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February 20, 2006

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Ulf Hednar

It doesn't sound to me like you need an Apple. If I were you I'd just order a cheapo Dell ($800) every 9 months. If you were doing any serious computing you wouldn't have to wonder whether or not you needed a MacBook Pro, as you would NEED it to get said work finished. The Dells work great, cost less. There is a little head on table banging that goes along with a Microsoft run system, but it's a whole heck of a lot better than it used to be.

ocracokewaves

So the problem is that I already have a perfectly nice Dell D601 Latitude on my desk.

It just doesn't do anything for my soul. I'm wondering if the Sony might help in that department. Maybe going over to the darkside wouldn't be as bad with a nice white fancy Sony.

I guess I shouldn't expect more than just computing out of a comptuer.

Ulf Hednar

Oh . . . you want soul . . .

Yesterday I went the local Apple store and ran a 1080p trailer on the fastest G4 PowerBook Apple makes. It jittered and sputtered, fumbled the sound, a real mess.

Then I when ran the same 1080p trailer on a 2.0Ghz Core Duo iMac (same CPU as in the MacBook Pro I just received 10 minutes ago, unless my wife it torturing me) and it played flawlessly.

That's soul. Oh yes, brother, that is S O U L.

elliot

A real Mac user would never consider switching every couple of years let alone "agonize" over it.

Using a Mac is play.

Using a Windows machine is punishment.

James Bailey

The MacBook Pro has a lot of hardware that is better than the Sony. The screen is better at 1440x900 v. 1280x800. The video card is better, an ATi X1600 v. NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400. The RAM is faster, PC2-5300 667 MHz v. PC2-4200 533 MHz. The ethernet is better at 1 GBit v. 100 MBit. The Video connector is better using a DVI v. VGA for the Sony (though I think the dock has DVI.) The battery is better 60-watt-hour lithium-polymer v. Standard Lithium-ion Battery (VGP-BPS2B) though I can't find a watt-hour rating on it. Then there is the back-lit keyboard and the ambient light sensor. Both missing on the Sony.

Then there is the issue of size. The MacBook Pro is smaller at 1" and lighter at 5.6 lbs v. 1.02” -1.39” and 6.2 lbs. Even the thinnest portion of the Sony is thicker than the MacBook.

The only advantages to the Sony besides price is a dual layer DVD, a built-in modem and PCMCIA. Neither the modem or PC-card slot do anything for me. But I will take the lighter and smaller and more powerful MacBook Pro at a somewhat higher price.

Can you even tell us what XBRITE-HiColor(tee-emm) technology is? Sounds like a bogus marketing term for "this screen is just as bright as a Powerbook's." (I've heard some chatter lately that PC laptop manufacturers have been shipping LCDs with bright shiny panels on them that make them seem brighter in BestBuy showrooms but make the actual picture worse to look at... when I hear a trem like that it rings some bells in my mind.)

Anyway, why are you even buying a new laptop? If you buy a new computer every two years and worry about price, then just use that "perfectly nice" Dell. If you want quality, pay a bit more for a MacBook and keep it an extra year. These things really don't become obsolete all that fast. In addition to my state-of-the-art iMac, I still use a 5 year old 500 MHz Powerbook G4. Sure it won't do HD video or funky games, but that's not what it's there for. It will run fine anything you mentioned above, except maybe Dreamweaver which I've never used. (Indeed, by your "512 RAM borders on ridiculous" comment it seems you tend to give into the hype... it was less than 2 years ago that most PCs and Macs shipped with only 128 MB of RAM, and guess what - 10.3 (and 10.4 with those silly widgets turned off) runs just fine with not much RAM.)

Enough rambling, try this: buy the MacBook through Amazon for a $150 rebate, and then when you upgrade to the big new technology in 2 years, take advantage of Apple's unusually robust 2nd-hand market by selling this one on Ebay or Craigslist. That way the next one is effectively half price.

(And they say Macs aren't upgradeable...)

ocracokewaves

My 1 Ghz Aluminum Powerbook G4 was introduced on 7/22/02 according to a CNet review.

http://reviews.cnet.com/Apple_PowerBook_G4_PPC_G4_1_GHz_15_2_TFT/4505-3121_7-20690615.html

So this summer the technology in it will be four years old even though I've only been using it for two years.

As you might have heard, people were calling Apple Powerbooks a little long in the tooth until the recent announcements.

I also have widgets turned off on my system. I can assure that a PowerBook with 512 megs of ram won't do what I need it to in a satisfactory manner.

I often have nine or ten tabs open in Firefox, over 10,000 photos in my iPhoto library, Mail with five to ten emails open, Excel with three or four spreadsheets, and Filemaker, along with Adium, Preview, and sometimes even Word or the deadly close Dreamweaver. Fortunately I rarely use iPhoto during the day.

My job requires me to jump from one application to another. I'm asking a lot from technology that is nearly four years old and it's handling it pretty well. Some of the web technology that I use is very demanding.

All good things must come to an end which is why I'm looking for the future laptop. I tend to keep my old computers and use them for backups and for specialized purposes. I look forward to using my PowerBook for many years, but it eventually won't be my main day to day system.

