Review: Apple 17-inch MacBook Pro

“There’s been a lot of hullygully in the geek press about the implementation of Intel processors in Apple computers,” Tech Digest (TD) reports. “Here at TD, we think of ourselves as demanding mobile professionals so we jostled our way to the middle of the queue for a turn on the frankly humungous 17” MacBook Pro.”

“You’ve probably seen one by now, but it’s pretty: First impression is that it’s just another 17” Powerbook. In fact it’s a shade bigger than the preceding Apple ‘portable’. Not big enough to make a real difference, just enough to burst the zip on your trendy neoprene skin,” TD reports. “The real news story around the Intel Macs is of course the recent release of BootCamp, a free software application which enables you to create a soft partition on your Mac Hard Disk and use it to install Windows XP. This isn’t emulation, like Microsoft’s venerable bodge Virtual PC, BootCamp lets the OS directly addresses the hardware so you can play games and generally waste time like a real XP laptop owner. Perverse souls that we are we had XP running and HalfLife installed before doing anything with OSX. It’s seamless. It runs exactly like – say – a recent Dell.”

MacDailyNews Take: Yippee.

TD continues, “Performance is, put simply, astounding. Apple have included a suite of applications that cover all the usual bases: As well as the expected iTunes, they have bundled iLife which offers a peerless Photo Library application, some serviceable video editing and a basic, but handy Web page generator. Tasks that seemed quick on a PowerBook G4 are effectively instantaneous on the MacBook. Even non-Intel compliant apps like Photoshop are (if a little slow to load) responsive and completely usable… If you’ve ever fancied the sleek lines of an Apple machine but dared not buy one for fear of losing all the Windows programs you sort of love then now might just be the time.”

Full article here.

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23 Comments

  1. NewType, your Grammar Nazi License is hereby revoked. “Apple” the company is what’s called a collective noun, and pluralization rules for collective nouns vary from place to place.

    Before you are permitted to submit an application for the reinstatement of your License, you will be required to read, at your option, either the Oxford English Dictionary or Merriam-Webster Unabridged.

    That is all.

  2. Kindly stop polluting the posts with your blather. What is this collective noun hooey? The only “place” where “Apple have bundled…” would sound correct is the Great State of Idiocy. Your smartass license is hereby revoked and shoved up your pedantic rectum.

    Meh, guess I’m a little grouchy today. Can’t say that I expected anything less from the 17″ MacBook (and that name remains almost as retarded as wannabe).

  3. Lordeee…

    MDN, ya gotta pay attention.

    This is a fake review. The specs are wrong. Apple is not shipping the 17″ to ANYONE yet.

    Uncle Walt will get the first one to review. You know that.

    At least you guys at MDN are ensuring there are enough ads on this site. I think there is a square inch in the top right corner you can sell

  4. New Type, read what wannabe wrote and stop being such a maroon.

    Re: wannabe, stop being such a pompous prick.

    In the UK it is very common for collective nouns to be used in the plural. Sports teams, for example, are often described in the plural. Then again, being a native of the Great State of Idiocy I guess it is little wonder that you didn’t know this.

  5. the same happens with bands. here in ireland, we would always say (for example) ‘Arcade Fire ARE a good band’ rather than IS. With companies, it depends really on whether you’re referring to the institutional structure or the collection of people who work under the company names. For example ‘Apple ARE design geniuses’ but ‘Apple IS doing very well these days’.
    But you’re dead right about people writing MAC. gah. Almost as bad as people who use the words ‘Apple’ and ‘Mac’ interchangeably.
    Fanboy rant end… NOW.

  6. If you want to get really technical, stop writing in the passive voice and use more active voice sentences. Use grammar check to find out how often you write passive sentences and do as much as you can to avoid them.

    “Apple (has) included a suite of applications called “iLife.” It (has) just released a new set of television commercials advertising the Mac.”

    Take out the “has” in both sentences and they become much stronger without the passive voice.

  7. I are finding the transatlantic spelling debate facinating.

    I are sure that the people at Apple is too.

    I has not seen anything so funny in a long time now.

    We is amused!

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