“It has been said that buyers should generally avoid the first year of a new model car, Version 1.0 of just about any application and most Rev. A computers — especially Rev. A computers,” Ken Mingis reports for Computerworld.
“Well, if you held off buying the first Intel-based versions of Apple Computer Inc.’s MacBook Pro laptops, you can safely venture forth to the nearest computer store and take one home. I base that on my hands-on experience with Apple’s latest updated consumer MacBook lineup, the recently revamped 15-in. MacBook Pro and — now, finally — the 17-in. variation of Apple’s professional laptop line,” Mingis reports.
“To paraphrase Victor Kiam, the late Gillette CEO, I liked the latest 17-in. MacBook Pro so much that I bought my own,” Mingis reports. “In case you’ve missed the latest specs on these portable workstations, the MacBook Pro — both 15-in. and 17-in. models — sport Core 2 Duo processors from Intel Corp. that are marginally faster in terms of clock speed but noticeably faster in real-world use. One factor behind that speed increase is the 4MB of dynamically allocated Level 2 cache RAM used by the new chip — twice what the Core Duo offered. It’s not a huge jump in processing power, nor would you expect it to be when moving from Rev. A to Rev. B hardware. But it’s more of an increase than Apple used to provide back in the not-so-halcyon PowerPC days.”
“When buying technology, it’s always best to try to future-proof yourself as much as possible. Apple’s 17-in. MBP is about as future-proof as they come. It offers 64-bit hardware and maybe even, eventually, 802.11n wireless networking capabilities (though 802.11g is just fine for now),” Mingis reports. “Apple is due to release its next operating system, Leopard, before spring. Once that 64-bit operating system is out, the MacBook Pro will really shine. And it’s pretty darn bright already.”
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