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ASV
Jul 13th, 2006, 01:44 AM
I'm looking into purchasing a MacBook Pro.

Specifications http://a248.e.akamai.net/7/248/2041/1072/store.apple.com/Catalog/US/Images/spacer.gif

2.0GHz Intel Core Duo
1GB 667 DDR2 - 1 SO-DIMM
80GB Serial ATA drive @ 5400 rpm
MacBook Pro 15-inch Glossy Widescreen Display
SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
AirPort Extreme Card & Bluetooth
Backlit Keyboard/Mac OS - U.S. English
iWork '06 preinstalled
15.4-inch TFT Display

for a price of $2028.00.

The price is a non-issue, but what I'm concerned about is the computer itself. I've never personally owned a Mac, but used my brother's Powerbook frequently.

Actual battery life?
Overheating problem?
Satisfaction?
Portability?
Reviews?
Pros/Cons?

ASV
Jul 13th, 2006, 01:44 AM
it can operate windows, too.

!<blocparty>!
Jul 13th, 2006, 02:02 AM
LOL. Do you like posting threads on how rich you are and how much money you have and what amazing Uni you go to? :tape:

Mac's are awesome, but mine broke down about 6 times in it's first year. :help:

ASV
Jul 13th, 2006, 02:29 AM
LOL. Do you like posting threads on how rich you are and how much money you have and what amazing Uni you go to? :tape:

i need advice, i am not a nerd.

Mac's are awesome, but mine broke down about 6 times in it's first year. :help:

precisely the reason im asking.

bh440
Jul 13th, 2006, 03:09 AM
I've had a Powerbook G4 for about two years and never once had a single problem with it, and its on all the time and in near constant use. Battery life is a little shorter than it used to be, but I can still get a good 3 hours or so of active use out of it when it isn't plugged in. I have a 15" and it is a little big for some things, but generally i've found it to be quite portable. It does get really hot, though, although it has never affected the performance of the computer. I just keep it off of my lap because the heat gets slightly uncomfortable. I've played around with Macbooks, and in my opinion, if you can afford it? Go for it.

Berlin_Calling
Jul 13th, 2006, 03:34 AM
i had a powerbook G4, and ive recently upgraded to a 15" macbook pro, and so far, no complaints. i had a couple hard drive problems with my powerbook, but after using macs, id never go back to using PCs. i dont know what you want to know about portability. its a laptop, its made for portability. 15" is obviously going to be more portable than the 17".

Wigglytuff
Jul 13th, 2006, 04:05 AM
I'm looking into purchasing a MacBook Pro.

Specifications http://a248.e.akamai.net/7/248/2041/1072/store.apple.com/Catalog/US/Images/spacer.gif

2.0GHz Intel Core Duo
1GB 667 DDR2 - 1 SO-DIMM
80GB Serial ATA drive @ 5400 rpm
MacBook Pro 15-inch Glossy Widescreen Display
SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
AirPort Extreme Card & Bluetooth
Backlit Keyboard/Mac OS - U.S. English
iWork '06 preinstalled
15.4-inch TFT Display

for a price of $2028.00.

The price is a non-issue, but what I'm concerned about is the computer itself. I've never personally owned a Mac, but used my brother's Powerbook frequently.

Actual battery life?
Overheating problem?
Satisfaction?
Portability?
Reviews?
Pros/Cons?

I HAVE A MAC BOOK PRO 17in!!!

ok if money is no issue i would go with this instead

2.0GHz Intel Core Duo
2GB 667 DDR2 - 2x1GB SO-DIMMs
100GB Serial ATA drive @ 7200 rpm
MacBook Pro 15-inch Glossy Widescreen Display
SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
AirPort Extreme Card & Bluetooth
Backlit Keyboard/Mac OS - U.S. English
iWork '06 preinstalled
15.4-inch TFT Display
the price from the educational store is 2,478.00

if you are not a student. i would just drop one of the ram sticks and get this

2.0GHz Intel Core Duo
1GB 667 DDR2 - 1 SO-DIMM
100GB Serial ATA drive @ 7200 rpm
MacBook Pro 15-inch Glossy Widescreen Display
SuperDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
AirPort Extreme Card & Bluetooth
Backlit Keyboard/Mac OS - U.S. English
iWork '06 preinstalled
15.4-inch TFT Display

which comes out to: 2,478.00

either way you need AT LEAST 1gam to get the most of these new machines. also a faster and larger harddrive will make sure that your $2K plus investment is still useable a year from now.

