New York Times’ Pogue: Apples MacBook Pro a ‘beautifully engineered, forward-thinking laptop’

“Apple calls the MacBook ‘the finest laptop in the world.’ In truth, a more accurate description would be ‘the finest laptop in the world, with a small serving of disappointment on the side,'” David Pogue writes for The New York Times. “You can see why Apple might be fond of its latest machine. The one-inch-thick MacBook is only 0.1 inch thinner than the PowerBook, but somehow feels worlds sleeker and more futuristic. Fit, finish and quality are spectacular. The wireless antenna has been moved, so Wi-Fi reception is much improved. The guts, from the bus (circuitry) to the graphics card, have been substantially accelerated. Battery life is pretty much the same as on the PowerBooks: 3 to 3.5 hours.”

Pogue writes. “The MacBook trumps its predecessor in five substantial areas. First, the gorgeous, 1,440-by-900-pixel screen is much whiter and brighter. It’s very, very bright. At half brightness, it matches the brightest setting of other laptops; at full brightness, it could illuminate a runway. It’s really bright.” Pogue also lists the built-in iSight video camera, the Apple remote control and Front Row, and the magnetically-attahced power cord as two, three, and four of his five substantial features. The fifth, is speed. “It’s nothing like the 4X or 5X speedup measured by Apple’s benchmarks. Even so, this machine flies. It starts up fast, programs open fast, iTunes imports CD’s fast, iMovie processes high-definition video fast and Web pages blink onto the screen, fully formed. This laptop makes you aware of how many little pauses you’ve been tolerating on your old computer. Note, though, that all of that speed is available only when you’re using programs that have been revised to work with the Intel chip — so-called Universal programs.”

Pogue writes, “Over all, the MacBook Pro is a beautifully engineered machine. If it’s not the world’s finest, it’s darned close. (Apple hints that its 12-inch and 17-inch siblings are on the way.) But in so many ways, it’s a forward-thinking laptop. It won’t achieve true greatness until the important programs have been rewritten for the Core Duo chip’s blazing speed, expansion cards for the new slot are available, and wireless Internet is offered by every hotel, bed-and-breakfast and friend’s house. Until then, call it the MacBook Po — for Potential.”

Full article here.

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18 Comments

  1. Mike B., surfing the web on my windows or apple computer is the same experience.

    Mike B., using Photoshop on my windows or apple computer is the same experience.

    velveeta, do you get Windows viruses surfing the web with a Mac?

    Apparently you haven’t used Photoshop on both platforms, or maybe at all? The Mac version has features that are strangely absent in the Windows version, and thus almost unusable in Windows.

  2. <i>”Why by now? Why live on the bleeding edge?”<i>

    I agree, if you MUST have the latest and greatest and can afford it, then go for it. I have no problem with that. But just because Apple is moving to Intel doesn’t mean your Mac is instantly obsolete. If you bought a G5 Mac late in 2005, don’t get upset over this transition. I used to do that all the time – everytime something new came out I had to instantly dump what I had to get the latest.

    Now, I say keep your G(X) Mac and run it into the ground. When it becomes intolerable or can’t do what you need it to do, then upgrade. I remember someone saying something about “Urged Obsolescence”. Don’t feel your not in the running, there is still plenty of life left in the older Macs.

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