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    Posted on July 31st, 2007 Alan 5 comments

    Yesterday I received my new PowerBook Pro.  It is a $2000 laptop running a 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo.  It comes with a 120Gig HD, 15in wide screen (up to 1440×900), SuperDrive (DVD burning), Firewire 400 & 800 ports and a built in iSight camera.

    There is a program called Photo Booth that uses the camera and allows you to capture photos and apply morphing effects.  It was a big hit with my kids.

    David

    The keyboard automatically illuminates via light shining from underneath the keyboard.  It is the bomb!  I had my whole family in the kitchen pantry showing off this feature.

    The built-in iSight camera is so tiny (2 centimeters square) that I didn’t even notice it on the frame of the screen until I ran Photo Booth and saw the real time capture of myself in the window.  It is the bomb #2!

    I had seen it before, but if you’ve never experienced the power chord for a MacBook, that would be the bomb #3!  The power cord attaches magnetically to allow it to disconnect quickly if the chord is tripped over.

    I’m not still completely sold on the Mac interface (there are things I like and things I don’t like), especially in terms of it being far superior to Windows, but I am definitely sold on Apple’s latest hardware and the first-time experience of using a Mac.

    Update Aug 6, 2007:

    I like the fact that the power cord has an extension.  You can plugin without it or with it.  That means that I can keep the extension plugged into my power strip at work and keep the optional prong attachment in my briefcase (or at home).   To pack for home It’s easier to just disconnect the extension and take the power cord with me. A small convenience but worth mentioning.

     

    5 responses to “MacBook Pro first impresssions”

    1. Your reference to firewire ports – they’re 400 and 800, not 400 and 700. And power “cord”, not “chord”.

      Anally yours .

      Greg

    2. “I’m not still completely sold on the Mac interface…but I am definitely sold on Apple’s latest hardware’

      You got that wrong. When you manage to appreciate the OS X interface you’ll truly join the Mac universe. And that’ll take not less than a couple of months, until it seeps in. If you continue to fight it, as in most things in life, you’ll frustrate yourself unnecessarily. When you grok the software side then it’ll dawn on you why the hardware works pretty seamlessly.

    3. Greg, thanks for the corrections! I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

    4. Anona,

      Do you think 19 months is long enough to wait to join the Mac universe? I’ve had a mac in the house since January of last year:

      Our first Macintosh

      It’s my wife’s computer. We have our all-in-one printer/scanner attached to it.

      I stand by my statement about the operating system and UI. You can tell me the wonders of chocalate, how creamy and delicious it is but if I don’t like it, I don’t like it and I’m not “wrong” for my opinion. The Mac is not perfect and I can appreciate what Apple does right while commenting on what I don’t like about it.

      Thanks for writing.

    5. Congrats on your MacBook Pro! They’re nice machines. Fun to use and usually not too cantankerous.

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