Monday, 11 July 2011

Appley goodness

A very exciting delivery:

First impressions:
  • Unibody aluminium enclosure is as beautiful up close as from afar
  • 1680 x 1050 display is gorgeous
  • SSD makes a noticeable difference to application load times, especially Eclipse
  • 8 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 RAM will probably be sufficient
  • 2.2 GHz Quad Core i7 likewise
  • Multi-touch trackpad with inertial scroll and Exposé gestures is very cool
  • It's very annoying that there are no USB ports on the right hand side (my mouse cable only just reaches around)
  • Keyboard looks great, but the spacing means that fn-F1 takes more effort for my stubby little fingers
  • Battery seems quite good (let's hope so, as it can no longer be swapped)
My old MacBook pro has served me well for the last 4 years, but for some reason I never loved it quite as much as the PowerBook that it replaced. Although its Core2 Duo was an order of magnitude faster than the old G4, the build quality wasn't quite the same. The trim around the edges and the cover latch felt cheap, and the aluminium seemed sprayed on rather than real.

Previous MacBook Pro: 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo, 4 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM

My first Mac: 1.67 GHz PowerBook G4, 2 GB DDR SDRAM

The new MacBook Pro seems like the perfect blend of power and beauty. I hope it proves as good in day-to-day use as first impressions suggest.

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