Also I don't think just because a computer will run something means that it can run it satisfactorily for a fast paced Internet business.

As to the Xbrite technology, why is it when anyone but Apple tries to brand something that it is hype. Remember Apple's hype before Tiger's release. Why is "Spotlight" more honest marketing than Xbrite. I plan to make the decision on what I see on the screens instead "chatter."

If you want to read about Xbrite, here's a link.

http://www.sonystyle.com/intershoproot/eCS/Store/en/imagesOnline/technologies/xbrite/xbrite.html

You're also ignoring the whole Mac in a PC shop issue which trust me is a lot bigger than most people think if you trying to get real work done with no support staff.

Nisse

Look at the Acer 8200, I bought one instead of a Mac this time and I am very satisfied with this computer.
I's also Intel Duo Core with a god konfiguration. 2GB RAM, 120GB HD and a very good screen. The batterylife is better and so on.
I already have a G5 and a PowerBook G4 som I don't need more Macs ...

Ulf Hednar

I got my 2Ghz Core Duo MacBook Pro yesterday.
I transfered all my files and configured it the way I want it.

It opens iPhoto, with 3k of photos, in about 2 seconds.

All my writing software is running fine under Rosetta (I'm a novelist).

Everything loads so fast . . . the screen is sooooo bright, gorgeous. The keyboard, which feels very solid, lights up when it gets dark.

And I can't believe the quality of the built-in video camera. It just doesn't seem possible.

I'm also surprised at the Wifi signal strength. There is a bit of rubberized material near the hinge which must have the antenna in it. Very clever these Apple folks.

I've only tested one game, Nanosaur 2. I had know idea there was so much detail to be had in that game! It is like playing it all over again. And now I can play the split screen with my wife.

PG

Lexmark makes most of the Dell Printers. Check out one of the Lexmark MFP's and see which one matches closest to the Dell 1600N and see if it has a driver for the Mac OS X.

Mac OS X drivers are available for these printers:
http://www.lexmark.com/uncomplicate/site/home/0,7085,204816596_0_0_en,00.html

good luck

ocracokewaves

Unfortunately this one appears to be made by Xerox. It shows as 1600N. Maybe I will take your idea a step further and check the Xerox site.

Thanks for the suggestion.

PG

http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20060225174600412&lsrc=osxh

this link talks about making the Dell MFN 1600N work with the Mac.

That is why at work I recommended a printer that connects to all OS's like HP or Ricoh, Brother etc.

Tai Toh

I have the same Dell 1600n MFP and I've had the same problems trying to print to it using Bonjour.

Strangely enough, I was able to connect to the printer by connecting to it using the Appletalk protocol and it's IP Address. I'll post another comment when I get home and verify the settings. Seems to be a much more elegant solution than the one posted at MacOSXhints.

Don't know why that works, but give it a try. I basically stumbled onto it.

Cheers, -T

ocracokewaves

Actually I haven't had time to post recently, but I managed to solve the problem.

Somehow mine had gotten switched to IPP printing. I reset the printing system, which I believe deleted the printer.

Then I set it up as LPD printer, entered the IP address and selected Generic PostScript Printer, and I have not had any problems this week.

We bought a new Xerox printer this week and they even have downloadable Mac OS X drivers, but I set it up also as LPD printer and it is also working fine, but since I had the drivers, Mac OS X knows what the printer is. The printer ends up doing a great job with color from my Mac.

faulbaer

I guess you have been with the mac for some time now and since I'm sort of a young mac-user (from 2001 on regularly), I can only point out that things changed with my MacBook Pro 15"

Since i've got this machine I can run Windows 98 and 2000 (the later I just got as a gift) in my Parallels Desktop. With the 2 Gb of RAM I can have my usual warm fuzzy mac-feeling along with the expierience of the Windows World of Terror (tm).

As soon as i switch the Parallels Desktop into the fullscreen mode, I have a complete Windows-system with all I hate about it - and that lighning ffast - Ok, it's not yet ready for serious games, but i can play 'Total Annihilation' in a 1024x768 resolution very nicely.

If it's only about staying with the mac and not needing to carry two notebooks around ... well ... Parallels Desktop is the answer. And now even the real professionals of virtualisation VMWare entered the competition for the fastest best PC-on-PC solution. That's going to be great for all of us.

I can't emphasize how important it is to have Mac OS X and Windows working parallely very fast.

faulbaer

rick Kooistra

always go for a mac!! check this: www.macosx.com you will see that a mac is the best computer ever made

catch ya later!

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apple have a far better record than I have of predicting trends and the like so I expect I'll be wrong. Though, with the iPhone & iPod there was an established niche for the Apple products to fit into and alternative products to compete against. I don't see that very clearly with the iPad. There are e-readers on the one hand and netbooks/laptops on the other. Does a cross between the two really exist in the market. Apple plainly think so.

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I am disappointed that Apple seems to once again have made the decision to take its loyal customers to the cleaners on price. It's just going to reinforce all the subtle price comments that I've heard since joining a basically Windows world. I've given up pointing out the obvious that iMacs are pretty competitively priced.

ffxiv gil

pointing out the obvious that iMacs are pretty competitively priced.

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