Over the past month my laptop was showing its age. With an unsolvable glitch in the video card I bought a new machine. I bought an Apple MacBook Pro 2.16 Core Duo with 2GB RAM. Simply put it is one the fastest laptops I have ever owned. It is awesome.
Apple did a killer job with Bootcamp. The drive partitioning, os installation, driver installation are much better than any windows OEM even in Beta format. Windows XP is unbelievably fast on this machine and 2GB of RAM makes compilation on Flex 2 Beta2 much faster.
Here is what I like the most:
1. Long Battery Life – 3hours per battery running XP. Dim the display a bit for longer battery life. I flew from San Francisco to Washington DC on Sunday and with 2 batteries used the machine for 5 straight hours.
2. Fast – Core Duo is for real and it has a profound affect on machine performance. All of my applications are faster and run without any performance limitations.
3. BootCamp – When you start the machine, just press “Option” to select a boot OS. Otherwise the machine will automatically boot into the last one used. Its seamless, easy, and stays out of the way.
4. Hardware – The details on the MacBook are really great, from backlit keyboard to the power meter on the battery, its slick. Its also light as a feather even sporting 2 batteries for travel.
5. Video Card – The card in this laptop is really great. At the Apple store, I had them power a 30″ display and it worked at 2600 resolution in addition to the laptop screen.
1. No Backspace Key – On the MacBook Pro ‘delete’ is backspace but there is no key that maps to ‘DEL’ System key. On MacTel XP CTRL+ALT+DELETE does nothing. I have got to find a workaround for this.
2. ‘fn’ and ‘ctrl’ keys have swapped positions. I need to flip these somehow.
3. Bootcamp does not support XP hibernate yet.
4. Bootcamp does not support the camera yet. This is just a driver change.
5. Heat – There is one area of the machine that gets very hot. I need to get a usb powered laptop cooler for it.
All around if your looking to buy a laptop, take a look at the MacBook Pro units. They are expensive but they are worth every penny. I use my laptop every single day and considering that 100% of my earnings emanate from its use, having something killer makes a world of difference.
Now this may disappoint some Mac users but my partitioning says allot:
98GB WIN XP Pro
I will be playing with OSX and when the apps I use regularly arrive, I will switch.
Considering my experience thus far in buying an Apple, I am going to purchase some Apple shares as well.