i love my MBP: this is what I have

2.16GHz Intel Core Duo
1GB 667 DDR2 - 1 SO-DIMM
120GB Serial ATA drive @ 5400 rpm
MacBook Pro 17-inch Widescreen Display
SuperDrive 8x (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Backlit Keyboard/Mac OS - U.S. English
AirPort Extreme Card & Bluetooth
17-inch TFT Display

égalité
Jul 13th, 2006, 04:10 AM
I've had no problems at all with Macs, and I've been using them my entire life. Actually, come to think of it, OS 8.6 was a distaster, but they're way past that now!

No viruses, no spyware, much easier to operate than Windows, hardly any technical problems (and those that happen are minor).. I have a PowerBook G4 now and I'm in love with it. :hearts:

switz
Jul 13th, 2006, 04:46 AM
we're runs macs in our office and i got a 17 inch macbook pro a month ago. Very impressed. So fast :eek: battery life is pretty good - about 4 hours fully charged.

Remember it doesn't come with Windows installed - you have to download bootcamp and then use your own copy of windows xp. I did and from my limited use of it i haven't had any problems - but i'm not doing any high end work on xp because i just use the desktops pcs in our office.

I got it because i needed it but if you're not rushed probably better served waiting a month or so to see if there are any big problems that come from nowhere - i doubt they will though.

Kenny
Jul 13th, 2006, 04:59 AM
ALWAYS get applecare. :)

Just my advice.. it's totally worth it.

Wigglytuff
Jul 13th, 2006, 05:03 AM
ALWAYS get applecare. :)

Just my advice.. it's totally worth it.
yes!!! :worship: :worship:

Wigglytuff
Jul 13th, 2006, 05:06 AM
we're runs macs in our office and i got a 17 inch macbook pro a month ago. Very impressed. So fast :eek: battery life is pretty good - about 4 hours fully charged.

Remember it doesn't come with Windows installed - you have to download bootcamp and then use your own copy of windows xp. I did and from my limited use of it i haven't had any problems - but i'm not doing any high end work on xp because i just use the desktops pcs in our office.

I got it because i needed it but if you're not rushed probably better served waiting a month or so to see if there are any big problems that come from nowhere - i doubt they will though.

windows xp would not install on my machine, and remember that bootcamp is not yet supported by apple, so if you have a problem installing bootcamp or windows, you are shit out luck, as i am at the moment.

switz
Jul 13th, 2006, 07:17 AM
windows xp would not install on my machine, and remember that bootcamp is not yet supported by apple, so if you have a problem installing bootcamp or windows, you are shit out luck, as i am at the moment.

you probably already did this but i had to update the firmware on the mac, then run bootcamp setup, then install xp.

i don't know i found it all pretty smooth but as it's a beta application until 10.5 is released there is less support. the apple site still has quite a few instruction about it though.

hope you get it working :)

Wigglytuff
Jul 13th, 2006, 07:23 AM
you probably already did this but i had to update the firmware on the mac, then run bootcamp setup, then install xp.

i don't know i found it all pretty smooth but as it's a beta application until 10.5 is released there is less support. the apple site still has quite a few instruction about it though.

hope you get it working :)
yeah have all the updates and everything. i followed all the directions to a t. but no go. :(

Kenny
Jul 13th, 2006, 07:45 AM
Crazy!

ASV.. buy me a laptop if the money is no option. Seriously, I'm a student.. a poor poorr poooor student. :) lol

Spunky83
Jul 13th, 2006, 11:40 AM
ALWAYS get applecare. :)

Just my advice.. it's totally worth it.

Yeah? But that´s sooo expensive...I mean it would probably be even more expensive if something happens but still. I am waiting for my MacBook to arrive and APPLE only has a one year warranty on it so I was thinking about getting this applecare thing but it´s like 300 Dollars.

Could you and anyone else tell me your experiences with applecare please? I think I could still order it in the first year after purchase.

BTW: As a student you often get a huge discount on the macs. In my case it was like 12 procent.

miffedmax
Jul 13th, 2006, 03:31 PM
In my experience, Macs are more reliable and durable than PCs. It's not a laptop, but I still use my first-edition iMac.

