Boston Herald: Apple MacBook Pro ‘contender for best notebook on market, comes with a superior OS’

“Apple Computer’s switch to Intel processors this year has the potential to bring a number of improvements to customers, but it was obvious from the time of the announcement that the biggest winners would be notebook-buyers whose machines would benefit especially from faster, cooler chips,” Eric Convey writes for The Boston Herald. “The most obvious change is that the MacBook Pro is thinner than its predecessor – 1 inch instead of 1.1 inches. At 5.6 pounds, it’s light enough to carry around all day. Apple has always taken displays seriously and the MacBook Pro’s is the best this reviewer has ever seen on a notebook. The 15.4-inch screen is 0.2 inches bigger, diagonally, than its predcessor’s. More importantly, it’s fabulously bright – 67 percent brighter, said an Apple product manager.”

“Nevertheless, the biggest change brought by the new chips is the processing muscle, and the MacBook Pro brings much more than its predecessor,” Convey writes. “An important factor in whether a program will take advantage of the greater speed opportunities is whether it has been rewritten to work natively on the Intel processor or is using a translator called Rosetta that Apple has built into its Intel machines.”

“The bottom line is that the MacBook Pro is easily a contender for best notebook computer on the market. It’s well designed, extremely pleasant, and comes with a superior operating system,” Convey writes. “If you can live without Microsoft Windows, it’s a very attractive option for the mobile computer-user. And if the prognosticators are correct, someone will soon take advantage of the Intel chip and find a way to run Windows on the Mac for those times when you have no choice.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “pbmac” for the heads up.]

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22 Comments

  1. I have to reiterate some previous comments. The MacBook Pro may become a great laptop, but it’s not ready to be called a Pro machine at this time. No S video, no FireWire 800, few cards available for the Express Slot, few Pro Apps available in Universal Binaries. It’s hard to invest in this laptop at this time… at least for me.

  2. link

    Wonder if MDN will have the guts to publish that story as one of their headlines. Oh wait, even though it might just be the most important news about OS X this year, and maybe last year as well, it might prevent someone from clicking on one of the kazillion commision-based banner ads or text ads and making an Apple purchase. Sure it’s news, but it’s not the *right* kind of news….

  3. The zdnet also says OS X had 2 VIRUSES recently… viruses? Really.
    That article is fud. You all should actually read it before automatically say shit like “see Mac Os suks”… Like I said.. the guy was given a USER ACCOUNT… and from there he gained root access.. not exactly the type of situation that would make this “vulnerability” a problem for internet users…

  4. It’s not that if it is that Mac OSX is not that impregnable OS, but then I knew that all along. It seems a no-brainer that a one-on-one hacker vs simple OSX setup, would give this result. But tell me how many hackers are there out there who can be bothered to spend 30 mins hacking each and every Mac around the world??? When there comes an automated hack that can self perpetuate amongst Macs that doesnt require the dedication of some hackers time, then we should be worried. Having said that, maybe Apple should employ a retired hacker to root out (pun?) all these unpatched vulnerabilities.

  5. What about this? A Mac hacked in under 30 mins. if it’s true?

    It’s true

    Start posting your ip address around or piss off a bunch of moderators and see what happens. Websites have even more opportunities for access than just a blind hacker.

    Perhaps that guy who was advocating child porn around here recently was actually a hacker/cop.

    Somebody just got busted for having kiddie porn on their Mac/iPod. Wonder how that happened?

    http://www.woai.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=939363C7-F379-4F87-A005-F50D82D65FF7

  6. MacDude…. it’s partially true….

    when you give them a user account, that’s not a successful hack in my opinion, it’s called stupidity.

    let’s see…. I’ll give the neighbor kid the keys to my car, and when he takes it, I’ll call it car theft.

    Technically it’s theft, but the responsibility lies with me for being dumb enough to give him access.

    not a hack, a manufactured hack.

  7. The hack story is just a bunch of spin and fails to mention the following:

    “this machine was not hacked from the outside just by being on the Internet. It was hacked from within, by someone who was allowed to have a local account on the box. That is a huge distinction.”

    More info on the Macintouch site.

  8. I don’t really own a Mac because they cost too much and Jobs is a jerk and my Sony Vaio is close enough and all you Mac lemmings can suck my serial port.

    I may be a retard but you all are more stupid than me an all your Mac computers are going to catch virus an blow up soon because I said so!

  9. Remember that guy that said this was going to be the year of the mac virus (no actually, but there was this guy!) Anyway, it seems to me that he knew that microsoft and co were planing an assult on the image of macosx as a secure system. THIS TOTALLY STINKS!!

    SO many untruths..goddamit bear faced lies. Sadly some will believe this. Meanwhile osX still secure.

  10. “Sputnick”, ah I meant “Spark” said: “I have to reiterate some previous comments. The MacBook Pro may become a great laptop, but it’s not ready to be called a Pro machine at this time.”

    I didn’t know you were the “official” high tech “Websters Dictionary”. Thanks for clarifying what a “Pro” machine is and isn’t.

    Maybe you should send off a dispatch to The Steve so Apple can change the name until you’re satisfied it can be called “MacBook Pro”.

    BTW, go easy on the crack dude.

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