the MBP is getting refreshed to address the heat issues and other problems. Something along the lines of return your MBP and get a new one with better stuff in it to cool it...etc etc.

    So check that out. :D

    Thanks,

    MysticGolem
     
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    sonicdivx Notebook Consultant

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    MysticGolem is right, check dailytech.com they have a quick news blurb that lists serial number revisions that address the heat issues or are supposed to. By the way what is your serial number.

    Funny you had the same laptops in your short list that I do (minus Sony SZ120/160). By the way W3J is only like 35 pixels on width smaller than the Apple at comparable resolution due to W3J being 14.1" screen versus 15.4" on Apple.

    Nice review and glad to hear comments from a PC user, and here was deciding on W3J, now I need to revisit that decision, LOL.
     
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    crazyguy Notebook Enthusiast NBR Reviewer

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    I just bought the stock model that comes with 1GB. I am kind of curious to see how 3DMark05 is affected by 2GB. I really appreciate that Apple at least has the decency to give you just one stick instead of two 512s. I'll be uprgrading when my bank account recovers. As far as parallels is concerned, I hear that it actually has really good performance, but I really don't have a problem dual booting as I will be spending most of my time in OS X and only going Windows when I need (for games or what not). I just can't accept that compatibility and performance will ever be as good as a dedicated boot into the OS needed.
    As far as Apple replacing the current model with a new one, I don't think they will be doing that any time soon. They already replaced the logic on early models which was causing a minor hiss. I don't think the heat is going away any time soon. It really is only hot if the laptop is plugged in, and if it is plugged in then I am probably not using it on my lap. Even when it is plugged in the keyboard and palmrests are still quite cool.
     
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    Sonic - I probably would have been happy with the W3J, but that ship has sailed. I do like the extra 1.3" screen space, the slimmer notebook, all for the same weight. I'm not around my notebook at the moment, but I'll get that serial number for you when I do.
     
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    crazyguy Notebook Enthusiast NBR Reviewer

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    Man I should try and read everything before replying :).

    Tomy - I think gaming under windows is pretty dang nice. Apart from the lack of being able to use headphones (which work but don't mute the audio form the speakers) it works like a champ. Keep in mind this isn't an emulator, it's windows running on intel hardware...it's nothing these games haven't had to work with before.
     
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    carzyguy, forgot to mention. I believe I saw on Apples support forum . That there is a workaround for the audio issue. http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=2089975&#2089975
    check the tiny url.

    Definitely check on Serial, because from what I read Apple really is replacing laptops at peoples request.

    Also keep in mind MacDrive can read OSX partition so use NTFS for windows partition and buy MacDrive, which is an awesome program anyways. NTFS has too many advantages over fat32 not to use.
     
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    martynas Notebook Evangelist NBR Reviewer

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    yeah... mac's become just ordinary laptops - design is cool, but design is not everything...
     
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    Reize Notebook Virtuoso

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    Apples go for style, the design is very nice.

    There are better build notebooks out there though.
     
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    does anybody know if Apple ever has any intention of putting a high res screen in their notebooks? no WUXGA is a total dealbreaker. if they had that option, i'd be about 90+% ready to buy one.
     
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    Rahul Wanna get the LG G Flex 2

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    Sorry if this is a dumb question, especially from one thats never used macs, but how do you use Windows with the Macbook's only one mouse button? I know in OSX, you hold down a certain key and press the one button to emulate a second button but what about for windows?
     
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    Reize Notebook Virtuoso

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    Possibly the same... Or se a regular mouse with it. Then the Mighty mouse has 2 mouse buttons.
     
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