I have a new MacBook. It's only a couple months old, but it's a blast. Far more capable than comparably priced Windows machines (it got a rave review in the Wall Street Journal, which you might be able to track down online somewhere.)

Only drawback is the weight. They're fairly heavy compared to some of the competiton.

Spunky83
Jul 13th, 2006, 07:07 PM
In my experience, Macs are more reliable and durable than PCs. It's not a laptop, but I still use my first-edition iMac.

I have a new MacBook. It's only a couple months old, but it's a blast. Far more capable than comparably priced Windows machines (it got a rave review in the Wall Street Journal, which you might be able to track down online somewhere.)

Only drawback is the weight. They're fairly heavy compared to some of the competiton.

You wouldn´t imagine all the headache I had thinking about if I really wanted to buy the MacBook, first Mac ever. Now I did it and I am still nervous. However, first time I saw it in the store, I kinda fell in love with it on first sight and with a few internal upgrades (1 GB Ram, 80 GB HDD), I hope - I think - it´s a good decision.

I guess it will take like forever to arrive... :confused:

ASV
Jul 14th, 2006, 12:47 AM
thanks everyone!

Kenny
Jul 14th, 2006, 02:37 AM
Yeah? But that´s sooo expensive...I mean it would probably be even more expensive if something happens but still. I am waiting for my MacBook to arrive and APPLE only has a one year warranty on it so I was thinking about getting this applecare thing but it´s like 300 Dollars.

Could you and anyone else tell me your experiences with applecare please? I think I could still order it in the first year after purchase.

BTW: As a student you often get a huge discount on the macs. In my case it was like 12 procent.

Ok, sooo my sister drops my iPod and it won't work anymore. I call AppleCare.. they didn't ask me a ton of questions, just told me where to go to get a box sent to me (since taking it into a store wasn't an option). And then I sent it in, nervously awaited a response and the next thing I knew.. a new (or refurbished.. not sure which. It looked brand new.. I mean it had my engraving on it.) was being delivered to me! It was great. Then I discovered her children had bitten my earbuds.. and they replaced those too.

Seriously, it's worth it.

Kenny
Jul 14th, 2006, 02:38 AM
thanks everyone!

:kiss: You don't need my address?


:lol:

Crazy Canuck
Jul 14th, 2006, 05:19 AM
Yeah? But that´s sooo expensive...I mean it would probably be even more expensive if something happens but still. I am waiting for my MacBook to arrive and APPLE only has a one year warranty on it so I was thinking about getting this applecare thing but it´s like 300 Dollars.

Could you and anyone else tell me your experiences with applecare please? I think I could still order it in the first year after purchase.


You can order it up to exactly 365 days from the DOP. Any later and you're shit out of luck.

The flat rate repair fee for a machine that is out of warranty pays for the applecare alone.

Not to mention the 50 dollars per issue tech calls.

Crazy Canuck
Jul 14th, 2006, 05:23 AM
You can find out a littleabout current issues and blah just by skimming the apple discussions forum for macbook pro's:
http://discussions.apple.com/category.jspa?categoryID=190

Mainly it's just current users whinin about borin stuff ;)

Kunal
Jul 14th, 2006, 06:59 AM
all said and done ibm's which look really boring are really good...they are tough and very reliable

Wigglytuff
Jul 14th, 2006, 07:18 AM
all said and done ibm's which look really boring are really good...they are tough and very reliable
nope.

if you want a pc laptop that is tough. nothing beats the military grade toshibas i believe its the satellite pro line. i have one from 1995 it has a big 3inch chunk of case missing on the lower left hand side of the keyboard (below all the keys) and YES IT STILL WORKS. you can take a light and see all in that thing, but when you turn it on it "works" (this is a 1995 machine, no fancy windows xp here, it "runs" good old windows 95 on its 500 megabyte hard drive :lol: )

ASV
Jul 14th, 2006, 10:08 PM
:kiss: You don't need my address?


:lol:


i already sent it. you live in hell, correct?

Kenny
Jul 15th, 2006, 03:18 AM
i already sent it. you live in hell, correct?


:confused::confused::confused::confused: ??

Crazy Canuck
Jul 15th, 2006, 03:28 AM
Ok, sooo my sister drops my iPod and it won't work anymore. I call AppleCare.. they didn't ask me a ton of questions, just told me where to go to get a box sent to me (since taking it into a store wasn't an option). And then I sent it in, nervously awaited a response and the next thing I knew.. a new (or refurbished.. not sure which. It looked brand new.. I mean it had my engraving on it.) was being delivered to me! It was great. Then I discovered her children had bitten my earbuds.. and they replaced those too.

Seriously, it's worth it.

You're lucky that they replaced it, since neither the APP nor the limited warranty actually cover accidental damage.

Then again, if there wasn't a notable dent from when it felt, how was apple to know the difference? :)

Williams-forever
Jul 15th, 2006, 04:08 PM
I think im gonna buy a custom MacBook, as my new uni has requested me too...is at any good?? What features does it posses??

Kenny
Jul 15th, 2006, 05:27 PM
I think im gonna buy a custom MacBook, as my new uni has requested me too...is at any good?? What features does it posses??

Your university requested you to get a specific laptop? Seriously? Wow. Weird. lol

Wigglytuff
Jul 15th, 2006, 07:30 PM
Your university requested you to get a specific laptop? Seriously? Wow. Weird. lol
a lot of colleges, if not most request students in particular majors to buy a laptop.

Kenny
Jul 15th, 2006, 09:29 PM
a lot of colleges, if not most request students in particular majors to buy a laptop.

Right, I understand that. But a particular laptop? I dunno.. I've heard about some colleges (I think it was an ivy league one that gave out iPods to the students with like the school's emblem on the back or whatever.) I dunno.. just never heard of a school reccommending a particular brand of laptop. lol

controlfreak
Jul 15th, 2006, 09:42 PM
The main drawbacks of the Macbook Pro are that it is overpriced for the specifications you get, and Apple laptops tend to have many technical issues within the first couple of years of the product's life. But since money is no object, you can just max out the specs and get 3 years' Applecare to cover the risk. If you wanted better value you could try a non-Apple computer. If you are in no rush you could wait until the next revision of the product comes out. That said, if you buy the MBP now and nothing goes wrong with it, your satisfaction will be unrivalled.

Wigglytuff
Jul 15th, 2006, 09:46 PM
Right, I understand that. But a particular laptop? I dunno.. I've heard about some colleges (I think it was an ivy league one that gave out iPods to the students with like the school's emblem on the back or whatever.) I dunno.. just never heard of a school reccommending a particular brand of laptop. lol
yes a particular one. :) :)

its mostly for arts, sciences and business majors. reason is that the school might have software, and hardware that it wants all students in that major to run. so for example adobe photoshop, and they want to make sure 100% it will run without having to provide addition support, (will this video card work, what processor should i get) and so on. also doing it this way allows the college to save on computer labs because they dont have to update the labs as often because students in the most computer intensive majors have what they need.

usually its more than just recommending a particular brand, usually you have to buy a particular model number pre loaded with some particular software.

additionally, schools often get money for offering particular machines on campus stores and some (like mine) even have their own store where all you do is type your major and it will get everything you need and put it in your shopping cart. my schools store is with apple, but others use dell hp.

my sisters school went so far as to include the cost in the tuition and give each student a laptop fit for his/her major (and this was back in 1996, though the program still runs and more schools have started doing this since then.) :)

in the end its just another way for the college to save money (and students too, as these laptops that are recommended or required are usually sold at deep discounts. )

Wigglytuff
Jul 15th, 2006, 09:51 PM
The main drawbacks of the Macbook Pro are that it is overpriced for the specifications you get, and Apple laptops tend to have many technical issues within the first couple of years of the product's life. But since money is no object, you can just max out the specs and get 3 years' Applecare to cover the risk. If you wanted better value you could try a non-Apple computer. If you are in no rush you could wait until the next revision of the product comes out. That said, if you buy the MBP now and nothing goes wrong with it, your satisfaction will be unrivalled.

i thought that too, but when i actually went and priced to machine that i wanted from apple and from dell/hp ect. apple actually came out cheaper thats before you add all the software that comes built in with apple that in some cases can cost hundreds of dollars.

that said, the cheapest macbooks (ibook replacements) are more expensive than the cheapest dells or hp laptops. but for the higher end thats not true at all.